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Anxiety among Waco area teachers, administrators and other school district employees over what school will look like in fall only increased Tuesday after the Texas Education Agency failed to provide public health guidelines as planned and COVID-19 cases hit a record high statewide. view article arw

Temple Independent School District Superintendent Bobby Ott said his district is highlighting creativity as educators continue to navigate the “new norm” that is COVID-19.  “But they’re wondering how long this is going to be temporary, and sometimes that can wear on the mind,” he said during a podcast interview with Education Elements’ CEO Anthony Kim, view article arw

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD officials presented multiple potential strategies for the upcoming school year to the Board of Trustees in a public workshop prior to the public meeting on June 15. The district is waiting on further information from the Texas Education Agency and input from GCISD parents before making a final decision. view article arw

In the wake of the protests that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, Dallas ISD trustees voted to unanimously approve a resolution that, they hoped, would confirm the district’s commitment to Black students.  The resolution vows that trustees will collaborate with the community to identify high-need issues and then report back to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa in a month with the goal of creating action plans to achieve measurable improvements for Black students within Dallas ISD over the next year. view article arw

In the wake of the protests that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, Dallas ISD trustees voted to unanimously approve a resolution that, they hoped, would confirm the district’s commitment to Black students.  The resolution vows that trustees will collaborate with the community to identify high-need issues and then report back to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa in a month with the goal of creating action plans to achieve measurable improvements for Black students within Dallas ISD over the next year. view article arw

Garland ISD recently announced that the Board of Trustees has approved a new 2020-21 academic calendar with a new school start date, new school hours and intersession dates. The calendar can be found at garlandisd.net/content/school-year-calendar.  According to the district, the new school hours now include additional instruction time each day. view article arw

The 2020 graduating class from Mary Catherine Harris High School celebrated an outdoor graduation Wednesday night. Friends and family of the graduates filled the stadium, six feet apart, to watch them walk across the stage. Sixty-five seniors graduated from the Bryan ISD school, even though the ceremony looked a little different than it has in past years. It was hosted at Merrill Green Stadium due to COVID-19 restrictions. view article arw

"Being named valedictorian feels good because it shows that all the hard work I've put in over the years has paid off, and that effort is being celebrated in a big way," said Palmer.   MOUNT VERNON, New York -- Congratulations are in order for a graduating senior from Mount Vernon who is not only her class valedictorian, but she has also achieved perfect attendance her entire education career.  Ashanti Palmer is a graduating senior at Nellie A. Thornton High School and the Performing & Visual Arts Magnet Program.  She has never missed a day of school from Pre-K all the way through high school. view article arw

School leaders have been waiting for weeks to hear state guidelines on how to reopen school in the fall. Tuesday was the day specifics were set to be revealed but districts across North Texas said they're still in the dark.  "I was on the call hoping to get, first of all, rules for how to get learning for at home learning, I got part of that. I was hoping to get the rules of engagement of how we would operate safely in August. I didn't get any of that," said Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of the Dallas ISD. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The demand to rename Robert E. Lee High School has resurfaced following the death of George Floyd and nationwide protests against police brutality and systematic racism.  A cross country runner, Trude Lamb, says she is refusing to wear the athletic jersey associated with the school’s name.  “Me and my people would not be doing the things we’re doing right now. Like running for the school, or like doing anything. Cause we will be seen as… not human,” she said. view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas ISD 9th grade teacher Jada Weathers said the last few months have been incredibly trying.  So as ​her summer break started, she took some time for herself. ​  “I was able to ​fully rest,” she said. “I was able to ​get the resources that I need ​so I can make sure that ​I’m a healthy human being. “It’s easy to pour ​from an empty cup when you’re ​an educator, but that’s not ​what’s going to help our students. view article arw

We're all doing what we can for our community to make sure we get through this rough patch." Said Laurie Lerma, Alice ISD Director of Advanced Academics.   The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in every facet of life. It has certainly hit our educational system hard.  3News Nora Perez spoke to one local school district about the support they have in place when kids go back to class.  The school shutdown and distance learning situations have made educators hyper aware of the challenges  they face when the move back into the classroom. Alice ISD Superintendent Dr. Carl Scarbrough says his team is ready.  view article arw

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Conversations of institutional racism have bubbled up within the Leander School District, following a district-wide equity and diversity survey.  In March, the two community conversation sessions were intended to serve as an opportunity for Leander ISD leaders to listen to the stories and experiences of Leander community members.  As a result of the two meetings, a survey was conducted by two researchers, Dr. Bradley Carpenter of Baylor University and Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards of the University of Louisville. view article arw

