A bat found at Pickett Elementary School in Georgetown on March 23 has tested positive for rabies. The bat was collected by Georgetown Animal Services and sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin for testing. The positive test was first indicated on Friday, March 27.Another bat collected at a nearby house on March 19 also tested positive for rabies. Animal control officers say they don’t not believe that any people or pets have been exposed to rabies from the bats. view article arw

 Dallas ISD is in the deep end when it comes to the water quality in their schools. When the water was tested at all of DISD campuses, they found elevated levels of lead, copper, or both in twelve schools. "We're hoping that we can get DISD to take it more seriously, give us a water emergency plan and so forth, and try to help us with this issue," Former Dallas NAACP President, Arthur Fleming said. view article arw

New details have been released in connection with the alleged sexual assaults in the La Vernia Independent School District. Two more La Vernia ISD students were arrested and charged in the case, bringing the total to nine. We had a face-to-face meeting with Superintendent Dr. Jose Moreno Tuesday. He told us that he, unfortunately, still cannot answer a lot of our questions because it's an "ongoing investigation." view article arw

A senior at Langham Creek High School snapped two photos inside the boys' bathroom last week showing derogatory and racist graffiti written on a wall. Both drawings used the “N” word but there was another part of the drawing not visible in the photos that was even more upsetting, said the student, who asked to remain anonymous. view article arw

Police made two more arrests on Monday in a hazing scandal involving sexual assault at La Vernia High School. Two students were led out of the high school in handcuffs, which brings the total to nine students that face sexual assault charges after seven students were arrested on March 23. view article arw

Two La Vernia High School students were arrested Monday in connection with a hazing scandal, police said. The arrests bring the number of students charged in the scandal to nine. Police said they expect to make more arrests. The students, who were arrested on campus, were charged with sexual assault, police said.  Also on Monday, La Vernia Independent School District Superintendent Jose Moreno said in a Facebook post that the scandal has "crushed the spirit of our community." view article arw

Pine Tree ISD Student Services, Pine Tree PACE and the ExCel High School of Choice will host a tri-district, city-wide Youth Violence Prevention Seminar from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the PTISD Community Center. All three school districts in Longview are supporting this effort with participation by staff and students of Pine Tree ISD, Longview ISD, and Spring Hill ISD.  view article arw

 Dihlon Lee Davis, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, remained relatively quiet as he faced a federal judge Monday afternoon. Davis was scheduled for a detention hearing to determine whether or not he posed a flight risk. His attorney, Windi Pastorini, said she wanted the opportunity to bring in Davis' family members to testify as character witnesses to prove he should be released before his trial. view article arw

A 15-year-old girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher in Tennessee may have been spotted on the Texas coast, Corpus Christi police said this week. Elizabeth Thomas was last seen March 13 and Tennessee authorities believe she was taken by Tad Cummins, 50, her former teacher. Cummins was terminated from Thomas' school earlier this year for allegedly making inappropriate contact with the 15-year-old, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. view article arw

Sue Dixon often warns her high school grandson never to sign online petitions and to be suspicious of all websites asking for personal information. Now Dixon, a public school teacher in Gatesville, wonders whether she’s the victim of some sort of web-related scam. “Absolutely not,” Dixon said when asked whether she recently entered her name, email address and mailing address into an online form asking her state representative to support the use of public dollars to fund private education. “No, no, no, no, no.” view article arw

This week Dallas County health officials announced another increase in the number of Mumps cases at Cedar Hill High School. According to DCHHS, since the initial outbreak on February 9, there have been 49 cases reported between students and teachers. That is a drastic increase since the last reported update of 28 cases, as students prepared for the Spring Break holiday. Cedar Hill Independent School District borders Ellis County as well, County Spokesperson Renae Crutchfield, did note not all cases are Dallas County residents. view article arw

Every year seemingly healthy young men and women collapse and many die from a condition called "sudden cardiac arrest." It's rare but often happens to student athletes. In Texas, health care advocates say more than 80 students have died from the condition since 2006. Now more and more school districts are doing what they can to detect students who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. In Celina, school officials decided to offer EKG screenings on campus for a low cost. view article arw

Two people are dead following a late night crash involving a Mt. Pleasant ISD school bus. The accident happened around 10:45 p.m. on Highway 271, about 10 miles north of Mt. Pleasant. Mt. Pleasant ISD Superintendent Judd Marshall tells CBS19 the bus was carrying the boys track team. He says the 18-wheeler swerved and hit the bus. view article arw

