Teachers should return to their classrooms in the fall, with or without their students, the superintendent of schools in Dallas told "The Story" Wednesday. Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa argued that while it is "unprofessional" for teachers to conduct their virtual lessons from home, his push to have teachers return to their classrooms for the new school year has received little support among educators in his district.    (13) view article arw

In March, two days into spring break, Victoria Independent School District sent a note to parents telling them in-person classes were canceled indefinitely and all instruction would be moved online because of the rapid spread of COVID-19. Along with the notice, the South Texas district sent a survey to parents to gauge how many had reliable internet and computers at home that their kids could use for remote instruction. Shana Garcia, 38, reported that her 14-year-old daughter, Kayleigh Lee, had neither.  view article arw

HUMBLE, Texas - School districts like Houston ISD don’t start school until after Labor Day, so they’re watching and learning as Humble ISD takes the first plunge into educating 45,000 students all online.  After a few virtual learning hiccups, Humble ISD is working out its kinks in the first week of classes. view article arw

HOUSTON — As school districts rush to fine-tune their virtual learning plans, many are having to hurry up and wait when it comes to connecting students with devices to do their work online.  “Everybody in the world is looking for a computer and a Chromebook and a hotspot right now,” Galveston ISD Superintendent Dr. Kelli Moulton said. view article arw

BEAUMONT — The Beaumont school district is encouraging parents and guardians to register their children for school. The district says registration numbers are running low.  KFDM/Fox4's Joy Addison reports why the Beaumont ISD Superintendent says parents may not understand what needs to happen before school starts Monday, Aug. 17.  See information below from the BISD website on how to register your children for school: view article arw

Frisco ISD saw an increase in the proportion of families that opted in for a virtual learning model for the first grading period of the school year, according to new data from the district.  After closing the original deadline for submitting a learning model commitment form on July 14, the district opened up a window from July 27-30 that allowed parents to choose or change their child’s learning model. The form asked families to choose between in-person learning and the district’s “Virtual Academy” option.  According to data shared Aug. 5, about 50% of FISD students have selected the virtual learning model for the first grading period of the school year, and about 45% have selected face-to-face learning as of July 30, when the window for changing a student’s commitment form closed. view article arw

CROSBY, Texas – Everyone’s situation at home is different with respect to technology. But right now, for students who are learning remotely, being able to connect to the internet without having issues is imperative.  On the first day of remote learning, the Crosby Independent School District tackled the issue of digital inequality by taking steps to try and level the playing field for students who may not have access to a strong connection to the internet. view article arw

DENISON, Texas (KTEN) -- Until the coronavirus pandemic abates, the Denison Independent School District is offering both in-class and online learning through Zoom.  On Thursday, however, these Zoom accounts in the classrooms weren't working.  "Due to a glitch in that program and that software, we were not able to connect students and teachers at this time," district spokesperson Brian Eaves said.  What's the problem? The district had started using free Zoom accounts to set up its distance learning program, but has switched to paid accounts for the hundreds of students who are coming online. view article arw

HOUSTON — As school districts rush to fine-tune their virtual learning plans, many are having to hurry up and wait when it comes to connecting students with devices to do their work online.  “Everybody in the world is looking for a computer and a Chromebook and a hotspot right now,” Galveston ISD Superintendent Dr. Kelli Moulton said. view article arw

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — As some school districts are beginning fall classes across Texas, some issues with getting kids connected for their virtual lessons are arising. Mom of two students, Esther Spengler, said while her daughters were provided laptops by their school district, they had to share her phone on the first day because they didn’t have internet access.  “With just the one smartphone, we started one and then we had to say after about half an hour, we’re like, OK, we have to leave now because the other sister needs to tune in,” Spengler said. view article arw

Houston ISD officials anticipate receiving a chunk of the $32 million that Harris County leaders allocated this week for helping school districts buy sought-after computers and wireless Internet hotspots.  HISD Chief Financial Officer Glenn Reed said early conversations with county officials suggest the district could get about $4 million for technology — an amount that the Texas Education Agency could match to lessen the district’s financial burden. view article arw

