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Brownsboro ISD to reopen Wednesday after fire marshal gives OK

The superintendent of Brownsboro ISD announced Tuesday that the district has received the official clearance from the Henderson County Fire Marshal to open schools Wednesday.

Daily updates on COVID-19 cases across East Texas public schools

  WATCH: Longview ISD superintendent talks PPE, start of flu season

SFA offering in-person graduation ceremonies in December

  Brownsboro ISD campuses remaining closed as investigation continues into odor

  WATCH: Mineola ISD superintendent says school district’s COVID-19 safety protocols are working

  WATCH: Malakoff High School closed for three days due to COVID-19

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Brownsboro ISD: Students taken to hospital after ‘possible gas leak’ at football game have been released

Fans, students complain of gas smell at Brownsboro game, several checked by EMS

  Temperature checks, hand-sanitizer stations, privacy dividers part of Pine Tree ISD COVID-19 protocols

  Tyler ISD superintendent: Active COVID-19 cases are below 1 percent of district’s population

  WATCH: Pine Tree ISD superintendent talks continued vigilance, upcoming football season

  COVID on Campus: At the largest universities, data vary widely and lacks transparency

  Trinity ISD superintendent says no confirmed COVID-19 cases in district

Trinity ISD superintendent Dr. John Kaufman appeared on East Texas Now Thursday.

  Pine Tree ISD considers proposal to give qualified teachers access to firearms on campus

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with Superintendent Steve Clugston about The Guardian Program proposal under consideration.

  Canton ISD Supt. Brian Nichols on transparency, student safety in district

The district has implemented a page on the website for reporting cases of COVID-19 in the district.

  Nacogdoches ISD superintendent explains reasoning behind delayed start of school year

Nacogdoches ISD chose to delay their school start date twice before starting on Sept. 8.

SFA’s C.R.E.A.T.E. virtual tutoring service available for people who need schoolwork help

Mount Vernon ISD temporarily closes due to rise in COVID-19 cases

  Pittsburg ISD superintendent attributes low virus cases in district to good planning, cooperation

Mount Vernon ISD closing district facilities Thursday and Friday due to virus

  WATCH: Anissa Centers speaks with East Texas teacher about ever-changing responsibilities

Former Tyler ISD principal, trustee Therelee Washington dies

Nacogdoches ISD dealing with learning curve presented by distance learning

District campuses are responding by conducting face-to-face tutorials for parents.

  San Augustine ISD superintendent talks about district doing all virtual learning 1st few weeks

Unlike many other East Texas school districts, San Augustine ISD’s leadership opted to go the virtual learning route for the first few weeks of the 2020-2021 school year. Their students and teachers returned to in-class instruction on Sept. 9.

  Lufkin ISD superintendent says district still waiting for state hotspots, asks for ‘grace, patience’ for teachers

“We do have about 200 students we are worried about, and we are calling parents to help get them back on track," she said.

  WATCH: Anissa Centers talks to longtime teacher about changes to teaching, learning

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, East Texas teachers and students are discovering that teaching and learning both look different than they did, say six months ago.

  Grand Saline ISD Supt. Micah Lewis says he’s looking for help for teachers

Supt. Mical Lewis joined Lane Luckie for a discussion about the first month of school.

  Huntington ISD superintendent says 60 are currently in quarantine

Huntington ISD Superintendent David Flowers said 60 students and staff are currently in quarantine as the district operates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nacogdoches ISD adds district COVID-19 reporting page to site

“In addition to the updates required by the state and the information we share with parents and staff, we want to provide notification to our community, as well, about any cases associated with the school district,” said NISD Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo.

  Families withdrawing from public schools increase across the state

The Texas Homeschool Coalition (THSC) reports a 400% increase over last August in public school withdrawals using their website.

  TEACHER DIARY: Angelina County teacher says students, teachers adjusting to new normal

We’ve started a new segment called Open Campus: Teacher Diaries where we hear teachers' perspectives about what is going on in East Texas classrooms this school year.

Student seen in COVID-19 party video resigns from sorority

A young woman who went viral in a video of a house party where she claimed to have COVID-19 has now resigned from her sorority, Alpha Phi.

