Dripping Springs ISD officials are considering a range of virtual and in-person options for fall semester classes as they await further guidance from the state level. At a June 15 DSISD board of trustees meeting, Superintendent Todd Washburn and board members discussed planning considerations for August and beyond, acknowledging that continuing and changing COVID-19 restrictions could result in a range of outcomes. "We have a challenge," Washburn said. "How do we reopen schools safely and responsibly given the health pandemic and the conditions that will be in place when we get to August?” view article arw

ALPINE, Texas — Alpine ISD is closing for 14 days after being notified a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.  All district campuses, offices and other facilities will stay closed until June 29.  Summer workouts and conditioning, as well as meal programs are suspended until further notice.  According to a statement from the superintendent, summer school is canceled through the summer for grades PK-8. High school students will continue virtual classes. view article arw

SAN PATRICIO, Texas — Administrators with the Gregory-Portland ISD are warning families who attended last Friday's outdoor graduation to keep an eye out for coronavirus symptoms after a graduate who attended came down with what might be COVID-19.  The San Patricio County Health Department said they are still awaiting test results, but a spokesperson with the school district said they followed all T.E.A. guidelines when planning the graduation, including completing a health check on all the attendees and mandating social distancing between the graduates and staff. view article arw

Parents of America's 56 million school children have two questions: When will schools reopen and how will they be safe?  Getting answers is critical for those families and also vital to clearing the way to fully restarting the $20 trillion US economy.  With a possible vaccine still months if not years away from widespread distribution, school districts across the country are scrambling to come up with guidelines for how to reopen in the era of Covid-19. They know they have until the beginning of the next school year to get it right. view article arw

Lebanon Trail High School in Frisco closed for Monday after a student who attended summer strength and conditioning workouts tested positive for COVID-19, the district says. The student went to the workouts last week and was exposed to the virus by a family member. The student tested positive before they showed symptoms, according to Frisco ISD. view article arw

Burleson Independent School District says a student who attended a vigil for a 16-year-old boy killed in a car crash Wednesday, tested positive for COVID-19. Now, officials are asking for those who were in close contact with the patient to self-quarantine for 14 days.  The district says it was notified Friday afternoon that a Burleson High School student tested positive. view article arw

NORTH ZULCH, Tex. (KBTX)- The North Zulch Independent School District on Saturday issued a public statement after learning one of its employees had direct exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.  The following is the full statement from Alan Andrus Martinez, Superintendent of NZISD:  North Zulch ISD has been notified that a staff member employed by the District had direct exposure to an individual who recently tested positive for COVID-19. The North Zulch ISD staff member is currently self-quarantining at home, is not displaying any symptoms of the virus and has not tested positive for the virus. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas -- The Socorro Independent School District has released plans to bring students back for the 2020-2021 school year while adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Texas Education Agency guidelines.  The first day of the school year is set for July 27. In a statement released by the district, Superintendent Jose Espinoza explains the district has revised the school year calendar which will allow for the flexibility to close schools or the district if positive Covid-19 cases or another widespread of cases were to arise. view article arw

We are not done with the novel coronavirus. And it certainly isn’t done with us.  That may seem obvious if you’ve noticed the alarming rise in cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations. But far too many Texans took Gov. Greg Abbott’s move to reopen the economy as an all-clear on the threat that has sickened more than 2 million and claimed more than 115,000 lives throughout the country.  That understandable rush to get back to work, back to our friends and family — back to “normal” — has us at a tipping point from which we as a nation must pull back. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Socorro High School has postponed their summer strength and conditioning programs “until further notice,” after a coach on the staff began exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, according to head football coach and athletic coordinator Tony Hinsley. view article arw

Bonham, Texas -- With the health and safety of our students, staff and community members being paramount, I am reaching out to share with you that this afternoon, June 12, 2020, the District learned that a Bonham ISD student athlete has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. The student athlete only attended summer strength and conditioning for one day this week. view article arw

Because of the challenging year that the Greenville Independent School District and its families have had because of COVID-19, the district’s board of trustees will consider allowing the superintendent to apply for an “average daily attendance” waiver from the Texas Education Agency at their meeting Tuesday.  The purpose of the waiver is to excuse any instructional days, when a district had attendance 10 percentage points (or more) below the previous year’s overall average attendance because of inclement weather, health or safety-related issues. Greenville ISD recorded only one such day for the 2019-20 school year. view article arw