All the preparation for the first day of what will likely be an unexpected school year seems to have worked for Conroe ISD. Other than a higher than ever call volume, the district reported no major upsets on the first day of classes.  This year, due to COVID-19, the district is starting all students with online instruction. Over the next few weeks, small groups of students will be invited back to campus to help staff practice the new health and safety protocols before all students who chose in-class instruction are expected to return on Sept. 8. view article arw

As schools begin to open in limited capacities across the region, one district is dealing with a renewed debate over in-person classes after at least one district employee tested positive for COVID-19. view article arw

Killeen Independent School District starts the new school year virtually on Monday. Something Superintendent Dr. John Craft said they are not built for and need to adapt quickly for. "It's exciting, but it's also very new and with anything new, there is going to be change. There's going to be the need to be very flexible," Craft said. view article arw

As the school year starts amid the coronavirus pandemic, some North Texas families are facing difficulties in accessing the technology students will need for the coming semester. In school districts like Dallas and Fort Worth, the two largest in the area, classes begin on Sept. 8. Parents of Dallas ISD students have until Aug. 25 to enroll their student in either online or face-to-face learning. view article arw

School districts across North Texas are making final preparations as thousands of students will start classes Monday, Aug. 17. Grand Prairie ISD will offer virtual classes starting Aug. 17 and plan on offering the option of in-person classes starting Sept. 8. view article arw

Over 24,000 Frisco ISD students requested electronic devices from the district for the start to the 2020-21 school year, according to FISD officials. The first three weeks of the fall will be completely virtual. Students committed to a face-to-face learning environment will return to school Sept. 3, and all-online, or Virtual Academy, students will continue in their learning environment. view article arw

Leander High School students were set to start virtual learning Thursday, but the night before, school leaders said they’ve already run into technology issues. In a Twitter update Wednesday night, the Leander Independent School District announced it canceled the first two virtual learning days of the year for all high school students. view article arw

LEANDER, Texas - Leander ISD says it is canceling the first two virtual learning days for all the district's high school students due to technical issues.  Classes on Thursday, August 13, and Friday, August 14 will be canceled due to an issue with the web content filtering tool that allows students to connect to the internet on their district-provided laptops.   (13) view article arw

HUMBLE, Texas (KTRK) -- Humble ISD's online server was under a cyberattack Tuesday morning on the first day of virtual learning for the district, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen said.  "The MyHumble server is currently experiencing a cyberattack called denial of service," she posted on Twitter.  Students were unable to access their MyHumble accounts or their school emails between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.   (12)   view article arw

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Virtual learning for the Leander Independent School District was supposed to start for all students Thursday, but that’s not going to happen.  Just hours before Leander ISD shuttered the first two days of school for high school students, Leander ISD Chief Technology Officer Jason Miller told KXAN the challenge school IT departments are facing is unprecedented. view article arw

MANSFIELD, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Using school buses and SUVs, Mansfield ISD staff planned to work late into the evening Wednesday, driving through neighborhoods and delivering computers to students who didn’t have a device for the first day of online classes.  As many as 4,200 students had used an online portal to indicate they still needed a computer in order to start the school year. view article arw

Thursday is a big day for Frisco ISD with classes beginning virtually for students.  Frisco ISD parents were given the option to choose between on-campus or virtual instruction for the first nine weeks of the school. All students will start the year with virtual learning for the first three weeks then on-campus instruction in the district will begin on Sept. 3 for those families who have selected it. view article arw

Preparation for a virtual semester is underway in Fort Worth ISD. On Wednesday, leaders from schools across the district picked up vital equipment families will need for a successful year. Virtual instruction is scheduled to begin on Sept. 8. About 20,000 Chromebooks and 10,000 hot spots have been set aside for those who still need it. That technology will then be distributed to students by schools at a later date. view article arw

Leander High School students were set to start virtual learning Thursday, but the night before, school leaders said they’ve already run into technology issues. In a Twitter update Wednesday night, the Leander Independent School District announced it canceled the first two virtual learning days of the year for all high school students. view article arw