As education officials and policymakers nationwide look ahead to the upcoming 2020-21 school year, the only thing certain is the uncertainty of how to get students back to school safely and what measures school districts can take — now and in the future — to meet the varying needs of a student body that has been deeply affected and uprooted by the classroom closures caused by the pandemic.  In an in-depth opinion piece for The Hechinger Report, authors Alison Overseth and Jen Siaca Curry look to the example being set in the nation’s largest school district in New York City and how the city’s youth services providers are working to prepare for the long road that lies ahead. view article arw

More than 900 parents sent in questions concerning the 2020-21 school year during an Eanes ISD virtual meeting led by Superintendent Tom Leonard. From online learning to state funding, several factors are still unknown, but district officials are continuously working to provide updated information as early as this week.  During the afternoon of June 23, all staff engaged in an online meeting run by Deputy Superintendent Jeff Arnett. view article arw

Draft guidelines from the state on how schools can reopen — released Tuesday against the backdrop of record-high coronavirus cases in Texas — imposed few obligations on districts but harried many educators for lacking mandates on face masks and social distancing. Final versions of the Texas EducationAgency’sdocuments detailing public health guidelines were slated to be released Tuesday but they were delayed. Draft versions appeared online Tuesdayontheagency’ssitebut were removed later, and links to the public health document showed a blank page Tuesday evening. Changes still could come to the drafts, and final versions may include stricter guidance, officials said.  “They were posted in the staging portion of the TEA website by mistake as part of an internal document review,” the agency said in an emailed statement to the American-Statesman. “As we continue to closely monitor the public health situation, we are, in fact, still soliciting feedback on the Public Health Guidance. Additional guidance will be provided soon. We will continue to prioritize public health and safety above all else.”    (24) view article arw

Mansfield ISD's District Policy Committee has decided not to further modify their anti-discrimination policies.  In a statement, the district said, "Mansfield ISD wholeheartedly believes that no employee or student should be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. That intent is provided in existing Board Policies and is consistent with the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s decision." view article arw

The CHISD Board of Trustees approved Peters’ hiring at its meeting on Monday night.  “Cedar Hill ISD is delighted to welcome Jared Peters back to the District,” CHISD Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hudson said. “Jared did an excellent job with the District, and we believe he will continue to impact Bessie Coleman Middle School scholars for many years.”  Peters was an assistant principal at Permenter Middle School for four years, helping the campus earn “Recognized” status from the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

The district will attach any missed days for future closures to the end of the school year, potentially pushing the end of the school year past May 26.  TYLER, Texas — The Tyler ISD Board of Trustees voted to approved August 19 as the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  The district will attach any missed days for future closures to the end of the school year, potentially pushing the end of the school year past May 26. view article arw

Lockhart ISD announced it will provide school supplies and a Chromebook for every Kindergarten - 12th grade student this upcoming school year in order to address equity issues and build student  and district resilience. The only item parents will need to purchase for students to go back to school is a backpack. Parents unable to purchase a backpack will be able to receive support from community organizations, such as 4:12 Kids and The Domitila H. & Timoteo R. Juarez, Sr. Excellence in Education Fund, as well as other groups who annually provide support to families in need of assistance for back to school preparation.  view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — High schools across the country are trying to figure out how and when students might return to classrooms this fall. Many are also making sure their star quarterbacks and other athletes will be in shape when they do.  While states have been easing the economic and social lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, some are now letting high school athletes return for summer workouts before teachers have even figured out how they are going to hold classroom instruction.  In places like Texas and Florida, where the “Friday Night Lights” culture of high school football runs deep, strength and conditioning sessions are bringing thousands of athletes to school for workouts, even while those states are seeing record numbers of new cases and hospitalizations since Memorial Day. view article arw

Frisco ISD officials say they plan to offer either 100% face-to-face instruction or 100% online instruction to start the 2020-21 school year in August. The district had been waiting for additional details from the state before announcing a final decision, Superintendent Michael Waldrip said in a statement last week. He said the district learned through media reports that Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath had released their decisions to lawmakers before giving the details to public school districts. view article arw

With COVID-19 cases rising in the greater Austin area, the Hutto Independent School District decided to cancel the last two days of its on-site summer school that was currently in session. The final two days — Wednesday and Thursday — are not happening anymore, and now the second summer session set to begin July 13 is up in the air. view article arw

The San Antonio Independent School District board on Monday approved a revised 2020-21 school calendar that adds three weeks of intersession in response to the coronavirus pandemic. SAISD said a total of 15 days will be added to the calendar year as a contingency for an outbreak. The one-week breaks will be scheduled around Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks. view article arw

A generous Houstonian is donating $2,000 to an Alief ISD student who was hit by a cafeteria worker on campus. Randy Hartley said he was inspired by the young man's story and wanted to spark goodwill. "I'm looking at this young man, and he's just trying to make things better," Hartley said. view article arw

