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Authorities are investigating a threat made against a Pearland ISD school, Dawson High School, according to an email from the school’s principal. The school’s administration “learned about a threat made against the school" Tuesday night, Principal Erin Hamann’s email read. It was not immediately clear from the email to Dawson parents what the threat was. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita Christian has announced the hiring of a new Superintendent. Kent Lemons has been tapped to lead the school and brings over 25 years of administrative experience. Lemons has spent 10 years working as a Superintendent in Texas and Oklahoma. Lemons is a Holliday native, graduating high school in 1980 and completing his undergraduate and graduate studies at Midwestern State University. Lemons has dedicated his time teaching secondary science and coaching multiple sports at Holliday High School. In 2005, he was selected as the Outstanding Principal for Region 9 and nominated as Superintendent of the Year for Region 16 in 2017. view article arw

Dickinson High School was locked down Tuesday morning and some Texas City Independent School District campuses placed under heightened security after both districts received threatening phone calls, officials said. The threats were quickly determined to be hoaxes, officials said. Dickinson High School was locked down after someone called a threat into the school, the district said on Twitter. The district announced the school was on lockdown at 8:43 a.m. In a Twitter post, the district said the school "received a phone call from someone saying they were in a bathroom at the school with a gun." "It meant locking interior doors and exterior doors until they can search everything and keep everyone in one place," district spokeswoman Tammy Dowdy said. view article arw

Hourly employees in Plano ISD will be paid for the days the district shut down because of winter storms in February. District schools and offices in the district were closed Feb. 3-4 and Feb. 24 due to the storms. The school board approved the winter weather payments during its April 5 meeting. During the meeting, Beth Brockman, assistant superintendent for employee services, noted that exempt or professional employees receive their regular pay regardless of weather-related closures. . Although the district is not obligated to pay nonexempt employees for closures, it may do so with school board approval. view article arw

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — A high school in the Leander Independent School District resumed normal operations Tuesday after what police called a “possible bomb threat” forced a shelter-in-place order. Leander police sent several tweets about the situation at Rouse High School, located at 1222 Raider Way in Leander. LPD first said the school was being evacuated, and then the department corrected its tweet to say it was a shelter-in-place order. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A few East Texas school districts have decided to cancel or delay classes following yet another round of severe weather Tuesday night.  Most of the schools listed below have canceled due to a lack of power on their campuses. This list will be updated as more schools are added. Check back for updates.    (13) view article arw

Harleton ISD canceled classes for the day because of a water issue. “Water is down at the school,” the district said in a statement. “It could be some time before it is fully restored. We are cancelling school, as we have no choice.” The statement said the cancellation includes staff and that, “No water means no restrooms, so no sanitation.” The closure comes as Longview ISD headed back to classes Friday after two days out following a water main break in Longview that led to a boil water notice for most of the city.    (11) view article arw

A school bus was involved in a crash in Waller County Thursday, deputies with Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. It happened in the 31000 block of FM 2920 around 7:35 a.m. According to officials, the bus was from Waller ISD and was carrying one student. view article arw

After a water main break canceled classes Wednesday across the city, Longview ISD will remain out Thursday while Spring Hill and Pine Tree students are back on campuses. Longview ISD officials decided campuses will not reopen Thursday in order to prepare all facilities to reopen Friday, according to a statement from the district. Employees also are not required to report Thursday unless directed to do so by administrators. While water pressure and capacity drastically improved by Wednesday afternoon, district officials do not believe the water has returned to safe levels for sanitation purposes at all campuses, according to the statement. view article arw

After a water main break canceled classes Wednesday across the city, Longview ISD will remain out today while Pine Tree and Spring Hill students are back on campuses. Longview ISD officials decided campuses will not reopen today in order to prepare all facilities to reopen Friday, according to a statement from the district. Employees also are not required to report today unless directed to do so by administrators. While water pressure and capacity drastically improved by Wednesday afternoon, district officials do not believe the water has returned to safe levels for sanitation purposes at all campuses, according to the statement. view article arw

A teacher in Texas has resigned after a 12-year-old student was injured during a science class experiment last week, the Granbury Independent School District said Tuesday. Officials are investigating the incident, which will ultimately be submitted to the district's attorney's office for review. view article arw

JACKSBORO (KFDX/KJTL) — Two weeks ago, an EF-3 tornado touched down in Jacksboro that stayed on the ground for 45 minutes, at times reaching a half-mile wide, and damaging Jacksboro Elementary School and Jacksboro High School. The damage to the two schools was extensive, prompting Jacksboro Independent School District officials to cancel classes for an entire week.  Students returned to class on Tuesday, March 29, even though repairs to both campuses remain in progress in some sections of the schools.  On Monday, April 4, Jacksboro ISD officials released surveillance footage from inside the schools that depict the moment the tornado crossed paths with the schools, giving an incredible new look at just how devastating the tornado was.    (06) view article arw

