The new development ends the immediate threat that up to 400,000 customers could lose power, but the underlying financial dispute between two energy giants stemming from last February's winter storm remains unresolved. view article arw

South San Antonio ISD will resume a normal schedule on Friday, January 21, 2022. All schools and buildings will operate on regular scheduled hours. If there is a change, and winter weather conditions occur, the South San Antonio ISD Website will be updated as quickly as possible, an email alert will be sent to parents subscribed to the district list, and an alert will be sent through South San ISD's social media network. Please remember that if there is no announcement from South San ISD, then classes will be held on a normal schedule. read more arw

Do not expect Property premiums to decrease in 2022. In fact, we expect the cost of Property insurance to continue to rise. Risk pools and insurance companies only insure a small portion of the total risk; it may not be more than 1%. The remainder of insurance is placed with reinsurers, who look at exposures locally and globally.    (20) view article arw

BASTROP, Texas — Officials evacuated nearby residents in Bastrop County as first responders worked to get a large wildfire under control Tuesday night. Crews worked throughout the night to continue to create a containment line and patrol nearby homes for any threats. According to the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management, the wildfire started at 100 Park Road 1A in Bastrop, just north of SH 71 and south of SH 21.    (19) view article arw

Bastrop County neighbors forced to flee the Rolling Pines Fire began to return to their homes by Thursday as firefighters established a tightening grip on the blaze. The Texas A&M Forest Service announced that after more accurate mapping, the area burned by the Rolling Pines Fire was revised upward from 783 acres to 813 acres. But the blaze that consumed trees north of Bastrop State Park was 70% contained, county and fire officials reported Thursday. About 200 firefighters and first responders were on site throughout the previous night fighting to keep the wildfire under control, which had burned areas north of the Bastrop State Park since Tuesday morning.  (21) view article arw

Victoria’s school district will temporarily close Victoria West High School due to COVID-19 related staff shortages. The school will be closed Friday after exceeding the 30% staff absentees threshold. Too many missing staff creates an environment where available staff is strained with no support staff. The school is expected to resume operations Monday. Based on how the school operates, the decision was made with Victoria West High School’s administration to close Friday, said Sherri Hathaway, the school district’s emergency manager. All athletic events will continue as scheduled. view article arw

PALESTINE, Texas (KETK) – Palestine High School is closing its doors until Jan. 24. This is an effort to stop the spread of the omicron variant. Due to quarantine, 20 high school staff members were absent on Tuesday, and the number only continued to grow. This led district officials to make this decision. LIST: East Texas schools closing this week Larissa Lovelace works at Palestine ISD. view article arw

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - One day after Killeen ISD Superintendent John Craft delivered a video message to parents and staff detailing plans to keep schools open, parents like Arnesha Smalls have concerns. “Overall, I believe he meant it in a positive light, but I think it caused more damage than it did positivity,” she said. Smalls adds while she understands the thinking in keeping students learning in-person, her daughter’s experiences in school suggest otherwise. “Just the consistency of I don’t know who’s gonna be my teacher today,” she said. ADVERTISEMENT “For him to say our kids are in the cafeteria or gymnasium for periods and with quality educators, it just doesn’t go together.” Smalls joins other parents in saying while complicated, maybe the best decision moving forward for the district is to split students in virtual and in-person learning environments. However, Rachel Bourrage with the Killeen Educator’s Association believes that will only make things worse. “That’s a lot of work for the teachers,” she said. “That’s a lot of lesson plans, curriculums, tests and grading for at-home and in school. When they did this last year, that was a lot of stress for the teachers.” view article arw

There was a mechanical failure with the heating units at the schools. GARLAND, Texas — Two elementary schools in Garland ISD are closed Friday due to a mechanical failure with the heating system, the district said. Classes at Keeley Elementary in Rowlett and Luna Elementary in Garland will resume Monday. "The safety of our students remains our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause," the district tweeted. view article arw

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Multiple school districts across North Texas are closing their doors due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and shortages of available teachers and staff. While the largest school districts in North Texas — Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Garland and Plano — will have classes as usual, the surge in COVID-19 cases in Texas has resulted in deep cleanings and lights out for many schools. Here is the latest list of class cancellations: view article arw

Cumby ISD will remain closed the rest of the week due to continued staffing shortages in essential areas due to COVID and illnesses. Currently, classes are scheduled to resume at the usual time on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. All extracurricular activities except varsity games have been canceled. Varsity will be played because they are district games and must be made up. The Wednesday and Friday games will be away. Saturday’s varsity play will be at home. Precautions will be in place to keep coaches and students as safe and healthy as possible. view article arw

