Eight Texas children have died from flu-related illnesses; and flu has caused over 1,100 deaths in Texas, thousands of hospital visits and school closures. We are just two months into the 2019-2020 flu season, and it doesn’t end until May.  The influenza vaccine is among the least adhered-to immunizations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention. Why? Probably because the flu vaccine is effective during that season only, unlike other vaccines. The CDC recommends everyone older than 6 months, including pregnant women, receive flu vaccines annually. view article arw

Lewis Elementary School’s At-Risk Counselor Xochitl Carias has noticed empathy among students increase since rescue dogs started visiting classrooms.  Canine pals Layla and Max were recent guest “teachers” in a second-grade bilingual classroom at the school. Spring ISD captured the visit in a video about Healing Species of Texas, a character education program that Carias said has been making a difference. view article arw

Some East Texas school districts are releasing classes early due to the threat of severe weather. Others are keeping parents aware that early release could be a possibility. Below is a list of schools who are letting parents know Friday will be an early release day or there is the potential for one. view article arw

GEORGETOWN, Texas - Chief Maverick Campbell of the Liberty Hill Police Department sees firsthand on the streets the effects of the opioid and drug crisis. He says drug abuse is a problem that leads to even more problems in the community.  "You're going to have property crimes and persons crimes that impact your community's quality of life,” said Campbell. view article arw

Officials with Humble ISD have confirmed a student at one of its campuses has contracted pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough.  The highly contagious respiratory disease is caused by the bacterium bordetella pertusis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. In some cases, whooping cough can be fatal, according to the CDC.  Humble ISD confirmed an 8th-grade student at Woodcreek Middle School was diagnosed with the disease in mid-to-late December. The case was reported to the Harris County Health Department (HCHD) and the student was treated with antibiotics for five days. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Amarillo ISD said students and staff at Caprock High School were put on lockdown this evening after a report of a juvenile with a weapon near the school.  It happened just after 5:30 p.m.  Amarillo Police said they were dispatched to the 3000 block of SE 34th on a disorderly weapon call. view article arw

Mart residents may notice an increased police presence around Mart High School as officials investigate a threat made against students Tuesday night, Superintendent Betsy Burnett said.  School administrators became aware late Tuesday night of a threat a student made on Snapchat, Burnett said. Administrators notified police immediately and sent a notice to students' families Wednesday. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- One student has been expelled and now faces criminal charges after a fireworks blast went off during lunch at Klein Forest High School.  Authorities were called to the campus for a possible explosion around 1 p.m.  "They popped the fireworks right in front of me," said senior Tiffany Doiron. view article arw

The vast majority of Americans believe the benefits of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine outweigh any risks it may present—and what’s more, those risks are low—according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas — Lubbock ISD had a meeting on Tuesday night discussing current safety measures in place, asking the public about introducing new programs, some of which would arm teachers.  LISD Superintendent, Kathy Rollo said a 2018 bond allowed them to make several upgrades, like new surveillance cameras, and two-way communication in the event of a tragedy and controlled visitor entry.  “Lubbock ISD belongs to this community these are our stakeholders,” Rollo said. “So it’s very important to have the voice of those that we serve.” view article arw

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In an effort to combat the spread of the flu, school districts are urging parents to get their children a flu shot if they haven’t already, and to sanitize their children’s backpacks and send them off with hand sanitizer.  Dallas County Health and Human Services said in the week ended December 28, 2019, they had at least 16 positive flu tests in the county.  During that same week, 130 people were admitted to the hospital. view article arw

HARLINGEN - Doctors and school districts across the country are alerting on what's shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in decades.  Doctors are urging everyone to get the flu shot and  most schools are taking extra steps to disinfect and protect from the flu.   Harlingen CISD's Health Services and Wellness Coordinator Michelle Davies says that the nurses at HCISD are required to follow all DSHS protocols and procedures. view article arw

Sometimes, after Clifton “Cliff” Martinez left his side job working security at an IHOP restaurant at 4 a.m., the San Antonio ISD police detective would drive past his father’s house to check on the security lights that illuminated the classic cars they both loved. But early Dec. 21, two other police officers came to Albert Martinez’s door. They said a fight had broken out inside the restaurant, and his son had moved it outside, but the intervention cost him his life. view article arw

Midlothian ISD schools resume classes tomorrow and the district is looking to make 2020 even safer for pedestrians. With pedestrian safety in mind, new procedures and ordinances are in place for schools located in Midlothian ISD. Here’s what you need to know to avoid tickets and tardies when dropping or picking up kids from school. view article arw

An upstate New York school district has begun using facial recognition technology to look for threats. But civil rights advocates want to stop it, saying it infringes on student privacy. The Lockport Central School District says it activated the system Thursday after meeting conditions set by the state, including that no students be programmed in. view article arw

Doctors and school districts across the country are alerting on what's shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in decades. Doctors are urging everyone to get the flu shot and most schools are taking extra steps to disinfect and protect from the flu. view article arw

In 2018, 3.6 million middle and high school students in the United States used e-cigarettes, according to data supplied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Dec. 17, 2019, 54 deaths had been reported for patients diagnosed with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury, or EVALI, per the CDC. view article arw

