Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune's journalism. Education Week’s How We Go Back to School report presents specific strategies districts are using to re-open schools. Free educational resources for kids stuck at home . Nate Chute . Instead, HISD announced it will change its process for deciding when to close schools, adding more data and metrics to move from one risk level to another. That's on top of a previous promise to reimburse all school districts for up to 75% of their pandemic-related expenses, using money from a federal grant awarded to Abbott's office. Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. Know of a Central Texas school closing that's not on this list? AUSTIN, Texas — Austin-Travis County's dashboard shows that more than 4,300 kids from ages 1 to 19 have had the coronavirus. "During the Thanksgiving break, our custodial teams continued to work and clean the building. The coronavirus pandemic forced a near-total shutdown of school buildings in the spring of 2020. Stony Point High SchoolThe high school has closed its campus due to a number of positive coronavirus cases and close contacts. Students went back to class and then Thanksgiving break, and the district said students will continue with remote learning after the break so the virus doesn't spread. Let KVUE know by sending an email to kvuedigital@kvue.com. Texas Education Agency authorizes schools to close doors for 14 days due to coronavirus-related staffing concerns . The Association of Texas Professional Educators released a statement calling the revision "insufficient" and lacking in "science-based metrics," since it still requires schools to offer in-person instruction to students who need and want it daily. School districts may also, with permission from the state, choose high schools where students will receive part of their instruction on campus and part remotely at home for the entire school year. Dallas County was among the latest to issue such a mandate for its public and private schools, including Dallas Independent School District. Fredericksburg High School, Fredericksburg Middle School and Fredericksburg Elementary SchoolSchool leaders announced on Nov. 13 that all of the campuses listed above will transition to remote learning. The Houston Independent School District is the largest public school system in Texas, and the seventh-largest in the U. S. The original reopening plan for the schools in the district noted that if the average coronavirus positivity rate was greater than 7% for a 14-day period, then all schools would go to virtual learning. The Texas Education Agency has issued new guidelines that relaxes restrictions on school districts facing operational hardships due to continued COVID-19 activity on campus. Fort Worth ISD school officials in Texas said all schools in the district will remain open through the end of this week. “We demand that Gov. Previously rescheduled from another date, the Nov. 30 Leander High School football game against Hendrickson has been postponed yet again due to COVID-19. DALLAS - A handful of North Texas school districts, including Dallas ISD, have announced schools will be close indefinitely to help slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. As more Texas schools are reopening, Tarrant County commissioners could be preparing to shut down schools again, despite several doctors saying lockdowns are not effective. The good news is there haven't been any deaths in that age range in the Austin area. Here's a list: On Nov. 16, the high school closed to in-person learning until at least Nov. 18 due to a "gradual but steady" rise in COVID-19 cases at the campus. With the cancellation, the Panthers (5-3 overall and 3-3 in district) finish out their regular season and await the outcome of the Hendrickson-Leander game to determine postseason possibilities. State wants school districts to extend 2020-2021 school year. Updated at 3 p.m. on Saturday: Revised to include a statement from the Texas Education Agency. Some districts have already proposed bringing different groups of students into classrooms on alternating days or even weeks, and otherwise educating them remotely. That option would be best for districts "if your health conditions are such where you really need to reduce the number of people on campus at any one time," Morath said Friday. The revised guidance offers school districts more options on reopening their schools. Students will need to follow their normal schedule in Google Classroom. The high school … A member of the Lake Travis football coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19, so the Cavaliers will suspend football operations for the next five to seven days, district officials said Nov. 20. One of the commissioners alleged the county’s prior ban was more about money than keeping students safe, while an academic study found science has had very little to do with school reopening policies nationwide. eTix will be issuing refunds via email to those who purchased tickets. On thi Baty Elementary SchoolDue to recent COVID-19 cases on campus and a number of staff members needing to quarantine, the school closed on Nov. 12. Many Texas school superintendents in areas with rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have already made the decision to keep classrooms closed, without a local health order, and continue with online learning this fall. The district superintendent doesn't believe they will need to repeat this process after winter break since that lasts 14 days where Thanksgiving only lasted a week. news