NXTsoft’s ThreatAdvice Cybersecurity Education solution was named by the state of Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) as a certified provider of cybersecurity education and resources for Texas and local government employees and state contractors. As defined in Chapter 2054 of Texas Government Code, local government includes a county, municipality, special district, school district, or other political subdivision of the state.According to House Bill 3834 the Texas DIR in consultation with the previously established cybersecurity council was required to certify at least five cybersecurity training programs for state use.  view article arw

A school superintendent in Central Texas says teen vaping is getting out of control. He’s working with 11 other superintendents from across the country to come up with solutions.​  Student leaders in the Round Rock School district are helping out.​ Round Rock’s Student Advisory Board is made up of 28 elected students throughout the school district. view article arw

The Caldwell Independent School District has canceled classes for Monday, November 11 due to widespread reports of the flu. In a letter sent home to parents, Superintendent Andrew Peters said the district had more than 15% of students absent for sickness last week. More than 20% of the elementary school had illnesses report. view article arw

TEAGUE, Texas – All schools within the Teague Independent School District have been impacted by the flu.  Superintendent Chris Skinner sent out a press release Thursday saying classes will be canceled on Friday in order to ensure the safety of students and staff. Skinner says school will resume on Tuesday, November 12 after the entire district has been sanitized.  If you have any questions, you can call your student’s respective campus. view article arw

Most students who committed deadly school attacks over the past decade were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service study. In at least four cases, attackers wanted to emulate other school shootings, including those at Columbine High School in Colorado, Virginia Tech University and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. view article arw

The Beaumont Independent School District has confirmed an investigation into a disturbing video published on social media, in which a woman is seen grabbing a child out of the Homer Drive Elementary School cafeteria, marching the boy outdoors by his shirt collar , angrily shouting obscenities, strikes him several times with what appears to be a belt, and makes him apologize to another woman. view article arw

Pearland ISD has increased police presence at Dawson High School Thursday after officials received a bomb threat from an unknown out of state caller. The call was made around dismissal time Wednesday and claimed the threat was for the next day, according to a release from the Pearland Police Department. Pearland Police and explosive detection K9s swept the school for any threats Wednesday and stayed on-site throughout the night. Officers will stay on campus throughout the day Thursday. In a letter sent to parents Wednesday night, high school principal Kelly Holt said police have determined there is no credible threat and that it's safe for students to be at school Thursday. view article arw

A former Katy ISD paraprofessional with Taylor High School, Crystal Sedlar, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 7, and charged with injury to a disabled individual. The arrest follows an Oct. 22 incident in which Sedlar allegedly got into a confrontation with an autistic student. Paraprofessionals are teachers’ aids that work in classrooms with students that have special needs, said Katy ISD Director of Communications Renie Deanda. view article arw

West Hardin County CISD has canceled classes through Friday due to a rising number of sick students and staff.  The district says there have been a number of cases of flu, strep throat, stomach virus and pneumonia. In fact, superintendent Jim Armstrong said more than 100 students and staff were out sick Tuesday. view article arw

Most students who committed deadly school attacks over the past decade were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service study. In at least four cases, attackers wanted to emulate other school shootings, including those at Columbine High School in Colorado, Virginia Tech University and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. view article arw

A former Katy ISD teacher's aide is facing felony charges for allegedly assaulting a student with autism at James E. Taylor High School last month. Crystal Sedlar, 47, has been charged by the Katy Police Department with injuring a disabled person after she initiated an altercation with an autistic student on Oct. 25 who was in a counseling session with one of the school's special education teachers, according to court documents. She is facing a third-degree felony charge. view article arw

Community ISD Superintendent Dr. Roosevelt Nevins speaks a day after four high school students died in a car crash in Lavon. view article arw

The Prosper Independent School District is leading the charge in an effort to change a disturbing trend after losing four teens to suicide in four years. Faces of loved ones lost to suicide make up the memory wall, a powerful symbol of love displayed at suicide prevention walks like the Out of the Darkness community walk in Prosper in November. view article arw

This story will be continually updated as WFAA receives more information. Four students from Community High School were killed in a car crash early Tuesday evening, Lavon police confirmed.  The two-vehicle crash occurred on State Highway 78 near Main Street in Lavon around 5:45 p.m., according to police.  view article arw

A Texas teen accused of killing 10 people last year at Santa Fe High School near Houston remains in custody after three psychiatric experts all agreed he is not competent to stand trial at this time. His trial is scheduled for February, and in the meantime, he will go to a state psychiatric hospital for treatment and so-called competency restoration. But that process is unknown to many, and is an important part of the Texas criminal justice system’s relationship with the state hospital system. view article arw

Where does your state fall in terms of obesity? The personal finance site WalletHub on Tuesday released its “2019’s Fattest States in America” report and found that Mississippi is the most obese in the nation. view article arw

Students with mild to moderate learning impairment who lose special education services are 52 percent less likely to graduate from high school and 38 percent less likely to enroll in college than students who remain in special ed, according to recently released, first-of-its-kind research by two doctoral candidates in economics. view article arw

SANTA FE, Texas - Victims and the families of victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting are expressing sadness and disappointment after learning the suspect in the massacre may soon be declared mentally incompetent to stand trial.  Attorneys for Dimitrios Pagourtzis announced Monday that three mental health experts -- picked by the defense, prosecutors and the court -- found him mentally incompetent. He will likely now be sent to a mental health facility for evaluation. That process could take months. view article arw

