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LA PRYOR, Texas - New information if your child is part of the La Pryor Independent School District.  The district announced on its Facebook page on Thursday that they'll be switching to virtual learning for all students starting on Friday.  The decision comes as the district is seeing a shortage of staff due to COVID-related issues. They also have three in-person learning students that are positive, and their girls basketball team was exposed to a player from Falls City who tested positive after a game. view article arw

SAN ANGELO, Texas – After 12 years leading the Central High School Bobcat football team, San Angelo ISD announces head football coach/campus athletic coordinator Brent Davis will be leaving the program. SAISD will begin the search for a new head coach expeditiously, reviewing both internal and external candidates view article arw

Abilene High School Principal Michael Garcia is leaving his position at the end of the school year, the Abilene Independent School District announced Thursday. Garcia, who has led the high school since the start of the 2017-18 school year, will move to the district's central administration office to become executive director of student services. "It's been my distinct honor to lead Abilene High School the last four years," Garcia said in a news release. "I will miss my co-workers, the community and most notably the Eagles. I truly appreciate the support I’ve received over the years. I expect AHS to continue to excel as I step away from campus administration. I’m excited about the next part of my career and the opportunity to work with students and staff all over the AISD." view article arw

SAN ANTONIO – Employees in the Northside Independent School District will get a one-time payment, according to the district. All full and part-time teachers and staff that are not under a district mid-point salary scale will get a one-time payment of $625. “All other full and part-time employees who are under a District mid-point salary scale will receive a one-time gross payment equal to one percent (1%) of their midpoint salary in their salary scale. All eligible part-time employees will receive one-half (1/2) of the one-time payment paid to a similarly situated full-time employee,” the district explained in a newsletter. view article arw

Although certain sick leave benefits provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act expired Dec. 31, 2020, Tomball ISD employees can still expect to receive extended paid leave related to COVID-19, according to a Jan. 13 press release from the district. In a Jan. 12 board meeting, TISD board members unanimously approved to extend paid leave for employees undergoing quarantine because of a positive COVID-19 test or close contact with an infected person. view article arw

Lindale ISD is mourning the loss of their high school head athletic trainer, Mr. Travis Gray. Gray passed away after a battle with COVID-19. “Our hearts are broken with the news of Travis,” said Superintendent, Stan Surratt. “Travis’ wife and children are in our thoughts and prayers. Travis was loved by everyone; His fellow trainers, coaches and especially his student-athletes. He made a positive impact at Lindale ISD and everyone he came in contact with. May God comfort the Gray family.” view article arw

The colorful photographs captured inside the halls of Tyler ISD buildings on Tuesday look to be pulled straight out of a Publisher’s Clearing House commercial — massive checks, worth thousands of dollars, are handed off to teachers whose smiles cannot be hidden beneath their patterned masks, and whose hands wave triumphantly in the air as they realize their dreams. view article arw

At least two San Antonio school districts will require teachers and other staff to use their personal leave if they have already used federally mandated paid leave after being exposed to the coronavirus.  The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provision that required school districts and other workplaces to provide workers with up to 10 days of paid sick leave if they had COVID-19 or had to quarantine after exposure to the disease expired Dec. 31. The act also required employers to pay two-thirds of workers’ salary for up to 10 days to care for someone in quarantine and up to 10 weeks if they could not work because they were taking care of their children. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO – Edgewood ISD will continue to offer 80 hours of paid sick leave to all district employees throughout the remainder of the school year. EISD announced Tuesday its board of trustees approved the resolution to extend the Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) through June 30, 2021. The EPSL under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act did expire on Dec. 31, but even if it is not extended, the district will continue to offer this. “The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing and there is so much uncertainty surrounding it. We as a school board want to ensure our district employees are safeguarded when it comes to taking a leave of absence related to COVID-19,” said EISD School Board President Martha Castilla. view article arw

Dallas ISD Spanish teacher Akash Patel received special recognition from the International Literacy Association for his work. view article arw

Socorro Independent School District teachers can return to delivering remote instruction from home or remain on campus following El Paso hospitalization falling under the 'red zone'. Teachers will have the option to return to delivering remote instruction from home or remain on campus. view article arw

