School districts across the Brazos Valley will be heading back to school in the next few weeks but many are dealing with new protocols as the pandemic continues into the new school year. One area that many districts are dealing with is extracurricular activities. KBTX spoke to Bryan ISD’s Fine Arts Director, Patrick Corbett about how the district’s protocols are adjusting to fit the needs and safety for those who choose to participate. view article arw

KELLER, TX ( KTVT) — New details have emerged after it was learned Friday that there was a possible COVID-19 exposure at Keller ISD’s special board meeting on Monday, Aug. 3.  The meeting was to discuss the prevention of the virus in schools, and now, less than a week later, those in attendance are being asked to quarantine themselves after one speaker tested positive.   (11) view article arw

At Dripping Springs ISD, quarantines are already underway after two people who entered their buildings later tested positive for the coronavirus -- one week before their semester even begins.  The district on Monday says of the two cases, one visited Walnut Springs Elementary on August 3, the other a department office.  Contact tracing determined no one came near the person at the elementary school -- but people who came into close contact with the person at the department office are quarantining for 14 days. view article arw

During an emergency meeting Friday morning, the University Interscholastic League’s medical advisory committee passed a return-to-play motion that requires a physician to clear any student-athlete or marching band member of COVID-19 symptoms before they are permitted to return to that set activity. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Independent School District leaders want to improve air circulation inside schools before students return to classrooms.  According to the World Health Organization, good air circulation can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Austin ISD is putting fans in hallways and other places without good airflow to keep the air moving. view article arw

MANSFIELD, Texas - After long lines were reported over the weekend, Mansfield ISD expanded its efforts to help parents pick up students’ virtual school supplies.  Distribution was retooled Monday in an effort to greatly improve efficiency. Some Mansfield ISD parents, however, were still wary of the long lines. view article arw

SOUTHLAKE, Texas - Two North Texas school districts that plan to welcome students back on campus in the coming days and weeks are already dealing with coronavirus cases among staff members.  Staff members are testing positive at schools that will soon welcome back students. view article arw

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) -- Parents and teachers in two school districts protested very different things Monday night.  Before the public addressed the Board of Trustees during the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board Meeting, dozens of people protested outside. They held signs that read, "Too soon" and "Don't kill my mom," and stood next to tombstones and grim decorations. One teacher dressed up as the Grim Reaper.   They believe it's not safe yet to return to school buildings.  Teachers are supposed to report Friday for a professional development workshop, with in-person instruction to start on September 8. view article arw

Late Friday afternoon, the clock strikes five, and the plan changes again.  Tarrant Country Health Director Vinny Taneja issuing a more than 20-page booklet with instructions on how schools should safely reopen even after the Texas attorney general said the county health department can't close schools.  "When you're sick and the doctor gives you some advice, 'hey lose weight, eat right' and you go seek a lawyer's opinion, is that the right thing to do?" asked Taneja.    view article arw

A Comal ISD high school student tested positive for COVID-19 during a school band camp, according to a letter sent to parents over the weekend.  The letter was sent to parents from Canyon High School band director Steve Vaden and said the student had participated in the camp on Aug. 6. The student had completed and passed the health screen assessment and followed social distancing guidelines, the letter said.  The student will not return to camp, and their band equipment has been cleaned and sanitized. The letter did not make clear when the school district was notified of the positive test.  “The marching bands programs in Comal ISD have, and will continue to, follow all established guidelines and protocols outlined by the UIL and the district as they continue their band camps this week,” the school district said in a statement to mySA.com.  The positive case comes only weeks before the school district will begin in-person instruction on Aug. 25. view article arw

School districts across the Brazos Valley will be heading back to school in the next few weeks but many are dealing with new protocols as the pandemic continues into the new school year. One area that many districts are dealing with is extracurricular activities. KBTX spoke to Bryan ISD’s Fine Arts Director, Patrick Corbett about how the district’s protocols are adjusting to fit the needs and safety for those who choose to participate. view article arw

