School buildings may be closed, but public school teachers are still working to educate their students.  By order of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, schools are to remain closed until May 4 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Parker County schools were at first expected to reopen on April 6, then last week, most of them announced a plan to be closed through April 17.  Classes are forced to move to remote spaces, whether that means teachers connecting with students online or students working through paper packets. Teachers, depending on which school district they are working in, are balancing district guidelines for distance learning with their own methods of teaching in this way. view article arw

We have seen a continued show of support from North Texas teachers to their students during this time of social distancing. It's hard on everyone.  It's hard on the students who had their school year upended as the coronavirus grips the country, but it's been hard on the teachers as well. Teachers who have grown to love their students and truly want what's best for them. Unfortunately, they have to show that support from a distance until at least May 4, as Texas Governor Greg Abbott has closed schools at least until then. view article arw

Teachers are trained to recognize and report any signs of abuse, often acting as the first line of defense for vulnerable children.   But as schools remain closed through at least early May in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and as stress increases in families grappling with health concerns and financial hardships, local child advocates fear that abuse may go unnoticed and unreported. view article arw

Hours before members of The Woodlands-based Texas Torque robotics team were preparing to travel to their second event of their 2020 season, a competition in Fort Worth, they were told that the event had been called off. Later that day, they were informed that their entire season had been abruptly canceled, as had all of Conroe ISD's regular operations.  Scott Rippetoe, the engineering team's lead mentor, said news of the cancellation came after months of preparation by his team members from across the district. view article arw

With schools around the state closed until at least May 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic, educators have scrambled to keep students learning outside the classroom.  From video chats, to take-home instructional packets, local schools have adapted to the new realities with aplomb. But not all students have equal access to technology or internet connectivity. To help bridge the gap, two Mid-Valley school districts have made drive-up Wi-Fi hotspots available for students who have a device — such as a laptop or tablet — but don’t have home access to the internet. view article arw

San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District is preparing school laptops and a few hotspot areas for local students to gain access to online school work, as physical classes are suspended until May 4, a school official said.  Superintendent of Schools Carlos Rios stated the school district is preparing to have laptops ready for student check out and currently internet providers have been dispatched in order to establish communal hotspot areas, during a Board of Trustees special meeting on Tuesday.  A hotspot is a public place with wireless signal to Internet access. The hotspots will allow students remote access to online coursework.  Students will be able to check out a laptop beginning on April 6, according to a statement released by the school district Wednesday afternoon. view article arw

Hours before members of The Woodlands-based Texas Torque robotics team were preparing to travel to their second event of their 2020 season, a competition in Fort Worth, they were told that the event had been called off. Later that day, they were informed that their entire season had been abruptly canceled, as had all of Conroe ISD's regular operations. Scott Rippetoe, the engineering team's lead mentor, said news of the cancellation came after months of preparation by his team members from across the district. view article arw

Grades will be given for remote learning assignments in Tomball ISD beginning April 6, according to a letter to families from the district April 2. After classes moved online amid school closures, TISD students resumed remote learning March 23. Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said in the letter that grading will vary depending on grade level, breaking grading guidelines down by pre-K to first grade, grades 2-5, and grades 6-12. view article arw

Leander ISD will begin distributing Chromebook laptops to elementary school students over three days beginning April 7, according to a news release. The laptop computers will have content filtering software to keep students safe in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, according to LISD. view article arw

All Midland ISD campuses will be closed through May 1 by order of Governor Abbott, and the district is working to make the closure easier on parents and students alike. To help students who might not have the internet access needed to access online materials, MISD is taking two steps. The first step was handing out enrichment packets during breakfast and lunch pickup to students who do not have the ability to access online materials. view article arw

Arlington ISD schools will resume for-credit, mandatory classes on April 13 with all classes taking place online. To make this possible, the district has distributed more than 20,000 devices to students. Teachers will maintain their classes and design lesson plans based on district priorities, said Steven Wurtz, the district’s chief academic officer. The school will maintain an online-only format in line with Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that all Texas schools to stay closed until May 4 due to the coronavirus outbreak in Texas. view article arw

FWISD Superintendent Kent Scribner announced the launch of the district's e-learning platform to teach students from home during the coronavirus shut-down. view article arw

As Cy-Fair ISD teachers are working from home and schools are expected to remain closed at least through the end of April, according to an announcement made March 31, parents and students are adapting to the district’s new Learning at Home program. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Continuing its series of live stream Q&As with Texas leaders about the coronavirus response in the state, the Texas Tribune is focusing on education Thursday morning. App users, tap here to watch the stream. view article arw

Now that Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered schools closed statewide at least through May 4, Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri said he knows this will create a “variety of emotions” in students and families.  However, he said, learning will go on.  “I’m sure that we just accelerated the level of stress that many of our families are feeling with that announcement (Tuesday). We recognize that the kids, especially our seniors, their stress and anxiety I’m sure skyrocketed today as they thought about their senior year and the things that they may miss,” Muri said. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced schools will remain closed until at least May 4, KVUE reached out to school districts in Central Texas to see if they are equipped and ready for students to move to online learning.   view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas families are now adjusting to the new reality of trying to work and learn from home.  Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that all school campuses across the state will remain closed until at least May 4, a decision affecting millions. view article arw

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While Beaumont ISD classes began the week being administered through an online format, classwork must still be completed, officials say.The district joined others in Southeast Texas by rolling out its distance learning format in an effort to continue their educational goals while trying to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. view article arw