Longview ISD officials have decided that campuses will not reopen tomorrow (Thursday) in order to prepare all facilities to reopen Friday, April 8. LISD employees are also not required to report for duty Thursday, unless directed to do so by district administrators.   (07) read more arw

The 2022 Texas Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 25.    (05) view article arw

GUNTER, Texas (KTEN) -- The storm on Monday night impacted one local Texoma school causing many students to not attend class.   "I've never seen a storm like it was last night," said Gunter resident, Maria Nandin.  Monday night brought the perfect storm to Gunter High School as the school began to flood.  "Water getting into your classrooms, messing up flooring, that's what's going on with the gym right now," said Gunter ISD Superintendent, Scott Martindale. "Trying to see how much water damage we have in our competition gym floor. We have a company here working on water excavation, sanitation."  That water damage causing many classes to be canceled.  view article arw

LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) – The City of Longview has issued a boil water notice after a 30-inch water main break on Tuesday, according to a statement from local officials. ‘The break was in the 5200 block of Loop 281 and the distribution system “experienced low water pressure,” which requires a boiler water notice for all customers on the city’s water system. The notice has caused classes to be canceled for Pine Tree ISD and Seesaw Children’s Place. Longview ISD, however, will proceed with a normal school day saying on Facebook that “our Child Nutrition Department has a plan for meals and we are working with campuses to make sure students have water.” Spring Hill ISD has also canceled classes for Wednesday. view article arw

For the third time since 2017, Round Rock ISD has been awarded the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal in recognition of the measurable steps the District has taken to ensure the privacy of student data. The District was one of four school districts in the state to be awarded this status and previously received the distinction in 2019 and 2017. The TLE Seal is a voluntary and rigorous program that sets practices and norms for schools around privacy of student data. Districts that earn the TLE Seal are recognized for successfully implementing the practices to build and foster ongoing trust at the core of their cultures. view article arw

AMAZING STORY!! Pine Valley Middle School nurse Jessica Williams saves a stranger's life at a Love's Travel Mart in Anna, Texas. She was passing through the area with her family and rendered life saving aid to a young man. Check out the letter of Commendation from Officer DeVore here: bit.ly/3J0gUrT NCISD is lucky to have Jessica here working with their students and team! view article arw

HCSO says two officers were attempting to stop three suspects who were possibly trying to steal a catalytic converter off a truck.  An off-duty New Caney ISD officer was injured in a shooting with suspected catalytic converter thieves, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday outside of the ShowBiz Cinemas at 4811 Canyon Lakes Trace Drive in northeast Harris County. Sgt. Beall says that two off-duty officers with the school district were working an extra job at the movie theater when a customer told the officers some suspects appeared to stealing a catalytic converter off a truck. view article arw

BUDA, Texas — Classes are canceled Friday at Hays CISD's Johnson High School following a small fire on the campus Thursday morning. The district said the fire occurred at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday and the building was quickly and safely evacuated. The investigation into the fire's cause is still underway, but it appears to have started in a clothes dryer in the athletic wing laundry room. view article arw

ABILENE, Texas — It’s severe weather season here in the Big Country and that’s why schools throughout Abilene received reinforcement for when storms arrive.  We caught up with Associate Superintendent for Operations of Abilene ISD Scott McLean about what the school district is doing to keep students and staff safe from the dangers of severe weather, “when we had the opportunity to build new schools, It was important to provide some areas for students to gather where there would be some enhanced protection. We have to be careful not to refer to them as shelters, because there is strict guidance as what meets the criteria and these do not meet that criteria but they are an enhancement over what normal building construction would be.” view article arw

JACKSBORO (KFDX/KJTL) — After an EF-3 tornado ripped through portions of jack county destroying most of the Jacksboro High School and Elementary, school administrators were left scrambling for a way to continue getting students their education.  Texas Parks and Wildlife searches for Twin Buttes drowning victim  Administrators turned to First Baptist Church of Jacksboro, The Jacksboro Parish, and the Fort Richardson Masonic Lodge. All three buildings welcomed students for their first day back to school.  Although it was overwhelming for some, Principal Michael Qualls said these kiddos are actually enjoying the temporary schools with some treating it as a field trip.  “One thing that we’ve learned through this is that school is not a building, it’s what happens inside the building,” Qualls said. view article arw

The entire Danbury ISD campus went on lockout Tuesday morning while Brazoria County Sheriff’s deputies chased a pair of suspected burglars, authorities said. Deputies were called at 8:26 a.m. Tuesday to Spur 28 where a man and woman whose vehicle broke down the night before reportedly were going through different homes, Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Hurse. view article arw

