A small fire that erupted Wednesday night at an Alief ISD elementary school has prompted its closure until Monday at the earliest, district officials said. The fire broke out at Outley Elementary School at 12355 Richmond Ave around 6 p.m., according to fire officials. view article arw

Mexican authorities have arrested the owner of an elementary school that was destroyed in 2017 in a 7.1.earthquake, killing 19 children and seven adults.  Authorities say the fatalities likely could have been avoided if illegal construction work had not been performed at the school in 2010, reported multiple news outlets. Police said that the owner of the school building illegally had an apartment built over the part of the structure that experienced the most damage in the earthquake. view article arw

Good article - js HOUSTON — If there were ever a story to tell during Teacher Appreciation Week, this would be it.  We know teachers go above and beyond, when storms roll through in the Houston area, sometimes "going above and beyond" means camping out with your students.  "We never want to be too quick to make decisions, because we know it affects our families," said Southside Primary principal Janie Snyder. view article arw

Hamshire-Fannett ISD schools will be closed Monday, May 13, 2019 due to power outage. The district will post an update around noon on May 13, 2019. STAAR testing will resume this week.  Port Arthur ISD:  Power has been restored to all buildings and PAISD will reopen tomorrow with no delays. view article arw

Several schools in the Katy area have closed campuses for May 10 due to weather conditions. view article arw

After at least one parent complained on Facebook, Longview ISD officials confirmed students attended classes at three campuses without electricity Thursday, and officials announced late Thursday that classes on those campuses would be canceled today. A storm Wednesday afternoon across East Texas left thousands of homes, businesses and other buildings — including J.L. Everhart Elementary, Bramlette STEAM Academy and Forest Park Middle School in Longview ISD — without power. view article arw

Recent severe storms in Central Texas has some school districts on edge. The power went out at four schools in Killeen as dangerous weather moved in on Wednesday. Killeen Independent School Distritct Spokesperson Terry Abbott says the lights came back on quickly. view article arw

Hundreds of students were stuck at schools in three counties after rising water kept them from getting home safely on Tuesday. At Southside Elementary School in Cleveland, about 800 students who couldn't get home at one point were fed snacks as school officials worked to reunite the children with their parents.  view article arw

-- From Hardin ISD - We have had a large amount of rainfall the previous 2 days and a severe weather system is moving into our area at this time.   Additionally, water being released from the Livingston Dam has added to our runoff and caused several roads in our District to flood.  Jeff Linder with Region 4 is predicting several inches of rain throughout the night to compliment this situation.  As a safety precaution for our students, staff and community, Hardin ISD will close all campuses Friday, May 10th as a result of these factors. view article arw

Isolated street flooding in Fort Bend County is preventing a handful of Fort Bend ISD campuses from opening Wednesday, May 8. First Colony Middle School, Settlers Way Elementary School, Colony Bend Elementary School, Austin Parkway Elementary School and the FBISD Administrative Annex are closed for the day. view article arw

Alvin ISD teachers and staff might have to pay more for health insurance in the 2019-20 academic year, but they are prepared to weather an increase to maintain the district’s popular self-funded program, school officials said. “It’s been a tremendous benefit for our staff,” Assistant Superintendent Daniel Combs said during a May 6 budget workshop. view article arw

WINNSBORO, Texas (KETK) - Winnsboro ISD has canceled classes at all campuses Thursday due to storm damage and flooding.  The district said on its Facebook page that several county roads are underwater and travel for buses is not safe.  Updates will be posted on the district's Facebook page.  WISD will be closed tomorrow! Several county roads are still underwater and travel for our buses is not safe. So in the interest of safety for all, we will not have classes tomorrow. view article arw

They spent the night at school - js - CLEVELAND, Texas — All Wednesday classes are canceled in Cleveland ISD due to flooding in the Houston area from storms the night before.  One of the schools most impacted by the flooding was the district's Southside Elementary. view article arw

UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KETK) - Big Sandy ISD in Upshur County will delay the start of school Thursday until 10:30 a.m, according to Superintendent Jay Ratcliff. Ratcliff said the delay start was due to water on roads and power outages in the area.  view article arw

Multiple school districts have announced closures or delays after much of the Houston area was hit with heavy downpours Tuesday.  Here are the districts that will not be holding or will be delaying classes Wednesday: view article arw

Children in a Kingwood daycare were moved upstairs as a precaution after some water seeped in Tuesday afternoon. "It never got above their toes," the director of Kids in Action Daycare told us. She said rumors that the water was waist-deep aren't true, and the children are safe. view article arw

