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ARANSAS PASS — This should be Yahaira Montemayor’s fourth week in school. Instead, the 7-year-old whiles away her days at her grandmother’s house and spends her nights huddled in a single bed with her mother and three siblings. While other students across Texas sit in classrooms, 13-year-old Raul Fuentes helps his mother clean tables at the taqueria where she works as a waitress.  Jordan Martin, who should have started his senior year in high school, lives in a camper anchored to his football coach’s driveway. view article arw

Refugio schools find way to reopen

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For Michael Moore, sitting in a makeshift Refugio school office in the gym's foyer without air conditioning felt more normal than the past three weeks. "This is not what any of us planned," Michael, 18, said Monday. "We are still a family, we are all strong and we will be all right." The senior was among many Refugio school district students who began the school year Monday. The start of the year was delayed because of Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

As Harvey recovery aid starts coming in, some Southeast Texans are facing tough decisions — and asking hard questions. Here's what you need to know: Some updates out of Houston: Start off with this read on how low-income residents in the car-centric city of Houston are still struggling after Harvey destroyed their vehicles. It's the domino effect — those affected from the storm already have to buy new clothes and find new places to live; most can't do that without income or transportation, and many in southeast Texas now have to repair or buy new cars.  view article arw

It's been a little over three weeks since Kingwood High School was inundated with flood waters spawned by Hurricane Harvey's rainfall. The campus was forced to shut down, and faculty and officials had a short amount of time to not only regroup and decide how the school year would continue. They would have to essentially find a new school that students will call home for the year ahead."When we walked through it, we knew we weren't going to have school soon," recalled Humble ISD superintendent, Dr. Elizabeth Fagen.   view article arw

Students displaced by Hurricane Harvey are starting the school year in Odessa. As of now, the district says they have a total of 18 students enrolled from the Houston area. view article arw

Even before Hurricane Harvey hit, a storm was brewing for some of Houston’s lowest-performing schools. Just 10 days before the hurricane made landfall in Texas, the state education department released its latest school ratings, putting the city on notice. After several consecutive years of poor academic performance, 10 of Houston’s long-struggling schools had once again failed to make the grade, putting the nation’s seventh-largest district in danger of state intervention, including a possible takeover. Now, following several weeks of missed classes, millions of dollars in damage to school facilities and supplies, and displacement for millions of Texas students, state lawmakers and education officials are debating how to proceed with a state law that holds schools accountable for student academic performance. view article arw

Weeks after Hurricane Harvey battered Southeast Texas, local school districts say only a handful of evacuated families have enrolled students at their campuses.  But everyone's ready to take in evacuated students as needed, in addition to continued fundraising efforts from students and school communities.  "The district is prepared to enroll any students who may have evacuated as a result of Hurricane Harvey," Hallsville Superintendent Jeff Collum said, noting the Texas Education Agency has several policies in place for enrolling evacuees. "We will operate in compliance with these procedures and welcome any students who may have been displaced." view article arw

Little Cypress-Mauriceville students will have half-days when classes start next week while four campuses damaged by flooding are repaired, the district announced. Almost all of LC-M's campuses had "extensive damage" from Tropical Storm Harvey, leaving the district with just two schools to house more than 3,000 students. Students will have split schedules at LC-M High School, Little Cypress Intermediate School and North Orange Baptist Church, with students attending for about four hours each day. Classes are scheduled to begin Wednesday. view article arw

Former Shell Oil Co. president Marvin Odum, a Houston native, will lead the city's recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Thursday.  Turner said he wants Odum to push local leaders out of their comfort zones, not only coordinating with public officials and leaders from the business and nonprofit sectors, but also highlighting what steps the city must take before the next storm strikes.  "I'm not looking for a report. We have a whole lot of reports," Turner said. "What I'm asking Marvin to do is to push us forward, to be a part of the rebuilding process, to push us to do more at all levels, to push us to make this city more resilient."  Meanwhile, in Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott tapped Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush to head the state's housing recovering from Harvey. view article arw

A community slammed by Hurricane Harvey is showing signs of returning to normal. The Ingleside Independent School District has decided when they will reopen their school system. Superintendent Troy Mircovich said they are going to open Sept. 21 to give Ingleside residents time to register and come in so that they can determine how much space they have for displaced students from around the area. "Then on the 25th, that's when displaced students that are fro view article arw