As Katy Independent School District continues to rapidly grow, its planning efforts are being noticed. On HoustonChronicle.com: Organizer shares thoughts, tips for ordering your space in the new year The Association for Learning Environments has named Lisa Kassman, Katy ISD executive director of planning, facilities and construction, as the 2020 Southern Region Planner of the Year. view article arw

After 12 years leading the Central High School Bobcat football team, San Angelo ISD announces head football coach/campus athletic coordinator Brent Davis will be leaving the program. SAISD will begin the search for a new head coach expeditiously, reviewing both internal and external candidates. view article arw

LINDALE, Texas (KETK) – Lindale ISD announced that their athletic trainer Travis Gray has died after a battle with COVID-19.  Gray contracted COVID-19 around Thanksgiving and was admitted into a hospital in early December. After his condition worsened, he was transferred to a hospital in Fort Worth and was put on life support. view article arw

Prosecutors say she subjected a child to mistreatment that caused the boy to "eat his own feces."  JASPER, Texas — The court has dismissed the case against a Jasper Independent School District kindergarten teacher who was accused of mistreating a student by causing him to eat his own feces.  67-year-old Mamie Aplon, of Jasper, was arrested around November 2019 after a grand jury indicted her on a misdemeanor charge of “official oppression.” view article arw

Edgewood Independent School District responded to the death of an 18-year teacher Tuesday after a tweet spurred by her passing received viral attention.  EISD confirmed the death of Cynthia Ritz in an email sent to MySA.com. Ritz taught seventh grade lifetime nutrition and wellness according to the Gus Garcia University School website. A viral tweet brought attention to her death and the fears shared by teachers on Monday. view article arw

Magnolia ISD employees will receive a one-time $500 payment for continued work during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a unanimous approval from board members in a Jan. 19 board meeting. The bonus payment is set to be distributed to all district employees on the March 15 payroll.  "Our school district, our board, specifically, wanted to make sure that all of our staff---educators, bus drivers, cafeteria workers---realizes just how important they are and how much our board appreciates the work they've done," MISD Superintendent Todd Stephens said. view article arw

Lufkin school trustees discussed adopting a one-time $1.3 million COVID-19 compensation plan for teachers and staff during its Tuesday work session. “We recognize that there are enhanced procedures and duties added to all staff in order to meet the needs of students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic,” chief financial officer Charlotte Bynum said. “We are proposing a pay adjustment to address morale and retention.” The compensation acts as a mid-year pay increase and requires a public hearing, which will be held during Thursday’s regular board meeting. It will be given to all employees who are employed on Jan. 21 and remain employed on March 4, Bynum said. view article arw

Longview ISD is planning to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to all staff members. Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox said the vaccines offered by the district are voluntary and free of charge. During Tuesday's Longview ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Assistant Superintendent Dennis Williams said the district will be partnering with Texas-based company Aurora Concepts, to bring a mobile unit to the administration building. view article arw

The Longview Independent School District has announced a plan to offer free COVID-19 immunizations for staff members. Longview ISD is developing a plan to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to district staff members, Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox announced Tuesday. “These would be offered to Longview staff members who wish to take the vaccine, free of charge, and totally voluntary,” he added. view article arw

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, an item on the agenda called for the approval of a resolution declaring a program change within administration at the La Joya Independent School District. According to the agenda package posted online, the district’s board policy authorizes Superintendent Dr. Gisela Saenz to recommend a program change to the board if “there is a need for a redirection for resources; efforts to improve efficiency, change in enrollment, a lack of student response to course offerings, legislative revisions to programs, or a reorganization or consolidation of two or more individual schools, departments or school districts.” view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The 2020 school year has been a whirlwind for teachers and staff across Wichita Falls ISD.  Despite months of having to shift from in-classroom learning, online, and hybrid learning, teachers have faced the challenges head-on.  That’s why board member Elizabeth Yeager said the Wichita Falls ISD School Board decided the $1,000 bonus payments for teachers were in order.  “We need to make this a meaningful gesture to our employees and the really difficult work they have done throughout this really difficult year,” Yeager said. view article arw

The Carroll ISD board of trustees unanimously approved two resolutions at a Jan. 11 meeting in order to create a COVID-19 employee paid leave program at the district level. The paid leave program is in effect for CISD employees from Jan. 4-June 30. The need for a district-level paid leave program is the result of the expiration of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The act expired Dec. 31 and was not extended by Congress. First passed in March 2020, the program allowed employees to take sick leave for issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. view article arw

