Welcome Back to the Excitement of a New School Year! Make Sure Your TPSA Membership is Up-To-Date!



Back to school means time to get organized and renew membership with TPSA!  Current member schools will be getting an email on or near their membership expiration date with the option to login to confirm information and then mail a check.  New member applications will go out in October!  Schools interested in joining can always download membership forms at www.texasprivateschools.org.

All TEPSAC-accredited non-profit private schools are eligible to join, and membership is NOT automatically included with accreditation.



August Featured Schools



Congratulations to Brazosport Christian School, Esprit International School, Gloria Deo Academy  St. James Day School, and Wichita Christian School, These schools are our featured schools of the month!  We wish them all a safe and productive start to the new school year!







The Texas School Safety Center has announced the fall schedule for emergency planning workshops:

September 1-2, Corpus Christi, TX
September 15-16, Lubbock, TX
September 23-24, Beaumont, TX
September 29-30, Abilene, TX
October 5-6, San Angelo, TX
October 12-13, San Antonio, TX
October 14-15, Austin, TX
October 20-21, Pittsburg, TX
October 26-27, Houston, TX
November 3-4, El Paso, TX
November 10-11, Huntsville, TX
November 17-18, Dallas, TX

More information can be found on the events page, and registration is online here.  Feel free to contact Jacob Lira with any questions - [email protected]

 
 

More Purchasing Power for Private Schools

HB 2000 is a bill that passed the House and the Senate easily in the 84th legislature.  This bill allows private schools to use the Department of Information Resources to assist with all IT purchases.  Private K-12 schools can now take advantage of the contracts negotiated by the state to purchase hardware, software, and services. 



The contracts are negotiated on a quantity of one, so large purchases are not required.  Private schools can feel comfort with the terms and conditions already negotiated by state experts, and reduce risk in purchasing.  There is a great website with a lot of helpful information about how to order.  As always, please contact our office with any questions at [email protected]  We have contacts in the department ready to help us use this valuable service!


Epi Pen Law Change


Senate bill 66 was signed into law on May 28, 2015 by Gov. Abbott allowing Texas public schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors for school personnel to use on any student who suffers an anaphylactic reaction at school or at an after school event. The bill also includes appropriate liability protections for physicians, those involved in training, and health care workers or other providers involved in the administration of the auto-injectors.

While the bill does not specifically address private schools, schools may want to discuss updating their epi-pen policy with their medical team, board, and/or attorneys. The Texas Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society assisted in writing and lobbying on behalf of SB 66, and they have free training for school nurses and other personnel who may be involved in treating allergic students.  More information can be found at the Allergy Home website or by contacting [email protected] or [email protected]


 


 

Preferred Vendor Program


The Texas Private Schools Association is pleased to announce an extension of our corporate sponsor relationship with Smart Tuition under their Preferred Vendor program.  TPSA Member Schools will benefit from group pricing discounts for tuition management services as well as tuition aid and analysis services.  The Smart administrative fee for schools who wish to take advantage of this opportunity is $45 per family (standard price for new schools is $50). Additionally, schools may opt to utilize Smart Aid for tuition aid services at a rate of $25 per application.

For more information, please contact Candi Richardson, Regional Vice President for Texas area schools at [email protected] or (817)300-5207.  For more information about Smart Tuition, please visit their website at www.smarttuition.com.