Henderson High School classes move online for 2 weeks due to virus

Henderson High School campus moves all classes online

  WATCH: White Oaks ISD getting back on track after COVID-19 caused campus closure

In the first few weeks of the 2020-2021 school year, White Oak ISD has faced some challenges, including the decision to shut down the high school campus for a few days because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

  WEBXTRA: UT Tyler enrolls record-sized undergraduate class; overall enrollment up 3.2 percent

KLTV’s Jeff Chavez spoke Friday morning with UT Tyler President Michael Tidwell about the university’s record enrollment for the Fall 2020 semester.

WATCH: Tyler ISD’s superintendent says TISD getting back to normal in very abnormal time

Even though Texas is still in the middle of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, things are slowly getting back to normal for Tyler ISD’s students, teachers, and staff.

  Pine Tree ISD superintendent talks social distancing and safety as football draws near

Pine Tree ISD superintendent Steve Clugston said as football approaches, social distancing and safety continues to remain a priority.

  OPEN CAMPUS: Van ISD Supt. Don Dunn says 23 percent of students are virtual this year

The reopening of schools this year is a big challenge for students, parents, teachers and administrators. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there is understandable concern on all sides.

  WEBXTRA: East Texas schools reiterate guidelines for fans after UIL warning

WEBXTRA: East Texas schools reiterate guidelines for fans after UIL warning

Lufkin ISD explain change in student, school nurse interactions amid COVID-19

School nurses all over have had to adapt in the way they serve students.

Former Lindale coach accused of relationship with student indicted

The 241st Judicial District Court grand jury voted to indict Blake Maddow, 24. His bond has been raised to $100,000, it was originally set at $20,000.

  Hudson ISD superintendent talks low district COVID numbers, unity between districts

Hudson ISD superintendent Donny Webb said so far after a few weeks of school, the districts COVID-19 numbers have been very low.

  WATCH: Anissa Centers shares emotional impact of pandemic on teachers

When a pandemic ends the school year before they can finish it out together and say goodbye, how does that affect educators?

  WATCH: Marshall ISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson on ‘making lemonade from lemons’

Every school has a challenge this school year to keep their students learning well, whether they’re in the classroom or at home.

  Whitehouse ISD uses ‘clean room’ to stop spread of COVID-19

Whitehouse ISD Superintendent Dr. Christopher Moran said nurses with the district have been under a lot of pressure since the school year began but they have stepped up to the plate.

  Computer glitches disrupt classes as schools return online

The online learning platform Blackboard, which serves more than 20 million U.S. students from kindergarten through 12th grade, reported that websites were failing to load or were loading slowly.

Elementary school in Nacogdoches holds last first day of school at current location

Due to the rotation of students, some students didn’t get to participate.

  Woodville ISD superintendent says state has stricter tracking guidelines

Woodville ISD Superintendent Lisa Meyembourg said she has noticed she will have to start tracking quarantines and self-isolations after turning her COVID-19 report over to the state Tuesday.

  Lufkin ISD superintendent says 324 students have returned to face-to-face learning

Lufkin ISD Superintendent Lynn Torres said 324 students have returned to face-to-face learning after beginning the year as virtual learners.

TTU study abroad program will resume in 2021

After six months of being cancelled, the Texas Tech Office of International Affairs has announced the study abroad program will resume in 2021.

TEA to track COVID cases in schools

The Texas Education Agency is now requiring public school administrators to submit COVID-19 case counts.

Colleges using COVID dorms, quarantines to keep virus at bay

With the coronavirus spreading through colleges at alarming rates, universities are scrambling to find quarantine locations in dormitory buildings and off-campus properties to isolate the thousands of students who have caught COVID-19 or been exposed to it.

  WATCH: Math curriculum developer discusses state-adopted platform for virtual learning

The new math curriculum is designed for making learning consistent for students at home.

  Nacogdoches ISD distributes laptops, smart devices ahead of new school year

The next step for students is to get familiar with them by Tuesday, the first day of school.

  Open Campus: Update from Tyler ISD Supt. Marty Crawford

The reopening of schools this year is a big challenge for students, parents, teachers and administrators. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there is understandable concern on all sides.

  WATCH: Malakoff ISD superintendent says he is confident teachers offer a ’first-class education’

Superintendent Don Layton talked about changes in scheduling for teachers as 85 percent of students return to the classroom on campus.

