There are a number of resources for parents to turn to, when looking for a little inspiration in teaching their children.  Homeschool mom Laura Mullenax of Jacksonville said her 12-year-old daughter currently uses a free homeschool online program, but pointed out that “there are TONS of home school options.    “You can actually customize your child's education: If they are visual learners or if they are just text readers, the whole process is up to you and your child,” especially when providing the legal requirements for homeschooling in Texas, she said.  Even an every day event or chore can be incorporated into a lesson. view article arw

The global coronavirus pandemic reminds us of the importance and value of strong, effective public institutions. We are all in this together. “Everyone for himself” is a recipe for disaster. None of us can solve the problems on our own. The only way to address the disease is by collective action and public leadership.  The widespread closure of schools has made parents and communities aware of the crucial importance of these institutions. view article arw

In the first episode of FBISD's district podcast, superintendent Dr. David Freeman addresses how COVID-19 is affecting graduation and more.  CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Flour Bluff ISD launched their first episode of their district led podcast, "the Hornets Nest" on Saturday.   On this episode superintendent Dr. David Freeman answered multiple questions relating to the district and COVID-19.   He discussed distance learning, schools re opening, school funding, the districts plans moving forward including graduation.  view article arw

As parents pull into Elm Creek Elementary in Maple Grove Thursday, teachers direct traffic moving quickly to gather up distance learning materials.  "We walkie what grade and teacher and they bring out the bag we wipe our hands with sanitizer take it out and drop it in the trunk," describe Principal Beth Ness. view article arw

Frisco ISD’s decision to extend e-learning past April 3 or return to in-person instruction could come next week, according to Superintendent Mike Waldrip.  “We’ll probably be doing this in chunks in determining whether or not we’re going to close the district for another set amount of time,” Waldrip said.  The district has nearly wrapped up two weeks of digital instruction, or e-learning, since first cancelling in-person instruction at a special board meeting March 15. view article arw

SPRING, Texas – This is the first official week back to school for Klein ISD students, and teachers are ready to get to work online.  While they are hoping to be back to school next month, the superintendent said they are ready to do this for as long as they have to keep kids on track academically.  In addition to helping kids in the classroom, Klein ISD said the food program will continue at several different locations. they have already given out thousands of meals to families in need. view article arw

Austin ISD is hoping to put the final touches on its plans to switch to online education and is holding a virtual meeting Monday evening. The board is still hearing from the community -- just in a different way. Instead of in-person, it'll be questions people left on the voicemail system. view article arw

The Eanes Independent School District has donated 70 of its older iPad 4s to Dell Seton Medical Center. The request came from Dell Seton Friday morning, and by the afternoon, Eanes officials say staff had already prepared, charged, and delivered the iPads. view article arw

Webinars offered to El Paso ISD parents to get familiar with e-learning program Parents can log on to a webinar next week to get familiar with their child's online tool. El Paso Independent School District announced four upcoming 30-minute webinars: two on Monday and two on Tuesday. view article arw

Even though Round Rock ISD extended school closures through April 13, students' education won't stop, with online instruction beginning April 6. The district sent out a letter Thursday, informing parents of the program they are rolling out in a little more than a week. view article arw

The classroom has taken on a new look for thousands of East Texas students since the spread of COVID-19. School districts like Tyler Independent School District are taking lessons online, where students will have similar responsibilities as they would in a traditional classroom. view article arw

With our decision to extend school closures and begin at-home instruction on April 6, we know many of you may have questions about what this will look like for our students. I’d like to take a moment to share an overview of what our students and parents can expect during this transition and how we will work to ensure that meaningful teaching and learning continues to take place for all students in Round Rock ISD.  Starting April 6, our students and teachers will begin instruction and learning through the use of tools such as Google Classrooms and our Round Rock ISD email system to receive and submit assignments and for teachers to provide feedback to students in a timely manner.  view article arw

