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TEP Barnett, the Fort Worth branch of Total, owns Rocking Horse, a fracking well site in Arlington that has become a site of controversy due to its proximity to a daycare center and homes. More than half of Arlington’s public school children attend classes within half a mile of a natural gas drilling site, prompting concerns about the effects of fracking on their health, according to a new report published Tuesday. A year-long investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting — which produces the popular news podcast Reveal — found that more than 30,000 Arlington kids go to school near a drilling site. Up to 7,600 infants and toddlers are dropped off at private daycares within the same half-mile radius of drilling, according to the center’s analysis.  Tarrant County, home to just over 4,000 wellheads, has the highest rate of birth defects among large counties in Texas, according to the center’s analysis. Drilling is also concentrated in neighborhoods where the majority of residents are people of color and lower-income, said Ranjana Bhandari, an activist interviewed extensively for the report published in the Texas Observer and Mother Jones.    (18) view article arw

WASHINGTON — Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott said Thursday that his state would build a wall along the border with Mexico and blamed President Joe Biden’s policies for a humanitarian crisis at the southern border. The Republican governor announced the plan to build the barrier at a border security summit he hosted in Del Rio, a city along Texas’ southwestern border, and said he would release more details next week. It’s unclear whether Abbott has the authority to build a wall on his state’s southern border; while some of the land is owned by the federal and state governments, much is also private property, which was an obstacle faced by the Trump administration in its efforts to construct a wall. At the summit, Abbott acknowledged it is the federal government’s responsibility to secure the border, but he said, “Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows.”    (14) view article arw

District leadership and the Safely Reopen CCISD committee said Clear Creek ISD will make as much of a return as possible to pre-pandemic operations for the 2021-22 school year, eliminating many of the previous school year’s restrictions and revising its COVID-19 protocols accordingly. The committee met three times in late May and early June to develop instructional, operational and health procedures for staff and students headed into the new school year. The 15 staffers, 15 parents and five students on the committee were tasked with identifying the COVID-19 health data points that would necessitate executing additional safety measures, including any mandating of masks. view article arw

Bart Rosebure has been named Plano Independent School District’s new Executive Director of Safety and Security. This news comes following the retirement of Rosebure’s predecessor, Joseph Parks. Rosebure is a former police officer who began his career as a teacher and coach, and previously worked as a security specialist with Plano ISD. “Safety is our top priority and Bart brings proven experience on the field and with school districts,” stated Plano ISD Chief Operations Officer Theresa Williams. “He also knows Plano ISD and brings strategic planning experience.” view article arw

Frisco ISD released plans this week to spend $6.1 million in federal grant funds on additional academic, mental health and social-emotional supports for students. The money comes from a coronavirus relief law passed by Congress in March and will make an impact for students over each of the next three school years. view article arw

Houston ISD students will be greeted by a new, heart-meltingly adorable friend when they return to school.  Jamaica the Bernedoodle is the first-ever comfort dog at the HISD Police Department, and her job is to help build trust between police officers and students, Police Chief Pete Lopez said.   “This is one of my efforts to help bring us closer to the community," he said. "Students see the dog and not the police officer. It helps everyone feel at ease.” view article arw

Summer school enrollment in Bryan and College Station, and many places in the U.S., is up significantly compared to 2019 due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruptive impact on education. The Associated Press reported earlier this month that in school districts across the country, summer enrollment was up – in some places drastically – compared to recent pre-pandemic years. The Bryan school district’s summer enrollment more than doubled compared to 2019, according to its director of curriculum and instruction. The enrollment jump was not universal – a recent Chicago Tribune article chronicled that city’s struggle to sign students up for summer school – but the AP reported that the U.S. Department of Education recently forecast an overall rise nationally in summer school participation, as families and districts alike strive to address the myriad effects of the pandemic on learning. view article arw

Temple ISD on Wednesday announced its safety protocols for students to return to school on Aug. 24 The 2021-22 plan, developed in conjunction with the Bell County Public Health District, was unveiled in an email to staff, students and parents Wednesday afternoon, the district said. view article arw