At first glance, the venue for the Summer Creek BizCom looked like a construction site with unfinished business, but a more focused look drew the audience toward the dressed up tables with alternating white and blue fabric surrounded by windows stretching from floor to ceiling and illuminating the room with sunlight.  The Thursday meeting was moved from Summer Creek High School to McCord Development, 250 Assay St., as Kingwood High School students joined Summer Creek students on campus while Kingwood High School undergoes construction after it was damaged by flooding during Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

Return to regular routine for families

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Kids shouldered brightly colored backpacks, some eagerly and some reluctantly, and posed for pictures outside Roy Guess Elementary as a steady stream of people entered the brick building. "You take care of my baby," one woman called out to a teacher standing outside the door as she left. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) on Thursday issued a warning about a phishing email scam directed at teachers and school systems across the state. The email, which bears the ATPE logo and an outdated TEA logo, comes from a non-TEA email address and appears to target teachers with the following message: view article arw

Some damaged Texas schools still closed

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Most Texas school districts in counties hit by Harvey have opened or will soon reopen, but officials at eight school districts in the Beaumont area as well as some in the Corpus Christi area still aren’t sure when they’ll start classes. State Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the State Board of Education Wednesday morning that more than 1.4 million public school students are in counties affected by the storm. The timing of the storm thrust into uncertainty the start date for many districts as well how school boards would approve their budgets which must be done by Aug. 31 of each year. view article arw

Four out of six schools in the Little Cypress- Mauriceville district suffered major damage from floodwaters in Tropical Storm Harvey. School isn't back in session yet. "The flood impacted everyone here. Mauriceville for sure my house flooded," said Ryder Huffman, a LCM Hish school student. view article arw

TEA offers waiver to impacted districts

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“There are no absences on the first day of school,” reminded Navasota ISD Superintendent Dr. Stu Musick. With no absences able to be recorded, a district’s enrollment, and therefore funding, is based on those first day attendance numbers, which posed a problem for many districts impacted by Hurricane Harvey. As one of the 51 counties included in Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency declaration, the districts within Grimes County will be allowed to apply for a waiver with the Texas Education Agency to avoid making up the five days missed due to the storm. view article arw

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday announced the launch by the Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas of www.RebuildTexas.Today, a real-time information resource for local officials in the communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The website will provide the most current and reliable information on state and federal resources available for the rebuilding of infrastructure, including roads, bridges, schools and government buildings. view article arw

 Ingleside ISD students impacted by Hurricane Harvey are one step closer in getting back to the classroom. Superintendent Troy Mircovich says the district is ready to open up the schools to return students on Thursday, September 21. view article arw

Teachers and students headed back to school in Houston ISD and 11 other districts. Some classrooms flooded; and those teachers lost a lot of tools and supplies. Whole school libraries were destroyed on some campuses. School may look a lot different to many kids going back, but there are ways you can help get them back on track. view article arw

Bloomington Elementary School students will take second glances at their new classroom as they begin the school year Tuesday. "It will take some getting used to," said Louise Torres, principal. "After the novelty wears off, we will be OK." Teachers worked Wednesday to transition classrooms to the district's Federal Emergency Management Agency dome because of Hurricane Harvey damage. view article arw

Students at Vidor ISD's Oak Forest Elementary and Vidor Middle School will be split between four other campuses after they were damaged by flooding, the district announced.  view article arw

A South Texas police department called "fake news" on a Washington Post report officials claimed sensationalized the effects of Hurricane Harvey, which was a Category 4 storm at landfall, on the town. The Aransas Pass Police Department shared a photo of CNN's logo changed to say "Fake News Network," on Facebook Tuesday. The post included a link not to CNN but to a Washington Post article titled: "'Nowhere else to go': Small Texas towns decimated by hurricane struggle to rebuild amid poverty." view article arw

Many HISD schools are back in session while contractors are working hard at the remaining campuses to assess damage and make sure they're safe for students to return on either Sept. 18 or 25. Kolter Elementary in southwest Houston was one of the schools that suffered the worst damage in the storm. view article arw

For the roughly 900 Thompson Intermediate School students whose campus was devastated by flooding from Hurricane Harvey, school started this week on schedule, but in unfamiliar surroundings. They've been relocated to the district's Collaborative Learning Center, which also houses Beverly Hills Intermediate School. Offices previously used for administration was reconfigured into a series of partitions to serve as classrooms and offices for Thompson students and faculty. view article arw

