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The winter weather in the area is impacting schools and businesses. Some schools in the area are changing release or start times or closing due to the weather. You can view those on our school closings page here. All Amarillo ISD activities scheduled for Thursday evening are cancelled. Schools will dismiss at their usual times, but buses will be arriving at schools a little early to get students home in a timely manner. AISD Extended School day programs will operate on their regular schedule Thursday. view article arw

More Dallas ISD students were able to return to class on Thursday and some did so at brand new campuses. Students from the tornado-devastated Cary Middle School were split up and sent to Franklin and Medrano Middle Schools.​ view article arw

As he toured the schools most damaged by Sunday night’s storm, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa saw families walking their neighborhood in shock.  “Something like this can have a traumatic impact on families,” he noted in Monday afternoon’s press conference.  To help students and families at schools most impacted by the storm, Dallas ISD counselors are ready to assist however needed. All district counselors are thoroughly informed on trauma-informed care, with trainings happening as recently as this month. view article arw

Just hours after the tornado ripped through north and northeast Dallas Sunday night, Dallas ISD Maintenance and Facilities workers were on the ground assessing the damage to district schools.  “I’ve been through hurricanes and widespread damage, but I’ve never seen anything like that,” said David Bates, Executive Director of Maintenance and Facility Services. “You could see the tornado had just picked up and tossed around cars. It even lifted up a storage container and threw it on the roof of a house.” view article arw

DALLAS - A lot of people and groups, including SMU the Dallas Mavericks and even the Cowboys, are trying to help Dallas ISD football students who had to relocate for the rest of the school year. Thomas Jefferson High School is among those who have received incredible support. The TJ campus on Walnut Hill Lane between midway and Marsh is unusable right now after Sunday’s EF-3 tornado. Students from TJ were forced to relocate to the old Thomas Edison Middle School in West Dallas. view article arw

ALTO, Texas (KTRE) - The Alto Independent School District is hoping voters in November will help the district pay for a new high school in the wake of a destructive tornado.  A tornado on April 13 severely damaged the Alto High School, making the building uninhabitable for students in the 2019-20 school year.  “The high school is not safe to be in,” said Lee Pearman, a bond steering committee member. “It’s not safe for anybody to be in at this point.” view article arw

The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that two additional tornadoes hit Kaufman County Sunday night, bringing the total number of tornadoes to nine. The NWS classified the two Kaufman County tornadoes as one EF-0 and one EF-1. view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District will provide an update Wednesday afternoon, at about 12:45 p.m., to detail the latest on campuses damaged in Sunday's tornado outbreak. On Monday, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said two of those campuses — Walnut Hill Elementary School and Cary Middle School — are a total loss and will need to be rebuilt. view article arw

Harris County police are searching for three suspects caught on camera Oct. 14 stealing more than $16,000 worth of expensive graphing calculators from Spring ISD's Wunche High School. Three unknown male suspects were seen breaking into the school and several classrooms, according to a release from Harris County Constable Precinct 4. More than 130 TI calculators worth over $16,000 were stolen from the campus, police said. view article arw

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is investigating a case of vandalism that occurred early Sunday at Johnson High School; unlike a somewhat similar incident weeks ago, it is not considered to be a prank. Graffiti including the words “Lehman” and “Lobos” “was located in a couple of places near the front main entrance to the school, on the track, and on the Hays CISD logo on the football field,” said district spokesman Tim Savoy. “There were no hate symbols or hate speech painted.” view article arw

Gadsden Independent School District said Anthony Elementary, Anthony Pre-K Center and Anthony Head Start Center are being evacuated Wednesday due to a natural gas line leak. GISD said the leak was caused by contractors working on road improvements on Fourth Street near the three campuses. Contractors struck a 1 inch gas line around 9:39 a.m., according to GISD. view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — With their schools now destroyed, thousands of Dallas ISD students returned to class today — albeit in hurriedly prepared spaces.  Thomas Jefferson senior Lauren Zelaya said she is ready to restart the year at the old Edison Middle School, but hopes she doesn’t get lost in the new building.  “I’m excited to see what the year holds,”​ she said. view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District provided an update Wednesday afternoon, at 1 p.m., to detail the latest on campuses damaged in Sunday's tornado outbreak. (Published Wednesday, view article arw