LONGVIEW — Trinity Industries, which operates three locations in Longview, and Hallsville ISD confirmed recently that some employees at their facilities tested positive for COVID-19. “After Memorial Day weekend, Trinity was notified by a few employees at our Longview facilities that they had tested positive for COVID-19,” a Trinity company spokesman said this week.  Hallsville ISD confirmed some employees involved with the district’s meal and work packet drop off locations had tested positive for coronavirus just before the end of the school year.  “We had just received confirmation of two cases prior to the last day of scheduled delivery,” Hallsville ISD Superintendent Jeff Collum said. “Those staff were immediately sent home and quarantined.“  Both Trinity and Hallsville ISD said they followed the appropriate steps once notified of the positive cases.  “All who were in contact and may have been affected were notified and also sent home to be quarantined. Deliveries were canceled immediately,” Collum said. view article arw

Since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered campuses in mid-March, the Austin school district has shelled out $9.8 million for technology, academics and premium pay to workers on the front lines to ensure student learning would continue. District administrators anticipate spending about $36 million more for the 2020-21 school year for remote learning, training materials and protective equipment.  Despite a federal economic relief package, Texas school districts, including Austin, might be left absorbing most of those coronavirus-related costs.Although some school district leaders were banking on getting a piece of $1.2 billion in supplemental federal aid under the CARES Act, the state plans to reduce its share of public school funding, effectively creating a financial wash for districts. view article arw

Pandemic June 10, 2020–Channelview ISD will not be asking its parents to purchase school supplies for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. The decision to not provide a school supply list for the upcoming year was made by district leaders in an effort to help the Channelview ISD community during these difficult economic times. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO - Several groups are calling fro San Antonio Independent School District to get rid of their campus police.  "Law enforcement should not be coming to campus for any little offense,” said Robert Winterode with Disability Rights Texas.  The group, along with Texas Appleseed, Earl Care Institute and the Children’s Defense Fund Texas wrote a letter to SAISD Superintendent Dr. Pedro Martinez explaining why they believe the district should divest in school policing and put that money toward other things. view article arw

The Brownwood ISD (BISD) Board of Trustees met for a regular session meeting on Monday, June 8, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. The session was called to order by BISD Board President Michael Cloy, who also led the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.  Deputy Superintendent, Liesa Land, provided an update regarding the Brownwood ISD COVID- 19 response. The number of students that have shown no progress through the COVID-19 off- campus instruction period is now only 50 out of 3,436 students in the district. Land noted that the BISD teachers, view article arw

After presenting a preliminary budget during a virtual meeting in May, Chief Financial Officer for Cy-Fair ISD Karen Smith presented another report on a possible budget for the 2020-2021 school year during the first in person board of trustees meeting since March. view article arw

A Burleson High School student who attended a vigil for a teen killed in a crash has tested positive for COVID-19, the district said Friday evening. The student went to the Wednesday vigil for Tre Allison, and exhibited symptoms and tested positive within 48 hours after he was there, Burleson ISD said in a statement. view article arw

Hundreds of families stood in line and waited in their cars on Sunday morning as more testing became available for San Marcos residents.  SAN MARCOS, Texas — Hundreds of San Marcos residents waited in their cars and stood in the hot sun on Sunday, June 14 to get tested for coronavirus.  The National Guard set up a public testing site at Bonham pre-K school, which was the first of five testing sites that will be provided in the area.  Here are the dates and locations: view article arw

A West Orange-Stark football player has tested positive for coronavirus, causing the school to suspend its voluntary summer workout program.  The shutdown will last 14 days, the school said in a statement.  After attending Monday’s first workout at the school, the player informed WO-S head coach Cornel Thompson on Tuesday that he had possible exposure to coronavirus through contact with a family member. The player was then sent home and tested. view article arw

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas — A Friendswood Independent School District senior and their guest have tested positive for the novel coronavirus after attending a graduation ceremony June 5.  The school district said they were sitting in the yellow section during the ceremony. All people they’ve come in contact with have been notified, according to the district, and neither were experiencing symptoms at the time. view article arw

The 2019-20 school year was not what anyone expected, and because of COVID-19, the next school year is guaranteed to look different as well. But the extent of the changes remains unknown at this point.  School districts across the country, and the world, have had to pivot quickly as schools closed, events were canceled or re-imagined, and learning went online. Looking ahead to the 2020-21 school year, Conroe ISD Superintendent Curtis Null said the district is still waiting for guidance from the Texas Education Agency and doesn’t expect to see it until at least July. view article arw