Public Health. Back-to-school reopening plans have few details on how many COVID-19 cases would close schools. KVUE is keeping track of Central Texas schools temporarily closing due to the pandemic. The campuses will be closed until at least through Friday, Nov. 20. "Due to privacy requirements, we will not be releasing the name of the individual or details that may identify him or her," the district said in a press release. Bluebonnet Trail ElementaryThis school is closed due to COVID. All schools also are scheduled to reopen on Nov. 30 after Thanksgiving break. Will schools close again? All extracurricular activities will be suspended during this time. He encouraged school districts in that position to talk to their local public health authorities to ask for more flexibility. Morath said Friday that he wasn't entirely sure if a public school under a local health mandate to ban in-person instruction would be able to bring more students on campus, as allowed under TEA guidelines. During those second four weeks, districts must educate at least a small number of students on campus and tell the state what public health conditions would allow them to bring more students into classrooms. Perhaps it goes without saying — but producing quality journalism isn't cheap. Austin High School temporarily closing due to 'gradual but steady' rise in COVID-19 cases, Austin HS senior says she's not surprised the campus closed due to COVID-19 cases. Manor ISD said the move to remote learning was a result of the number of staff currently in quarantine. Elinor Aspegren . School leaders said Stonewall Elementary and the Primary school will stay open. Students started learning online again on Nov. 12 and will continue remote instruction until Monday, Nov. 30. The state used a larger $1.29 billion federal stimulus package to bolster its own coffers, instead of providing it to districts on top of their full funding this year. That game, however, will be canceled due to the rescheduling of the Hendrickson-Leander game. Testing was set to continue through Nov. 18. WATCH: Texas teachers fighting for transparency about COVID-19 spread in schools, List: Austin restaurants serving Thanksgiving takeout meals, turkey dinner, Report: Pfizer picks Texas for COVID-19 vaccine pilot delivery program, Williamson County 'most wanted' resident captured after fleeing to Mexico. On-campus instruction will resume after Thanksgiving break on Monday, Nov. 30. Several local schools have reported rising infection rates, and some in the region have had to close in-person learning. "In the best interest of our staff and students," all campuses within this district switched to remort learning starting on Nov. 12, school leaders said. Texas Gov. DALLAS - There is concern about in-person learning as COVID-19 cases surge again in North Texas.. Hotchkiss Elementary in northeast Dallas reopened for in-person learning Monday. For more information, click here. We will ensure the facility is properly sanitized and ready for students to return. KXAN asked the Texas Education Agency for a list of districts that have had to close campuses after opening for in-person learning. He’d also have the same distractions at home that he had last year, she said. LeJeune died after battling a rare blood vessel disorder that was likely exacerbated by COVID-19, according to its superintendent. State-by-State Map of Where School Buildings Are Opened or Closed … Last week, Texas … Students in lower grades were less likely to be engaged with school than older students. However, some schools are shutting down because of an increase in COVID-19 cases. Even as they recommended working to reopen schools … Last week, the Texas Education Agency released more stringent guidelines requiring all school districts to offer on-campus instruction daily for all students who want it, except for a transition period of three weeks at the start of the school year. "The vast majority of exposures we have seen in the school setting have been focused largely on extracurricular activities, athletics and dance teams, and social gatherings," APH Chief Epidemiologist Janet Pichette said. San Antonio officials Friday issued a similar mandate for Bexar County schools. Show us with your support. RELATED: Austin ISD to offer 3 days of drive-thru rapid testing for on-campus students, staff. The district recommends students and staff members get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have had close contact with someone who has it or has recently traveled. "But we know on-campus instruction is really the best instructional setting for the vast majority of our students in Texas. Fredericksburg High School, Fredericksburg; Harper High School, Harper; Glasscock County Find a complete list of them here. $1 for 3 … The district said there is no evidence of transmission from on-campus activities, so on-campus learning resumed on Thursday, Nov. 19. "If you're subject to an order, that's the order you got to follow and we're going to fund for fully remote during that time period," he said. "Our objective is to get as many kids as possible on campus as long as it is safe," said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on a call with school superintendents Friday afternoon. Students who do not have reliable access to technology must be allowed to learn in school every day. Cactus Elementary School in Cactus on Jan. 28, 2020. larger $1.29 billion federal stimulus package. Hendrickson (5-2 overall and 3-2 in district) had a Saturday, Dec. 5, game against crosstown rival Pflugerville on its schedule. Post