Officials with the Comal Independent School District told parents a high school student who attended on-campus band practice last week has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus—marking the first positive case for a regional school district that has been confirmed by officials. view article arw

Two employees of Carroll ISD in Southlake tested positive for COVID-19 last week, the district says. One of the staff members works at Eubanks Intermediate School and tested positive Thursday, while the second employee works at Carroll Elementary School and notified the district of the positive test Friday, according to a Carroll ISD statement Monday. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A family in the Rosenberg area, who has children in Lamar Consolidated ISD, said they carefully considered whether to have their children learn in-person when school starts later this month or learn online from home.  "We decided to send them back to class," said the father of three, who asked not be identified. "It was because the kids would be required to wear masks."  This week, he said the district updated its policy allowing plastic face shields rather than masks.   view article arw

Students in the Garland Independent School District return Monday for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  All 56,000 students, aside from those in special education, will participate in mandatory remote learning for at least the first four full weeks of classes. The current plan is to allow students to return to their classrooms on Tuesday, Sept. 8.  Students participating in remote learning will have the choice of two methods for getting their lessons – participating in a live session with their teacher and other classmates or follow along to a prerecorded lesson and then following up with the posted assignments. view article arw

A petition that calls for MISD to “offer in-person learning after four weeks” went online this weekend.  Katie Joyner started the online document that petitions Midland ISD Superintendent Orlando Riddick and the Midland ISD school board to offer an option for parents, students, teachers and administrators who want to be on campus.  The petition reads, “Do you believe that MISD should offer an IN-PERSON SCHOOL OPTION WITH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS after 4 weeks? Do you believe FAMILIES THAT WANT TO ATTEND SCHOOL SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT OPTION? Those that do not wish to attend have the OPTION OF THE ONLINE ACADEMY!! Help us get school reopened by signing our PETITION and take some of the uncertainty out of the 20-21 school year.” view article arw

Quickscreen by Luminare has been adapted for Texas schools and meets all of the TEA and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 symptom screening. Quickscreen has been selected by TEA as an approved screening option for use with staff, students, and visitors. School districts and charter schools that adopt Quickscreen prior to August 31, 2020 will receive a substantial discount off already-reduced pricing for schools. Contact Mike: mike.gilbert@luminaremed.com view article arw

When Jessica Nolan decided to leave her job as an Humble ISD teacher, she was thinking of her daughter’s future.  Nolan said her family has been very cautious during the pandemic because her daughter, who is a senior, is committed to West Point for lacrosse. She could lose her chance to play collegiate sports at the United States Military Academy and serve the country if she is treated for the coronavirus, Nolan said. view article arw

NEW CANEY, Texas (KTRK) -- As New Caney ISD starts its first day of school today, many others will be joining them soon, all online.  New Caney ISD decided the first four weeks of school will be online only.  According to a new study by the districts, parents are relieved about the decision. The survey shows 60.7% of parents say they are not comfortable sending their kids back to school. But, 39.3% say they are comfortable sending their kids back in-person. view article arw

The Georgia high school captured in viral images last week that showed hallways packed with students will temporarily close after nine people at the school tested positive for COVID-19, the district’s superintendent said in a letter Sunday.  The letter, from Paulding County School District Superintendent Brian Otott to parents of North Paulding High School students, was obtained by NBC News. The letter did not provide additional details about who contracted the disease or what their conditions are.  Students will use a “digital learning” model on Monday and Tuesday while the school undergoes deep cleaning, the letter says. Otott notes that number of cases could increase if pending tests also return positive results. view article arw

GRAND SALINE, Texas (KETK) – A Grand Saline ISD employee has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a letter sent by Superintendent Micah Lewis.  The employee was present at the elementary school campus on Friday, August 7. Lewis said that the school is “working closely with the local health department.” view article arw