The students were charged with sexual assault, police said.According to a news release, the La Vernia Police Department received "an outcry of hazing involving high school student athletes." Several students "gave forensic interviews with the Children's Alliance of South Texas," the statement said. Police launched an investigation after the results of the interviews "confirmed evidence (that) a crime had been committed." view article arw

The School Safety Summit at Region 16 in Amarillo afforded school administrators and law enforcement agencies the opportunity to improve school safety on campuses. Specialists from Texas State Texas School Safety Center covered topics such as bullying, addressing a crisis on campus for special needs students, suicide prevention, school pipeline safety and awareness and how to keep schools from becoming an easy target by an intruder. view article arw

"If that’s how our football team is making headlines, that's really disappointing," Sean Strey, a La Vernia resident, said. Strey said he was shocked to find out that high school students from his community were arrested this morning at the high school and charged with sexual assault. The La Vernia Police Department sent a release out on Thursday afternoon, stating they had "received an outcry of hazing involving high school student-athletes." view article arw

This incident caused yesterday's canceling of classes at Normangee ISD. - js - NORMANGEE, Tex. (KBTX) - Normangee Police Chief Charles Herford has been arrested following a standoff in his home where shots were fired.  Herford was taken into custody and booked into the Leon County Jail on deadly conduct and evading in a motor vehicle charges. Sheriff's officials said that Herford won't see a judge until Thursday morning. That's when he should get a bond set.  According to DPS Trooper Jimmy Morgan, just before 2:00 a.m. the Madison County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from Herford's wife crying on the phone. However, during the initial conversation officials lost contact. view article arw

Dihlon Lee Davis originally faced state charges of compelling and promoting prostitution, but Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne decided the case required federal intervention. "This is different. This is massive sexual assault of our minors and it's a sex trade," Yenne told Channel 2 News. She hopes to send a message to others who may be prostituting minors in Brazoria County. "I want somebody to know that they're facing the full weight of the federal government when they're trafficking minors. That's the priority for us," said Yenne. view article arw

A much-heralded effort to privatize foster care in 30 northwest Texas counties is on hold while the state investigates whether the bidding process was compromised by the wife of the former inspector general. The Health and Human Services Commission has put its request for proposals for “foster care redesign” on pause, saying in a letter to bidders that the contract is on hold “due to a possible issue with the evaluation process.” Officials had anticipated awarding a contract in January. view article arw

Jim Baum, principal of Iraan High School, has been selected lone finalist to become the next superintendent of Lockney ISD. According to a report in this week’s Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon, the Lockney School Board selected Baum during a special session Thursday, March 16. By state law, the board must wait at least 21 days after naming a finalist before they can actually vote to hire than individual.  The current superintendent, Phil Cotham, announced plans to retire at the Jan. 12 school board meeting. Cotham has held the post for the past 10 years and has been on the Lockney ISD staff for the past 35 years. view article arw

The Brownwood Independent School District is proposing random drug testing for extracurricular and co-curricular students in the middle school and high school. The policy was unveiled at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting, and the district hopes to enact it for the start of the fall academic year. Brownwood ISD Superintendent Dr. Joe Young said the reason for the randomized drug testing is to foster a culture of personal accountability for their students. view article arw

A Pearland man was arrested after he was accused of running a disturbing prostitution ring involving half a dozen underage girls in Alvin ISD. According to federal court documents, Dihlon Lee Davis was taken into custody on federal sex trafficking charges. They say he was pimping six Alvin ISD high school students. Last April, school police officers encountered Davis at Manvel High School, court documents state. They say he was trying to recruit a girl into that prostitution ring. view article arw

For children with serious food allergies, getting them life-saving medicine in an emergency is critical. In 2015, Texas lawmakers passed a law allowing that medicine, epinephrine, to be readily available in schools. While not required, schools are encouraged to make unassigned epinephrine auto-injectors available on campus and at off-campus school events. The bill also included liability protections for physicians, pharmacists and school districts. Since the bill passed, Dr. Allen Lieberman says it’s already saved lives in Texas. Lieberman is an allergist with Austin Family Allergy & Asthma. view article arw

The Dallas ISD Police Department has a new officer, and students spent part of the day Monday scratching her behind her ears. Athena, a brown-and-white pit bull, is the first DISD police dog, WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reports. She was rescued from Dallas Animal Services by the Animal Farm Foundation, a group that has trained pit bulls to work as detection dogs for police departments around the country. view article arw

