HOUSTON — HISD has announced it will close on Friday after taking a lot of heat for not canceling classes on Thursday. "All HISD schools and offices are closed and classes are canceled for Friday, September 20 to allow our students and staff time to recover from the conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Imelda and prepare our buildings," the district said in a statement released just after 8 p.m.  view article arw

Many people are wondering why the Houston Independent School District didn't close its campuses Thursday as Tropical System Imelda battered the region with rain. Students were stranded, and several parents said they were worried about the safety of their kids. view article arw

All West Orange – Cove schools will be closed on Friday, Sept. 20. After school activities are also cancelled for Friday — this includes the varsity football game. Students and employees should not report for work or classes on Friday. view article arw

Heavy rainfall from now-downgraded Imelda continued to wreak havoc Thursday for much of southeast Texas, where officials across multiple counties and in the city of Houston were dealing with impassable roadways, downed trees, power outages,  hundreds of high-water rescues,  fast-rising water and in one small town, a hospital evacuation. Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state of disaster for 13 counties in southeast Texas, including Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange and San Jacinto, as widespread flooding continues to stall services. view article arw

Incessant rain impacts school schedules

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With floodwaters rising from the incessant rainfall of a tropical depression, delays in the start of classes for today were announced for multiple campuses across Southeast Texas. The following school statuses had been reported as of Wednesday night for Thursday: view article arw

HOUSTON — Several local school districts, colleges and other institutions will be closed or have delayed openings Wednesday due to severe thunderstorms moving across the Houston area. view article arw

  • Deweyville ISD closed Sept. 19th
  • Kirbyville CISD will be closed Thursday, Sept. 19
  • And many more..........
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Spring ISD officials announced earlier today that the district would be canceling all after-school activities Sept. 18 due to inclement weather conditions from Tropical Storm Imelda.  view article arw

Some students in Texas City Independent School District got an early release due to a busted water main. The district shared a Facebook post Tuesday saying students at La Marque High School and La Marque Middle School will be dismissed early due a ruptured water main affecting both the schools.  view article arw

As Tropical Depression Imelda pummels the Southeast Texas coast, multiple school districts have canceled classes Wednesday. Galveston ISD cancelled classes, while Houston ISD cancelled after-school activities and sporting events. The University of Houston also said it will delay classes until 10 a.m. The districts announced the move shortly after the National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Depression 11 into Imelda, which is expected to bring rain and flooding to much of the Greater Houston area into Thursday. view article arw

School districts are entitlement based bastions whose decision making processes heavily weight social considerations at the expense of prudent business practices.  Ask almost any Texas school district what their experience has been under self-funded health plans either now or in the past (prior to TRS ActiveCare 2001) and you will likely get a negative response.  “We ended up $12 million in the hole and had to dip into general funds!” says an official of a Houston area school district. “When we left self-funding we had to come up with millions of dollars to pay runoff claims” says another district official in the Coastal Bend area of Texas. view article arw

Some Borderland parents are finding out months later that an elementary school student was bitten in the face by a police K-9 during career day. This happened on May 17. Speaking to parents Wednesday, CBS4 On Your Side told them what happened for the first time. view article arw

According to a post by Athens school officials, a bus was in a wreck Tuesday afternoon. The statement read: view article arw

A 12-year-old Columbia Brazoria ISD student with special needs is not eager to ride a school bus anytime soon after a frightening experience. Last week, Ashley said a bus driver told her to exit the bus on Highway 6 in West Columbia without any direction on how to get home. view article arw

A bolt of lightning struck an elevated electrical breaker box at the top of the Brownfield Independent School District Administration Building at 601 Tahoka Rd. Emergency personnel were called to the building Wednesday morning after lightning struck the building during a thunderstorm, according to The Brownfield News. view article arw

Many facilities have not been fully restored to able to withstand the recent weather in East Texas.  Alto ISD released its students at 1 p.m Wednesday due to flooding and water leaks at the schools after heavy rain Wednesday morning. As AISD is still awaiting funds from its insurance company related to the hail/tornado claims from Spring 2019, many of our facilities have not been fully restored to a condition that is able to withstand such weather. This is not due to the negligence of our vendors, or the failure of AISD to pay for the repair projects; rather, the insurance company has not remitted the necessary funds for needed repairs. AISD has been forced to borrow over $3 million dollars to ensure that our vendors are receiving payment for their existing work. Incurring additional debt necessary to fully complete all projects could compromise the District’s financial health, especially in light of the additional funding that is still anticipated from our insurance carrier. With that said, the safety and comfort of our students and staff is our utmost priority and District administration will continue to work toward solutions that will enable classes to continue uninterrupted. view article arw

SAN BENITO — An international insurance company says it is investigating allegations that a former school employee made against the San Benito school district.  David F. McCreary, vice president of Chubb North American Claims, states the company is investigating former after-school Director Jack Garcia’s allegation that the district misled the VISA credit card company regarding a $17,214 nonrefundable purchase of airline tickets to fly the chess team to Houston for a state championship tournament. view article arw