A teacher in the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District says she has had enough. Jennifer Freestone has been teaching for 15 years and she wants school leaders to listen up.  Freestone says going back to school as the number of COVID-19 cases continues is not safe. She says virtual learning was great when the pandemic started and it should continue to be that way. She said she is speaking out for the safety of herself and students. view article arw

Beaumont ISD, which has nearly 30% Hispanic enrollment, has had only a handful of Spanish-speaking staffers fielding calls from hundreds of parents in the community struggling to register their students online for the new school year.  That language barrier, paired with a lack of computer savvy, an overall breakdown in communication and a glitchy application, has made registering students nearly impossible for many families. view article arw

As more schools are opening, a positive COVID-19 case has turned up at one campus in Lake Worth. The fall semester is set to begin in the Lake Worth Independent School District in northwest Tarrant County on Aug. 19. Parents have until Friday to choose between in-person or virtual learning for their kids. view article arw

Only days before the school year begins, an individual who was at Woodcreek Middle School on Aug. 5 has tested positive for COVID-19. Humble ISD teachers returned to campuses on Aug. 3 to begin preparing for the school year. The news of the positive COVID-19 case was sent by email to staff, according to Humble ISD Chief Communications Officer Jamie Mount. According to Mount, a notification to parents would have been sent if students were on campus. view article arw

School districts, at the center of our pandemic response, continue the unprecedented purchasing of computers and hotspots so kids can learn  This summer, there’s been a bus with a WiFi signal in a Fair Park parking lot. During the pandemic, that's one way for people without home internet to stay connected.  We need to do better.  These last months have shown us that a reliable connection to the internet is an essential connection to modern life. Especially for students who can't attend school without it. view article arw

When did the novel coronavirus first start to affect Texas and Texans? We put together a timeline of the state’s efforts to protect public health during the pandemic, and how those restrictions and provisions have changed over time. view article arw

Fourth graders at a school in North Carolina have been asked to quarantine for 14 days after a student there tested positive for COVID-19.The school, a Thales Academy in Wake Forest, said it was notified on Monday that the student became infected after having contact with an infected family member. view article arw

With about a month to go before New York City schools are scheduled to reopen, the city is confronting a torrent of logistical issues and political problems that could upend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambition to make New York one of the few major districts in the country to bring students back into classrooms this fall. view article arw

The City of San Antonio held a virtual town hall Wednesday evening to discuss reopening schools with Bexar County Health Authority Dr. Junda Woo and other members of San Antonio Metro Health’s school reopening committee, including Northside Superintendent Brian Woods and San Antonio ISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez. view article arw

Richardson ISD is slated to begin school virtually for all students Aug. 19. Students opting for face-to-face school will have their first day on campus Sept. 8. Families have until Aug. 6 to make their final decision for virtual or in-person school by responding to an email sent by the district. view article arw

Students at Hardin-Jefferson ISD in Sour Lake will start the school year on Aug. 12 with a free neck gaiter, a type of face covering that is meant to protect students from the coronavirus. The gaiters will feature the district's HJ logo. “Not only will it signify unity, but together we can help stop the spread of COVID-19,” district spokeswoman Mandy Fortenberry told The Enterprise. “Our community has really been through so much and we want our kids to return to some normalcy in the safest way possible.” view article arw

Medical Center Health System CEO and President Russell Tippin said Wednesday that ECISD Scott Muri has done a good job of listening to teachers, families and students about returning to in-person school. view article arw

EDNA, Texas – Edna Independent School District Superintendent Robert O’Connor said two students, who are related, have tested positive for COVID-19.  O’Connor said the siblings were only on campus Friday, July 31 and both wore masks. Their symptoms have subsided since and the siblings won’t return until the 14 day quarantine period has passed, said the superintendent. view article arw

KVUE is keeping you updated with the latest coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, news in the Austin area.Scroll down for the top headlines and latest updates in KVUE's Aug. 7 live blog.  COVID-19 numbers: Texas: More than 460,000 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 7,800 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of view article arw