Football in the Rio Grande Valley is around the corner and Harlingen CISD is introducing a new bag policy at their stadium for the 2019-2020 school year. According to the Harlingen CISD administration, only clear bags and small non-clear bags will be allowed at Boggus Stadium during school football games. "Big crowds, you never quite know everybody that is there and you never quite know what people's intents are. Ultimately our goal is to provide measures to at least let our fans knows that safety is a consideration, ” said Alicia Noyola, the Chief Academic Officer for Harlingen CISD. view article arw

Texas lawmakers reacted to a rash of mass shootings, including one at Santa Fe High School, by pouring $5 million this year into expanding a small telemedicine project out of the Panhandle that screens students at risk of hurting themselves or others and refers them to help. But records obtained by the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle show that the project housed at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center hasn’t lived up to its own targets. view article arw

A man has been indicted by a grand jury in Guadalupe County in connection with an incident that includes alleged sexual contact and indecency involving a child, authorities said Wednesday. view article arw

So long, summer! Seems impossible, but lots of kids in North Texas go back to school in one week. And it’s not just pencils and notebooks that teachers put on the school supply list. It's hand sanitizer, too.  Is that necessary? Is there any proof hand sanitizer can keep kids healthy? view article arw

Connor Betts, 24, who shot and killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, before police killed him, was a deeply troubled young man. He had a history of violence against girlfriends and fantasized about murder, keeping a “hit list” of people he wanted to target. High school classmates said that school officials were aware of his behavior years ago, and that as a freshman, he was missing from school for months after police one day took him from a school bus. view article arw

A Rio Grande Valley school district is putting safety on priority following recent shootings. Mercedes ISD is adding devices to their doors to help in a lock down or lock out situation. A new school year and a new security plan; for retired Mercedes teacher, Felimon Gomez, the classroom setting is nothing like it once was. view article arw

A new app in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD could help teachers and staff have a safer environment. The safety and security app, called Smart Button, will available for all employees for the start of this school year. The panic button app, available for mobile and desktop, helps shorten the response time to a crisis in comparison to traditional 911 methods, the district said in a statement. view article arw

Safety is on the mind of many in light of recent shootings, especially with kids getting ready to head back to school. Frenship ISD Chief of Police Roy Bassett said all the nine police officers working for the district are going through mental peace officer training before the school year. view article arw

School is around the corner and now officials are saying that kids and adults should have conversations on how to stay safe near school in regards to traffic. Frenship ISD’s Chief of Police, Roy Bassett, says one of the biggest safety tips is to use a crosswalk. view article arw

Three decades ago, safety and security were rarely school budget items that garnered much attention. Nowadays, it is quite the opposite. Districts across north Texas are scrambling to implement safety measures at campuses before classes resume. School boards are confronted with the question: Have we done enough to keep our children safe? view article arw

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, was at the Copperas Cove ISD administration building on Tuesday to hold a press conference about his new bill surrounding school safety. Williams opened the press conference with a moment of silence for those who died and the families of those affected in the two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, last weekend. view article arw

School leaders from across Texas were in Houston Tuesday to get some life-saving training on school safety, including how to handle an active shooter situation. As part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s 44-point school safety action unveiled in May 2018 following the Santa Fe High School shooting, Crime Stoppers of Houston was chosen to train other chapters and educators. view article arw

Safety on school campuses has become an issue of critical importance across the country and the Katy Independent School District is no different in that regard, district officials said while introducing their new anti-bully app. “It’s the job of everyone. It’s no longer just the chief of police and our officers,” said Ted Vierling, Katy ISD’s Assistant Superintendent for Operations. “Everybody’s got a piece of this.” view article arw

The former Corsicana ISD teacher indicted on multiple charges of indecency with a child was released from jail Tuesday after posting $276,000 bond, according to the Navarro County District Attorney's Office. Ramon Santuario-Mendoza, who was fired in May from his position at Corsicana ISD's Sam Houston Elementary School, faces seven charges in Navarro County, the district attorney's office said. view article arw

A new policy will be introduced to students within Northside ISD this year. view article arw

The Nacogdoches ISD has arrested two people after an alarming incident Monday morning. According to the school district, Sergeant Mendiola arrived for duty Monday morning and found two masked people in his office. view article arw

Jose Villanueza’s final words were used asking his killers why. A glance into the last moments of his life surfaced following the weekend arrest of a sixth person in the August 2018 MS-13-linked killing on Spring ISD property. view article arw

A letter was sent out to parents by Northside ISD superintendent Brian Woods about new safety procedures for the school year. Woods sent the letter on Monday, but it had nothing to do with the weekend shootings in El Paso or Dayton. The plan of action had been in the works for well over a year. view article arw

