Richardson ISD is asking every parent to complete an online inventory this week as plans are finalized for fall classes. Teachers are also weighing in on a myriad of new considerations brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. A link to the inventory will be sent to parents, provided on the district’s website, School Times newsletter and social media channels. It’s being called an inventory because the district will use the numbers to take counts of students that will be taking online and in-person classes, Superintendent Jeannie Stone said during a video presentation in which she stressed the need for parents to respond. view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Teachers in North Texas are voicing their concerns about returning to classrooms at the beginning of the new school year due to COVID-19. During a conference call last week, Mike Morath, the head of the Texas Education Agency, told state lawmakers it will be safe for students to return to schools in the fall. However, parents will have the final say on whether to send their children to the school buildings or keep them at home for remote learning. view article arw

AUSTIN (AP) — Multiple Texas counties and cities are ordering businesses to require customers and workers to wear face masks as the state sees a continued rise in the numbers of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.  Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who has refused to order a face covering mandate for individuals, said this week that local governments can instead order businesses to require them.  Bexar County was the first, and local officials in some of the state’s most populous areas, including the city of Austin, Dallas County, Harris County and El Paso County, quickly adopted similar measures with fines ranging from $500 to $1,000 for businesses that don’t comply. view article arw

CLEVELAND, Texas (KTRK) -- All student activities at Cleveland ISD have been shut down after two families involved in several summer programs tested positive for COVID-19, the district confirmed on Saturday.  In a letter written to parents posted on the CISD website, two families associated with the band, cheer, and athletic summer programs received the positive results. view article arw

The disruption of normal district operations due to the global pandemic, COVID-19, created an opportunity for the DeSoto ISD School Board to identify and adopt a set of Board Crisis Priorities to provide a clear, yet, narrowed focus to guide the work of the district.  The crisis priorities, developed with guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), are specific to the district’s Coronavirus response and do not replace the standard 2019-2020 Board Goals adopted earlier this academic year and are separate from the evaluation of the Superintendent. The goal is to provide a more dedicated focus for the superintendent to direct and measure the primary work of the district. view article arw

CLEVELAND, Texas — Cleveland ISD has suspended all student activities until next month after two families tested positive for coronavirus, according to a letter posted Saturday to the school district website.  The school district said the cases were linked to the band, cheer and athletic summer programs.  The district said all activities have been suspended until July 5. view article arw

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Mike Morath, the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, is predicting that Texas schools will be safe for students to return to in the fall, this despite the recent spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the state. Parents who aren’t comfortable sending their kids back to school will be allowed to keep them home under Education Commissioner’s return-to-campus plan, which will be updated next week with more guidance for school districts on how it will work. The state will not require students and teachers to wear masks, but districts will be able to make their own rules on face coverings, an agency spokeswoman said. view article arw

Student, parents, and teachers won’t recognize what they find when Florida’s public schools reopen this fall.  Schools might take advantage of outside spaces to adhere to social distancing practices. That could leave students either enjoying their classes out in the fresh air or sweating in the late-summer Florida heat.  Other schools may choose staggered schedules, with a portion of students starting their day early followed by a second shift — forcing both students and parents to revamp their schedules. view article arw

A former special education teacher at Clint Junior High School is accused of making terroristic threats during a conversation with a co-worker. Sonia Hernandez, 28, was arrested on June 15 by El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputies. A Clint Independent School District spokeswoman said Hernandez no longer works at the district. view article arw

A Gregory-Portland High School graduate who attended the school's outdoor graduation ceremony tested positive for COVID-19, the district said Friday. view article arw

Athens High School has been notified that a summer school employee and a student in the boy’s strength and conditioning program have tested positive for COVID-19. AHS employees and students known to have been in proximity to those individuals have been contacted.The campus has again been deeply sanitized, and students in the impacted class will continue summer school via distance learning. The boys' summer training program has been canceled until further notice. view article arw

Dayton ISD is the latest district to shut down in-person strength and conditioning training after a Dayton High School football coach tested positive for COVID-19 on June 18.  The district announced the move through its Facebook account Friday morning. The district says the coach is self-quarantining and workouts have been discontinued until further notice. Dayton is 40 miles east of downtown Houston. view article arw

ROBSTOWN, Texas — Robstown Independent School District announced today one of their athletics coaches has tested positive for COVID-19.  A press release sent to us by anonymous says the individual visited the school facilities on Thursday.  Anyone who came in contact with them has been asked to self-isolate for 14 days. view article arw

The Cleveland Independent School District announced the suspension of all student activities through Sunday, July 5 after two families report positive tests for COVID-19.  The positive tests are associated with CISD band, cheer, and athletic summer programs, CISD Superintendent Chris Trotter said in a letter to parents Saturday.  “I have deemed it to necessary, in the best interests of all students and staff, to suspend all student activities through Sunday, July 5, 2020,” Trotter said. view article arw

A Corpus Christi ISD employee has tested positive for coronavirus, district officials announced on Sunday.  The district was notified on Saturday afternoon that the employee contracted the virus and staff moved to immediately "notify those who may have come in contact with the employee on district property," according to a news release.   The district didn't release details about where the employee worked in the district or when that person last was at work "out of respect for employees' privacy."  It's the second time a district employee has tested positive. The first employee tested positive for COVID-19 in March and recovered. view article arw

To prepare for the upcoming school year, Ector County ISD has ordered personal protective equipment and is working on student and teacher schedules.  Students will most likely return working remotely and face-to-face. Most of the face-to-face time would be for elementary students.  Superintendent Scott Muri and Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Lilia Nanez spoke on these and other subjects during a Facebook Live broadcast Thursday night. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — After months of uncertainty, Texas parents finally have a clear answer: students will be asked to return to school in the fall for classes. Speaking with state lawmakers Thursday afternoon, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath said the Texas Education Agency will allow each school district to decide whether they want to make face masks a requirement.  view article arw

Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement to reopen Texas schools for in-person learning did not sit well with some parents. Among them was Leah Keese, whose daughter is starting fourth grade in the fall. “It’s more than a concern. I’m high risk so her bringing something home is a real concern,” she said. “Kids are kids! They don’t wash their hands, they wipe their nose, they wipe their butts, they wipe everything else and they bring all of that home.” view article arw

Looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year, districts around the area had to prepare for the possibility of purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, gloves, thermometers and hand sanitizer, if students and staff were to go back to school in-person. But the Texas Education Agency (TEA), in collaboration with the Governor’s Strike Force and the Texas Department of Emergency Management, just made it a little bit easier for districts throughout the state. view article arw

Facing uncertainty in Texas education funding, the Austin school board Monday night is slated to adopt a $1.65 billion spending plan for the 2020-21 school year. The trustees’ decision will come one day before the Texas Education Agency announces guidance for how it will allocate funding to districts. School funding is tied to attendance, but with some families pledging to not send their students back to in-person schooling during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s unclear how the state will calculate the amount for online students. State education funding also may be in jeopardy as Texas sales taxes and oil and gas prices plunge. State leaders already have directed state agencies to cut their budgets by 5%. view article arw

Authorities say there is no foul play in the death of a teen found hanging outside of a school in Klein ISD. Deputies responded to Ehrhardt Elementary School Tuesday at 8 p.m. to investigate the incident. view article arw

Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) will begin voluntary summer athletic workouts on Wednesday, June 24, multiple sources confirmed to KTSM on Saturday. YISD was one of the only local school districts to elect not to begin activities on June 15, choosing to wait and see how it went for other districts in El Paso and around the state of Texas. However, that didn’t mean preparations weren’t made to ensure the safety of student-athletes and coaches. view article arw

Cleveland ISD officials said all student activities have been canceled after two district families tested positive for coronavirus. view article arw

A student-athlete at Cedar Hill ISD has tested positive for COVID-19 as voluntary summer workouts continue, officials said Saturday. Officials did not specify what sport the athlete plays but said he did not show symptoms and didn’t contract it on campus or at practice. view article arw

A second student athlete has tested positive for the coronavirus in the Carroll Independent School District. The male athlete attended high school workouts this past week and started feeling lethargic and tired Thursday evening. By Saturday, he had a low-grade fever. view article arw

The Bastrop Independent School District has suspended its summer workout camps for students after three student athletes tested positive for COVID-19, the district reported. The district says it has no way of knowing whether or not the students contracted the coronavirus while attending the strength and conditioning camps beginning June 8. view article arw

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Kingsville ISD's Superintendent Kamara Adams confirmed with 3News that summer school for all grade levels has been canceled.  Adams said the district wasn't able to obtain all the safety requirements needed to protect students and staff, such as plexiglass dividers and touch-less hand sanitizer stations.  view article arw

With much still unknown about what the coronavirus outbreak will look like in the coming months, the Northside Independent School District has developed a flexible framework to reopen its more than 100 campuses this fall.  Despite wanting to bring as many students as possible back into the classroom, a survey of parents and staff during the first week of June made it clear to Northside administrators that some form of online learning will need to remain in place. view article arw

In its first meeting back in the board room since school closed due to COVID-19, the Conroe ISD board of trustees began its meeting Tuesday with a statement addressing the growing national movement following the death of George Floyd.  As part of the precautions taken to slow the spread of COVID-19, all members in the board room were given masks and hand sanitizer was available. Seating was limited in the board room to allow for social distancing. view article arw

CANUTILLO, Texas (KTSM) – Canutillo ISD will host an Immunize El Paso Vaccination Clinic for the community on Monday, June 29, 2020.  Officials said it is mandated by the State of Texas and the Department of Public Health, that all students have up-to-date vaccinations in order to attend public school for the 2020-2021 school year.  Organizers said the event is important for families because many doctors’ offices are only seeing patients through telemedicine or have reduced hours. view article arw

Within the first two weeks of student athletes returning to campuses, Cy-Fair ISD Athletic Director Ray Zepeda said the district had already seen 3,500 student athletes participate in summer training. Summer activities led by coaches and athletic trainers commenced June 8, and district officials have implemented “vigorous sanitization protocols” and social distancing measures to help keep staff and students safe, Zepeda said at a June 16 board of trustees meeting. view article arw

High school football programs across the state of Texas have begun their summer strength and conditioning programs. Campuses are open and workouts are in session in El Paso, except for the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD). “Our district said they want to hit the reset button, pause a little bit, and take a step back,” said Riverside head football coach Gary Recoder. “We want to see how things play out and go back after everyone else.” view article arw

As demand across the country for police reform grows, a new police chief in Central Texas is working toward change — and it starts in the schools he will serve. “We want to invest that time and let them know that we are going to be there for them,” said Manor ISD Police Chief Shane Sexton. view article arw

Stanton ISD announced its canceling of the strength and conditioning camps on Thursday and Friday after one of the staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The school district is determining whether the staff member was around students and other employees. The school district says that there will be close communication with local health officials to ensure the safety of students, families, and staff. view article arw

BEAUMONT, Texas — Texas Students will be allowed back in classrooms this fall, according to Gov. Greg Abbott. He said districts will not be required to mandate masks or check for symptoms of COVID-19.  While things are still up in the air, the conversations districts are having are just preliminary. However, the superintendent of Vidor ISD said since the Texas Education Agency did purchase PPE for them, they're going to take advantage of that. view article arw