Protecting students from school shooters means sheltering young children from the world’s horrors while ensuring they are prepared for an emergency. This fragile balance will fall upon the shoulders of Louise ISD officials as they tackle school safety training this semester. view article arw

El Campo ISD starting new tip line

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The “Say Something Anonymous Reporting System,” providing an online tip submission form, phone hot line and app in efforts to prevent youth violence, will be launched by El Campo ISD by early February, officials say.  “Adding this system to the reporting methods we currently have will hopefully make reporting issues and concerns more comfortable to the tipster,” ECISD instructional technology specialist Chris Skinner said. “Anyone wishing to report a concern would be able to choose the platform that they feel most comfortable using.” view article arw

RIO VISTA, Texas - A North Texas 911 agency launched a project that it hopes will be a game-changer for emergency response.  The North Central Texas Emergency Communications District is using drones to create 3D models of certain areas. The hope is that first responders will be able to tell exactly where callers or threats are right down to the floor a person is on. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two Klein ISD students have been arrested and charged with felony arson after setting off a firework inside Klein Forest High School.  Four students were injured in the blast aftermath.  Because the suspects are juveniles, their names will not be released.   Authorities were called to the campus for a possible explosion around 1 p.m. Tuesday. view article arw

Today, January 7, 2020, an incident occurred at Klein Forest High School. We believe it is important to keep you informed about our district.  The incident is still under investigation, but it is believed that an aerial firework placed in a container was discharged at approximately 1 p.m. Klein ISD Police Officers on duty at the campus immediately responded and began executing the emergency operations plan. Students and staff evacuated the building immediately and all students and staff are safe. view article arw

Dallas ISD administrators thought that insurance would cover all but the $2 million deductible to replace three schools heavily damaged by the Oct. 20 tornado. A recent school board briefing revealed that might not be the case.  And the news wasn’t much better for the city of Dallas, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency is only counting about $32.7 million of the estimated expenses, far below the $38.4 million threshold required for a presidential disaster declaration. view article arw

During Hurricane Harvey, thousands of properties behind two federally owned reservoirs flooded. On Tuesday, the United States Court of Federal Claims ruled that the government was liable for the flooding and that property owners are eligible for damages.  Houston's natural vulnerability to flooding — worsened by development that officials left unchecked for decades — was exposed like never before in 2017, when Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas and turned into a tropical storm that lingered for days over America's fourth-largest city. One of the starkest examples emerged on the west side of town, where thousands of flooded-out Houstonians learned that their homes and businesses were located inside federally owned flood control reservoirs. view article arw

Preparing for a crisis

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Every eye focused on Paul Uttley as he began describing the day he didn’t expect to encounter during the hectic summer preparation before the August start of school.  A call relaying the message that a man was spotted on campus with a gun sprung the Paradise ISD superintendent into action, making sure athletes, band members and cheerleaders on campus were safe. For the next six hours, until the man was eventually found in a gym wall and the threat ended, Uttley, his administrators and responding law enforcement found themselves reacting to a constantly-changing crisis. view article arw

Nearly three decades ago, the federal government issued a somber warning.  America’s scrap tires had to go somewhere without gobbling up landfill space. Billions of cast-off tires already had accumulated in ugly stockpiles and millions more were  “scattered in ravines, deserts, woods, and empty lots,” sparking toxic fires that burned for months, the Environmental Protection Agency declared in a 1991 report. view article arw

Any extracurricular events scheduled on campuses throughout the district are also cancelled until further notice.  Marshall Independent School District is releasing students early on Thursday and canceling classes for Friday due to an extended boil water advisory.  Marshall ISD will be releasing students from all elementary campuses at 11 a.m. and from secondary campuses at 11:30 a.m. Buses will run on their schedules according to the new release times. view article arw

Classes were canceled Wednesday at two Texas schools because of a large fire burning at a recycling plant. Dallas TV station WFAA reported that the fire broke out early Wednesday at the Oak Cliff Metals Recycling Plan in Waxahachie, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Dallas. view article arw

An East Texas student is being praised as a hero after her school bus driver had a medical emergency while driving! Olivia Boggs attends Jacksonville ISD, and when the school bus she was riding veered off the road, She said she knew something was wrong. The school district said the driver’s medical emergency caused him to hit a guardrail, and that’s when Boggs stepped up. view article arw

