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ABILENE, Texas — After being criticized by angry parents for not closing during Wednesday's ice storm, both Abilene ISD and Wylie ISD have announced they will be closed Thursday.  "To ensure the safety of our students and staff, the Abilene Independent School District will be closed Thursday, (Feb. 22) due to inclement weather and poor driving conditions," said Scott L. McLean, Associate Superintendent of Operations. view article arw

Ice causes power outages

February 2207:20 AM
 

As of 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, 2,960 Oncor customers were without power in Wise County due to the ongoing icy weather. Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said tree trimming crews were out trying to cut limbs away from lines and linemen were working to restore power.  Ice collecting on lines and trees were responsible for most of the outages. “The lines get heavy and droop into the trees or the trees get heavy, bend and break and fall into the lines,” Easley said. “They are usually cut seven feet away from the lines, but when they get heavy they bend toward the lines.” view article arw

ELYSIAN FIELDS, TX (KLTV) - Classes are canceled for one East Texas school district due to flooded roads. According to the Elysian Fields ISD website, schools will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 22, due to the flooded roads in the area. view article arw

To date, the 2017-18 school year has been fraught with weather-related closures, but the Spring and Klein ISD calendars have not been extended. KISD and SISD were each closed for more than a week in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in late August, but the Texas Education Commission granted a waiver of 10 days to districts affected by flooding. view article arw

Vidor ISD receives awards from CAS

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Vidor Independent School District will receive a $500 gift and two awards ​from CAS (Claims Administrative Services).  The funds will come from the Annie Ozella Jones Memorial Student Scholarship and the Billy E. Hibbs Safety Awards. Ozella Jones had a love for children and a love for education. She spent her life dedicated to the education of children. Her goal was to give each child she taught the drive to learn more. She taught thousands of children during her 25 years in education at the New Boston Independent School District in New Boston, Texas. view article arw

Classes at Sunray Independent School District are canceled until Wednesday due to high cases of flu.  view article arw

A 17-year-old Katy ISD student is facing a felony charge after he allegedly shot a pig in the head on campus grounds, according to authorities. Jacob Mullins was charged with a felony for carrying a prohibited weapon at the agricultural sciences facility Wednesday after school. "A high school student who was attempting to move a livestock project to a processing facility decided to terminate the animal on site prior to transporting it," the district said Friday in a statement to parents. "The student used a firearm to conduct this activity." view article arw

A Brownwood ISD employee was fired during an investigation into the disappearance of several student computers. District officials noticed the computers were missing in early December, prompting an internal investigation that involved the use of tracking software to find the computers on January 12, according to a press release from BISD. view article arw

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -It’s a phone call no parent ever wants to receive. “My heart was in my stomach, said Hudson ISD parent Amber Page. “It was very nerve-racking.” Page's daughter texted her around 11:30 a.m. and said they were evacuating the school due to a bomb threat.  “We stood in a line for 35 minutes in our vehicles to get up to school. We saw cops, Texas Rangers, and state troopers,” Page said.  According to Superintendent Donny Webb, the strong law enforcement presence is what helped them handle the whole circumstance. view article arw

CANTON, TX (KLTV) - The Canton ISD superintendent has released a statement in regards to a rumor circulating on campus that kids at the high school may be in danger. Mr. Jay Tullos released the following statement on Thursday.  Dear Parent, Earlier this week an individual made inappropriate comments on social media. The incident was handled swiftly and in accordance toDistrict Policy.  Campus Administration, in conjunction with local Law Enforcement Officials, have thoroughly investigated the situation.  It appears now on social media the facts have been exaggerated.  To be clear, the comments were not directed at a particular student and there was never any mention of bringing firearms to a school campus.  Obviously, being a student discipline issue, we cannot disclose details of the incident.  However, the individual involved is not on campus.  Please know that we have and will continue to take every precaution available to ensure the safety of each of our students at all times.   If you have concerns, please contact myself or CHS Principal, Mr. Dusty Spencer,  Respectfully, Jay Tullos Superintendent view article arw

