On Thursday at 6 a.m., the Hereford Police Department was made aware of a possible threat involving a student at the Hereford Preparatory Academy. The threat was made via social media and was reported to Hereford ISD staff who in turn reported it to the Police Department.   view article arw

Longview ISD trustees have voted to give students more freedom to use cellphones on the high school campus as part of a new student code of conduct approved Monday. The previous policy gave cellphone privileges to high school students only during their lunch periods. If a phone was confiscated, a parent or “other responsible adult” could pick up the device after school for $15 fee, the policy stated. Because “times have changed,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Ross said Wednesday that the district amended its “outdated” cellphone policy. view article arw

Students at one Round Rock ISD campus no longer have the option of being distracted by their phones even if they don't want to pay attention in class. New this school year Success High is forcing students to turn over their phones by placing them inside cloth pockets attached to the classroom wall before they sit down at their desks. School leaders discussed the idea for years but consistently faced opposition from some teachers who worried the students wouldn't be exposed to new technology.  view article arw

The San Antonio Independent School District plans to open another single-gender school. The all-girls school, which will offer a program aimed at science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, will be based at Page Middle School. SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez said single-gender schools offer parents more options when it comes to public education and helping shape students into leaders. view article arw

Chevron and the nonprofit community development group BakerRipley are opening a hub in East Aldine to advance entrepreneurship and STEM education. Called Fab Lab Houston, the facility will cater to a variety of users, including youth, teachers, adults, and entrepreneurs. view article arw

On Thursday morning, public and private stakeholders from across Bastrop County gathered at the Bastrop Public Library in a discussion about high-speed internet access for rural residents. The discussion was hosted by nonpartisan policy organization Glasshouse Policy and lead by Texas Senator Kirk Watson and Texas Representative John Cyrier. County Judge Paul Pape and Precinct 2 commissioner Clara Beckett, representatives from the Bastrop Independent School District, members of the public and more weighed in on the issue. view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees voted 5-2 to approve an agreement with Proximity Learning to provide virtual teachers for four classes of American Sign Language at the two high schools. Two would be at Odessa High School and two at Permian High School at a cost of about $60,000. Board President Doyle Woodall and trustee Carol Gregg voted against the motion as read but supported the idea of trying this approach with the ASL classes, the board recap said. view article arw

Tuesday evening, the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees voted on a small pilot program of virtual classes with four American Sign Language classes at Permian High School and Odessa HS. The cost for the teachers is estimated at $60,000. ASL, one of five foreign language options for our high school students, is the third most popular request behind Spanish and French. Of 174 requests for ASL, only 74 students can currently be accommodated (in ASL 2) because of the inability to find teachers for it.  view article arw

The Tomball High School gym erupted into cheers and applause when the cast of the CBS sitcom “Young Sheldon” arrived to present five schools with grants to promote learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The grant, created by the nonprofit of show producer Chuck Lorre, the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, will be awarded to Tomball High School, Tomball Memorial High School, Creekside Park Junior High School, Willow Wood Junior High School and Tomball Junior High School. view article arw

Simulation labs are an important component to becoming a nurse and now virtual reality is becoming an important part of simulation programs. At the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, simulation provides students a safe environment where they can gain confidence and proficiency in their clinical judgment and nursing skills. Growing from approximately 2,500 square feet to over 5,000 square feet, the school expanded its skills labs and is designing several high-fidelity sim spaces, such as a birthing suite, an operating room and a home health setting.   view article arw

This school year, the Abilene Independent School District is using an app called CrisisGo to help keep students and staff members safe during school hours. Dan Cottner, AISD Safety and Security Coordinator, said that the app allows teachers to alert every other teacher at the school, along with staff members, local law enforcement and first responders all at once. view article arw

Students at the Tyler ISD Career and Technology Center are learning to save lives when help may be too far away. Tyler ISD is now offering EMT courses, with an extra EMT Wilderness certification, which aims to teach students how to care for a patient in the field. Instructor Matthew Singleton spent the summer in Colorado in order to bring the techniques home for students at the CTC. The students will learn how to treat prolonged exposure to the elements and how to stabilize patients when ambulance or rescue may be hours away. view article arw