When Oscar Silva’s first-grader tried to log onto Humble ISD’s online learning platform for his first day of school on Tuesday, his screen lit up with an error message. His two high school-aged daughters were able to log on without issue, but issues with his son persisted for several hours. Soon after the issues began around 8 a.m., he saw a tweet from Humble ISD Superintendent Elizabeth Celania-Fagen. She said there had been a coordinated attack on the district’s computer servers, in what’s known as a denial of service attack. Thousands of teachers and students were unable to log on for about an hour as a result, fraying the nerves of some. view article arw

The Socorro Independent School District said there’s been a backlog of laptop orders being placed by districts across the country, causing somewhat of a delay in getting students devices just as they’re about to begin the school year remotely. view article arw

As family’s count down the days to the start of a new school routine in Dallas Independent School District, technology is top of mind for many parents and principals. "Oh my goodness, students not having the opportunity to connect to learn, it’s a great challenge,” said Chaundra Macklin, principal of J.J. Rhoads Learning Center in south Dallas. view article arw

The COVID-19 pandemic is teaching Houston-area school districts some hard lessons about keeping students engaged in the new world of remote learning. KHOU 11 Investigates surveyed 15 districts and found 8% of kids (56,996) did not complete assignments and were considered “not engaged” at the end of last school year. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — Aug. 13 is the start of the school year for the Pflugerville, Lago Vista and Leander school districts and all of their students will learn online. School leaders want parents to remember that patience is key. "We know that it's not going to be perfect. We know that we're going to have students who are struggling with Wi-Fi connectivity issues. Kids may get kicked off at some point during the lesson, but grace will be provided. And we're going to do all that we can to ensure that students are able to connect with their teachers and connect with their students," said Jennifer Collins, Leander ISD's assistant superintendent of curriculum enterprise. view article arw

ALLEN, Texas — Many of the largest suburban school districts in North Texas begin class virtually this week.  Schools in Allen, Plano, Frisco and McKinney will start the first three weeks online before planning to welcome students back on campus in early September.  Stephanie Karmann is working to get her classroom ready at Allen High School, even though she will be the only one in it until at least Sept.2. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — Leander, Pflugerville and Lago Vista ISD students will log into virtual classrooms on Thursday, but some educators said they need more time to learn virtual tools. KVUE spoke with a few Pflugerville ISD teachers and they said they don't feel ready to teach online.   "Many teachers are in panic mode right now. It's confusing. We've been in trainings and now we're working out the technology and all of the expectations in order to be able to meet our students online in less than two days. To be honest, most teachers are not ready," said Cindy Maroquio, a PFISD math teacher for Dessau Middle School.  view article arw

DONNA — While students, teachers and staff throughout Donna are preparing to return for a uniquely unusual school year, Donna ISD is working hard to finalize and implement a multi-million dollar initiative aimed at expanding internet access for students in one of Hidalgo County’s largest school districts.  “We want to sincerely thank our school board members for supporting this very important initiative,” Donna ISD Superintendent Dr. Hafedh Azaiez said. “They understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with many challenges, including the inability to reach students who live in areas where internet service is limited or does not exist. This project will have a profound impact on our students’ education as we move forward with online instruction this coming new school year.” view article arw

Tomball ISD trustees discussed the purchase of 4,379 HP Chromebooks during an Aug. 10 workshop meeting. Trustees will vote on the item during the Aug. 11 meeting.  Currently, the district has about 14,000 Chromebooks for students and staff, Director of Technology James Watson said in a video report Aug. 10. The purchase of additional Chromebooks would move the district closer to its goal of a 1-1 student-to-device ratio, Watson said. District information shows TISD enrolls more than 18,000 students. view article arw

MANSFIELD, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Mansfield ISD announced an updated plan to deliver devices to students at a school board meeting Tuesday night.  There were more long lines at Mansfield ISD on Tuesday as families attempt to pick up Chromebooks, iPads and other digital devices for students after major headaches this past weekend. view article arw