Katy ISD will offer more vaccine opportunities due to continued high demand. Katy ISD students 12 years of age and older are eligible. They are partnering with Randall's Pharmacy. Parents can make reservations online. view article arw

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (HSC), Tarrant County Public Health and the Fort Worth ISD are collaborating to provide pop-up vaccine sites at schools this summer. The first sites opened for operation this week (June 14-18). view article arw

Austin ISD will be holding enrollment clinics for support and resources to get children registered for the 2021-22 school year through June 24th. The district says that families can come to any of more than 50 districtwide enrollment clinics to receive help to enroll children for any campus or any grade. The clinics are scheduled through various locations in north, central and south Austin with morning, afternoon, and evening hours. To view hours and locations for the events, you can go to the AISD calendar website and search for the events on the calendar called “Enrollment Opportunities!” on selected days. view article arw

In the United States roughly one in five children has been a victim of cyberbullying. And with 95 percent of teens connected to the internet and 85 percent using social media, cyberbullying is an imminent threat. On this national Stop Cyberbullying Day we hope you will take a few minutes to talk with your children about your expectations of their behavior on-line and expectations when it comes to cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a virtual form of bullying. The principals of traditional bullying remain: Someone repeatedly picks on, harasses, intimidates, threatens, or humiliates a particular person, with the intent to harm. But unlike old-school bullying, cyberbullying attacks can be launched anytime of the day, are hard to defend against, and have the potential to draw hundreds if not thousands of other people into the attack unwittingly. No one is there to intervene and often the attacks are anonymous, so you don’t even know who is targeting you. Read more: The Gilmer Mirror - Parents on the front line of defense against cyberbullying view article arw

SAN MARCOS – The Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University has released a new public service announcement to recognize the efforts and sacrifices that school personnel have made daily during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure students thrive. The PSA video, “You Are Our Heroes!” was created to honor the incredible efforts put forth by everyone in Texas’ school communities the past two years. Viewable at https://txssc.txstate.edu/videos/our-heroes/, the downloadable video celebrates school administrators, school-based law enforcement, school staff, teachers and parents. view article arw

Fort Worth ISD added precautions at its outdoor high school graduation ceremonies due to the heat. Fort Worth ISD on Tuesday advised spectators to consider if they should attend graduations in-person, because "the climate has been declared unhealthy." view article arw

VICTORIA, Texas—Victoria ISD will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our community and implement prevention as needed. For the 2021-2022 school year, at this time, VISD will not require mask wearing. Those who wish to continue to wear a mask to mitigate COVID-19 transmission can do so. At this time, VISD will not offer an optional choice of virtual learning. However, virtual learning will be available to students who are in quarantine due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or close view article arw

“Get Out the Vaccine” events seek to boost the number of protected people in the city and the state.About 20 volunteers, mostly students from southern Oak Cliff high schools, led a door-to-door canvassing effort recently to push the COVID-19 vaccine in the neighborhood.  It is among the areas of Dallas County with the lowest vaccination rates. view article arw

Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, “12 Mighty Orphans” — based on a true story and screening Monday at the Tribeca Festival — features Martin Sheen in the role of Doc Hall, a jovial man devoted to his work at the Fort Worth Masonic Home and the orphans who live there. Under the tutelage of Rusty Russell (Luke Wilson), the orphaned boys go from underdogs to formidable football players, making their home state proud. - Daily News    (14) view article arw

A former girls basketball coach and history teacher at Katy Independent School District admitted in federal court Friday in Houston that he’d amassed a collection of child pornography on his personal devices. Wearing a suit and tie before U.S. District Judge David Hittner, Bradley Britton, 35, pleaded guilty to receiving and possessing child pornography between July 1, 2018, and May 23, 2019. The judge set sentencing for Sept. 6. view article arw