Three Dallas ISD elementary campuses -- Burnet, Cigarroa, and Pershing -- returned to class Wednesday, but in a makeshift school at Loos Athletic Stadium.  Teachers from the three schools first walked in Tuesday night to pick a corner of the stadium for their classroom. view article arw

DALLAS — A school day is built around schedules, routines and predictability. During the last 72 hours in Dallas, unpredictability has been the only constant.  Multiple tornadoes touched down Sunday night, cutting an almost 16-mile path of destruction through the city.  Several Dallas ISD campuses took direct hits. view article arw

A mad dash is underway to get new classrooms ready for thousands of students displaced from tornado-damaged schools in Dallas. ​Three campuses that were in the hardest hit areas were Walnut Hill Elementary, Cary Middle and Thomas Jefferson High — they are all facing long-term relocations.​ view article arw

Dallas ISD is trying to move mountains to make sure the school’s students have a new home — quickly — after the TJ campus was severely damaged during Sunday’s tornadoes.  After briefly contemplating splitting the school’s 1,800-plus students among surrounding high schools, district officials decided to relocate the entire campus to a vacant facility nine miles away.  Administrators acknowledge that the task is nearly impossible. Moving into a new campus typically takes two to three months. DISD is trying to transform West Dallas’ Thomas A. Edison Middle Learning Center into a new TJ in 36 hours — ready to go by 9 a.m. Wednesday. view article arw

Each day, they're hitting the pavement, trying to find out why students dropped out of school. Part cop, part counselor, they're hoping to help these young people, who often gave up education for an occupation. view article arw

Seven Dallas schools will remain closed on Wednesday, three days after an EF-3 tornado tore through North Dallas and left a swath of destruction in its path on Sunday. Dallas ISD made the closure announcement in a tweet early Wednesday morning, saying power outages were to blame for the cancellations. view article arw

Less than 24 hours after a tornado struck down nearly an entire feeder pattern’s worth of Dallas ISD schools, superintendent Michael Hinojosa was standing in front of reporters with a plan to get students back in class. In a Monday afternoon press conference to provide an update about the 20 schools that were closed in the wake of Sunday night’s EF-3 twister, Hinojosa said that some would be able to return today since their power was restored earlier in the day. view article arw

Monday, Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa did not mince words about how badly some of the schools in the direct path of Sunday’s tornado were damaged, using descriptions like “total loss.” Several schools were damaged, but three, in particular, were hard hit — Walnut Hill Elementary School, Cary Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson High School. Both Walnut Hill and Thomas Jefferson are being moved to new campuses, while students at Cary will attend either Medrano Middle School or Franklin Middle School, depending on where they live. view article arw

Teachers from tornado-ravaged Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas fanned out in the neighborhood Tuesday to reassure students that classes would resume. Dozens of teachers went door-to-door handing out snacks and fliers with information about Wednesday's start of classes at the former Thomas Edison Middle School in West Dallas. Sophomore Analeyda Payan, a member of the Thomas Jefferson band, said she was worried about disruption from the storm. view article arw

Even without a cloud in the sky in Aquilla on Tuesday, classes were cancelled in the town’s independent school district. After storms rolled through Sunday night, a lightning strike hit a local water well early Monday morning. The strike caused damage to the well and all but cut off the water supply to the school. view article arw

A day before the start of homecoming week, Thomas Jefferson High School lost its home. Dallas ISD is trying to move mountains to make sure the school’s students have a new home — quickly — after the TJ campus was severely damaged during Sunday’s tornadoes. After briefly contemplating splitting the school’s 1,800-plus students among surrounding high schools, district officials decided to relocate the entire campus to a vacant facility nine miles away. view article arw