When Anderson County told residents not to assemble in groups with more than 10 people, officials got some pushback from churches. County Judge Robert Johnston said that was partly because residents wanted to meet on Sundays like they always have, but it was partly because they don’t have a way to meet online. “A lot of this county has no internet service,” he said. view article arw

Kids in Leander ISD will be starting their official remote learning curriculum next week -- and now the board has decided that the grades won't figure into their overall GPA. Second semester grades in Leander ISD won't be calculated into a student's GPA. That's what the school board decided. Not everyone is happy about it, but the superintendent tells me the focus is now on supporting students emotionally through this trying time. view article arw

The FBI has issued a warning to the public about the “hijacking” of online classrooms and teleconferences after it received reports of disturbances by people shouting racist and threatening language and displaying hate messages.  Concerns about online security have been rising as most of the nation has moved to online education, with school buildings closed to try to stem the spread of a novel coronavirus that has stopped public life around the world. Schools have rushed to put together online lessons and programs, sometimes without strict security filters. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD Superintendent Mike Kuhrt said the district will keep providing emergency remote instruction to students for as long as necessary during the COVID-19 response. School@Home is the online version, accessible through www.wfisd.net/school@home. And School@HomeDelivers is the low-tech, paper version coming to students who need it via Durham Transportation bus drivers and local volunteers.  view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas families are now adjusting to the new reality of trying to work and learn from home.  Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that all school campuses across the state will remain closed until at least May 4, a decision affecting millions. KXAN started receiving tips about struggles these people are facing right now. For some families, even getting access to the curriculum has been hard.  Del Valle ISD administration learned there are pockets of the town that simply don’t have stable internet access. Around 30% of the families in the district are dealing with this, Superintendent Annette Tielle said. view article arw

On a normal day, 20 4-year-olds arrive in Cashelle Johnson’s Pre-K 4 SA classroom and spend their hours playing with one another, tackling hands-on activities, and running and climbing on the playground. Every year, students take a spring field trip, but with the school closed to stop the spread of coronavirus, that wasn’t going to be possible. view article arw

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - Denison teachers are gearing up to teach online, but in the meantime they had to give back some students belongings.  "Its hard. We miss them," said Hyde Park Elementary second-grade teacher Tricia Hyatt.  "Gosh, we miss the kids so much," said Hyde Park Principal Kerry Kaai.  Parents of Hyde Park students have been filing in one at a time to pick up all the school supplies their children may have left behind, before they went on this ... extended spring break. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas - PenPal Schools is an online community where children from all over the world can learn together. Children collaborate through online projects ranging from human rights and the environment to robotics, all while practicing reading, writing, and technology skills. view article arw

WOOD COUNTY, Texas — Technology is a tool educators are relying on now more than ever.  "Since schools have been out teachers have gone into a mode that is quite impressive," Alba-Golden Elementary School Principal Kevin Wright said. "They're almost reinventing the way we get our education to our kids."   Wright says teachers are using various platforms to reach their students. Platforms such as Remind, Google Classrooms and class websites. view article arw

The FBI has issued a warning to the public about the “hijacking” of online classrooms and teleconferences after it received reports of disturbances by people shouting racist and threatening language and displaying hate messages.  Concerns about online security have been rising as most of the nation has moved to online education, with school buildings closed to try to stem the spread of a novel coronavirus that has stopped public life around the world. Schools have rushed to put together online lessons and programs, sometimes without strict security filters. view article arw

Tuesday, March 31, Irving ISD students are scheduled to receive electronic devices, hot spots and learning resources to continue distance learning.  Approximately 500 students requested devices and have been assigned staggered pick up times at schools across the district to keep families and teachers safe.  While, distance learning officially started in the district last week, the pick up was postponed until now. view article arw

Several Texas classrooms went digital as they they try to prevent the spread of the coroanvirus. Wylie Independent School District parents, students, and teachers caught on quickly to find innovate ways to continue education at home using technology. Some platforms they have been using are Zoom, Flipgrid, and Google Classroom. view article arw

TERRELL, Texas — The Terrell and Kaufman Independent School Districts (ISD) have announced the indefinite closure of all of their campuses, in announcements made Monday.  "Following the guidance from health officials and our state and national government leaders, Terrell ISD has made the determination to close all schools indefinitely," read, in part, the statement from Terrell ISD.  "Decisions like this are not made lightly, and are made with the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff at the forefront of our minds." view article arw

Right now Round Rock ISD is on schedule to finish out the school year with online learning beginning April 6. Under the program the district has laid out, they’ll be using Google Classrooms to provide video lessons recorded by teachers and email to submit their and get feedback. And for students who may not have a computer available to them at home, the district will be distributing Chromebook computers.  Parents won't have to worry about having their child in front of the computer at a particular time. Teachers will send out assignments but the students can participate on their own schedule. view article arw

The Pflugerville school district is preparing to launch an at-home learning program after its decision to extend school closures to April 13 in an effort to forestall the spread of the coronavirus.  “This week our teachers are working on getting assignments ready for your students to work on while at home,” Superintendent Doug Killian said in a Thursday district announcement. “We are all learning our ‘new’ normal together. As circumstances evolve and we learn more, we will make adjustments and communicate with you.”  The program involves teachers creating both online and offline lessons for students to complete at home for two to four days each week. Teachers will utilize programs like Seesaw, Zoom and Google Classroom. view article arw

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

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. view article arw