ARLINGTON The Texas Rangers hosted representatives on Wednesday from the 18 schools districts from across the Metroplex that will use the team’s new $1.2 billion ballpark to hold 49 high school graduation ceremonies over the next month  The original sites for those ceremonies were blocked because they were inside, and therefore were not compliant with Gov. Greg Abbott’s mandate that such large gatherings could not occur indoors because of the coronavirus pandemic and concerns over the possibility of spreading COVID-19. The fact that the Major League Baseball season has been delayed created the opening for the ballpark to be used.  “We expected players sliding into home plate, not graduates crossing it,” said Sean Decker, Rangers executive vice president for sports and entertainment. “But, that said, the reality of getting folks in and doing that is super exciting.”  The Forney Independent School District was the first to announce it would hold its graduation ceremonies at Globe Life Field on May 7, two days after Gov. Greg Abbott approved statewide outdoor ceremonies could begin May 29.  (21) view article arw

Two separate, in-person graduation events in June are planned for Richardson ISD’s 2020 class.  Social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions will be in place during the events, according to an announcement from the district.  Graduation will not be open to the general public, but graduates will be allowed to bring four family members. They will also be able to walk across the stage, receive their diploma and take photos. Groups will be scheduled to participate by family or household. view article arw

Along with many school districts across Texas, Tyler ISD is looking to make adjuments to its 20-21 calendar after suggestions from Gov. Greg Abbott. The governor suggested school districts start the school year earlier and incorporate flexibility in the calendar in case facilities are closed again due to COVID-19. view article arw

Plano ISD is reviewing several plans for the fall that include a possible full return of all teachers and students, but the district’s path forward remains undetermined. The district is waiting for guidance from the Texas Education Agency before deciding whether to reopen partially, reopen fully or continue with completely remote instruction, Superintendent Sara Bonser told parents in a May 20 video message. view article arw

In the wake of Gov. Greg Abbott’s May 18 announcement that school districts may hold in-person instruction this summer, Pflugerville ISD Superintendent Douglas Killian said the door is open for some students to return to district campuses in the coming months. Killian told the PfISD board of trustees on May 21 that in-person instruction is currently being considered for special education students and students engaged in English as a second language courses. view article arw

COVID-19 has caused school years and senior celebrations to be cut short, but at one Dallas ISD high school, the school’s principal ​wants to make sure his seniors don’t miss out on one of the most memorable experiences of graduation. Booker T. Washington High School f​or the Performing and Visual Arts Principal Dr. Scott Rudes has made it his mission to personally deliver diploma covers to all of his graduates. ​In the past week ​he’s spent 50 hours in the car, ​driving more than 1,300 miles for those moments. ​ view article arw

Frisco ISD officials are bracing for a recession, but they still plan to invest in staff and teacher pay raises, new staff and a $650,000 increase to the district’s secondary fine arts budget. “We are making recommendations to you under the assumption that we are entering into a recession, and it is realistic that we will lose funding in the next biennium,” Frisco ISD Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Smith told Frisco ISD Board of Trustees on May 13. “However, all of the recommendations that we’re making are intended to be sustainable.” view article arw

Pharr-San Juan- Alamo (PSJA) Independent School District (ISD) seniors have broken the district’s record of students graduating with an Associate Degree. The district says 541 senior will be receiving their degree from South Texas College in fields including Biology, Criminal Justice and Mathematics. view article arw

Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner said the district is taking seriously the Texas Education Agency's request that they prepare an alternate calendar for the fall semester and is asking parents what they think about the plan. view article arw

A generous donation of 7,000 pounds of meat is helping to feed Hardin ISD students and their families this summer. The meat comes from show animals that were purchased from 4-H and FFA students who were unable to participate in local livestock shows due to the coronavirus pandemic.  “Some people in the community who wish to remain anonymous purchased the animals, had them processed and reached out to our school district and local churches to see if we could help deliver the meat to our families in need,” said Hardin ISD Superintendent Gerald Nixon. read more arw

Leander ISD will continue with its plan to use remote learning during summer school in June, according to LISD Superintendent Bruce Gearing. On May 18, Gov. Greg Abbott gave Texas schools permission to hold in-person summer school sessions starting June 1 as long as social distancing recommendations from the Texas Department of State Health Services were followed. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO — Governor Greg Abbott said state officials are working on potential strategies to help school districts across Texas reopen in the Fall.  "We believe that we will be able to roll out some strategies in the middle part of latter part of June that will show that classrooms are able to open up with greater sanitizing strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19," he said during an interview with News 4 San Antonio on Wednesday afternoon.  "We know that we need to be flexible enough to continue to provide classes online if needed," he said. view article arw