Students at the Frisco Independent School District are now able to anonymously report concerns such as school violence, bullying and harassment through the mobile app, “STOPit.” The app officially launched on the first day of school, and in just two weeks it has been downloaded almost 19,000 times. When each student downloads the app, they are given a campus code when they register. That code is linked to the students account. Therefore, each report filed will go to the appropriate school administrator. After the assistant principal receives the report, they can message the student back and forth to receive additional information. view article arw

The Department of Education is warning schools about phishing attacks aimed at students' financial aid after reports of such incidents at several colleges. A spokesperson for the department said in a statement on Saturday that multiple schools have reported malicious hackers gaining access to student financial aid in phishing attacks. The attacks, the department said, are getting through student emails via their institution's password-protected website. view article arw

As technology continues to branch out and become more ubiquitous, school districts must decide how to regulate student use of cell phones, smart watches and other devices. Local public and private education entities have each taken different approaches. Trinity Episcopal School has never allowed cell phones in the classroom, while Eanes ISD established new districtwide technology regulations this school year. Lake Travis ISD incorporates cell phones into instructional time, but if students do not adhere to district rules, phones are confiscated and a $15 fee is required to get them back. At Leander ISD teachers set phone-use rules for their classrooms. view article arw

Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school district in the country, has added radio frequency identification (RFID) functionality to their suite of inventory control solutions provided by Hayes Software Systems. For eight years, Houston ISD has utilized Hayes's TIPWeb-IT and TIPWeb-IM systems to manage over 4 million assets and instructional materials valued at over $1 billion. Hayes's industry-leading RFID technology will be used to conduct location verifications of assets in their PowerUp Initiative, one of the largest 1:1 initiatives in the country. Launched in 2014, PowerUp was created to transform teaching and learning by "powering up" schools with technology to create personalized learning environments. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District will be hosting a series of special briefing sessions in the coming weeks to educate local parents about the dangers lurking online and how to keep their children safe. The first sessions were Thursday and Friday at Palo Alto Middle School, where KISD police Chief Ralph Disher said the danger for students on the internet is real and pervasive. He said diligent parents can be their child’s first line of defense against predators, bullies and others who use the internet to abuse children, urging parents to be vigilant in monitoring their child’s social media habits and frequently checking their devices. view article arw

Nearly twenty students of Pflugerville ISD are a part of an EMT program that looks to give them a leg up on a career after graduation. The upperclassmen are from Hendrickson, Pflugerville and Connally High Schools. Book work, along with real life examples teach the EMT's in training, like Te'Aysa Bunton what to expect on real calls, "We are just now getting into learning how to lift stretchers and learning how to move patients which is pretty physical," she says. This is the second year Pflugerville ISD has offered this class with the help of The Travis County Emergency Services. view article arw

The Frisco ISD board of trustees received an update on STOPit, the new mobile safety app the district rolled out this year, at its meeting Monday. STOPit is a mobile app that allows students, parents, teachers and others to anonymously report anything of concern to school officials such as cyberbullying and threats of violence or self-harm. The app went live Aug. 29. FISD Chief Student Services Officer Cory McClendon said students and staff on secondary campuses were reached out to during advisory times to explain the app. For elementary school campuses, students are encouraged to use the web version accessible through the campus website. view article arw

Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees members will consider approval of Proximity Learning virtual staffing for 2018-19 at their 6 p.m. meeting tonight. The meeting will be held in the first-floor board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. The district has 240 teacher openings. To tackle this issue, the Human Resources department working with Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary and Secondary operations, technology department and Superintendent’s Leadership Team has proposed implementing an agreement with Proximity Learning in Austin. view article arw

Like his professional brethren, Texas A&M University-Central Texas Chief of Police Charles Rodriguez takes his position as a law enforcement officer very seriously. “Given the repeated incidents of school-related shootings, we have to be constantly thinking about doing all we can to secure the safety of our staff and students.” To do that, Rodriguez, in cooperation with an on-campus safety committee, launched a newly-designed safety app called “Warrior Shield.” view article arw

Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD), Toyota USA Foundation and SMU have joined together to collaborate on the creation of a new and innovative STEM-focused school in west Dallas. The aim is to inspire and prepare students for the next generation of STEM jobs through curricula that is project-based and business-aligned. view article arw