A local community has come together for a group of students whose livestock was mauled to death by a pack of dogs. "It's devastating for these kids," said Tara Jurica, owner of Arcola Feeds, in Arcola. Three feral dogs burrowed under a fence Sunday, gaining access to the animals, which were housed at Fort Bend ISD's Ronnie Davis Agricultural in Missouri City, the school district confirmed. view article arw

Days lost to bad weather so far in Clear Creek ISD will only mean that elementary and intermediate students won't get to go home early on a few days that had been marked for early release. But the loss of more class days might mean the district would take additional steps, such as tacking more time to each school day. "In the event there is another weather closure, we will approach it with the same discipline and look at ways to restore instructional time so that our students are best-prepared for the next grade level," Superintendent Greg Smith said. view article arw

Newschannel 6 has confirmed Fowler Elementary will be closed on Tuesday due to a water main break at the campus.  WFISD officials made the decision Monday afternoon as work continued to fix the water main.  Attending school was optional for students Monday due to the early morning water main break. view article arw

Beaumont ISD will open up applications for all "key positions" at the combined Ozen/Central campus, including principals and coaches, Superintendent John Frossard said Monday. Current principals, administrators and head coaches at both schools will compete with external applicants for the top jobs at the new 6A school, he said. Because the combined campus will be overstaffed, and the positions are open to new applicants, some current employees will be reassigned to other BISD schools. view article arw

Spring and Klein ISDs have each lost a number of school days to weather this year. Up to 10 days lost to Hurricane Harvey in August and September were waived by the Texas Education commissioner, but two snow days in January claimed the districts’ additional cushion of time for inclement weather this year. Neither school will extend the school year unless there are additional bad weather days this year. Here is how each made up the lost time: view article arw

A man is accused of exposing himself to several girls and women near Klein Collins High School in Spring. "I think it's a disgrace, all these people, these businesses around here should have their cameras up and ready. they should be rolling and when they do catch him, the need to put him underneath the jail,' Donna Malachi said. view article arw

Clear Creek ISD has announced its plans to make up for the missed school days during the winter weather streak that paralyzed the city, it announced Thursday.  The school announced it will cancel three previously scheduled early release days for elementary and intermediate schools.  view article arw

Before the second week of school ended in August, homes and buildings flooded due to Hurricane Harvey, forcing Spring ISD to cancel classes. With the help of three grants, the district is seeking to help students, families and staff who endured flooded homes and vehicles to get back on their feet. The Spring ISD board of trustees voted to approve a $336,900 grant from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund created by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. view article arw

WEST, Texas (KWTX) Nearly five years after the deadly fertilizer plant explosion, the West Independent School District is returning home. The former high school and middle school has been transformed into the new West ISD administration building, which administrators moved into this week.  “What we heard from the community is they’d like to see the building possibly look like it did when they attended school here, and so we have a wonderful Board of Trustees, and they took that and ran," said David Truitt, Superintendent of Schools for West ISD. view article arw

Not enough classroom hours to meet state standards led Hays CISD officials to add a weather make-up day on Feb. 19. But many parents and students are crying out, with some citing the district’s plan to bank minutes to avoid such emergency measures. According to a letter sent to parents, students and educators, Hays CISD is out of “banked instructional minutes for the year,” which places the district under Texas’ minimum time requirement. view article arw

Marshall ISD:  You should be receiving an official letter of notification in the next day or so regarding this, but we wanted to go ahead and share this information as it relates to adjustments to our district calendar and daily schedule in response to the weather days we had to take last week: view article arw

Keep this picture in mind when making weather related decisions - js - SUTTON, Mass. -- Frightening video shows an out-of-control school bus sliding down an icy hill Tuesday morning, CBS Boston reports. Cheryl Kearney Katz shared video to Facebook of the bus sliding down Peach Tree Drive at about 7:10 a.m. local time.  It spins around and takes out mailboxes before crashing into a car that also appeared to have spun out.  "Oh my goodness!" Katz can be heard saying in the video. You can watch the entire clip in the video player above. view article arw