High School, Post; Southland High School, Southland; Gillespie County. Reopening Texas Schools Texas will allow schools to keep classrooms closed longer than previously ordered Facing backlash from educators, parents and public health officials, the Texas … El Paso Times. Specifically, the guidance says districts that limit in-person instruction must provide devices and WiFi hotspots to students who need them. The game between Hendrickson High School and Leander High School will be rescheduled to Monday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. because of a positive COVID-19 case among the Anderson High School football program, according to Pflugerville ISD. Manor Middle SchoolManor Middle School will temporarily move to 100% remote instruction for all students effective Wednesday, Dec. 16 after two new positive cases were reported at the campus. As a nonprofit newsroom, we rely on members to help keep our stories free and our events open to the public. Sanger High and Middle schools will be closed for two weeks after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases there. Sixteen Houston ISD schools temporarily have closed due to a confirmed or presumed COVID-19 case on campus, swift shutdowns that come one … Abbott issue a statewide order that all school buildings remain closed and all instruction be provided remotely until the pandemic has clearly begun to subside and it is safe to reopen school buildings under strict safety standards," Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina said in a statement Friday. On Nov. 16, the school held a drive-thru for rapid COVID-19 testing, testing more than 250 people that day, with at least four people testing positive. July 17, 2020 The elementary school currently has 21% of its faculty and staff quarantined or sick with the virus. Disclosure: The Texas State Teachers Association and Association of Texas Professional Educators have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Here's a list of Austin area schools shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns. It's unlikely as the Government has vowed to do everything it can to keep schools open. Elementary campuses pick-up times will be 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and secondary campuses will be 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., except for Manor Senior High, where pick-up will be at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the building closure. Educator associations still say Texas isn't going far enough to protect educators and parents. For more information, read the full letter from the school principal to families here. After 15 teachers were exposed to a COVID-19 case, sixth and seventh-grade students at Kelly Lane Middle School will be moving to online learning from Dec. 14-18. The high school and middle school both hit the 2% threshold of positive coronavirus cases. In addition, all extracurricular activities are canceled until Dec. 15. Please choose your school district in Texas from the list below to view a calendar of your 2020-2021 school holidays. This section provides Information about Texas public school districts, as well as charter and online schools, including contact information, accountability data, financial data, demographic data, employment information and waivers. full letter from the school principal to families here. The latest data from Llano County shows, as of Nov. 13, there were 75 active cases in the county, and a total of 350 cases since the pandemic began. Texas and Florida closed their bars, California closed most indoor activities, and Rhode Island even started rolling back on the size of gatherings allowed. AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — After receiving several questions regarding whether their schools will remain open, Amarillo ISD posted a video with their response. RELATED: Burnet CISD community mourns loss of middle school principal after testing positive for COVID-19, According to the superintendent, teachers and staff at the middle school that spent time with LeJeune last Thursday and Friday have "been deemed close contact and are being required to quarantine.". District officials made the announcement Nov. … Charter Schools A charter school is a type of public school. This past spring, Texas school districts struggled to get set up for remote learning, with many lacking enough computers and WiFi hotspots to send out to students. Gov. A makeup date has been set for Dec. 3 at Bible Stadium in Leander. $1 for 3 months. Save 97%. The campuses will be closed until at least through Friday, Nov. 20. If the district were forced to close schools again, she worries Aaron would miss out on hands-on activities at school. Curbside meal service for Manor Middle School students will be available for pick-up at all other Manor ISD campuses. Houston ISD, the state's largest district, will offer virtual education for six weeks through mid-October. Greg Abbott and top state officials also announced Friday that they will funnel $200 million of federal stimulus funds to the agency to buy devices, hotspots and routers and distribute them to school districts. As districts and schools around North Texas scramble to figure out how they’ll reopen next month, the Merrywood School in Duncanville is announcing it will permanently close its doors. A preliminary TEA report recently showed that about 1 in 10 students didn't complete assignments or respond to teacher outreach during the pandemic, especially low income, Black and Hispanic students. School communities desperate