State education leaders canceled plans Tuesday to unveil long-awaited guidance on what in-person instruction would look like for the state’s public school students this fall and what health protocols schools could enforce. Instead, a spokesman for the Texas Education Agency said the department continues to solicit feedback on public guidance and that further instruction will be provided soon.  It was unclear why TEA officials delayed their expected announcement. But the number of Texans testing positive for the coronavirus has ballooned in recent weeks, with the state reporting a record 5,500 new cases Tuesday amid an increase in hospitalizations.    (25) view article arw

Jimmie Lynn Malone, 73, of Fort Worth passed away Friday, June 19, 2020, at his residence.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro with Rev. Darrel Beggs officiating.  Burial will follow at Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro.  Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Wednesday prior to service time at the funeral home. view article arw

PORT ARTHUR — Governor Greg Abbott delivered a dire diagnosis Monday on Covid-19's impact in Texas--specifically after the state's reopening in May.  The governor says in the past few days we have averaged more than 3,500 new cases a day.  Abbott says the virus is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas, but still, Governor Abbott wants Texas students to return to school in person this fall after he ordered schools closed in March.  The superintendent for the Port Arthur school district, Dr. Mark Porterie, says returning to school is not optional-- it's going to happen. However, he says local districts have a say in how that process will be handled. The priority is safety. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — At the AISD Board of Trustees meeting Monday night, Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz said the district will give some families the option to attend classes completely online if they fit certain criteria.  “We are great in-person. And I think we do our best work when in the classroom,” Dr. Cruz said. “But we will provide some choice to our parents, given health conditions.”  The superintendent confirmed the start of school will begin August 18 and that the district is still pushing for a hybrid model, where students will learn partially from home and partially in-person. He said that the district is preparing to be “agile,” with the opportunity to safely and quickly alternate to 100% distance learning for all students and a face-to-face model with teachers. view article arw

KATY, Texas – Katy Independent School District is asking parents several questions in a survey, including what they want to do this fall semester when schools reopen.  The survey asks if parents want to send their children back to school or keep them home and continue online learning? Parents will have until June 25, 2020, to fill out the survey.  School officials will use that feedback to finalize back-to-school plans within the next month. view article arw

Katy ISD families may choose for students to be educated in person or virtually for the 2020 fall semester, Superintendent Ken Gregorski said at the regular June 22 board meeting and in a June 22 Facebook video.  "I like the fact that we are going to be able to give our community ... a choice for our parents next school year: a choice to resume in-person instruction and send your children back to schools, or we're going to be able to provide an online option," he said at the board meeting.  A survey—that will close June 25—is being emailed to parents for their thoughts, Gregorski said. Parents do not have to decide now on the option for their children; this survey is asking for their feelings and perceptions about the options amid the coronavirus pandemic. view article arw

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — It’s a waiting game for parents trying to navigate what the next school year will look like.  The Texas Education Agency announced that in-person classes will resume in the fall and while some central Texas schools are already making major changes, they’re still waiting on specific guidelines. ​  “The thought of having another nine months of isolation terrifies me,” said Pflugerville mother Anna Speichinger.  Plenty of parents say they feel the same way. view article arw

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy withdrew the appointment of an incoming member of the Class of 2024 after an investigation into racist and inappropriate remarks, an academy official said Monday.  The academy's Character Review Committee recommended withdrawing the student's appointment after a thorough evaluation of the information surrounding “the racist and inappropriate remarks," said Bruce Latta, the academy's dean of admissions. Latta said he approved the committee's decision, and Vice Adm. Sean Buck, the academy's superintendent, also agreed with it. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency released three types of calendars school districts can use. The calendar choice is a local decision voted on by school boards.  The three options are a traditional calendar, a COVID-19 response calendar and an intersessional option. All require 75,600 minutes of instruction.  The traditional calendar includes starting on or after the fourth Monday in August, a one-week Thanksgiving break, a two-week winter break, a one-week spring break and the last day of instruction at the end of May.  The COVID-19 response calendar starts on the fourth Monday in August and has built in time throughout the year as "COVID-19 make-up days" to accommodate a break in instruction.  The final option, an intersessional calendar, builds in blocks throughout the school year. During the blocks without class, a targeted group of students would attend school for remediation. view article arw

DENISON, Texas (KXII) - Texas’ top education official said Thursday public schools will reopen in the fall, but there will be flexibility for parents who want to keep their kids at home. Locally we reached out to Sherman and Denison Independent School Districts.  Denison Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott confirmed kids will return August 13, but parents will have the option to keep kids distance learning from home.  Scott said parents will be mailed a survey after Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath releases the state's recommendations next week. view article arw