Bay City ISD will begin distributing Chromebook laptops the week of March 30.  We will begin with distribution to families who only need laptops, not wifi hotspots,” said Lisa Moya, BCISD Assistant Superintendent. “We are still awaiting delivery of the hotspots.”  Moya said Chromebook laptops should be picked up at the campus where the student is enrolled. Families may need to go to more than one campus to pick up Chromebooks so that each child has a device. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — In order to ensure all students in the Clint Independent School District have internet access to continue their distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic, the district is issuing WiFi hotspots to families in need.  The district hotspots will provide filtered internet access to student Chromebooks and other digital devices. The hotspots are compliant with the Children’s Internet Protections Act.  The District hotspots will be assigned to Clint ISD families in need of internet access at home. A hotspot request form can be found at www.clintweb.net.  view article arw

PALESTINE, Texas (KLTV) - Palestine Independent School District students will soon feel as though they’re back in the classroom, though they may not be for several more weeks.  “Everyone’s been faced with the challenge of how to address educating students and even meeting their needs with the lunches and breakfasts,” said Larissa Loveless, the director of public relations for Palestine ISD. “As we had to stop school to address the COVID-19 crisis.”  For Palestine ISD, addressing those need meant looking at all the different ways they could get homework to students. view article arw

Cleburne ISD students are ready for some school work, according parents and their children.  The district will be initiating at-home remote instruction on Monday, using grade-level lessons and activities in English/language arts/reading, math, social studies and science.   Teachers and parents discussed the use of virtual instruction and the details for delivery through phone calls, emails and texts last week. Schools throughout Texas will remain closed through April 3 by order of Gov. Greg Abbott to stem the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19  view article arw

Lubbock ISD found a way to hold a virtual track meet on Twitter this week, inviting other schools to record and post their results on social media. For more than 50 years, the Lubbock Invitational has brought in some of the best prep sports athletes to the South Plains, but with Spring sports canceled due to the Coronavirus, the director of athletics of Lubbock ISD, Mike Meeks and a mentor came up with a plan to help the event go on as planned. view article arw

DALLAS — Dallas school trustees on Thursday approved the purchase of up to 12,000 WiFi hotspots to distribute to students so they can have internet service for distance learning during the coronavirus school shutdown.  This would be DISD’s first mass purchase of hotspots. About 12,000 secondary DISD students already have hotspots purchased with grants and other donations, officials said. view article arw

Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa asked board members to approve $2.5 million to purchase wireless hotspots for all secondary students.  The board met virtually and members said they support everything the district can do to get more internet into the hands of students.  Board members asked for the district to communicate to leaders of the City of Dallas the need to partner and find a solution to the lack of internet access around the city. view article arw

With prekindergarten registration going completely online because of the coronavirus, Mesquite ISD is offering a pair of Facebook Live chats to answer parents’ questions.  The sessions will both take place March 31, with administrators taking questions on 3-year-old half-day pre-K and full-day Head Start at 3 p.m. before moving to questions about 4-year-old full-day Pre-K at 4 p.m.  The chats will be archived both on the district’s Facebook page and the district’s website for those unable to access them live. view article arw

Beginning March 25, the restrictions put in place by local governments to reduce physical interactions among residents and keep people at home due to the coronavirus will become more aggressive.  A stay-at-home order was issued by Austin, Travis County and Williamson County that is intended to reduce social contact by 90% in an effort to avoid stressing the local health care system. Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said statistical modeling suggests that in three to four weeks hospitals could reach capacity as the virus spreads. view article arw

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - On Monday, Bryan ISD announced students won't go back to the classrooms until at least Apr. 13. To help kids stay on track they've started handing out Chromebooks to families that need them.  "A lot of teachers are assigning things that they do in the classroom," said Leah Bartlett, a teacher at Mitchell Elementary.  Lena Rush has multiple kids in Bryan ISD and stopped by the Technology Service Center on Tuesday to pick up an extra laptop. "I have multiple children at home and their sharing devices. So, picking up an extra one so they can get all of their work done is really helpful for our family," said Rush. view article arw

