|Date:||March 1, 2021|
|Subject:||Survey of Estimated Disaster Remediation Costs for School Districts and Charter Schools Affected by the February 2021 Winter Storm Event|
|Category:||Estimate of Foundation School Program Funding|
|Next Steps:||Action Required of LEA by April 8: Complete and Submit Survey|
A school district or open-enrollment charter school located all or in part of an area declared a disaster area by the Governor under Texas Government Code, Chapter 418, and that incurs disaster remediation costs because of the February 2021 Winter Storm event may apply to the Commissioner for disaster aid assistance during the two-year period following the date of the Governor’s initial proclamation or executive order declaring a state of disaster.
ACTION REQUIRED: Disaster Aid Assistance Survey
The agency requests that all school districts and charter schools complete the Disaster Aid Assistance Survey that will be emailed to superintendents and business managers. The Commissioner will be using the data collected in this survey to provide an estimate to the Legislature as the Legislature considers other winter storm event costs during the appropriations process. At this time there is not a specific appropriation for reimbursement of remediation costs but that could change pending legislative action. School districts and open-enrollment charter schools that incur disaster remediation costs should review TEC, §48.261 and 19 TAC §61.1006 in order to determine eligibility of remediation expenditures prior to completing the survey.
Please complete and submit the survey by April 8, 2021. Superintendents and business managers will receive individual links specific to their district via email from TEA.
For questions about the disaster aid assistance survey or if you did not receive the link by Wednesday, March 3, please send an email to the Forecasting & Fiscal Analysis Division at FSPdisasterremediation@tea.texas.gov or call Thomas Heil at (512) 463-9622.
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