TDEM CRF LEA Reimbursement Program

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The application will close September 30, 2020. Please note that all reimbursement requests must also be submitted by this deadline.   view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An empty classroom got a rude awakening on Saturday morning when a truck pummeled through the outer wall of Barton Middle School.  Hays CISD has confirmed that around 6:50 a.m. Saturday a truck crashed into the classroom. The damage has been boarded up and the building is secure, but there’s not yet a cost estimate.  After the incident, about 10 district employees turned up to help the teacher who worked in the classroom move to another room, the district said. view article arw

For the past few weeks, Nidia Alejandre has wavered over whether to send her first- and seventh-graders back to Houston ISD campuses next month for in-person classes.   Her indecision stems from doubts about how the school day would be structured, whether her children would remain with their current teachers and the potential for on-campus COVID-19 spread. To Alejandre, HISD officials have not adequately answered these questions ahead of a Friday deadline to pick in-person or online-only classes. view article arw

Some of Houston’s largest school districts made a last-minute decision early Tuesday to cancel classes or have all students learn remotely after heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Beta continued to drench the region.  Houston, Aldine, Spring Branch, Spring, Humble, Tomball, Sheldon, Channelview and Galena Park ISDs, as well as Stafford MSD, told parents early Tuesday that their campuses and remote learning centers would be closed, but that all students and staff would continue to work remotely. Houston ISD said learning would continue “as long as internet connectivity and power remain intact.” view article arw

Students will be able to return to the buildings beginning Wednesday following an investigation into an unidentified odor.  Brownsboro ISD has been cleared by the Henderson County Fire Marshall to reopen schools on Wednesday and allow students back on to campuses following an investigation into an unidentified odor that caused some students to be hospitalized.  According to the district, the investigation concluded that sewer gas was venting outside the theatre building but was not filtering high enough or far enough away from the building due to the conditions that night of high humidity and lack of wind during the game. view article arw

La Porte ISD Memo to Stakeholders

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Good evening. Meteorologists and area officials have predicted that our area will most likely be spared of the floods that are forecast for parts of Houston (north of us). With that in mind, La Porte ISD will be open on Wednesday. We also understand that every situation is unique, and we encourage you to make decisions with your family's safety in mind. As always, we place the safety and security of our community first ... Please know that we are constantly monitoring this weather situation and will continue to prioritize the well-being of our stakeholders ... We will act accordingly as conditions dictate, and we will make any changes to our plan by 5 a.m. tomorrow, should conditions warrant that. We appreciate you and wish you well.  Adam J. Holland read more arw

Weather disruptions continue to interfere this week with school reopening plans, with both Beaumont and Port Arthur ISDs delaying the return to class due to anticipated flooding from Tropical Storm Beta.  But unlike past years, students will continue to learn using the virtual learning infrastructure put in place to educate through the pandemic, diminishing the need for districts to apply for waivers due to missed days. view article arw

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued a disaster declaration for more than two dozen counties as Tropical Storm Beta closed in on the Texas coast, with heavy rains expected to cause dangerous storm surges through Wednesday.  The counties include Harris and Bexar, though the weather forecasters predict the worst flooding to occur along low-lying portions of the coast, from Matagorda to Galveston. view article arw

Surfside Beach Police Chief Gary Phillips surveyed the damage Tuesday morning and found some flooded streets and beach erosion in the wake of Beta, but overall his coastal community looked OK.  "We fared well,” he said. “Better than the night before."  Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, however, was Tweeting warnings early Tuesday: “Turn around, don’t drown isn’t a slogan, it is a strategy to stay safe and alive.”“Lots of street flooding in our area,” he wrote. “Please do not go out unless you need to. If you need to drive wait until daylight if at all possible. Do not cross flooded roadways or go around barricades.”  Police and fire departments had made nearly 100 high-water rescues by late Tuesday morning, according to city officials.    (23) view article arw

While coastal areas had experienced the brunt of flooding issues from Tropical Storm Beta through Monday afternoon, local officials are prepared for the possibility of flooding from heavy rains affecting communities further inland.  Beta tracked closer to Brazoria County coastal areas, according to a 1 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, but its landfall still is expected to be southwest of the county near Palacios and Matagorda Bay. view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – One week after virtual classes began, Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said the district has thousands of fewer students than it projected.  “We’re still 13,000 to 14,000 short of what we were expecting and so that is a number that is concerning to me.” view article arw