Most Houston ISD schools will stay in session for 10 additional minutes for the rest of the school year to make up for instructional time lost in last week's icy weather. The decision means Houston ISD won't add days to the school calendar or change the district's holiday schedule. view article arw

Port Arthur ISD will make up for last week's weather cancellations by holding class on a holiday and a Saturday, the district announced Tuesday. The district will hold class on President's Day, Feb. 19, and on Saturday, March 3. view article arw

Houston ISD announced Tuesday afternoon it will add minutes to the end of each school day to make up for last week's closures because of the ice storm that blanketed the region. HISD will add extra minutes to the end of each school day for the remainder of the 2017-18 year. The added minutes will make up for instruction time lost to this month's winter ice storm, which closed schools for two days Jan. 16-17. view article arw

 Del Valle Independent School District has announced its school makeup days. view article arw

A fast- burning grass fire shut down Interstates 20 and 30 for hours Monday afternoon, one of a handful of fires that popped up when North Texas was ripe for burning. The fire torched more than 1,000 acres as it danced along I-20 and I-30 in eastern Parker and western Tarrant counties, threatening homes in Willow Park and forcing widespread evacuations, including two elementary schools in the Aledo district. The busy stretches of freeways were shut down for much of the afternoon, but as the thick smoke subsided, they reopened between 4:30 and 5 p.m. view article arw

Hamshire-Fannett ISD may release middle and high school students early this morning due to "water issues" in the district. view article arw

School districts across greater Houston are working to determine if they need to add extra days to their academic calendars or extra minutes to their school days to make up two days missed this week due to icy weather. Area students have already missed two weeks or more of classes during the current school year as a result of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding it triggered. view article arw

Bowie County, TX - A tornado touched down in Bowie County Sunday night. De Kalb ISD will be starting late on Monday due to the storm. Schools will open at 10 A.M. The National Weather Service reported the tornado first touched down northeast of Winnsboro, TX which received some damage. Damage was also reported in and around De Kalb, Texas. NWS reported that trees and power lines were downed in the storm and buildings were damaged view article arw

At least eleven school districts have closed in Texas due to a flu outbreak. Each school that closed had at least 20% of their student population call out sick on Wednesday. Gunter School District said they had 253 of their students out sick, which is about 30% of their student population. view article arw

Port Arthur ISD and Lamar State College Port Arthur will be closed Friday due to problems with the city's water system. "After assessing the water levels at each school, we have determined that we do not have enough assurance that the schools would be able to function," PAISD said in a Facebook post. "Therefore, we will close school tomorrow and work with the City to get the District back on track." view article arw

The Spring ISD board of trustees reviewed the annual report of the district’s educational performance and the Texas Academic Performance Report on Thursday night as well as accepted several grants that will help students, staff and their families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Here are some of the key points hit at the meeting, which was postponed from Tuesday night due to the winter weather that closed schools for two days this week. view article arw

GUNTER, TX — For the second time this year, a North Texas school district has announced it will close for a week after a recent outbreak of the flu and other seasonal sicknesses. Gunter ISD announced the closure Wednesday after 253 students were absent across the district.   All school facilities in Gunter will be closed districtwide until Wednesday, Jan. 24 while buses and other spaces are disinfected by a GermBlast, a professional company that specializes in sanitizing buildings. The district's custodial staff will also work to deep-clean school buildings. view article arw

BONHAM, TEXAS - The hallways at Bonham schools will stay empty for the next five school days. It was a decision ultimately made by Superintendent Marvin Beaty after consultation with the state health department and the school board.  "You hate to make the call because you know it's difficult for other people," Beaty said.  The flu has taken its toll on the district's campuses. On Tuesday 14 percent of its students were gone. With a district of 1900 kids, that's 266 students who didn't show.  "We just had to stop the cycle," said Beaty. view article arw