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August 2017, floodwaters marooned Christine Lopez at her cousin’s house for six days. The scene when she returned to her ranch-style home in Friendswood was devastating; at least 5 feet of water had ruined her family’s car, furniture, photos and documents and much of the house itself. More than two years later, Lopez and her husband and 13-year-old son are still living in an RV while they make repairs to the house. The 50-year-old insurance saleswoman is hoping for help from a federally funded disaster recovery program that will stop accepting applicants at the end of the month. view article arw

A report on employee benefits is on the agenda for the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees workshop set for 6 p.m. today (Tuesday) in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Gregory Nelson said it relates to health insurance. Nelson said a copay option is now available to employees, which was the major change. He added that the district had not offered insurance with a copayment option for a number of years. view article arw

A stove fire at Reeces Creek Elementary School was extinguished by a school staff member without damaging the campus, Killeen school district officials said Thursday. “This evening around 5:00 p.m. there was a small fire in the teacher’s lounge area of the building. It was quickly put out by a staff member with a fire extinguisher and the Killeen Fire Department was called as part of our safety protocol,” said Taina Maya, Killeen Independent School District spokeswoman. view article arw

No school today for Rogers ISD

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School has been canceled Thursday for Rogers ISD students due to a water line break in town, according to a post on the Rogers ISD Facebook page. "Due to a main water line break in town, with no timetable of repair, Rogers ISD will not be able to have school today. All out of town extra curricular events will continue as scheduled. Please help us spread the word. We will send a school messenger notice soon," the post said. view article arw

A teacher at Tornillo High School has been arrested on accusations of having "improper relationships with students," sheriff's officials said Wednesday. Andres Soliz, 32, was being held Wednesday in the El Paso County Detention Facility on $40,000 bond. He was charged with two felony counts of improper relationship between educator and student. Court documents obtained by ABC-7 contend that Soliz sent and solicited repeated sexually explicit text messages with two boys last month; the mothers of those students became aware of the "inappropriate" messages and brought them to the attention of the principal. view article arw

Interesting read and there are pictures. - js - HOUSTON, Texas — The indoor swimming pool is the only water Humble ISD wants to see inside Kingwood High School.  Believe it or not, fish ended up in the pool during Hurricane Harvey when water swamped the entire campus.  "There was five feet of water in here," said Humble ISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen. "I’m a little more than that, so, it would’ve been almost over my head.” view article arw

Port Neches-Groves ISD had a 95% districtwide attendance rate on its second first-day back after twice canceling school following the Nov. 27 TPC Group explosion, officials say.  “Right now we are doing OK,” Superintendent Mike Gonzales said Monday. “We haven’t heard of any issues whatsoever, but I am sure there is still concerns out there. We are doing the best we can.”  When a monitor near TPC Group detected a large concentration of 1,3-butadiene Wednesday afternoon, the district canceled classes for the remainder of the week — one day after returning for the first time after the initial blast. view article arw

Three people — teenagers but adults in the eyes of the law — have been charged in connection with graffiti at Johnson High School in October. view article arw

"No air quality issues have been discovered at any of our campuses."  Port Neches-Groves ISD will resume classes on Monday after canceling school part of last week when high levels of butadiene were detected.   Julie Gauthier, PNG ISD assistant superintendent for administrative services, announced on social media Sunday that district officials are confident that the air quality issue "has been resolved".  view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District has changed its plans to rebuild the three schools severely damaged by the tornados that hit Dallas in late October.   view article arw

It has been more than six weeks since tornadoes tore through North Texas and displaced hundreds of families. In many cases, there has been little to no positive movement in getting those families back into their homes. Families are maneuvering through insurance claims and adjusters and contractors and that can often take time. view article arw