Superintendent Jeannie Stone said the district is pushing to have teachers be considered ‘in a priority round’ for vaccination as more doses become available.  Richardson ISD nurses have started to receive COVID-19 vaccines, Superintendent Jeannie Stone said in a video shared by the school district. view article arw

The Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a resolution to extend emergency paid sick leave, in addition to extending emergency provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. The policy of 10 days of emergency paid sick leave allows staff members afflicted with COVID-19 to use those days to combat the spread of the virus. No additional days were added as part of the adopt resolution. view article arw

Cheers to a brighter 2021! I would like to extend best wishes to all for a happy and healthy new year. And may we all unite to make this year and those that follow full of opportunity for all children! It was a great honor for me to be sworn in for my third term on the Dallas ISD School Board. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent you and your families in District 2. During my service as trustee for the last four years, Dallas ISD has been recognized as the most improved urban school district in Texas. I will continue to fight for: view article arw

America’s rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations has not prioritized educators even under government mandates that schools stay open amid pandemic surges, a nationwide panel that included San Antonio Independent School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez said Wednesday. Martinez and four other superintendents from across the country made a plea for federal officials to accelerate vaccine supplies and urged states to include teachers and school staffers at the front of the line. view article arw

JACKSONILLVE, Texas (KETK) – A Jacksonville ISD teacher passed away Thursday evening, according to a release from the school district.  Holly Fults, 40, was a teacher at East Side Elementary School. The district said that she had been battling cancer. view article arw

A Gregg County judge has set the sentencing hearing for a former Sabine Independent School District teacher’s aide who is charged with inappropriate relationship with a student. Cassie Wyn Dowden is awaiting sentencing for improper relationship between an educator and a student. Dowden appeared in court Wednesday as part of a plea agreement hearing. Judge J. Scott Novy heard the plea agreement and scheduled Dowden’s sentencing for March 24. view article arw

The Pflugerville Independent School District says it’s experiencing a significant substitute shortage. The district will soon start deploying central admin staff to help bridge the gaps. “The subs we have had in the past, and the subs that are actually working is just abysmal,” said Franchesca Mejia, Pflugerville ISD orchestra teacher. view article arw

Ropes ISD administration has announced they have received information in regards to a Ropes ISD employee being arrested for online solicitation of a minor. Ropes ISD made the announcement through Facebook Wednesday morning. William Simonton, 26, was arrested on Monday, Jan. 11, at an apartment complex in South Lubbock. view article arw

Waco ISD athletic director Ed Love said that he has been interviewing candidates for the vacant Waco High and University jobs this week, in a second round of interviews. He hopes to name both new coaches on Jan. 28, following approval of the school board. Waco ISD parted ways with Waco High’s Kwame Cavil in December, following the Lions’ 1-6 season. In Cavil’s three years, all in Class 6A, the Lions struggled, going just 3-24 overall and missing the playoffs each year. view article arw

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Nacogdoches ISD’s Board of Trustees adopted a resolution Monday that will extend emergency paid sick leave to employees that miss work because of a COVID-19 infection or quarantine related to close exposure to someone infected with the virus. The federal program that was allowed by Congress to expire Dec. 31 was a provision of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA) adopted last year by Congress. The resolution approved by trustees gives the district the authority to provide additional paid leave to all NISD employees for a maximum allowance of 10 days. The additional days would be used if needed because of a COVID-19 infection or quarantine and are above and beyond any leave time that employees accrue from longevity with the district. view article arw

White Oak ISD trustees have voted to raise substitute teacher pay in an effort to remain competitive with other area districts. At Monday’s meeting, the board approved raising pay for certified subs by $35 to $105 a day, and non-certified subs will receive a $20 increase to $85 a day. view article arw

26-year-old William Michael Simonton was arrested after a Texas Department of Public Safety agent posed as a 15-year-old minor online. Whether or not there were any explicit messages or images sent between the agent and Simonton has not been publicly released. Ropes ISD posted a statement on social media on Wednesday, January 13th confirming that Simonton had been arrested for the incident. Even though it's currently believed that there were no Ropes ISD students that were victims of Simonton, he has still been placed on administrative leave pending a further investigation into this incident. Ropes ISD said in an official statement:  view article arw