for normalcy are hoping that the new school year will be more stable than the last, when the coronavirus forced schools to close … Northside and North East ISDs in San Antonio announced Thursday that they will remain entirely virtual to start the fall semester. Remote learning will continue until at least Friday, Nov. 20. At a time when newsroom resources and revenue across the country are declining, The Texas Tribune remains committed to sustaining our mission: creating a more engaged and informed Texas with every story we cover, every event we convene and every newsletter we send. The suspended activities includes the Cavaliers' game against Akins High School on Nov. 20, but there was not a final decision on the rivalry game against Westlake on Nov. 27. While statewide guidance was in flux, local health officials issued mandates barring in-person classes for public and private schools in their jurisdictions, at least through August and in some cases to the end of September. SUBSCRIBE NOW. Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the reopening plans of Northside and North East ISDs. But the TEA confirmed to The Texas Tribune this week that it would continue to fund school districts that didn't open classrooms due to a local health mandate, as long as they were remotely educating all students. by Aliyya Swaby A makeup date has been set for Dec. 3 at Bible Stadium in Leander. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, four tests came back positive and those individuals have been notified. School districts will be allowed to delay on-campus instruction for at least four weeks and ask for waivers to continue remote instruction for up to four additional weeks in areas hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what we know about Texas high schools practicing again. … Facing growing backlash from teachers, parents and health officials, Texas education officials Friday relaxed a previous order that would have given public schools just three weeks from the start of the fall semester to reopen their classrooms for in-person instruction. Del Valle High SchoolThe high school closed on Nov. 12 and will not reopen for on-campus learning until Monday, Nov. 30. Greg Abbott says schools to remain closed for rest of academic year but eases some coronavirus restrictions While urging Texans to … Then, on Nov. 30, the rescheduled game was canceled yet again due to COVID-19. It was unclear last week whether Texas would let those local mandates stand or overrule them. Meet Amy: Tiff's Treats creators introduce their first customer from 1999, Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart tests positive for COVID-19, Twitter launches crowd-sourced fact-checking project, Austin ISD to offer 3 days of drive-thru rapid testing for on-campus students, staff, death of Burnet Middle School Principal Jeremy LeJeune, Burnet CISD community mourns loss of middle school principal after testing positive for COVID-19, all of the campuses listed above will transition to remote learning. Texas is taking over the school system that Chancellor Richard Carranza left crumbling to take the top job in NYC. And during the second four weeks of state-allowed remote learning, districts must educate at least some students on campus, though they can restrict that number as they see fit. Abbott closes Texas schools but takes steps to reopen economy Jeremy Blackman April 17, 2020 Updated: April 18, 2020 11:35 a.m. Facebook Twitter Email LinkedIn Reddit Pinterest Updated: 6 PM. Do you value our journalism? SUBSCRIBE NOW. Please don't feel compelled to use this transition period unless your local conditions deem it necessary.". We anticipate being able to return to in-person learning and student activities starting Dec. 7, 2020.". As of Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, the schools listed below were temporarily closed and transitioned to virtual learning as a precautionary measure due to … Statewide COVID-19 school closures. This school district is closing down all of its campuses and moving to remote learning until at least Friday, Nov. 20. Then the schools took those applications – about 600 in all – and had staff review children's grades and absences with parents, to convince them to return to school. Facing backlash from educators, parents and public health officials, the Texas Education Agency is giving schools more time before they must resume teaching students in person and allowing districts hard hit by the coronavirus to seek waivers. Most of the kids in that age group are in school, and Austin Public Health said it's still safe for them to learn in person. Click here for more information. But it is still unclear exactly how local health mandates intersect with state guidance. On-campus instruction will resume after the winter break on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Students will continue to learn remotely and will not be allowed back in the building until Dec. 1. On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s schools will close as of this week and remain shut until at least April 20 — and possibly the rest of the school year. The game between Anderson High School and Weiss High School that was scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 24, was also canceled. Hendrickson and Anderson last played each other on Friday, Nov. 13, at The Pfield, forcing the Hendrickson team to quarantine. Local school boards in areas with a lot of community spread can also delay the start of the school year. 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