JACKSBORO (KFDX/KJTL) — After an EF-3 tornado ripped through portions of jack county destroying most of the Jacksboro High School and Elementary, school administrators were left scrambling for a way to continue getting students their education.  Texas Parks and Wildlife searches for Twin Buttes drowning victim  Administrators turned to First Baptist Church of Jacksboro, The Jacksboro Parish, and the Fort Richardson Masonic Lodge. All three buildings welcomed students for their first day back to school.  Although it was overwhelming for some, Principal Michael Qualls said these kiddos are actually enjoying the temporary schools with some treating it as a field trip.  “One thing that we’ve learned through this is that school is not a building, it’s what happens inside the building,” Qualls said. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Raise Your Hand Texas and Amarillo Independent School District launched the inaugural Raise Your Hand Texas Trustee Advocates Program in Amarillo with an initial onsite training session Tuesday for school board leaders and District leaders. Raise Your Hand Texas chose nine school districts out of the state for this program including Amarillo ISD. The district is expected to receive grants as a part of the program. view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham announced on Friday, Mar. 25 that a Wichita Falls man who called in fake bomb threats was sentenced to two years in federal prison. Tommy Jay Hollis, 27, pleaded guilty in December 2021 to one count of making a hoax bomb threat. He was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor.    (28) view article arw

VERNON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Schools in Vernon have canceled school Tuesday due to a boil water notice. The notice comes after an eight inch water main break. Officials said they will make plans to have water delivered to each campus if the notice is not lifted by Wednesday.     view article arw

The high school’s damage was mostly confined to the gymnasium, however the elementary school took the brunt of the damage. On Monday, school administrators figured out all the logistics on what the first day back for students would look like. Pre-K through 2nd grade will be in the First Baptist Church, third grade inside the Masonic Lodge right next to the church and 4th and 5th grade at the Jacksboro Middle School for the time being. “It’s been a team effort, we’re a resilient community and I couldn’t be more proud of my employees, they have risen to the challenge for sure,” said Jacksboro ISD Superintendent Brad Burnett.    (29) view article arw

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton met with Fire Chief Jody Forbus of Carbon, Texas to tour the area ravaged by the blaze and address one of the largest wildfires in our state’s history. At a Friday press conference General Paxton offered his support to the affected communities and discussed strategies to help rebuild the after this devastating event. The area is about 120 miles west of Dallas and resulted in massive destruction to both residential and commercial property when winds and low visibility only worsened conditions of the fire that began late last week. view article arw

Hudson ISD administration responded to an incident at the middle school Friday morning in which a single student allegedly engaged in conduct that posed a "terroristic threat" toward others on the campus by means of a letter or written statement.  HMS staff and principals were made aware of the concern first thing Friday morning, superintendent Donny Webb said.  Middle school principals and assistant principals immediately contacted the district’s police department and notified Webb of what was going on, he said.  “The student was immediately removed from class while the campus administration and district police department investigated the situation,” he said. “The administration has attempted contact with parents of all students/persons believed to be included in the potential threatening statement of the alleged student. Most parents were directly contacted, while a few have been left messages to return contact to the appropriate administrator.” view article arw

JACKSBORO (KFDX/KJTL) — The lives of around 520 elementary school children and 50 to 60 staff at Jacksboro Elementary alone are impacted by the effects of Monday’s tornado. Teachers, staff and volunteers will be working throughout the weekend to set up classrooms in local churches. “I’m doing okay, but we have some families and some kids and some teachers who are struggling, and it’s our jobs as leaders and educators – sometimes we are the only source of joy and hope that a kid might have, and that’s why we gotta get back into school,” Jacksboro Elementary School Principal Michael Qualls said. view article arw

Much of Texas is at an elevated risk of wildfires this weekend and early next week because of higher-than-usual temperatures and a worsening drought, according to Texas A&M Forest Service analysts and the state climatologist. At the same time, vegetation that grew during last summer’s rains is now dormant and brittle — perfect fire starter. “We are getting into a period of high drying and so we do expect to see fire activity to increase over the weekend and into next week,” said Luke Kanclerz, a wildland fire analyst at Texas A&M Forest Service. He said areas of west central Texas are most at risk of additional fire activity. Already this month, almost 123,000 acres have burned across the state, according to data provided by Texas A&M Forest Service, more than the previous three Marches combined. The hardest-hit area is Eastland County between Abilene and Fort Worth, where more than 54,000 acres have burned and a sheriff’s deputy died while trying to rescue others from the flames last week. view article arw

JACKSOBORO, Texas - Students in the Jacksboro school district northwest of Fort Worth will return to class next week after an EF-3 tornado damaged two schools.  Jacksboro ISD said staff members will return Monday for a workday and students will be back on Tuesday.  While the high school will be ready for them, the elementary school needs more time. Those students will be spread out in other locations for class next week.  The district is working with a company for debris removal, demolition of unstable buildings and classroom repairs. view article arw

A freshman high school student at Chisum was found Wednesday morning with a loaded handgun and more ammunition at school.  The following is a statement from the school district: view article arw

TYLER COUNTY, Texas — All students on board a Spurger Independent School District bus are safe after a pickup truck driver crashed into the school bus during a high-speed chase involving Tyler County deputies. The wreck happened around 6:40 a.m. Thursday after Tyler County deputies tried to stop the driver of a white Chevrolet pickup truck on Highway 92. Deputies said the driver made a traffic violation. view article arw