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Dr. Deborah Birx had a stark warning Saturday for people sheltering in place across the United States. “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe,” Birx said at a White House press briefing, CNN reports.  Dr. Deborah Birx had a stark warning Saturday for people sheltering in place across the United States.  “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe,” Birx said at a White House press briefing, CNN reports.  (06) view article arw

Insurance Newsletter April

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Obviously, the Corona Virus has affected insurance just has it has everything else; the effect will continue to create delays.  In addition, schools have more to be concerned about other than insurance.  In the broad view, Lloyds of London and reinsurers will undoubtedly be affected, as pandemic insurance is provided by the same companies that reinsure our schools; this could negatively impact pricing, as all school insurance involves reinsurance.   (03) view article arw

  • Texas reports more than 4,600 cases and 70 deaths
  • More than a quarter million Texans file for unemployment relief in one week
  • Cities projecting decreases in sales tax revenue are worried about their budgets
  • ER doctors say lack of rapid testing hinders care for respiratory patients
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In a message to Austin ISD families April 2, AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz said the district is scheduled to start phasing in continuous at-home learning beginning April 6.  According to the post, teachers will conduct mandatory lessons through printed materials, online communications and other platforms. view article arw

New Mexico schools must find ways to finish the year without physical classrooms after state officials closed them to in-person education for the remainder of the academic year in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.  The closures led to a shift from delaying schoolwork, with a chance of schools reopening, to establishing a need for finding other ways to teach. School districts around the state are now working to formalize education plans meant to work for every student. view article arw

WASKOM, Texas. - Waskom ISD will close school for the rest of the year. The district's assistant superintendent made the announcement last night.  It’s left a lot of uncertainty for seniors.  "Being able to say my goodbyes, that would have been like really nice and graduation for sure," said Waskom Senior Hannah Speight.  Hannah never thought March 13 would be her last day of school  Turns out, her senior year would be one to remember, but not the way she's always wanted.  "That whole day we spent on March 13, just complaining,” Hannah said. “'Oh they're only going to let us out for one day or a half a day to deep clean. We're so upset.' and then it was like you don't get to come back." view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas — All Midland ISD campuses will be closed through May 1 by order of Governor Abbott, and the district is working to make the closure easier on parents and students alike.  To help students who might not have the internet access needed to access online materials, MISD is taking two steps.  The first step was handing out enrichment packets during breakfast and lunch pickup to students who do not have the ability to access online materials. view article arw

Arlington ISD schools will resume for-credit, mandatory classes on April 13 with all classes taking place online. To make this possible, the district has distributed more than 20,000 devices to students.  Teachers will maintain their classes and design lesson plans based on district priorities, said Steven Wurtz, the district’s chief academic officer. The school will maintain an online-only format in line with Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that all Texas schools to stay closed until May 4 due to the coronavirus outbreak in Texas. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — Tonight, we speak to a local school district following Governor Greg Abbott's announcement that schools would remain closed until at least May 4, 2020.  The district says although its brick and mortar buildings are closed, digital classrooms continue to be up and running!  But what will happen with the districts’ senior graduations, advances to the next grade level, and how has the transition been from in-person to online distance learning?  “A lot of our teachers, the one thing that's hurting teachers the most right now is that they're not having that face to face, or audio contact with students,” said Superintendent at River Road ISD, Richard Kelley.  Kelley adds that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a one and done situation for the district and it’s changing how it approaches learning in the future. view article arw

Commissioners presser courtroom to talk about how they’re “supporting the medical community” Thursday view article arw

HALLSVILLE — Hallsville ISD staff members are daily packing up supplies and heading to 10 satellite locations to make sure students continue to stay fed and continue learning during school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus. The staff are daily preparing free breakfasts, lunches, as well as educational material packets for the district’s students in order to keep them fed and learning during the school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. view article arw

Spring ISD will remain closed until further notice following Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines and closing schools.  The district began implementing at-home learning after closing all schools March 16. That system is still being expanded, as the district announced they would be distributing Chromebooks to all seniors who need one on April 6. The expectation is seniors will continue to work remotely in order to complete their credits required for graduation. view article arw