We have been made aware of several confirmed positive cases of Covid 19 in our community and a large number of our students who have been exposed with reason to believe some of them are exhibiting symptoms. After consulting the BCISD Health Coordinator and in an effort to insure graduation occurs on June 20, Bridge City High School will be CANCELLING the Senior Prom scheduled for tomorrow night. view article arw

Friendswood Independent School District officials said they were notified Wednesday evening that a graduate and a guest who attended the June 5 graduation ceremony for Friendswood High School tested positive for COVID-19. The student and the guest were sitting in the yellow section of the stadium, district officials said in a message sent to parents and staff. view article arw

PORT NECHES, Texas — With cancellations of major events becoming the norm, Port Neches-Groves ISD seniors were just glad that graduation got the green light.  Kristen Crippen said she's glad to finally get to have the ceremony after delays.  "I'm really excited because its been pushed back multiple times and it's like we finally get to walk across that stage and get our diplomas," Crippen said. view article arw

The Fort Worth ISD School Board passed a resolution Tuesday pledging zero tolerance of racism and any effort to hamper conversations on race, including discussions about police on campus.  School board member Quinton Phillips grew up in the Stop Six neighborhood of Fort Worth and attended Dunbar High School.  "Growing up as a black man within this city, have had negative run ins with police, but I can also say while I was in school at Dunbar we had Ofc. Terry at our school," he said. "She was a phenomenal woman and she was a mentor, part of the fabric of Dunbar, it's really kind of both of those things." view article arw

“Look at mine, look at mine!” shouted several young ESL students as they showed off their ‘A’s to each other, proud of their work. Monday morning marked the first English-As-A-Second-Language (ESL) class of the summer, led by Candice Kelly, a Martin Walker Elementary Kindergarten teacher who is teaching the ESL class for her 3rd year. For her first class, she asked her students (future kindergarteners or 1st graders) to make an ‘A’ out of Play-Doh. Kelly said that working with Play-Doh is great for her young students and helps develop their fine motor skills which will help them to become better writers. view article arw

Coming into a new school district as superintendent carries its own set of challenges. But for Walter Jackson, recently approved to head the La Porte Independent School District to replace retiring Lloyd Graham, the move to the Bulldog Nation presents particular circumstances resulting from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that kept kids off campuses in virtual learning for months before this school year ended.  The district’s school board unanimously approved Jackson’s hiring in early June after selecting him as the sole finalist for the spot in May. In a recent interview, Jackson — who comes to La Porte ISD from the Brenham school district where he served as superintendent for five years — was candid about what he and other educators will have to contend with when school resumes in the fall.   (12) view article arw

Abilene ISD officials on Wednesday released the results of a two-week survey offered to collect data regarding a possible return to school in August.  District officials surveyed parents, teachers, staff and community members regarding their desires to allow their children to return to class, return to work and what solutions they'd propose to make a return as safe as possible. view article arw

A West Orange-Stark varsity student-athlete in the high school football program has tested positive for COVID-19 the school district has made in a statement.  UIL advised all schools that workouts were allowed to begin on Monday, June 8, 2020. On Monday, June 8, 2020, the student attended the varsity workout. Tuesday morning, the student contacted and informed Coach Thompson that he had possible exposure through contact with a family member who tested positive for COVID-19.  view article arw

DICKINSON, Texas (KTRK) -- Dickinson ISD says one of its employees, who tested positive for COVID-19, may have come in contact with people at Dickinson High School's graduation last week.  The school district sent out a statement, in which they state they took many health and safety precautions at the ceremony to limit to COVID-19 exposure. They included social distancing of graduates and guests. view article arw

DICKINSON, Texas — Graduates and guests who attended Dickinson High School’s graduation ceremony may have come in contact with an employee who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.  In a Facebook post Tuesday, principal Billye Smith said the employee could have come in contact with people during the ceremony on June 4. Smith didn’t name the employee or how they were involved in the ceremony. view article arw

We continue to plan for the 2020-21 school year with a mindset of social distancing and preparedness for unidentified situations.The LCM Board of Trustees adopted a modified calendar on Monday night to “build in” possible make-up days for school closures, if needed, next year. view article arw

The Fort Worth ISD School Board passed a resolution Tuesday pledging zero tolerance of racism and any effort to hamper conversations on race, including discussions about police on campus. School board member Quinton Phillips grew up in the Stop Six neighborhood of Fort Worth and attended Dunbar High School.  "Growing up as a black man within this city, have had negative run ins with police, but I can also say while I was in school at Dunbar we had Ofc. Terry at our school," he said. "She was a phenomenal woman and she was a mentor, part of the fabric of Dunbar, it's really kind of both of those things." view article arw