PORT NECHES, Texas — Officials say levels of 1, 3-Butadiene have been "greatly reduced to non-irritating amounts" in Port Neches in the area of the TPC Group plant. The voluntary evacuation and shelter in place have been lifted, according to the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management.  In a Thursday afternoon news conference, officials with the Chemical Safety Board said worker's descriptions of events leading up to the explosions are consistent with a butadiene release. CSB teams can do a full investigation once the area is stable and safe. They goal for the group is to 'determine the root cause' for the explosions.  view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Independent School District has changed its plans to rebuild three schools severely damaged by the tornados that hit Dallas in late October.  “We have to go fast,” Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “Our goal, we want to reopen this school by August 2022. Our relocation was a sprint, we got that done overnight, but now the marathon is how you rebuild the buildings.”  Under the plan, the district would build a new Jefferson Campus, but a special wing or “lower grade plan” would be the Walnut Hill Languages Academy that combines elementary and middle school grades. view article arw

The family of Ginger Barnes on Tuesday sued the Levelland ISD for a deadly collision involving a school bus. The bus hit a pedestrian at about 6:30 a.m. on February 12 along Highway 114 (19th Street) along the far western edge of Lubbock, Lubbock Police said. view article arw

PNGISD is canceling school for the remainder of the week. This will allow the current shelter in place that has been called for an area of Port Neches to come to an end, and provide the district adequate time to retest the air quality in our schools before students and staff return. Please check our website and social media for updates. (PNGISD website) read more arw

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — Officials say elevated levels for 1, 3-Butadiene have been detected after the TPC fires, and have issued a voluntary evacuation for Port Neches residents.  A temporary shelter for those needing a place to stay has been set up at Ford Park Arena, 5115 Interstate 10 S, Beaumont. Wind is expected to shift direction overnight, and high humidity should keep the vapors close to the ground according to Jefferson County Emergency Management officials.  view article arw

Millions of dollars in federal disaster relief following Dallas' October tornado is now in limbo. A "Presidential Disaster Declaration" hinges on the validation of $38.5 million in uninsured losses, and according to a Federal Emergency Management Administration tally, only $33 million in losses have so far been validated in North Texas. view article arw

A subsidiary of Tulsa-based Williams Companies is suing Texas' oil and gas regulatory agency after it approved a request from Dallas-based Exco Operating Company to burn off natural gas from wells in South Texas even though it was hooked up to Williams' pipeline system.  A major pipeline operator is suing the Texas Railroad Commission — the state agency that regulates oil and gas drilling — alleging that it has blatantly disregarded longstanding state law that restricts the controversial and growing practice of burning off natural gas. view article arw

Humble ISD was awarded a $25 million grant from FEMA to help protect Kingwood High School from flooding in the future, the school announced yesterday. The funds will help the district build a $28 million gate system that will rise automatically during a rain storm. The 8-foot flood gates will be located at all of the entrances to create an ‘inverted aquarium’ that will keep water out of the building, said PBK Principal Architect Jeff Chapman during a school board meeting on Nov. 12. view article arw

PNG Statement - PNGISD is eagerly awaiting our students arrival tomorrow morning. During this time of Thanksgiving we have definitely realized just how much we have to be thankful for. As always, our students and staff safety are our top priority. The district has completed assessments by structural engineers, air safety technicians and restoration services on ALL PNGISD campuses both inside and out. This includes walking all fields, inspecting and cleaning all buses, cleaning classrooms, cleaning playground equipment, testing air quality, etc. We know this has been a traumatic event for our PNGISD family, please contact your campus counselor and/or principal if you have any specific needs or concerns regarding your child. #PNGproud view article arw

Six days after two explosions resulting from a fire at the TPC Group chemical plant shook the Port Neches-Groves community, shattering windows and downing ceiling tiles at several area-schools, students and teachers are expected to return to the classroom this morning. view article arw

More than two years after Hurricane Harvey dumped 4½ feet of water in his home in the Castlewood neighborhood of Aldine, Trinidad Hernandez is eager to see his new kitchen finished. Two workmen installed cabinets and granite countertops last month, part of a design by Hernandez’s brother.  But Hernandez acknowledges the remodel, which includes upgrades to the living room and bathrooms, may be pointless. Using eminent domain, Harris County is seeking to seize his and four other Castlewood properties, raze the buildings on them and convert their part of the neighborhood into a detention basin. Hernandez is fighting his case in court. view article arw

Midway ISD closed on Monday

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Henrietta (KFDX/KJTL) — According to Superintendent Randel Beaver, Midway ISD will be closed Monday due to plumbing issues. We will continue to keep you updated if the cancellation continues. view article arw