The Anahuac ISD District School Board approved a COVID-19 Resolution that gave Superintendent Dennis Wagner authority to act in the place of the Board of Trustees under board policy and make all decisions regarding payment of employees during its regular monthly meeting, Monday night.  Wagner noted this includes the authority to make decisions regarding the compensation, if any, of exempt and non-exempt employees who may be required to report to work or work remotely during an emergency closure and/or time of suspended on-site operations and to implement those decisions. view article arw

In a historic move, the Fort Worth Independent School District board Tuesday night voted to give the superintendent executive powers to streamline decision-making during the coronavirus shutdown.  Tuesday night’s FWISD board meeting was also the first time that all members joined virtually — the meeting was held on the Zoom video platform and members of the public were able to call or video in. view article arw

Columbus ISD really appreciates your efforts during these trying times. Currently we are using our resources to ensure that students are fed, and that the families in our district have access to devices and internet. Our district just ordered $15,000 worth of wireless hot spots. We are focused on providing high quality instruction to our students. Thank you for all you do. - Brian Morris, Ed. D.  Columbus ISD Superintendent view article arw

BRYAN, Texas — Many schools across the Brazos Valley are feeling the effects of COVID-19. Many campuses are closed and school events are being canceled left and right, even an event like high school graduation is forcing school districts to come up with a backup plan.  Three out of four high schools in Bryan ISD traditionally used Texas A&M facilities like Reed Arena for graduation ceremonies. Texas A&M staff told Bryan ISD all events at Reed Arena through the end of May have been canceled or postponed.  view article arw

McKinney ISD Superintendent Rick McDaniel released a message to parents Tuesday following Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order closing in-person classes through May 4.  Tuesday’s executive order follows the decision by President Donald Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance social distancing guidelines and extend the deadline for these guidelines to April 30. view article arw

The Round Rock school board on Tuesday met on a video call to give Superintendent Steve Flores several emergency powers, including the ability to extend school closures.  The district had previously announced schools would be closed through April 13, but just an hour before the board’s meeting, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott mandated districts to extend closures to May 4.  The resolution passed by the board gives Flores the ability to continue paying staff who are unable to work and to provide additional compensation for employees, like food services staff and janitorial workers, who are working despite the closures. view article arw

Following a statewide order from Gov. Greg Abbott, Dripping Springs ISD Superintendent Todd Washburn announced DSISD would extend school closures through at least May 4.  While closures persist, students will continue educational activities through remote learning methods. DSISD began implementing virtual learning5., after initially announcing schools would close on March 16, and the district maintains a central webpage to give parents and students guidance on remote learning. view article arw

KILLEEN, Texas – UPDATE: During Tuesday night’s virtual board meeting, the Killeen Independent School District has voted to postpone the May 2nd General Election until November 3rd.  The Board also voted to pay employees through crisis, including time and a half for hourly employees (cafeteria workers, janitorial staff) if they need to be on campus during crisis.  They voted to suspend academic ranking, as well as grade reports to parents. Public comment was taken via Zoom. view article arw

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced that public schools are unlikely to reopen this calendar year due to the coronavirus.  California public school campuses are unlikely to reopen for the remainder of the academic school year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, state Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said Tuesday in a letter to school district officials.  v“Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year,” Thurmond wrote. “This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.” view article arw

Cuero ISD is not in session due to COVID-19, but the school board still met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 26 with plenty to discuss. Notably, superintendent Dr. Micah Dyer provided an update on their meal program and learning from home with school closed.  The upcoming board election was also canceled due to there being no challengers to the incumbents. Dr. Dyer addressed communication reports for the entire school district with the main focus on meals being given out to children each day and how they are able to facilitate some learning methods from home. view article arw

Alvin and Friendswood ISDs have both taken steps to ensure that their students have access to instruction as school closures continue. To learn more, click here. view article arw

With the exception of Beaumont ISD, most schools across Southeast Texas plan to keep their campuses closed until at least April 10, citing local stay-at-home orders and guidance from the federal government — which on Sunday extended social distancing guidelines until at least April 30.  “We felt, based on those orders, that if the county judge was asking everybody to stay at home that much until April 10, it just made sense that we did not want to have school until after that point,” Vidor Independent School District Superintendent Jay Killgo said. “So that is what led us to extend the flexible education program longer.” view article arw