The possibility that the vaccine won’t work — or that, as some worry, it could even hurt them — is a devastating blow after a year of sacrifice, isolation and waiting for protection against the virus.  Like many people who followed a strict quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic, Kristen Patton hasn’t seen her extended family for more than a year.  But unlike other Texans who, like her, have been fully vaccinated against the virus, Patton’s life is not likely to go back to normal any time soon.  That’s because the vaccine, widely viewed as the ticket back to pre-pandemic life, doesn’t appear to be working for Patton, a 45-year-old Austin heart transplant recipient who takes medicine that suppresses her immune system. view article arw

When Tropical Storm Harvey inundated Southeast Texas, it took thousands of homes and uprooted livelihoods. While much of the devastation has been repaired and reconstructed, the trauma reverberates to this day. In Vidor, two schools were flooded beyond repair, leaving beleaguered staff to return to teach with limited resources in temporary buildings. view article arw

Donna ISD Superintendent Dr. Hafedh Azaiez confirmed Friday that migrant children inside the Donna tent facility are receiving instruction from Donna ISD teachers. "We're actually very proud and excited about working with the migrant students," Dr. Azaiez said. “As educators, it's a calling right. We're always going to be there for students regardless of who they are to help them, help educate them, and make sure they're learning." Dr. Azaiez says he can't share any more details about how exactly Donna ISD teachers are working with these children or what the curriculum looks like. view article arw

Copperas Cove ISD student Kira Everson said when she found out that the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine was being open for anyone 12 and older, she said one of her birthday wishes was to get the vaccine. The school district made that wish a reality on June 3 when it hosted a vaccine clinic at the high school. All of the vaccines administered that day were the Pfizer vaccine. “Now, I am going to be one step closer to being safe, and I know now that I am helping the world return back to normal,” Everson said as she waited on the bleachers for the prescribed 15 minutes after being inoculated. “I’m super excited for that, because I miss my friends.” view article arw

Caden McKnight was elected student body president of his Las Vegas high school in February 2020. A year later he was in his room, attending a Zoom meeting of the Clark County School District Board of Trustees, pleading with board members to reopen the district’s schools. Just being together in person and having a normal routine, McKnight said, would help kids cope with mental health struggles. He told the board members about his own grief over the death of his friend, Mia, who died just after Valentine’s Day this year from an accidental drug overdose. view article arw

After receiving training sixty-four Refugio Independent School District students in grades 7 through 12 are better prepared to render potentially life-saving aide to a victim who is bleeding profusely.  RISD nurse Emilee Cox provided the training, as part of the Stop the Bleed campaign, over a two-day period in the conference room at the high school. The training was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18 and 19.  Students were trained in groups of eight with each participant having an assigned time to attend. Each training session was approximately 30 minutes long. view article arw

Beginning Thursday, all Austin ISD principals and senior leadership will undergo extensive sexual assault, harassment and discrimination training, courtesy of the Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC). The TLSC reports this action is a direct result of the district reaching an agreement with one of their clients, Julia Heilrayne, a student who was sexually assaulted by one of her peers at Austin High School several years ago. view article arw

During more than a year battling with COVID-19, many locals have worked diligently and courageously to ensure their fellow community members are able to get beyond the pandemic. And some of them were honored on Monday night at Laredo’s City Council meeting. After months of work that is still ongoing, the LISD and UISD nursing staffs were recognized for their work in vaccinating 25% of the county population, as well as the strong collaboration between both districts and the city. view article arw

In less than two weeks, San Benito Schools will bring the 2020-2021 school year to an end. It has been yet another year to remember. Summer vacation is on the horizon, and all the hard work has paid off. Administrators, teachers, and students are preparing to finalize the last assignments, virtual band and choir concerts, awards ceremonies, and the 2021 San Benito High School commencement ceremony on Friday, June 18. “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our students, staff and parents for a job well done during the school year, which was one that brought us many challenges and also taught us perseverance and resilience. After student and staff input, we share a better understanding of all the sacrifices and adversity experienced during the school year,” shared Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services Sara Alvarado. view article arw