Talk about curb appeal. Lamar Middle School is undergoing a $16 million renovation that calls for flipping the campus entrance to the west — the back of the building — so it faces Third Street instead of First Street. view article arw

The FBI says it’s concerned the attacks in El Paso and Dayton could inspire domestic extremists to carry out more acts of violence. Crime Stoppers of Houston is trying to prevent extremist behavior by going into schools to teach students, teachers, and parents how to spot it early. view article arw

As the El Paso community continues to process Saturday’s horrific mass shooting at a popular Walmart packed with back-to-school shoppers, Socorro and Clint ISD students will return to class. Clint students will also be mourning one of their own. Students at Clint's Horizon High School will be mourning the death of Javier Rodriguez, 15, who attended the school as a freshman during the 2018-2019 academic year. view article arw

School districts across the Texas Panhandle and the Lone Star state are gearing up for back to school. In lieu of two recent mass shootings, and seven to date this year, both school safety and security measures are at the top of the list during orientations. view article arw

The city of Sherman is taking its own measures to ensure the safety of its students, starting with the appointment of a new school resource officer at Monday's city council meeting. Sherman Independent School District started the program with the Sherman Police Department just last year, and they want people to know how important it is for the district. view article arw

Harlandale Independent School District trustees voted Monday evening to allow suspended Superintendent Rey Madrigal to resign, giving up their intention to fire him. (Paywall) view article arw

With incredible strength, 25-year-old El Paso shooting victim Jordan Anchondo's aunt and uncle shared the worst news they could've imagined. "My niece, Jordan, we lost her yesterday," Elizabeth Terry, Anchondo's aunt, said. Anchondo and her husband, Andre, were inside the Walmart with their 2-month-old newborn baby, Paul. They were buying school supplies for the couple's 5-year-old daughter. view article arw

Last week the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) is in Round Rock conducting the last of 10 four-day trainings for school-based law enforcement officers offered throughout the state this summer. Hosted by the Round Rock Police Department and Region 13 Education Service Center, the trainings at the Round Rock Police Department Training Facility are serving 130 officers through two courses, introductory and intermediary school-based law enforcement, which are both accredited by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. view article arw

Add my hometown of El Paso to the list that, in Texas alone, includes Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe — places where people were shot where they went to pray, shop and go to school.  I can’t think of another situation where we would not do something together about wolves roving among us. view article arw

The Copperas Cove Independent School District will host Congressman Roger Williams as he holds a school safety press conference to discuss his School Violence Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2019, which the Killeen and Copperas Cove ISDs support. According to a press release issued by KISD, the new act would support school districts' abilities to keep kids and educators safe by investing $2 billion towards violence prevention. view article arw

Bullard ISD students and staff will notice some changes as they head back to school after receiving several safety upgrades. GMET’s Brennon Gurley spoke to a teacher who is hoping to ease parents’ minds before they send their child back to school. Marcia Leirman, 7th Grade Reading Teacher, Bullard Middle School, tells KLTV, “I think feeling safe makes me a better teacher.” view article arw

The El Paso community continues to process and mourn Saturday’s tragedy. Inside that Walmart near Cielo Vista mall there were many back to school shoppers. Both Socorro and Clint ISD say that licensed counselors will be on hand today and upcoming days to assist students and faculty. view article arw

Kilgore ISD is partnering with Kilgore Police Department to implement a new campus mapping plan to more effectively respond to emergency situations.  Assistant Superintendent Richard Nash told trustees current campus maps were old and could be inefficient in the event of an emergency.   “One of the challenges we have, like most school districts, is if you have an incident or something happens, and they ask our administrators, where do we need to go? First responders, ambulance, whatever it may be,” Nash said. view article arw

Bexar County’s children’s advocacy center ChildSafe gave the first tour of its brand new $26.5 million Salado Creek campus on Thursday.  The 65,000 square-foot facility will house ChildSafe and partner organizations providing services to children who have been victims of physical and sexual abuse, experienced neglect, or have witnessed a violent crime. view article arw

A dozen law enforcement agencies arrested 19 men last month as part of a joint investigation into allegations of child exploitation, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday. The investigation, known as "Operation Athena," occurred between July 8 and July 12. Led by the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, officials investigated people who used the internet for child trafficking and child pornography, according to the sheriff's department. view article arw

You spent time this summer visiting border facilities, including the center for unaccompanied minors in Brownsville that has been the subject of national media reports. What did you see there? It is out in the middle of nowhere. It's in the desert. Everything that I could tell from my inspection was being done properly. The kids had a large play area that they constructed. It was indoors. It was in what had been an unloading place for big 18-wheelers. view article arw

As parents get ready to send their kids back to school, they want to know their kids are safe. The Wichita Falls ISD is adding to their security systems this year. Since 2015, the WFISD has been working to improve the safety and security of their schools., starting by revamping how and where people enter the buildings. view article arw