Due to flooding on several streets in the Lake Houston area, Humble ISD has canceled all after-school activities. However, Kingwood Park High School is keeping their students on campus because Woodland Hills Drive and Northpark Drive were not passable as of 3:40 p.m. Other campuses are now experiencing delayed buses. view article arw

Nearly 400 homes took on water from the Tuesday’s heavy rain in Kingwood, according to Houston firefighters. Boats and trucks helped rescue people trapped inside their homes. At last check, emergency responders got more than 250 calls for high water rescues throughout Tuesday night's severe weather. The National Weather Service in Houston says the Kingwood area got has much as 10 inches of rain on Tuesday. view article arw

Hurricane Preparedness Week

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Each May, Texans set aside a week to raise awareness of the destructive force hurricanes can bring to communities, neighborhoods, and local economies. The Texas coastline and inland communities are at a greater risk of hurricanes during the six month period that runs from June through November. As a result, we as Texans must come together and prepare for these potentially life-threatening forces of nature. view article arw

On Monday, the superintendent of Humble Independent School District said that damage from a fierce but short-lived storm Friday was relatively minimal but will prompt a review of what the district can do to keep the school from flooding. The school was devastated by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 after suffering from flood damage. view article arw

Students and staff worked to push out water that got into Kingwood High School during Friday's storm. The Humble ISD Superintendent sayid the storm overwhelmed the sewer system, and there was minor wind and water damage in a few hallways, a weight room, a training room, and one classroom.    view article arw

Many residents across the Houston area spent Saturday afternoon cleaning up the damage left by a barrage of storms that hit the region Friday into early Saturday morning. Giant trees smashed into homes, a school was flooded and a young elementary school teacher was killed. view article arw

A fifth grade Lumberton Independent School District student reported "vulgar" language in the STAAR reading test last month, according to information from LISD.  view article arw

Lightning led to a series of fires and heavy rainfall from overnight thunderstorms left flooding issues in several East Texas cities. view article arw

A vandal left behind a trail of destruction at two Woodsboro ISD schools. It began when someone broke into the elementary school sometime overnight. Several windows were broken and teachers’ desks were ransacked. view article arw

Alto ISD is in the process of reconstructing buildings that had to be demolished after tornadoes swept through the area in early April. view article arw

The Overton area has several roads that are flooded and parts of the city are without electricity.  Some Overton Independent School District buses may be delayed on Thursday.  According to Overton ISD superintendent Stephen DuBose, buses may be delayed due to high water as flooding has been reported throughout the area.  Dubose urges parents, students and employees to avoid high water areas on the way to school.   view article arw

MARSHALL, TEXAS (KSLA) - As heavy rains pelt the ArkLaTex on Thursday morning, one East Texas school system has delayed classes. Marshall Independent School District says students at Marshall High School and Marshall Junior High School classes will begin at 9:30 a.m.  Students at WECC, Crockett, Sam Houston, WBT, PTY will begin school at 10 a.m.  Those traveling in this weather is urged to drive safely. view article arw

It's been a few weeks since the devastating tornadoes hit Alto, but a short drive through town shows things are still in disarray. With the school year winding down things are returning to some kind of normal.  The high school was too damaged for students to return so they have been dispersed among the middle and elementary schools. view article arw

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) -When School Superintendent Virginia Liepman first heard about the tornado hitting in San Augustine, they only thing she could think about was the safety of her students.  “When we determined that our kids were safe and there were no fatalities, I mean, what a relief, nothing else matters at that point,” said Liepman.  Liepman said after the storm went through, she got in her car to assess the damages.  “And although I feel like we did not have a lot structural damage to the high school, they did suffer damages to the baseball and football field,” said Liepman. view article arw

Decatur ISD will be switching property insurance coverage providers to cut its potential out-of-pocket expenses in a disaster. Trustees Thursday morning approved contracting with the Property Casualty Alliance of Texas (PCAT) for coverage on the district’s buildings. Under the proposed terms with PCAT, the district’s total deductible for wind and hail damage will be $400,000, and there is no limit to the coverage. view article arw

If you saw a commotion outside Davis High School in Aldine ISD on Saturday, it was all just a drill. Police, firefighters and Life Flight teamed up in a mass casualty training event. view article arw

Widespread damage and power outages have been reported across the town.  SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas — After severe storms ripped through East Texas, San Augustine Independent School District has decided to cancel classes for Thursday. Widespread damage and power outages have been reported across the town.  This is a developing story and CBS19 will update this article with the latest information as it's made available. view article arw

Cayuga ISD is reporting on its Facebook page that, due to weather, schools will not open until 10 a.m. Thursday. view article arw

ABILENE, Texas — Coleman ISD will not have school on Wednesday due to the strong storms that moved across the area overnight.  Those storms caused power outages for the area. view article arw