In these days of uncertainty, and even some fear of the unknown, Quitman ISD students took the last couple of weeks to learn skills not normally taught in the classroom.  After being relegated to online classes or packets of assignments while stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, Quitman educators found a way to challenge their students with a series of life skill exercises. Parents and students alike were ready for a break from the regulated lessons from their classes. view article arw

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — On Monday, New Braunfels High School Principal Kara Bock sent an email to parents with details about graduation. It said:  "NBISD will be hosting an in-person diploma ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2020 on June 5, 2020, at Unicorn Stadium at 8:00 p.m.  Please know that the safety of our students, families and staff is very important.  With that in mind, we will comply with social distancing guidelines and 25% occupancy capacity of our facility.   view article arw

As Texas public schools continue to deal with the fallout from COVID-19, Mineola ISD Superintendent Cody Mize briefed the school board Monday on the district’s continuing efforts.  He outlined plans for a live graduation June 5.  The district will be shifting to its summer business schedule in the coming weeks, though offices will remain closed other than by appointment. view article arw

In a May 20 letter, Katy ISD announced that it has canceled all senior proms.  This decision was based on social distance guidelines related to the coronavirus pandemic issued by Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Education Agency, the letter states.  “Based on those guidelines, large indoor assemblies and gatherings will not be permissible during the month of June,” the letter reads. “Thus, we regret to inform that all senior proms have been canceled.”  In April, the district hoped to postpone proms to June 10-18 at the Leonard Merrell Center. view article arw

The Ector County Health Department has contacted almost 2.5 times as many people through contact tracing of those with the coronavirus than the city of Midland Health Department, despite a higher number of confirmed positives in Midland County.  A public information officer for Ector County reported Wednesday that 1,301 individuals have been contacted by the health department because they came into contact with someone with COVID-19, while the Midland Health Department has contacted 557 individuals, according to Health and Senior Services Manager Whitney Craig. view article arw

A Hardin-Jefferson ISD teacher is camping out on the roof of his elementary school for the last time since he started the tradition years ago. George Jordan is a Sour Lake Elementary School teacher and is retiring from Hardin-Jefferson ISD after more than 40 years. Fox 4/KFDM's Ian Criss reports on a farewell ceremony on the ground before Jordan climbed heights to say goodbye. view article arw

The City of Odessa will be lighting up the Ector Marquee later this week to give seniors a new location for graduation photos.  According to a release, the city will leave the Ector lights on Wednesday and Thursday evening starting at 5 p.m.  City officials encourage everyone who takes part in this opportunity to practice social distancing. view article arw

Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner said the district is taking seriously the Texas Education Agency’s request that they prepare an alternate calendar for the fall semester. FWISD wants to know what parents think about such a plan. view article arw

Diving into a book can transport a person to different places, time period and expose people to distinct perspectives. This is exactly what librarians at McAllen Independent School District are doing to keep enriching their students with knowledge. With so many children learning and spending most of their time indoors, McAllen ISD librarians are holding live virtual reading sessions online three times a week, targeting elementary students. view article arw

Serving San Antonio for more than 60 years, The Barn Door Restaurant has long prioritized treating patrons with warmth and friendliness. Donna Heath has proudly upheld that standard as a manager, and she often greets guests by name and sometimes with a hug.  But when the restaurant reopened Tuesday night for the first time after closing its dining room during the coronavirus outbreak, it meant new  esponsibilities for Heath — ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott.  "It's going to be really hard for managers," Heath said in an interview, "because we have to make sure the new procedures are followed while also maintaining our warm relationship with our guests."    (22) view article arw

Sydney Carreon slipped on a borrowed blush gown and hoop earrings, dabbing on a little extra makeup as she got ready alongside her three best friends.  The Rouse High School graduating seniors sang karaoke, played games, danced and created TikTok videos well into the night. Their catered Italian dinner and homemade photo booth finished off the touches to their recent makeshift prom.  “We had been planning for our senior prom all year. There was just no way we were going to let it slip out of our hands,” said Carreon, 18. view article arw

MONTAGUE COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — A school district about seven-miles north of Nocona is spearheading a new school schedule.  Soon after students return to Prairie Valley ISD, school on Mondays will be a thing of the past.  The closest district to them with a four-day school week is Woodson ISD which is about 130-miles southwest of Prairie Valley ISD.  “We would love to be the trailblazers for this idea, in this area,” Prairie Valley ISD Principal Lisa Sadler said. view article arw