Even when public agencies and companies hit by ransomware could recover their files on their own, insurers prefer to pay the ransom. Why? The attacks are good for business.  On June 24, the mayor and council of Lake City, Florida, gathered in an emergency session to decide how to resolve a ransomware attack that had locked the city’s computer files for the preceding fortnight. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Stephen Witt led an invocation. “Our heavenly father,” Witt said, “we ask for your guidance today, that we do what’s best for our city and our community.” view article arw

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a State Disaster Declaration for seven counties in South Texas currently experiencing severe drought conditions resulting in an increased threat of wildfire. Governor Abbott has authorized the use of all available resources of state government and political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to address the situation.  "The state of Texas will do whatever is necessary to ensure local officials have the resources they need to respond to these drought conditions," said Governor Abbott. "I urge all Texans living in these counties to take necessary precautions and follow the guidance of local officials." view article arw

I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that exceptional drought conditions pose a threat of imminent disaster in Duval, Hall, Jim Hogg, Randall, Swisher, Webb, and Zapata counties.  WHEREAS, significantly low rainfall and prolonged dry conditions continue to increase the threat of wildfire across these portions of the state; and  WHEREAS, these drought conditions pose an imminent threat to public health, property, and the economy; view article arw

SAN BENITO — An international insurance company says it is investigating allegations that a former school employee made against the San Benito school district. David F. McCreary, vice president of Chubb North American Claims, states the company is investigating former after-school Director Jack Garcia’s allegation that the district misled the VISA credit card company regarding a $17,214 nonrefundable purchase of airline tickets to fly the chess team to Houston for a state championship tournament. view article arw

MOUNT ENTERPRISE, Texas — The Mount Enterprise Independent School District dismissed at 1:30 p.m. Thursday due to a water outage. The school reported the outage at around noon. view article arw

Texas Mutual Insurance Company has partnered with KXAN as part of our Simple Health Initiative! Marisela Cortes joined us to talk about keeping students — and teachers — safe and healthy this school year. Marisela says, “As parents send their kids back to school they trust educators to keep their children safe. Safety is an important component of school life, but it’s important for teachers to keep themselves safe as well.” view article arw

Due to a water wain break, school is cancelled for students at Plemons-Stinnett-Phillips CISD Wednesday, August 21st , according to PSPCISD Superintendent Bill Wiggins. view article arw

Summer is over and it’s back to school time for Alto students and teachers. However, it’s not only the start of a new school year for Alto ISD, it’s the beginning of something completely new. “As of now all of our classes, mostly, are in the portable area,” said Shanequa Redd-Dorsey, Alto High School Principal. “This is our new normal, everything is outside, our teachers have spent a lot of long hours working in those classrooms preparing and getting ready for students to come today.” view article arw

Classes on Tuesday, Aug. 20 have been canceled for all of the Comanche Independent School District (ISD). view article arw

Students, faculty, and staff returned to Alto Independent School District campuses for the first day of school on Monday. It was the first time many students returned to their respective campuses since a tornado damaged the high school building on April 13. The theme for the district is ‘Meet the Challenge’, which is appropriate considering much of the high school building is still closed while repairs are completed. Students and teachers are working out of portable buildings during that time. view article arw

School is back in session for three of the biggest districts in DFW. Many in North Texas have already started school, but Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington ISD students head back Monday morning. view article arw

Union Hill ISD has canceled classes for Monday, August 19 due to lack of power. view article arw

This week, thousands of students across Central Texas are headed back to school. For some families, it comes with the risk of an allergic reaction to food. Lakeway parents Alison and David DeStefano say they live with that worry every day. Their daughter Sophia was diagnosed with a severe, life-threatening tree nut allergy at 18 months old. Weeks ago, Sophia had an allergic reaction after accidentally eating pasta with pesto sauce and had to go to the hospital. view article arw

North Texas homeowners can no longer take advantage of a “free roof” under a new law that goes into effect Sept. 1.  Under Texas House Bill 2102 approved in the most recent legislative session, roofing contractors who offer to waive a homeowner’s deductible on their property insurance policy could face jail time.   The practice of waived deductibles by roofers became commonplace in North Texas, Zelle law firm attorney Steven Badger said.   “It became an expectation in North Texas that if you had hail damage, the contractor would waive your deductible and you would get a free roof,” Badger said.  view article arw

Athletes within the Lancaster Independent School District took some cutting-edge tests on Tuesday that district officials hope will better shield them from future injuries.  The district is now partnering with Elite X 360, a sports company founded by Shane Scott in Missouri that uses motion-sensing cameras to track and evaluate an athlete's movements.   view article arw

After a six-hour search, authorities found a Paradise man, who was reportedly seen earlier in the afternoon carrying a rifle near the Paradise High School football field, in the walls of the high school gym late Wednesday night. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said they found the man, Elvin Fox, 59, and a rifle, trapped in the walls near the locker room at 10 p.m. view article arw

A fire broke out at a Pearland elementary school early Thursday morning. It happened at Challenger Elementary School, located at 9434 Hughes Ranch Rd., at around midnight. The Pearland Fire Department says it started with an automatic alarm call. view article arw

We’re just two weeks away until students return back to school. Those in Alto ISD will return to a campus that’s still needs a lot of repairs. Superintendent Kelly West says crews are working long 16-hour days to complete the massive amount of work. “We will probably most likely be starting school with tarps with still on our roofs,” West said. view article arw