Grace Brown’s schedule at West Potomac High School in northern Virginia is filled with all the usual academics, and she's packed in Latin, chorus and piano as extras. What she can’t cram into the 8:10 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. school day is gym class. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- One student has been expelled and now faces criminal charges after a fireworks blast went off during lunch at Klein Forest High School.  Authorities were called to the campus for a possible explosion around 1 p.m.  "They popped the fireworks right in front of me," said senior Tiffany Doiron. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO – School districts across Texas are training certain employees on how to stop the bleed as required by a new state law, House Bill 496. HB 496, which went into effect at the beginning of this year, requires independent school districts and charter schools to place bleeding control kits in schools and train certain staff members on how to stop the bleed.  Districts are also required to offer stop the bleed training to students in seventh grade and above, but students aren’t required to take it. view article arw

INGLESIDE, Texas — The Ingleside Independent School District put out a notice to parents Monday to disinfect their child's backpack to help stop the spread of flu.  The district said they are not alone in dealing with the widespread sickness across much of the country. Over the winter break they were looking for small suggestions that could help them stop the flu from spreading. view article arw

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In an effort to combat the spread of the flu, school districts are urging parents to get their children a flu shot if they haven’t already, and to sanitize their children’s backpacks and send them off with hand sanitizer.  Dallas County Health and Human Services said in the week ended December 28, 2019, they had at least 16 positive flu tests in the county. view article arw

MedStar has seen a significant rise in the number of patients it has treated this flu season compared to the last for the illness. Influenza-like illnesses are up more than 30% this year compared to the same time last season, said MedStar spokesperson Matt Zavadsky.  The Tarrant County ambulance service has also seen a 59% increase in the number of patients treated from November to December, Zavadsky said.  view article arw

Lubbock ISD is considering allowing teachers and administrators to carry on campus under two different programs. In Texas, public school teachers can carry firearms under the school marshal program and under the guardian program.  view article arw

In 2018, 3.6 million middle and high school students in the United States used e-cigarettes, according to data supplied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Dec. 17, 2019, 54 deaths had been reported for patients diagnosed with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury, or EVALI, per the CDC.  Amid rising national awareness of vaping, e-cigarette usage and Juuling from teenagers and young adults, Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto ISDs have taken steps to raise community awareness surrounding the dangers of e-cigarette usage, particularly in teenagers and young adults. view article arw

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Walking with a handfull of fellow bus drivers, Addie Allen steps out into the daylight from the Round Rock ISD Transportation East Facility.  Hundreds of buses sit glistening in the sun, an uncomfortable and sticky work environment up until a few years ago. 

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SAN ANGELO — The San Angelo public school district said it is taking precautions after a shooting was reported near a northside elementary school Monday morning. At 2:21 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, police responded to an incident in the 1600 block of Volney Street, the same block as John H. Reagan Elementary School, according to an email from San Angelo ISD's communications department.   The shooting happened hours before children were returning to classrooms from winter break.  view article arw

With the new year, new laws are in place in Texas. One of those laws requires all schools in Texas to have “Stop the Bleed” kits on site and have staff trained to use them. The kit includes a tourniquet, gauze, trauma dressing, gloves, scissors and instructions showing how to prevent blood loss. view article arw

Last year, Texas lawmakers took a stand to make schools more safe and secure through multiple bills and new laws. However, some Parker County school administrators say that their districts’ protocols and policies are ahead of the curve.  After 2018’s school shooting at Santa Fe High School, school safety bills became a priority in the legislature.  One of these new laws is Senate Bill 11, which focuses on expanding mental health initiatives, strengthening safety and emergency protocols and providing funding to districts to increase safety and security on campuses, according to the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

The White House announced Thursday that it will ban fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors from small, cartridge-based e-cigarettes, while menthol and tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes will remain on the market. The announcement comes on the heels of new legislation signed by President Donald Trump Dec. 20, 2019 to raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. It is now illegal to sell any tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes, to anyone under 21. view article arw

Schools these days are taking on more and more of the responsibility that falls through the cracks of the social safety net. This includes helping students who are experiencing homelessness or unstable housing as they continue to pursue their education.  Students in grade school experiencing unstable housing can have a harder time focusing because they are under stress, may not be sleeping in a safe environment, or may not be getting sufficient nutrition. Unstable housing can lead to unstable behavior that can greatly affect how they do in school. Supporting these students gives them a better chance at success while they face challenges outside of school. view article arw

A new Texas law that requires all public schools and open-enrollment charter schools to implement a traumatic injury response protocol went into effect Jan. 1.  This protocol includes bleeding control kits.  Texas has seen at least nine shootings at schools in the last five years. view article arw

A Coppell ISD fifth-grader has died after contracting the flu. In a prepared statement, district Superintendent Brad Hunt said that 10-year-old Jaxon Campbell, a student at Austin Elementary School, died Dec. 27 while visiting relatives during winter break. Hunt said Jaxon had come down with the flu but noted that Dallas County health officials had yet to confirm his cause of death. view article arw

With training from Backyard Brains Do-It-Yourself Neuroscience under their belts, educators from Ector County ISD are preparing to roll out the course in the 2020-2021 school year.  Chief Innovation Officer Jason Osborne said a total of nine people attended training in Ann Arbor, Mich., with Backyard Brains, including an English Language Arts coordinator, instructional specialist, an elementary school and middle school teacher. view article arw