On Thursday, all Austin ISD principals and senior leaders start new sexual assault training and the district is changing some of its policies. These changes come after one former student said she had a poor experience with her sexual assault report when she was a sophomore in high school. view article arw

EDINBURG, Texas — DHR Health announced their partnerships with local school districts that are part of the PATHS Project.  Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office supports honorary deputy in cancer fight   The project offers high school students a clinical research internship.  That internship has two stages, a one-month summer camp that allows students to work within the clinical setting, and a year-long program that allows students to advance their interest in the subject through Saturday classes. view article arw

About 41% of the United States population or 134 million people have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, according to the latest research collected by Our World in Data group. Despite these numbers, there are still many individuals skeptical and doubtful about the coronavirus vaccines and people who refuse to take the vaccine due to mistrust. Moreover, the FDA has recently authorized the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for teens ages 12 and older. Children’s Health has been among the many health facilities offering the vaccines to youth. They started administering the vaccines to youth on May 18 at Children’s Health Speciality Center in Dallas and at Speciality Center on the Children’s Health Plano campus. Additional vaccines have also been administered via pop-up clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Youth 17 years old or younger are required to have a parent or guardian present during vaccine administration time.    (10) view article arw

WTX) - The total number of children ages 12 to 15 in the 16 Central Texas Counties KWTX is monitoring who’ve received one dose of vaccine increased by nearly 880 in the past week to 3,778, and the number who are fully vaccinated increased by 521 to 535. Children 12 to 15 have been eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine since May 12, and so far, about 7% of Central Texas residents 12- to 15-years of age have received one dose, and almost 1% are fully vaccinated, according to Department of State Health Services data Tuesday. More than 2,030 or just more than 9% of Bell County residents 12 to 15 have received one dose of vaccine and 255 or about 1% were fully vaccinated Tuesday. view article arw

Carroll ISD will be back to normal this fall. During the superintendent’s report at the school board meeting on Monday, June 7, Dr. Lane Ledbetter announced that the district will be eliminating most of its COVID-19 protocols in August. “The only requirement we have received so far from [the Texas Education Agency] is that if we have a case of COVID-19, we have to notify our local health department. At this time, there does not seem to be any requirement for contact tracing or quarantining in the fall,” Dr. Ledbetter says. “Basically we are back to normal operations on our campuses.” With the mask policy updated earlier this month, Dr. Ledbetter stated that masks will continue to be optional in the fall. Additionally, the district will shift away from the Dragon Virtual Academy and will rely mainly on face-to-face instruction. view article arw

More than three times more kids have died from gun violence on Chicago’s streets than during the same time in 2020, as a local community leader lamented that "our children are becoming extinct," according to a recent report.  The Chicago Sun-Times analyzed this year’s crime statistics and found that the rate at which children are being fatally shot is three times higher than it was during the same period in 2020. Gun violence has claimed the lives of 10 kids, age 15 and under, so far in 2021, compared to the three reported year-over-year, the outlet reported, citing its crime records. This year’s shooting statistics show more children have already been mortally wounded than in 2019 as a whole, according to the Sun-Times.  view article arw

DALLAS - This week marked the start of optional masking at schools in Texas. While most North Texas schools are already done, some — like Dallas and Fort Worth ISD — are still going. view article arw

More than 20,000 Tarrant County children have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, almost a month since the the FDA authorized the shots for 12- to 15-year-olds.  Vinny Taneja, Tarrant County public health director, said these numbers show a decent turnout. About 100,000 children in the county are in that age group. More than 2,400 children are fully vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.  “Our message to the parents is do not hesitate. Get your child vaccinated,” he said. “Especially when schools are closed right now for the summer.”  Brian Murnahan, Tarrant County Public Health spokesperson, said the county and its partners have worked with multiple organizations, health care providers and school districts to help boost distribution efforts.  Nearly 1,800 doses were administered in May at Fort Worth school district events for students, parents and employees, district spokesperson Clint Bond said. Arlington and Castleberry were among the local school districts with smiliar events, Murnahan said. view article arw