Royse City ISD is mourning the death of an employee who was fatally struck by a car this week while she was working as a crossing guard. The Fate Department of Public Safety said a motorist hit the crossing guard — identified by the district as Melissa Williams — around 7:30 a.m. Monday near Miss May Vernon Elementary School in the 100 block of Miss May Drive. The school is in Fate but is part of Royse City ISD. view article arw

In recent months, a viral TikTok trend called the “devious lick challenge” has influenced students across the country to steal items from their schools. Unfortunately, Bryan ISD is one of the districts that has been affected by the challenge. “Bryan ISD saw activity last week, addressed this with our secondary students, and informed parents so they could also have conversations with their children.” said the district view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) El Paso Independent School District confirmed it is investigating an act of vandalism at Nolan Richardson Middle School in Northeast El Paso. It appears dozens of windows were shattered over the weekend near the front and side end of the school. A spokesperson for the district sent KTSM a statement reading: EPISD is investigating the vandalism incident at Nolan Richardson Middle School that occurred over the weekend. Any person or student that is found responsible will be subject to appropriate administrative and criminal action. view article arw

Several Texas schools have fallen victim to the latest viral TikTok challenge, including at least one Houston-area school. Dubbed "devious lick," the trend has become notoriously popular among middle and high schoolers, and involves students recording themselves stealing school property and destroying or vandalizing school bathrooms, all for likes, follows and the slim chance of becoming TikTok famous.  Participants have destroyed and stolen everything from doors to soap dispensers, sinks, faucets, and even classroom equipment like projectors, supplies and teacher's personal belongings.  O’Donnell Middle School in the Alief Independent School District said that over the past two days, some students vandalized their seventh grade boys’ restrooms and main hallway boys’ restrooms, destroying or removing soap dispensers, and taking hardware to the doors. School Principal Amador Velasquez, said in a Facebook post that the school had a "direct talk" with its seventh grade boys, but put the charge on parents to talk to their children about the consequences. view article arw

Some schools in Central Texas are dealing with the effects of a TikTok challenge that encourages students to vandalize bathrooms. One Austin Independent School District middle school is threatening to close the bathrooms because students are vandalizing them. The school said those students are participating in a TikTok challenge. In a letter to families, Lively Middle School Principal Stacie Holiday wrote that students have been vandalizing the restrooms over the last two weeks. Most Austin ISD middle schools are reporting similar cases, according to the letter. view article arw

The Beaumont ISD board unanimously passed a $155,000 proposal to add security cameras to six schools and acquire 26 metal detectors and handheld scanners.  Students in some Beaumont schools will soon be walking through metal detectors before heading to the classrooms.  Beaumont Independent School District’s Thursday evening board meeting had some important topics and updates, but security was top of mind.  The school board passed a budget item to pay for met detectors and other security measures. All seven board members in attendance voted in favor of more security measures. view article arw

Angleton ISD reopens Friday

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With power restored to the buildings, Angleton ISD will reopen to students and staff Friday. “I understand that some students and staff may still have issues that prevent them from coming to school,” Superintendent Phil Edwards said in a news release. “We also know that having schools open will provide services and help meet the needs of other students and families. All student absences for Friday, September 17 will be excused.” view article arw

While neighborhoods to the east did not fare as well during Hurricane Nicholas, Friendswood ISD’s facilities were mostly unharmed by the storm. Crews were able to repair all windowsill and roof leaks, and remove all debris, in about six hours, said Erich Kreiter, executive director of facilities and construction, during a Sept. 15 board of trustees meeting. view article arw

MARSHALL, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – An East Texas school district is warning parents about a challenge trending on TikTok that encourages kids to engage in destructive and potentially criminal behavior at school.  The challenge involves stealing, vandalizing, or rearranging random things from school campuses.  “Looking at the school violations that are hosted on the platform are truly disappointing and disturbing,” Marshal ISD said in a statement shared with district families on Facebook Tuesday. view article arw

Vandalizing and stealing school property – this is supposedly a part of a new TikTok challenge across the U.S. The Waco Independent School District Police Department says they are proactively warning the community of this destructive challenge before it impacts local schools. The “Devious Lick” challenge has started trending on TikTok after students recorded themselves taking and destroying items from the school – ranging from sanitizer dispensers, mirrors and class projectors – all for views and likes. view article arw