Several San Antonio districts canceled classes on Thursday, January 20 due to the anticipated ice and sleet forecast for Central Texas by the National Weather Service. After having a mostly dry day, local districts have announced schools will return to session on Friday, January 21.    (21) view article arw

JARRELL (KXAN) — All Jarrell ISD campuses will close for the remainder of the week, citing a spike in COVID-19 cases and “critical staffing shortages.”  “Our district conducted additional covid testing today, and more staff tested positive,” officials said in a statement. “We are experiencing critical staffing shortages, and we are unable to continue operating campuses safely until our employees recover and return to work. The safety of our staff and students is of the utmost importance.” view article arw

Out of an abundance of caution, South San Antonio ISD schools will be closed on Thursday, January 20, 2022. As inclement weather is predicted to arrive in the Bexar County area, forecasters are calling for a potential of a wintry mix which may cause unsafe road conditions.All South San Antonio ISD schools and admin buildings will be closed on Thursday to include all campus and district related events.  South San ISD will monitor the situation and provide additional information as needed if conditions persist through Friday. Continue to monitor the website and social media platforms for updated information. read more arw

San Perlita ISD to reopen Monday

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San Perlita ISD is planning to reopen Monday after a week-long closure prompted by COVID-19. The district announced plans to return on social media Friday. “We thank you all for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this latest setback to our school year, and look forward to a safe and healthy return to school,” the district stated on Facebook. The district has detailed its COVID concerns on social media throughout the beginning of the spring semester, many of which seem to be tied to a lack of testing supplies. view article arw

Abilene Independent School District will return to normal school operations Wednesday after COVID-19-related staff shortages prompted a closure last week. "The district has determined that it will have sufficient numbers of staff to return to a normal schedule," AISD Superintendent Dr. David Young said in an announcement to parents Tuesday afternoon. The district surveyed employees Tuesday and expects to have about 300 staff members absent Wednesday, which is manageable, Young said. view article arw

Officials at Burkeville ISD announced on Tuesday that their schools will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday due to rising numbers of Coronavirus cases. Classes in Burkeville are scheduled to resume on Monday. This comes less than a week after officials at Kirbyville CISD closed schools on Friday due to Coronavirus cases, and to allow a thorough deep cleaning of the school buildings. view article arw

Marfa ISD Closing due to Covid cases

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MARFA, Texas (KOSA) - Marfa ISD tells CBS7 News that they will be closed Thursday, Friday and Monday due to covid cases within the district. the District says they will reopen Monday. view article arw

WOODSON, Texas (KAUZ) - Woodson ISD is closing for the rest of the week due to COVID-related staff shortages and low student attendance rates in all grades. The school district plans to reopen on Monday, Jan. 24. view article arw

Freezing temps heading for Texas could result in gas shortfalls this week, Houston pipeline company Kinder Morgan warned its customers Wednesday. Temperatures in some areas of the Permian Basin could dip into the teens overnight Thursday, which may result in so-called freeze-offs, when liquid inside a well freezes and halts natural gas production.    (20) view article arw

BASTROP, Texas — All evacuated residents in Bastrop County have been allowed to return as first responders continue to work to get a large wildfire under control on Wednesday.  Crews worked throughout the night to continue to create a containment line and patrol nearby homes for any threats.  According to the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management, the wildfire started at 100 Park Road 1A in Bastrop, just north of SH 71 and south of SH 21. view article arw

School districts across the state are facing issues of teacher shortages due to COVID. This has presented complex challenges for our staff as well. However, North Lamar’s administration, faculty and staff are working hard together to ensure that our students continue to receive the quality, in-person education that makes us so proud to be part of the Panther family. Staff from the administration building, principals, assistant principals, and secretaries are assisting in classrooms where needed and some staff members are moving from campus to campus to help where staff absences are the greatest. We monitor attendance daily and continue to post the numbers of COVID positive cases on the North Lamar website. view article arw

BEEVILLE, Texas — Beeville Independent School District will be canceling classes Wednesday Jan. 19 through Friday Jan. 21 due to staff shortages caused by COVID-19. Beeville ISD Superintendent Travis Fanning confirmed to KRIS 6 News that Beeville schools were being left without teachers after many either contracted COVID-19, or their children did.  "This decision was made solely on our shortage of staff, as we could not provide an effective learning environment for our students," said a letter to Beeville parents and staff members. view article arw

