AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — After Governor Abbots most recent executive order the Texas UIL said it was working on allowing schools to begin summer activities soon.  The UIL issued a statement on its Twitter page that said it was aware of Governor Abbott’s recent announcements and they were working with state officials to get summer activities started up soon. view article arw

Memorial Day Monday May 25

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In appreciation of the men and women who have served our country, the office at TexasISD will be closed Monday. read more arw

Friday, Dallas ISD will kick off a series of 37 virtual graduations for more than 8,900 graduating seniors.  District and school officials said they have worked to ensure the virtual ceremonies are still special for the seniors and their families. “This year for the first time we’re paying for all of the students’ cap and gowns so students aren’t having to incur those kinds of costs,” Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership Leslie Stephens said. view article arw

The University of Texas on Wednesday said it will begin the fall semester as scheduled on Aug. 26, but will continue operations remotely after Thanksgiving for fear of spreading the coronavirus.  In a letter to the university, UT President Gregory L. Fenves said COVID-19, the disease linked to the coronavirus, is expected to rebound this fall, and officials hope to avoid the possibility of students becoming infected during the Thanksgiving break and then spreading the virus to classmates upon their return. After Thanksgiving, students will participate in reading days and final exams remotely. view article arw

Meadow ISD has announced that for the 2020-2021 school year, the district will observe four day school weeks.  The decision was made unanimously by the board after consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of conducting classes four days a week, as well as staff and parent/community surveys.   view article arw

Texas’ top Republican leaders asked certain state agencies and higher education institutions Wednesday to “submit a plan identifying savings” to reduce their budgets by 5% for the current biennium — an attempt to tighten financial belts amid the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.  Those entities, according to a May 20 letter from Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, have until June 15 to submit their plans to the Legislative Budget Board and the governor’s office. view article arw

Deer Park High School has made some adjustments to its graduation plans, opting to stage an in-person ceremony on June 11 instead of later in the summer.  But first will be a virtual commencement that will feature prerecorded messages and photos of the graduating seniors.  That video will go online at 7 p.m. May 28 and will be left on the school district’s website for repeated viewings. view article arw

Montgomery ISD will likely not raise new hire salaries for staff and teachers next academic year, following a May 19 board meeting in which trustees discussed the employee compensation plan. However, the board ultimately tabled the item for further discussion. Superintendents are required to present an employee compensation plan as part of the budget development process, school officials said. The budget will need to be adopted at the end of June, and based on preliminary estimates, the district could face a $2.8 million budget deficit next fiscal year. view article arw

Teachers at Lopez-Riggins Elementary School in Los Fresnos cheered, rang bells, and held posters with messages to students who drove by the school with parents on Thursday to pick up belongings left behind when coronavirus hit the Rio Grande Valley in March.  One teacher announced the name and grade of each student as they pulled up to the tent, prompting claps, cheers, and grins.  “We miss you!” read a sign held up by a third-grade teacher who waved at students as a car rolled by. The student inside smiled back, clearly happy to see the group of teachers and volunteers who braved the heat and strong winds to pass out labeled, plastic-covered bundles of school supplies. view article arw

ARLINGTON, Texas (KETK) – Instead of opening the new stadium to baseball, Globe Life Field will feature graduation ceremonies for several surrounding DFW school districts.  Burleson ISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson made the special announcement on YouTube Friday telling seniors, “mark your calendars for June 6, Saturday, for graduation, here at Globe Life Field in Arlington.”  Jimmerson said students and their family will get to celebrate their accomplishments and get an exclusive look inside the new ballpark before it opens. view article arw

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