Midland, TEXAS (ABC Big 2/FOX 24) – There’s a new trend on the app Tik Tok called ‘Devious lick.’ ” It apparently involves stealing items from schools and often times in bathrooms, soap, that sort of thing,” says Midland ISD Communications Specialist Sam Eaton. Some videos across the U.S. show teenagers stealing big items like fire extinguishers, hand dryers, and even sinks. Now Midland ISD is emailing families telling them to warn their students to not take part in this trend. view article arw

Following the passage of Hurricane Nicholas, Houston ISD officials announced all in-person and virtual classes will resume on Sept. 15. All HISD buildings, schools, and offices will open on that day as well. view article arw

A North Texas construction company has accused the Arlington school district for refusing to pay over $1.2 million in emergency repairs after the winter storm in February. In a complaint filed June 28 in Tarrant County District Court, Robert Jordan Construction says it dried and dehumidified 450,000 square feet of Sam Houston High School after the school suffered widespread flooding, according to media reports. Owner Robert Jordan aired his grievance Sept. 12 in a seven-minute video on YouTube. “My company has not been paid one penny for the work we performed at Sam Houston,” Jordan said in the video. view article arw

Governor Greg Abbott today held a briefing at the Alternate State Operations Center in Austin where he provided an update on the state’s response to Tropical Storm Nicholas. This storm is expected to bring significant rainfall and flooding to the entire Gulf Coast as it moves slowly across the state. The Governor also issued a state disaster declaration in response to Tropical Storm Nicholas for 17 counties. Counties included in the state disaster declaration are Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria. The State will add additional counties as needs are identified.    (15) view article arw

The Longview ISD Board of Trustees approved a one-time incentive of $1,000 for fully-vaccinated district employees during their regular meeting Sept. 13th. LISD Superintend    (14) view article arw

After closing all of its schools and offices on Tuesday due to the approaching Tropical Storm Nicholas — like many school districts around the Houston area — Spring Branch ISD has announced that district schools and offices will reopen for normal operations on Wednesday. view article arw

Classes will resume at all but seven Fort Bend ISD campuses on Sept. 15 due to issues caused by Hurricane Nicholas, the district announced in news release. The following seven schools that will remain closed Sept. 15 were affected by power outages caused during the storm: view article arw

“I think we fared well,” said one official in Matagorda County, where Nicholas made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane early Tuesday morning. As a weakening Tropical Storm Nicholas slowly chugged toward Louisiana on Tuesday morning, towns on the Gulf Coast battered by heavy rainfall and strong winds overnight woke to find minimal damage. Nearly 500,000 customers in coastal counties were still without power Tuesday morning. Debris littered roadways across the region. But emergency officials had no reports of fatalities or major property damage..  Meanwhile, Harris County, which includes Houston, saw between 3 and 6 inches of rain, according to a NWS late-morning update. In Deer Park, 9.85 inches of rain were recorded, a NWS notice said.    (15) view article arw

Due to the possibility of inclement weather with the approach of Tropical Storm Nicholas, all classes and extracurricular activities at La Porte ISD are canceled for Tuesday, Sept. 14. We will continue to post updates on our website and through our social media channels. Please stay safe.    (10) read more arw

Victoria school district will have a two-hour delay in the start of school Tuesday. "Victoria ISD is continuing to work with the Victoria Office of Emergency Management to monitor changing weather conditions and the projected impact of Tropical Storm Nicholas," according to a news release from the school district. As of Monday night, the planned start times are high schools, 9:30 a.m.; elementary schools, 10 a.m.; and middle schools, 10:30 a.m. view article arw

WOODSON, Texas (KAUZ) - Woodson ISD has closed for the remainder of the week after a staff shortage and low student attendance due to COVID-19.  School officials said students in 4th Grade, 6th through 12th Grades and those in Junior High Volleyball might have been exposed to the virus. view article arw

Spring, Texas – All local school districts have announced that they will be closed on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 due to the potential impacts from Tropical Storm Nicholas. Klein ISD, Spring ISD, Tomball ISD, and Conroe ISD have all announced closures for Tuesday. In addition to the closure, all after-school activities on Monday have also been cancelled. Classes are preliminary scheduled to resume on Wednesday, September 15 unless further cancellations are deemed necessary. view article arw

Conroe ISD will close at 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 and remain closed Sept. 14 due to anticipated hazardous weather from Tropical Storm Nicholas. view article arw