The father of a teenage girl who disappeared with an armed, 50-year-old teacher was determined his daughter would return home after authorities issued two Amber Alerts saying she could be 'anywhere'. Authorities believe Elizabeth Thomas, 15, of Maury County, Tennessee, was kidnapped on Monday by Tad Cummins, who may have lured the girl to sexually abuse her. according to the Daily Mail. At a vigil for his daughter on Saturday night, Anthony Thomas said: "What Tad did, he stole my daughter from me, but Maury County is a big community. He didn't just steal from me, he stole from the whole community. view article arw

Copperas Cove ISD was notified Friday evening of a threat directed at the high school. The threat, "I'm going to shoot up Copperas Cove High School on 3/20/17," was painted on the wall of a car wash on Casa Street. The Copperas Cove Police Department has since launched an investigation, and officers will step up their presence at the high school campus on Monday. view article arw

Copperas Cove ISD was notified Friday evening of a threat directed at the high school. The threat, "I'm going to shoot up Copperas Cove High School on 3/20/17," was painted on the wall of a car wash on Casa Street. view article arw

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An $8.25 million settlement between a California school district and the families of three girls who were sexually molested by a teacher over several years calls for better training for staff and students on detecting signs of predatory behavior and sexual abuse, according to a lawsuit settlement.  The settlement in the families' lawsuit against the Morgan Hill Unified School District in Silicon Valley was finalized Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. Former teacher John Arthur Loyd, 54, is serving 40 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to four felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child by force, violence, duress or fear. view article arw

CISD has teamed up with The Brandon Goyne Foundation to offer low cost ECG screenings for any seventh- through 12th-grade students. An ECG, also referred to as EKG, screening can detect a variety of potentially catastrophic genetic diseases. The simplest level of testing is an ECG, which looks at the electrical signals that the heart uses to contract and circulate blood through the body and lungs. An ECG involves placing electrodes on the chest around the heart to record those signals. The test is painless, non-invasive and takes less than 5 minutes. It does not involve needles, blood work, radiation exposure or sedation. Boys will remove their shirts. Girls should wear a regular bra or sports bra, which will not need to be removed.   view article arw

Brownwood ISD was one of 10 school districts in Texas selected to participate in a research project about the changing roles of law enforcement officers in state schools. BISD Superintendent Dr. Joe Young said the district filled out an application last month to take part. view article arw

Mission school district trustees voted Wednesday night to begin the process of transitioning to an in-house police department. “Just recently we hired a safety and security coordinator,” Mission CISD Superintendent Ricardo Lopez said. “We evaluated the benefits of having a police force and not having a police force, and the board feels that in order for us to meet our high goals we need to have ultimate control and authority.” Trustees unanimously approved the motion to move forward during a regular board meeting, with no discussion on the subject. view article arw

 The Brownwood Independent School District, in partnership with the Brownwood Police Department, was one of only ten school districts in the state selected to take part in a research project to better understand the daily encounters of school-based law enforcement.  The research project, being conducted by the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University, is one of the first academic attempts to better understand the dynamic and changing roles and duties of law enforcement officers in Texas Schools.The Brownwood Police Department has partnered with the Brownwood ISD District dating back to 1996 to provide a School Resource Officer for District campuses.  view article arw

A teacher’s assistant who is also a football coach at an Oak Cliff-area high school was arrested Saturday, accused of having an improper relationship with a female student. Mickey Paul Jones, 38, was arrested at 4:30 a.m. and booked into the Lew Sterrett jail, Dallas police said. Mickey Paul Jones, 38.  Jones remained in jail Sunday evening with bail set at $50,000.  view article arw

The teen who tragically took his own life at an Humble ISD elementary school Thursday was an Atascocita High School student, officials confirm. Neighbors believe it was a 16 year-old boy who lived in the area. “We’re a community and it’s a tragedy for all of us,” said neighbor Tricia Weaver.  “And to know that he went to the school and did it on the property is even more painful.” Oaks Elementary School canceled classes Thursday after the teen's body was found near the playground before sunrise.  “There was a jogger exercising near the campus and that person spotted a body,” said Humble ISD Spokesperson Jamie Mount. Fortunately, it was well before any students arrived for school. view article arw

The Crane Independent School District has confirmed that a "threatening situation" occurred on one of their campuses on Wednesday. The exact details of the situation haven't been released at this time. However, in a statement released on Thursday, Crane I.S.D. Interim Superintendent, Bill Boyd said, "We did have what we considered to be a threatening situation yesterday at school. view article arw