Austin ISD parents tuned into the district’s virtual board meeting Monday hoping for clarity on how the rest of their semester will play out after classes were cancelled until mid-April, but many parent questions weren’t answered.  In a video conference meeting streamed on multiple platforms, AISD Board Members started off their meeting hearing from Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz who plugged the districts learning at home site that provides lessons for AISD students from K-12th grade. Cruz said the district is looking to issue more Chromebooks to middle school students along with Wi-Fi hot spots, and he mentioned he’s talking with state and local officials about how the rest of the semester will play out on a daily basis. view article arw

Leander ISD’s board of trustees plans to discuss the grading system and class rankings at a special called, online-only meeting at 6 p.m. March 31.  Under the proposal to be discussed, second semester grades for the current school year would not be factored into a student’s cumulative GPA or class rank.  LISD schools were closed for an additional two weeks at the end of spring break, from March 24-April 3, due to coronavirus concerns. On March 27, a week was added to the closure by LISD, closing school through April 10. view article arw

Public schools statewide should remain closed until May 4, Gov. Greg Abbott announced at press conference in Austin on Tuesday.  Previously, local school superintendents announced schools would remain closed through April 24, with students scheduled to return to campus on April 27. The order is an extension of Abbott’s previous executive order that closed schools through April 3.   (02) view article arw

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — With no checkpoints along the border, Texas appears to be playing by the honor system as state troopers try to enforce new quarantine requirements implemented by Gov. Greg Abbott.  This time, the border in question belongs to Texas and Louisiana. Abbott used his power to issue executive orders to “reduce importing COVID-19 into the state of Texas.” “The best way to do that is to do all that we can to restrict travel into Texas from areas that have a high rate of COVID-19,” including Louisiana, Abbott said Sunday. view article arw

BELLEVUE (KFDX/KJTL)— Bellevue ISD has announced the closing of all campuses until further notice.  Superintendent Michael Qualls said school officials will continue to work to determine a return date.  “We will continue to work with local, state, and federal health officials to determine when is the safest and appropriate time to return to normal operations,” Qualls said. view article arw

With the exception of Beaumont ISD, most schools across Southeast Texas plan to keep their campuses closed until at least April 10, citing local stay-at-home orders and guidance from the federal government — which on Sunday extended social distancing guidelines until at least April 30.  “We felt, based on those orders, that if the county judge was asking everybody to stay at home that much until April 10, it just made sense that we did not want to have school until after that point,” Vidor Independent School District Superintendent Jay Killgo said. “So that is what led us to extend the flexible education program longer.” view article arw

City View ISD announced Monday morning that they have extended their closure until April 10.  In the email from Superintendent Tony Bushong it was stated that distance learning will continue for all students.  “City View ISD is going to extend our school closure through April 10th.  We will continue distance learning with all of our students.  We will get through this together!!” Tony Bushong’s written email statement. view article arw

YISD superintendent Xavier De La Torre (left) at a school board meeting.  EL PASO, Texas -- The Ysleta Independent School District became at least the third school system in El Paso County to extend the closure of its schools indefinitely due to the county's recent stay-at-home directive to stave off the spread of coronavirus.  Ysleta now joins El Paso ISD and Canutillo ISD in launching online learning to replace classroom attendance. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — At the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Texas School for the Deaf, it's usually a sprawling campus with students at this time, the week after spring break.   But students at the schools were unable to return this week, like so many at schools all across the state amid the coronavirus pandemic.  view article arw

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman today announced the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year. The extension follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an announcement from the White House extending physical distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020.  Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman released the following joint statement: view article arw

Austin schools Superintendent Paul Cruz and school board President Geronimo Rodriguez on Monday will provide updates on the district’s response to the coronavirus and its search for a replacement for Cruz, who announced last month that he was stepping down. The Austin school board will conduct its regular board meeting virtually on the videoconferencing platform Zoom at 6 p.m. Monday. The meeting moved online as a health safety measure amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Since March 13, district schools have been closed. Cruz said the district will remain closed until at least April 13, which is when stay-at-home orders from Austin and Travis County authorities could be lifted. view article arw