  Pine Tree ISD superintendent talks virtual learning and how it’s not for everyone

During the era of COVID-19, virtual learning has provided some much needed options for parents and students, especially those who may have health problems.

  Grapeland ISD superintendent says 5 percent is mark to close campus

Grapeland ISD Superintendent Don Jackson said about six percent of students have changed their mind on remote learning and have returned for in-person learning.

  Huntington ISD superintendent says remote learning during Laura ‘was seamless’

Huntington ISD Superintendent David Flowers said there were hiccups, but transitioning to 100 percent remote learning was otherwise seamless.

  OPEN CAMPUS: Pittsburg ISD superintendent Terry Waldrep shares insight from start of school

The reopening of schools this year is a big challenge for students, parents, teachers and administrators.

  Wills Point ISD takes steps to ensure quality of education for remote learners

Wills Point ISD is in their third week of remote learning as the school year has started back up.

Diboll ISD cancels sports for week after players show symptoms of COVID-19

Diboll ISD has canceled all football and volleyball games for the rest of the week after several student-athletes began showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Nacogdoches man accused of using Snapchat to stalk former teacher

The suspect confessed that he had been sending the nude photos and text messages to his former teacher over the last year.

  Lindale ISD superintendent says elementary school on track for reopening after Labor Day

Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt said precautions are working for his district.

  Athens ISD superintendent says four-day school week provides advantage in era of COVID

Athens ISD superintendent, Dr. Janie Sims, said during the COVID-19 pandemic, a partnership with parents of students is crucial.

Zoom rides pandemic to another quarter of explosive growth

Zoom earn nearly $186 million, or 66 cents per share, during its latest quarter, up from just $5.5 million at the same time last year.

  Virus or not, it’s time for class again across Europe

All French schoolchildren 11 and over must wear masks all day. Similar rules are in place in Balkan countries, while others are more lax about masks.

  WATCH: Lufkin ISD superintendent talks about first 5 days of school year

Along with dealing with COVID-19 related issues, Lufkin ISD also had to deal with planning for Hurricane Laura last week.

  Longview ISD superintendent talks about transparency regarding COVID-19 cases

Starting September 8th, school districts all across the state must submit COVID-19 data to the Texas Education Agency.

  Earl Campbell Award coming to Tyler HS

Earl Campbell is hoping a new award named after him will inspire the next generation of Tyler High School athletes.

  Superintendent: Longview ISD COVID-19 testing plan would require parental consent

“It is legally impossible for us to give your child a medical test unless you have signed a consent form. We’re testing no child that we don’t have a consent form for,” Wilcox said.

Nacogdoches ISD busy preparing hundreds of laptops for first day of school

Laptops and other mobile devices are being distributed to students this week. Teachers get their laptops too.

West Sabine ISD cancels class for Tuesday due to power outages

With many of West Sabine ISD students and staff still experiencing power outages four days after Hurricane Laura battered parts of East Texas, WSISD’s leadership decided to cancel class tomorrow.

Tyler ISD encourages ‘stranger danger’ talk after bus incident

Tyler ISD reports a stranger approached an elementary student after exiting the school bus Friday.

Parents protest student flu shot mandate in Massachusetts

State health officials say the mandatory flu shots are an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Sabine ISD cancels class for Monday because of ongoing power outages

West Sabine ISD’s leadership has canceled class for Monday, Aug. 31 because of ongoing power outages in that part of Sabine County.

Pregnant teacher on bedrest instructs students from Calif. hospital room

With months to go on bedrest until her second child is due, the third grade teacher decided to take on the challenge of remote teaching.

Hemphill ISD to remain closed until at least Sept. 8 due to hurricane damage

Hemphill ISD will remain closed Monday, and the school district has a tentative re-open date of Sept. 8 because of damage caused by Hurricane Laura, according to a post on the HISD Facebook page.

  Pine Tree ISD superintendent says nurses will be able to test students for COVID-19

Pine Tree ISD has made it through a week of school under a phased approach.

College towns growing alarmed over outbreaks among students

The U.S. has recorded over 180,000 deaths from the coronavirus and 5.9 million confirmed infections.