Dallas school officials are scrambling to find enough buses and drivers to suddenly transport nearly 3,000 more students each day — students whose schools were damaged by an F3 tornado. Dallas ISD only recently ironed out most of the kinks in its busing system. It’s in just its second year. view article arw

After tornadoes ripped through the city of Dallas on Sunday night, many schools were affected causing closures throughout the week. As of Tuesday, 12 Dallas ISD and six Richardson ISD schools will remain closed until at least Wednesday. The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes have touched down in Dallas, bringing winds up to 140 mph in some areas. view article arw

Caregivers at UT Health Jacksonville were put to the test Thursday responding to a mock mass casualty event – a tornado that struck the Jacksonville ISD Compass Center. The drill started at the Compass Center, with student actor victims complete with fake injuries, lying on the ground waiting for treatment. Emergency crews responded, triaged victims and took them to the hospital for further medical treatment. The hospital took in 13 victims, one arriving by UT Health AIR1 helicopter, who had been injured in the tornado. Some had minor injuries, while others were more serious. view article arw

Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa held a news conference Monday afternoon to provide an update on the campuses affected by Sunday night’s storms. Last night’s aftermath left Walnut Hill Elementary severely damaged. Insurance adjusters have even told CBS 11’s Robbie Owens that the school “is a total loss.” view article arw

More than 10,000 Oncor customers spent another night in the dark as recovery crews work around the clock to restore power to the areas affected most by Sunday night's tornado outbreak.  A total of nine tornadoes are confirmed to have touched down in North Texas Sunday, the strongest being an EF-3 that brought 140 mph winds to North Dallas.  Oncor reported 10,800 electricity customers in Dallas County were without electricity as of 2:30 Wednesday morning. More than 500 Collin County customers had no power, along with smaller pockets of outages in Tarrant and Rockwall counties. view article arw

Aquilla ISD, school canceled Tuesday

October 2208:41 AM
 

The Aquilla independent School District will be closed Tuesday due to damage from thunderstorms that happened late Sunday night.  The Aquilla water supply system has been damaged because lightning that hit the water well, which has resulted in the loss of water for Aquilla ISD. Because there is no guarantee that the water will be fixed in time for school, the district has decided to close for the day. view article arw

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that the severe weather event that began on October 20, 2019, has caused widespread and severe property damage, and threatens loss of life in Cass, Cameron, Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Erath, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Panola, Rains, Rockwall, Rusk, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wood counties. view article arw

Irving ISD has canceled classes at Lamar Middle School after a tornado ripped across Dallas County on Sunday night, causing significant damage. Thousands remain without power, according to Oncor Electric. The extent of the damage is still being determined. No major injuries have been reported. A tornado confirmed by the National Weather Service touched down just after 9 p.m. Oct. 20 in northern Dallas and made its way east through Richardson. The city of Dallas has opened Bachman Recreation Center for people seeking shelter, according to a news release. As of the morning of Oct. 21, about 95,000 people are without power in Oncor’s service area, company spokesperson Kerri Dunn said. About 55,000 of those are located in Dallas County. view article arw

Many North Texans are starting to get a better look this morning at damage from a tornado that touched down last night. Homes have been damaged and destroyed, power lines and trees are down. The City of Dallas has opened a shelter for people forced out of their homes by the storm at the Bachman Recreation Center. It's at 2750 Bachman Dr, Dallas, TX 75220. view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District says classes at 12 of its campuses will remain canceled Tuesday after Sunday's tornado outbreak. On Monday, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said two of those campuses — Walnut Hill Elementary School and Cary Middle School — are a total loss and will need to be rebuilt. view article arw

Six schools in the Richardson Independent School District will be closed for a second straight day Tuesday because has power has not been restored since severe storms blew through North Texas late Sunday night. view article arw