IOLA, Texas (KBTX) - Starting Wednesday, Iola ISD will be shutting down the whole school for the rest of the week, according to the interim superintendent. School officials said there are 145 students who have tested positive or have had a close contact. There are only about 550 students district wide. Officials said there are also 17 staff members out. The district is encouraging students and staff to use the After Hours Presumptive/Positive COVID-19 Reporting form. All athletic events will be canceled or rescheduled, per the district’s Facebook post. The district said no remote learning is required during this closure. Classes will resume on Jan. 24. view article arw

The superintendents of Laredo’s school districts held a press conference Friday to explain their decisions to transition to remote learning from Jan. 17 to Jan. 21.  United ISD reported more than 1,000 employee absences Thursday, including 550 teachers and 270 without substitutes and at least 1,500 COVID-19 cases in students.   UISD Superintendent David Gonzalez said the Christmas holiday caused the spike. view article arw

Due to a staff and substitute shortage, Mesquite ISD announced on Jan. 14 that it would close until Jan. 19. The district said in a press release that the strain of covering classes in the midst of a substitute shortage has taken a toll on district staff members who are able to work. Additionally, the teachers’ ability to safely monitor students is quickly becoming unmanageable, the district said. Communications Director Elizabeth Fernandez said all classes were cancelled. “It’s like two snow days,” she said. view article arw

LAGO VISTA, Texas — Lago Vista ISD is joining the list of school closures across the county and in Central Texas. On Monday, the district put out a letter saying despite its best efforts to keep campuses appropriately staffed to ensure adequate supervision and safe operations, the number of staff absences is greater than the number of available substitutes and staff members needed for coverage. As a result, Lago Vista High School and Lago Vista Middle School will be closed to students on Tuesday, January 18, and Wednesday, January 19. Lago Vista ISD superintendent Darren Webb says there are over 25 employees out combined but not all absences are due to COVID. Webb cites the shortages are for different reasons, but the lack of staff is making providing appropriate supervision and instruction a challenge. view article arw

SKIDMORE, Texas — Skidmore-Tynan ISD has announced that the district will be closed for the week from Jan. 18th to Jan. 21st. Superintendent Waterhouse says this closure comes as a result of staff shortages as teachers continue to test positive with COVID-19: Due to a lack of substitutes, the district does not have enough healthy teachers to hold class. view article arw

Shannon Austin wants nothing more than for her kids to be in school full time. "I don't believe in living in fear we have to live our lives," said Austin. Shannon's husband is very sick though with kidney issues his doctors say insisted she keep their kids out of school, but when virtual learning went away, so did her choices. "They went back to their schools and within two weeks they brought COVID home my husband got it even though he was vaccinated and boosted and he's been out of the hospital ever since," said Austin. view article arw

SAN ANGELO, Texas – The rise of COVID-19 cases in the Concho Valley is making an impact on several schools throughout the area. Below is a list of when schools will be closed and when they will reopen. (We will keep this page updated as we learn of new closings. Check back for further updates.) view article arw

Schools close due to rising COVID-19 cases.  Here are the announcements, so far: view article arw

GRAHAM (KFDX/KJTL) — Officials with the Graham Independent School District announced Wednesday they will close Thursday, January 13, and Friday, January 14 due to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Graham ISD Superintendent Sonny Cruse said the decision was made as COVID cases continue to escalate making staff unable to accomplish their instructional mission. For Graham staff members who are not ill, Thursday and Friday will be used as planning days and will work on their campuses. view article arw

Pineywoods Community Academy will be canceling classes through Monday due to an increase in widely spread illnesses and a shortage of staff. Students will return to school on Jan.18. During this closure, staff members will be required to report to work as normal. “This decision is made out of an abundance of caution and will give staff the opportunity to clean and disinfect all areas of the school,” director Ken Vaughn said in a letter. The instruction days lost will be made up on March 18 and March 25. view article arw

BURKBURNETT (KFDX/KJTL) — Officials with the Burkburnett Independent School District announced Tuesday they will be closing the district for Wednesday, January 12, thru Friday, January 14. Burkburnett ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Owen said the decision to close was made due to staffing issues caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. view article arw

A school district is canceling classes over COVID-19 concerns. Late tonight, Boyd I.S.D. confirmed the closure. Boyd is in Wise County, just south of Decatur. The school's superintendent says a significant increase in cases forced the decision. The schools will be closed starting Wednesday through Monday for deep cleaning. They're not going virtual. Classes will just resume as usual on Tuesday. view article arw