Further cuts likely once ongoing sales tax revenue hits, extent of oil price slump are revealed  Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday ordered Texas state agencies, public universities and other top officials to come up with ways to cut their budgets by 5% in the current biennium.  The order comes as state revenues are being rocked by the coronavirus lockdown, with sales tax and other sources of state money taking a beating as Texans were ordered to stay at home.  It’s unlikely to be the last such order. State budget experts say that political leaders could demand further cuts once ongoing revenue hits come to light. view article arw

The Texas State Teachers Association said that June 1 is too early to reopen school buildings for summer school classes and demanded that the state and local school districts agree to enforce a detailed list of safety requirements for school campuses before reopening buildings to students and school employees. read more arw

NEDERLAND — The Texas Education Agency wants school districts to be prepared for a second wave of COVID-19 during the next school year, which could mean a different and longer school year.  Nederland Independent School District leaders discussed the options brought forth by TEA and Education Commissioner Mike Morath at this week’s school board meeting.   Among the most popular options discussed is an Intersessional Calendar with Additional Days School Year or ADSY. view article arw

CLUTE — Brazosport ISD will extend its school day for the 2020-2021 school year, but the change will be comparable to the schedule other area school districts already follow, officials said.  “Our current school day is only 7 1/2 hours,” Superintendent Danny Massey said. “Surrounding districts were already going 15 to 20 minutes longer than we were, and so now with the additional 30 minutes, we’ll be going a little longer than the surrounding districts.”  Brazosport ISD officials didn’t see the change as an unreasonable one and is doing what they believe will be best for their students, he said.  District teachers, who have still been getting paid throughout the school closures, have responded favorably to the idea, Massey said. view article arw

Area seniors will have the ability to walk the stage in front of their families commemorating their completion of high school.  Following a recent announcement from Gov. Greg Abbott permitting graduation ceremonies to take place all throughout the state, the staffs from Navarro, Marion and Lifegate Christian School have announced their plans for in-person graduation ceremonies, albeit with social distancing measures in place. view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas ISD teacher is teaching her second grade class while dressed up as different characters in order to bring lessons to life.  Maggie Sly of Solar Prep, an all-girls school at Dallas ISD, said the characters were part of her traditional lessons in the classroom and wanted to continue using them to teach. view article arw

Gary High School seniors drove by the elementary school Monday night to receive their scholarship certificates in lieu of the district's traditional ceremony.  Gary High School students will graduate in a private ceremony on Friday, May 29 at 8 p.m. at Bobcat Field.  The ceremony is by invitation only and not open to the public.  If it rains, the ceremony will be pushed back to Saturday, May 30. view article arw

The Midway Independent School District plans to allow each graduating senior bring three guests to its high school graduation ceremony at Panther Stadium on June 5. Superintendent George Kazanas said during Tuesday night’s school board meeting that the district decided on three guests or tickets per senior based on the number of students and staff who would be in attendance to ensure the stadium occupancy remains within about 25% of the total capacity.  Panther Stadium seats about 9,000 people, he said. Midway High School has about 600 seniors, according to the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

The Humble ISD school board said it is creating a budget for the 2020-2021 school year through a conservative lens during a special meeting on Tuesday.  The economic downturn caused by the coronavirus is likely to impact public education funding, as it did after the Great Recession in 2008, said trustee Keith Lapeze, who recalled signing termination letters due to a thinner budget. He hopes the budget plans will keep the district from having to make a similar decision. view article arw

Andrews High School will be having in-person graduation at 7 p.m. Friday in the Mustang Bowl while following social distancing guidelines. The Texas Education Agency gave clearance to districts to have commencement ceremonies within certain parameters. Many in-person graduation ceremonies were cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus.  Bobby Azam, superintendent of Andrews ISD, said there are 222 students in the senior class. view article arw

KWTX) Educators across Central Texas are entertaining a wide range of scenarios and weighing an equally wide range of options as they prepare for a new school year filled with uncertainty because of the new coronavirus, efforts to control the spread of which led to school closures and a shift to online instruction this spring.  School officials across Central Texas are entertaining a wide range of scenarios and weighing an equally wide range of options as they prepare for a new school year filled with uncertainty. (File)  "I would say school as we know it is going to change," Moody ISD Superintendent Gary Martel said Tuesday.  "Online instruction is great and we are doing it the best we can do right now, but nothing replaces a teacher in the classroom," he said view article arw