The trial for a teenager accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school will be delayed while he receives mental health treatment, his attorney said Monday. The news comes after three experts — one for the defense, one appointed by the court and one picked by prosecutors — found Dimitrios Pagourtzis incompetent to stand trial, said Nick Poehl, one of Pagourtzis' attorneys. Poehl said he could not discuss specific details of any diagnosis due to privacy issues. But he said Pagourtzis cannot understand the charges against him or assist in his defense. view article arw

A handgun was confiscated Monday morning from a student at Thompson Middle School. The initial report about the presence of the gun on campus was made by a student, and after officers with the Quinlan Independent School District Police Department were told about the situation, they were able to confiscate the weapon and take the student who was in possession of the firearm into custody. view article arw

The rush Ally Harrison craved was gone, so she upped the nicotine levels. From three milligrams of the drug, to six, nine, 25 and eventually 50 milligrams. "I actually started doing cigarettes and 50 nicotine (vaping)," said Harrison, 18, who started vaping the summer before her freshman year of high school after a friend gave her one as a gift. "You wouldn't get a head rush the seventh or eighth time you did it, so, hey I guess it's time to up the usage of it, or the amount." view article arw

Nashville school district officials say they shouldn't have described two men they say sought student records at a school as "immigration officials" without confirming they were. District spokeswoman Olivia Brown says Una Elementary staff haven't been able to recall when it happened, and the district hasn't found video or other records because the date remains uncertain. She says the school didn't document the incident, copy their badges or record the men's information before turning them away. view article arw

Laredo ISD is taking an extra preventive measure when it comes to their student's health. The school board bought nine EKG machines and today all LISD school nurses were receiving a training to learn about the new equipment. Through a pilot program last year, LISD was able to learn about students’ hearts. view article arw

A firearm was confiscated from a student at Thompson Middle School Monday morning. Superintendent of Schools, Jeff Irvin sent a letter home to parents telling them administrators and police took the weapon from the student who’s currently in custody. view article arw


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The Cameron Independent School District Board of Trustees discussed campus security and an agreement with the Burleson-Milam Special Services Cooperative during a meeting Monday night. CISD Superintendent Kevin Sprinkles told the board the final installations of access controls at Yoe High School are being done. view article arw

Two local organizations in Forney recently provided their generous support of Forney ISD students. The Forney Lion's Club recently conducted free eye exams at the First United Methodist Church in Forney and provided free glasses for a number of students in Forney ISD on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Lions Sight and Tissue Foundation of District 2-X1 brought the Neil Roach Mobile Eye Clinic to provide eye exams for Forney ISD students. The Neil Roach Mobile Eye Clinic set up their operation at the Forney First United Methodist Church. view article arw

A video captured on a Katy ISD school bus on Oct. 18 showed a student attacking another student. The district said the results of a police investigation were turned over to the Harris County District Attorney’s office. They will decide if charges will need to be filed. Katy ISD didn’t launch a separate bullying investigation until this week after the victim’s mother requested it. view article arw

Manor ISD’s (MISD) Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the creation of the Manor ISD Police Department during its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Monday. MISD is currently under a contract with the Travis County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) that is set to expire in June 2020. MISD Trustee Johnny Velasco said the decision was long overdue. view article arw

From China Elementary in Sour Lake: "HJISD was notified (Sunday) evening of an unconfirmed case of meningitis at China Elementary. For the safety of our students, China Elementary will be closed...November 4, 2019. view article arw

Bartlett ISD will be closed Monday, November 4 due to water complications. The schools say the NHS induction will be rescheduled to a later date. School is planned to resume on Tuesday, November 5. view article arw

Cedar Hill police are investigating after an 11-year-old boy was found dead of an apparent shooting injury in his parents bedroom with handgun nearby Saturday night. The incident happened at about 7:43 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of S. Highland Drive, Cedar Hill police said. Sunday, the Dallas County Medical Examiner identified the boy as Daron Sneed Jr. view article arw

There have been 13 lung injuries related to e-cigarettes in Travis County so far. As the number continues to climb, Austin ISD took action to stop it with the Red Ribbon Week re-focus. The campaign ended on Friday and teachers think students were receptive to the information. view article arw

The Katy ISD is investigating the alleged assault and “bullying” of a 15-year-old student after the girl’s mother said the teen was beaten on a school bus by another student -- an attack that was captured on video. A district spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that school officials had opened two separate investigations – of assault and bullying – into the Oct. 18 incident on a school bus leaving Katy High School. view article arw

Elementary school students from Godley ISD delivered hand-made pillows for cancer patients at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center Fort Worth. Eight 1st graders were on hand with Godley ISD teacher Stacy Brown, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in April. When Brown found out she had breast cancer, she turned to Kristi Evans, a former GISD teacher and friend, who now is a breast navigator for women undergoing breast cancer treatment. view article arw

Cellphone video recorded Wednesday shows a faculty member at Campbell Middle School forcefully removing a student from detention. The student in the video is 13-year-old Za'Naiya Poullard. The seventh-grader said she was in detention for being tardy and was being bothered by another student. She said she tried telling that student to quit but claims she was asked to leave by the faculty member for talking. view article arw