To help get last-minute information about late bus routes — or adjustments — to parents quickly, the Ector County Independent School District Transportation Department has started a Twitter account. “Our communications department found that this would be the easiest method to use to get the information out there. If we have to divert one bus, we could be talking about anywhere from 50 to 60 to 70 students,” Director of Transportation Roger Cleere said. “That’s not feasible for us to get information out to that many people in a very short period of time.” view article arw

New language expressly prohibiting trench coats was one of the notable changes made to the Huffman ISD code of conduct for the 2018-2019 school year. Previously, the dress code mentioned that coats were not to be worn in school hallways or classrooms, except during extremely cold weather, but Huffman ISD assistant superintendent Joel Nolte said the district decided to add more description to the rule this year. view article arw

Houston ISD said a software error caused an accidental email to 13,000 parents telling them their child’s bus route had changed. This comes as the district is dealing with other bus issues in the first week of school. view article arw

A new study finds a third of adolescents haven’t cracked open a book or read a Kindle in the past year. University of Houston College of Education clinical professor Margaret Hale said a lot has to do with teens not being able to choose what they want to read. “Instead they’re reading things that are assigned, which often aren’t books. They’re reading passages and answering questions to prepare for a test,” said Hale. She said younger children like to read until about the third or fourth grade, when it wanes because of what is being done in the classroom to meet the demands of the high stakes testing environment. view article arw

Only 4 percent of state government websites in the U.S. passed a pair of information security tests, according to a new report that suggests state-supported websites can improve when it comes to protecting consumer data.  A report published on Monday by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation analyzed hundreds of state webpages, including sites dedicated to business registration, the procurement of fishing and hunting licenses and traffic citation databases. view article arw

Inland Texas September renewals typically saw a significant increase in both premiums and deductibles due to Wind and Hail losses over the past five years. Premiums have increased up to 25% with deductibles increasing from 25,000 to 50,000, 100,000 and even $250,000. One of the largest pools is adding an additional $50,000 deductible for each building in excess of 25,000 square feet. Most companies are now offering % deductibles. Be sure to do the calculations. Even for a district with only $50,000,000 in property values, the smallest deductible of 1% becomes $500,000. view article arw

Facebook could be culling cybersecurity students from Texas A&M University-San Antonio now that it is planting its flag at the fledgling higher education institution as its first cybersecurity-certified university in the state. view article arw

Frisco ISD unveiled a new app Wednesday to help students report threats, while simultaneously launching a new campaign called "Your Words Matter." The app is an anonymous way for students to report concerning or threatening behavior. view article arw

There’s always something new with STEM education. Yesterday, several Harlingen school administrations and community leaders met for an orientation about integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into the regular curriculum. The orientation was led by Discovery Education. “We are partnering with Discovery Education to advance STEM instruction in the school district,” said Joseph Villarreal, assistant superintendent for secondary education. view article arw

Along with a new safety culture implemented through Italy ISD, the two campuses received technological advancements to aid academics. The district purchased a total of 120 iPads for the elementary campus. These will be several available for teachers to check out as class sets. Currently, there are 340 students at Stafford Elementary. “We are going to start targeting our younger grades first in pre-k, kindergarten, first, second and third. But anybody of the teachers at the elementary can check them out,” Italy ISD Superintendent Lee Joffre explained. view article arw

Midland ISD has completed its implementation process for Skyward Family/Student Access, a module of the district’s Skyward Student Management Suite. This module will grant students, parents, and staff real-time access to student information, such as attendance, grades, schedules, progress, assignments, and emergency contact information. Skyward Family/Student Access also allows parents to email teachers and stay connected to campus and classroom activities. The system's message center allows teachers and administrators to post information that notifies parents about their child, school, and upcoming classroom events. view article arw

What looked to be a political endorsement from a local school district over the weekend was chalked up to a technological mishap. Residents were perplexed Saturday evening when Denton ISD shared a Facebook Live video of U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, speaking with Houston residents on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. The district’s post included the statement, “Pretty sure he’s the only candidate to show up to check on Texans.”  O’Rourke is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate who will face Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in the November election. view article arw

For the first time this decade, theSouthside Independent School District opened a new school year with a new school. The Menchaca Childhood Learning Center opened its doors Monday to hundreds of new students. KSAT 12 News reporter Max Massey spoke with administrators, parents and students about the new possibilities the new school brings to the community. view article arw