A classroom at Martinez Elementary will be closed until Sept. 21 due to COVID-19 infections. Abilene Independent School School officials announced Monday the quarantine of the self-contained class after two participants, representing 20% of the group, tested positive for COVID-19. Students will learn at home through remote conferencing, the district said. In a message to parents, officials said, "we are not closing the entire Martinez campus and we are confident that our health and safety protocols will be effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and keeping the students and staff on campus safe." view article arw

Hurricane Nicholas made landfall on the Texas coast and parts of Louisiana before being downgraded to a tropical storm early Tuesday, bringing heavy rain and threats of flash flooding to the storm-battered region. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm was located about 30 miles south-southwest of Houston early Tuesday, with winds of up to 70 mph. The center of the storm is expected to continue moving over the southeastern portion of Texas and southwestern Louisiana into Wednesday. Nicholas, which wasn’t initially forecasted to develop into a hurricane, did just that shortly before making landfall, though the intensity slightly decreased as it began to move inland.  - I issued a disaster declaration in 17 counties to ensure Texas has the resources needed to respond. view article arw

The storm strengthened into a hurricane late Monday. We’re tracking the latest as Nicholas threatens to inundate parts of the Gulf Coast, including the Houston area, with heavy rainfall.  Large swath of Texas faces risk of floods as Hurricane Nicholas bears down.  Into Wednesday, forecasters expect the storm to dump 6 to 12 inches of rain, with isolated areas receiving about 18 inches of rain, across the upper Texas coastal areas.    (14) view article arw

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Nearly 5,000 notifications have been sent out to current and former employees of the Northeast Independent School District letting them know that their personal information may have been compromised by hackers. A district employee in the payroll department had their email hacked in late August. view article arw

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 9 a.m. for northeastern Brazoria County, southwestern Chambers County, Galveston County and Harris County. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of customers are without electricity in southeast Texas. You can keep up with the power outages here.    (14) view article arw

UPDATE (6:46 a.m., Sept. 13): Tropical Storm Nicholas strengthened Sunday night and should make landfall Monday on the mid-Texas coast. Follow along for live updates here. Tropical Storm Nicholas formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and is expected to drag northward along the Texas coast in the coming days, bringing heavy rainfall and the risk of flooding to Houston.  Forecasts evolved during the day Sunday to predict heavier rainfall totals and greater flood risks in coastal communities, including predictions of 15 to 20 inches of rain through Wednesday in some parts of the Houston area. ) view article arw

BURKBURNETT (KFDX/KJTL) — The Wichita Falls Police Department and Burkburnett ISD are asking for the public’s help identifying three suspects about a burglary at John Tower Elementary early Sunday morning. BISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Owen said in a release that students at John Tower Elementary will not have class on Monday after the school was vandalized. Class will resume on Tuesday. According to Owen, the suspects smashed a window and entered the school. They vandalized multiple classrooms and technology devices throughout the school. view article arw

Several Houston-area school districts have announced they will be closed Monday ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas. The storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall and the risk of flooding to Houston. The National Weather Service predicts Nicholas will make landfall sometime Monday as a strong tropical storm. view article arw

LIBERTY HILL, TEXAS (KXAN) — A Liberty Hill ISD school bus caused a fiery crash on its afternoon route Wednesday afternoon, according to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. The accident happened off of Texas Highway 29 nearly Lively Ranch Road. view article arw

Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri on Wednesday discussed the possibility of closing campuses as the latest COVID-19 surge continues to impact the community.  If ECISD were to follow in the footsteps of other districts that have canceled in-person classes, it would likely be on an individual school basis rather than the entire district, Muri said during a press conference.    (10) view article arw

WESLACO, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Weslaco Independent School District (ISD) has now opened applications for parents looking for an alternative to in-person learning. In a post, the district announced it would be creating “a separate school…for the virtual learning program.” To qualify, students must be enrolled with Weslaco ISD and show that they were not removed from learning during the 2019-2020, 2020-2021 school years. They will also need to provide documents that the student has a medical condition that puts them at a higher risk or a birth certificate to prove they are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine. view article arw

LOCKHART, Texas — Like many school districts across Texas, Lockhart ISD is experiencing a sharp uptick in COVID-19 cases. That prompted the Lockhart ISD Board of Trustees to vote 5-2 to require mask usage among staff, students and visitors. view article arw