MALAKOFF, Texas (KETK)- Malakoff High School has transitioned to online learning only through Wednesday due to COVID-19.  Malakoff ISD Superintendent Don Layton made the announcement on the district’s website.  “Teaching and learning at MHS will shift to remote instruction during the campus closure,” Layton said in the statement. “Students are required to engage with their teachers per their class schedule through email daily, and log-in through google classroom as students are responsible for the completion of all assignments. view article arw

HOUSTON — It was a mix of excitement and jitters for many students Monday at Aldine and Alief ISD.   Both school districts started gradually phasing in students back in the classroom Monday since the beginning of the pandemic.  "Yes, they are very excited. I never thought in my 35-years I would see kids so excited to get back to school," said HD Chambers the superintendent at Alief ISD.  view article arw

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - With one month of the 2020 school year in the books, Longview ISD superintendent Dr. James Wilcox said the district is using a large amount of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  “We used quite a bit each day. We received a large shipment from TEA, but we’ve also had to supplement here locally. We’re doing fine. Now the question not only on my mind, but across the state, well, really across the country on PPE, is you know we’re okay now. But as this goes on and gets into flu season everybody’s apprehensive about what might happen,” Wilcox said.  Wilcox said he believes the protocols put in place to protect against COVID-19 will also serve the district well as flu season approaches. view article arw

HOUSTON – A child riding a bike was struck by a school bus Monday afternoon outside Barbers Hill Elementary School South, according to the district. The incident was reported around 3:30. p.m. view article arw

All of the Brownsboro ISD students who were taken to local hospitals for further evaluation after a possible natural gas leak that occurred at the BISD football game Friday have been cleared and released, according to a post on the school district’s Facebook page. “We are so thankful to let our community know that all students that were transported last night for further evaluation have been cleared and released,” a post on the Brownsboro ISD Facebook page stated. “Thank you to our community for your prayers and well wishes you have given them in the last 12 hours.” view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – One week after virtual classes began, Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said the district has thousands of fewer students than it projected.  “We’re still 13,000 to 14,000 short of what we were expecting and so that is a number that is concerning to me.” view article arw

Some locations that will likely experience flash flooding include Southwestern Pasadena, Pearland, League City, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Texas City, Friendswood, Alvin, Dickinson, Stafford, South Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, La Marque, Katy, Santa Fe, Seabrook, Richmond, Webster and Manvel.  Many roads could be impassable Tuesday morning.   view article arw

BROWNSBORO, Texas (KETK)- Brownsboro ISD cancelled class for Monday following an investigation of a gas leak on September 18, according to a statement from the Brownsboro ISD superintendent.  The district is cancelling school on Sept. 21 out of an abundance of caution and to finalize their investigation. This day will not have to be made up at a later date by students and students will not be required to attend virtually. view article arw

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- Residents along the Texas coast are preparing ahead of Tropical Storm Beta, which is expected to make landfall on Monday.  Voluntary evacuations have been issued for the West End of Galveston Island, Bolivar Peninsula, areas of the city of La Marque outside the levee system, Dickinson, Jamaica Beach, Kemah, Tiki Island and Bayou Vista. view article arw

GOLIAD, Texas – Goliad I.S.D. schools and offices will be closed Monday due to the expected heavy rainfall and flooding expected from Tropical Storm Beta.  To reach the newsroom or report a typo/correction, email  Download our free app for Apple, Android, Roku and Amazon devices. view article arw

The following is our conversation with Dallas ISD superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa, who shared his recollections from the Oct. 20, 2019 tornado.  PN: What went through your head when you get this report that not only has this tornado landed, but it has ripped through several campuses – and not only that, it looks pretty much like it’s destroying three campuses in one fell swoop?  MH: Yeah, so recall what happened last night because I remember sitting watching the Cowboys game with my little chihuahuas, and then all of a sudden I hear that this terrible storm was coming through. And then in the morning, I knew something was really wrong. view article arw

All local school districts and Brazosport College have canceled Monday's in-person and virtual classes ahead of Tropical Storm Beta.  "This includes both at-home and at-school learning, as well as after school activities," a news release from Brazosport ISD states. "A decision regarding school closures for Tuesday will be made and communicated on Monday."    (21) view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI — Highwater rescue teams were on alert along hundreds of miles of the Gulf Coast on Sunday as Tropical Storm Beta threatened to pound the weather-weary region with damaging storm surge and drenching rains.  Beta becomes the latest in a long line of storms this hurricane season forecast to batter the region and the record books.   Beta already has made history as the earliest 23rdnamed tropical storm in the Atlantic, replacing Alpha, nearly 15 years ago. Alpha, which formed on Oct. 22, 2005, was the first storm to be assigned a Greek letter.  Beta, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, was about 140 miles southeast of Galveston on Sunday afternoon. It was expected to make landfall Monday or early Tuesday between Corpus Christi and Galveston, according to AccuWeather.    (21) view article arw