Bay City sent out the following update on the instruction process for students in the district.  “You all are doing a great job at home, and keep in mind that our first priority is to keep everyone safe. So please continue to practice social distancing,”said Assistant Superintendent Lisa Moya.  Moya said more than 1,600 families have responded to the home technology access survey. Results reflect that the district has approximately 400 families that will need internet access and approximately 600 families that have no learning device (chromebook/ipad) in their homes.  view article arw

ABILENE, Texas (News Release) – Two of the issues facing school districts across the country during this coronavirus pandemic is how students in those districts can participate in online learning without either a device or internet access.  The Abilene ISD has been working since last week to solve both of those problems, and now a local internet provider has joined in the initiative to help provide internet access to students across Abilene. Since last Thursday, the AISD has loaned out more than 4,200 Chromebook to families across the district to help their children continue learning at home during the indefinite shutdown of the school district. view article arw

Parents and community members got a first look Monday at Beaumont ISD’s plans to continue educating students while school closures across Texas continue efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.  “We are in a very fluid situation,” Superintendent Shannon Allen said at the beginning of the Facebook Live conference. view article arw

Plano ISD students began remote learning Monday as schools in the district remain closed. Students are beginning core content classes such as reading, science and math as of Monday, and will advance to electives later in the week.  Students who receive special education classes through PISD are being contacted individually by their teachers, according to the district. PISD also told parents it has plans to distribute Chromebooks to students without computers at home. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD shared some details of what online learning through the district would look like at the March 23 board of trustees meeting. Deputy Superintendent Diana Sayavedra said the week of March 30 will act as a “First Week of School” when families will receive guidelines and expectations for online learning. Online learning through the district will begin April 6. view article arw

While school districts across North Texas transition into online-based learning, several districts are dealing with the challenge of making sure each student has the resources to continue learning.  In Irving ISD, 500 students are still in need of devices and WiFi hot spots for home. Students are expected to be able to pick up materials on March 31. view article arw

Area school districts are exploring ways to reach students while campuses remain closed during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The College Station school district rolled out its first day of at-home learning Monday with a website that includes resources for students and parents in each grade level and subject, including fine arts and physical education. The site also has book recommendations from district librarians and printable packets. view article arw

One of the common objections in recent school bond elections was that using the money for technology such as iPads and Chromebooks wasn’t a wise investment. The devices soon would be outdated, and it was all but certain a good number of them would just walk off if allowed to go home with students.  Besides, those kids’ parents and grandparents did just fine with worksheets, giant tablets and pencils the circumference of a giant redwood. Why do those kids need gadgets to learn? view article arw

Dallas-based AT&T is setting up a $10 million fund to help Americans weather the coronavirus pandemic by providing resources to educators, parents and students continuing their schooling online.  The AT&T Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund’s first contribution is a $1 million donation to online tutoring service Khan Academy, according to the company. Khan Academy is a nonprofit that provides free education resources and courses to students ages 4 to 18. view article arw

DALLAS — As families went back to school Monday, they didn’t get out of their cars or enter the building.  The line of cars outside Medrano Middle School near Love Field stretched well beyond the parking lot as parents and their kids waited for curbside meal pickup.  Dallas ISD is providing three days of food for every student, on Mondays and Thursdays, for at least the next two weeks at 48 locations around the district. view article arw

San Angelo Independent School District buses will be parked at 23 locations across the city to provide free WiFi services to students for virtual learning.  SAN ANGELO, Texas — With its move to virtual learning, the San Angelo Independent School District is helping ensure that all students have access to the internet.  Beginning Monday, March 23, SAISD buses will be parked at 23 locations throughout the city to provide free WiFi service to support students’ internet needs.  view article arw

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Texas Governor Greg Abbot suggested Sunday there is chance classrooms will remain empty for the rest of the school year.  It will depend on how the virus continues to progress across the state, said the governor during a news briefing in Austin.  This is why many school districts are already turning to the internet to continue their curriculum. On Monday morning, students at IL Texas College Station will be going back to school, but they won't be stepping foot inside a classroom. Instead, they'll be logging on to a computer and learning online. view article arw