Almost 700 miles separate Tiffany Bietz from her hometown, but after hearing reports of flooded homes and lost memories, it might as well have been happening in her own backyard. “We’ve been gone from here for 10 years but we have lifelong friends here we have cared about and been concerned about,” said Bietz, a Columbia Lakes native who is now principal at Wright Elementary in Perryton, a stone’s throw from the Oklahoma state line. “We knew we couldn’t come down here with a rowboat and a tractor truck, but we can mobilize.” view article arw

Teachers at Mayes elementary are doing their part to help with Harvey relief efforts by adopting classrooms in the Texas Gulf Coast area. "And so I signed up, I got matched with a second grade classroom in Friendswood, Texas and I've been in contact with that teacher and we've just been trying to figure out what her needs are and what her class needs are," Mayes second grade teacher Lacie Giasson said. view article arw

By the time Katy ISD reopened Sept. 11, after Tropical Storm Harvey paralyzed the district for six days, thousands of students and staff had been personally affected. As of Sept. 11, an estimated 15,007 of the 77,835 enrolled KISD students were directly affected, many of whose families will have to start over, district spokesperson Maria DiPetta said. In addition, about 2,600 KISD employees experienced water damage to their homes or vehicles. view article arw

Employees with Port Neches-Groves Independent School District won’t have to worry about lost time off due to Hurricane Harvey thanks to its school board. view article arw

A fire has destroyed a Tampa, Florida, elementary school that was in a neighborhood that had just had power restored after Hurricane Irma hit the state. The fire at Lee Elementary Magnet School of World Studies and Technology was first reported Tuesday evening around 6:45 p.m. view article arw

Posters held high at a midday news conference Monday warned of “men in bathrooms with little girls.” The signs spoke to the concerns of several groups in opposition to the updated San Antonio Independent School District non-discrimination policy adopted Aug. 21. “This has nothing to do with bathrooms or showers or locker rooms,” said Leslie Price, the district’s spokeswoman. Price said in addition to prohibiting discrimination, harassment and retaliation by gender, religion or national origin, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation are now included. view article arw

While area football teams hit the practice field last Monday for the first time since being sidelined by Hurricane Harvey, both players and coaches have continued  to join with other student-athletes in the Alvin, Manvel and Shadow Creek high school athletic programs to help those affected by the historic flood waters. Alvin ISD athletic director Mike Bass summed up the district wide effort in general. “I think the greatest time strength is shown is in the time of need,” Bass said. “The school district under of the charge of Dr. Buck Gilcrease and our head coaches said we’re going to give back to the community. Our prayer to the good Lord upstairs was that if there was a 12-hour day of work, he would give us the strength for 14 hours, so we could help out each other as much as possible. view article arw

As Clear Creek ISD students returned to school for the first time since Hurricane Harvey last week, workers were still busy at many campuses making storm-related repairs. A district resource center manned by over 500 volunteers is offering assistance to people needing clothing and other basic supplies. view article arw

University Interscholastic League Deputy Director Jamey Harrison has lived through and experienced the aftermath of a major hurricane.  Harrison was the superintendent at Bridge City when Hurricane Rita hit the Texas coast in 2005, and in the hours, days and weeks after Hurricane Harvey, Harrison knew what those towns, families and school administrators were going through.  Which is part of the reason Harrison and the UIL were committed to doing what they could to help the affected districts after Harvey. Friday, the UIL created an exception for students displaced from the area where Harvey made landfall to enroll and attend another school district while still playing for their original school. view article arw

RICHMOND, Texas (KTRK) -- They're calling it the Fort Bend ISD "reboot."  Teachers started back Monday and students will return Tuesday.  A number of schools were damaged or flooded by Hurricane Harvey.  As the storm hit, a tornado damaged parts of Ridge Point High School. It even had some minor structural damage.   view article arw

Ten of the Houston area's largest school districts reopened Monday after a two-week delay caused by Hurricane Harvey, returning a sense of routine to a community still reeling from massive flooding.  More than 600,000 children went back to classes for the fall, easing the burden on parents and others who had scrambled to find caregivers. The day marked the largest return of students since Harvey dumped as much as 51 inches of rain on parts of the Houston region, destroying the homes of thousands of children and damaging dozens of campuses.  Houston ISD, the state's largest district, kicked off its school year by opening 243 of its 284 campuses. As of last week, administrators had expected only 202 campuses to resume operations Monday. view article arw