Based on current weather predictions, we have made the following decisions for the week of September 21-25:  · In-person Instruction for students has been cancelled for the week of September 21-25. All students will attend classes online. view article arw

Conroe Independent School District officials had to make some changes to their network following a cyberattack meant to overwhelm the system. On Wednesday, the district officials put out a statement on the website that said people began experiencing issues last week that “impacted phone and internet service throughout the day.” Hardware engineers worked to identify the problem but later determined it was not a malfunction but rather an intentional attack from an outside source trying to overwhelm the district’s network. view article arw

A Southlake teenager has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary at Carroll High School on Monday morning, police say.  According to the Southlake Police Department, officers were notified of a possible break-in at Carroll High School at approximately 3:36 a.m. after receiving an alert for motion detection at the school.  view article arw

ActiveCare will now include four PPO options: the new ActiveCare Primary, ActiveCare HD (formerly 1-HD), ActiveCare Primary + (formerly Select) and ActiveCare 2, which is closed to new enrollees. There also will be three HMOs covering some regions of the state. The TRS board approved provider changes in February and the new premiums at its meeting last Friday.    (15) view article arw

Winnsboro ISD is in the process of cleaning out its administration center after a fire ripped through the back of the building. Although much of the administration’s everyday work was lost, a lot of technology in the building at the time of the fire was salvaged. “This is the heart of our school district right here. So it’s you know, making sure we. hoping we can get everything out of here we could but it didn’t happen,” says Jody Hettich, Winnsboro ISD’s Chief of Police and School Resources Officer. view article arw

BURKEVILLE, Texas (KTRE) - The effects of Hurricane Laura are still being felt in Deep East Texas. At Burkeville ISD in Newton County, the elementary school was severely damaged. A group of East Texas teachers decided to help in the best way they felt they could with a special delivery today.  The roof to the Burkeville Elementary School was twisted and torn off completely by Hurricane Laura.  “We lost a library, computer lab, classrooms, teaching materials and teaching equipment that we have in our rooms: laptops, screens, things like that,” said Burkeville ISD Superintendent Ann Gardner. “It also took off the north part of the roof on our other elementary school. So now, we have damage to two rooms in there now.” view article arw

Nederland ISD plans to start school with about 65% of students on campus Tuesday, while other districts across the region return to school for a second time after being closed due to Hurricane Laura.  NISD delayed its original start time by 5 days as power was restored to the region after being knocked out for several days in some places.  “We brought back employees on Wednesday and gave the teachers three days to prepare,” Superintendent Stuart Kieschnick told The Enterprise. “We’ve got our schools as safe as they can be; we have masks, we have face shields, desk shields and each school has their campus plan in order.” view article arw

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Monday, Sept. 7.  Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation extending his disaster declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19. The disaster declaration was originally issued on March 13 and provides the State a variety of resources to effectively serve Texans as the Lone Star State continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.   "Renewing this disaster declaration helps ensure that we have the resources and strategies in place to help communities across Texas respond to COVID-19," said Gov. Abbott. "I urge Texans to take precautionary steps to protect their health by wearing a mask, social distancing, and sanitizing their hands. Working together, we will slow the spread and keep our communities safe.” view article arw

WINNSBORO, Texas — The Winnsboro ISD building was partially damaged Sunday night due to a fire.  According to Winnsboro ISD, the fire started at about 9 p.m. The cause of the fire was electrical.  The western side of the building received the most damage. The eastern side of the building, which house the Winnsboro Senior Center, was not damaged.    (08) view article arw

A fire at the Winnsboro ISD Administration building late Sunday evening left a hole in the roof, many of its windows shattered and other damages yet to be specified.  But without the quick thinking of Reyna Perez, a passing student who saw the smoke and dialed 9-1-1, “the damage would be far worse,” Winnsboro Mayor Camron Wilcox said in a Facebook post made just after midnight on Monday.  While official details regarding the blaze remained limited as of Monday afternoon, photographs and live video captured by Trails County Reporter at the scene revealed thick plumes of smoke rising from the building and many volunteers attacking with fire hoses around 11 p.m.    (08) view article arw

My prayers are this email finds you safe from Hurricane Laura. I know many of you are facing very long days of recovery.  LCM has significant damage from the storm. We lost the Transportation building and had damage to multiple buses that we are in the process of repairing. We will not be allowed to use these buses until the repairs are completed. We are also in the process of relocating Transportation at this time since the building took a very hard hit. view article arw