Education

  As universities weigh fall semester plans, some students turn to community college

College students across the country had their on-campus classes cut short or moved online this spring, leaving many wondering if online, distance learning will be the plan for the fall semester. An alternative some are making is enrolling in community colleges.

  Nacogdoches students celebrate upcoming graduation with Senior Day 2020

  Huntington ISD holds drive-thru graduation for kindergarten class

  Parents of Nacogdoches high school seniors planning celebrations for graduates

TEA proposing intersessional calendars to help school districts cope with future outbreaks

  Upcoming plans for Lufkin ISD to return back to school

Graduation plans for Martinsville ISD students announced

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Lufkin ISD plans to hold ‘hybrid’ graduation ceremony for Class of 2020

Texas Tech intends to resume face-to-face instruction upcoming fall

Higher education board to launch peace officer loan assistance in September

High schools in East Texas prepare for graduation

Central Heights ISD announces details for virtual graduation

Stay-at-home orders have East Texas girl in her feelings

  Grapeland HS administrators, Class of 2020 create unique way to commemorate graduation

The district is giving each graduating senior an opportunity to customize an individual graduation ceremony.

  WATCH: Anissa Centers finds that educators miss school too

Tuesday on East Texas Now, Anissa Centers talked to a longtime educator who says parents and students are not the only ones affected by the short school year.

  ‘Adopt a senior’ groups benefit graduating high school students across East Texas

COVID-19 has changed the way students will remember their last days as a high school student

  Governor announces Texas classrooms will remain closed, classes to continue online

With the governors announcement, students will not return to Texas school campuses, or take part in end of year and extra-curricular activities. The final word: No more kids on campus this school year.

  UIL cancels all remaining spring activities, state championships

Governor announces school campuses will remain closed for rest of 2019-20 year

  Alto ISD superintendent reflects on year since tornado, new storm damage

Tech to go online for Summer I, reduce cost

Stadium lights of hope: ‘Be the Light’ campaign in East Texas

  Coaches in limbo with student-athletes during COVID-19 pandemic

  Lufkin High School holds drive-thru for class of 2020 graduation essentials

Students didn't even have to leave their cars!

  Some SFA students remain on campus in mostly empty dorms

All students at SFA were told not to come back after spring break due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Yet, some students in need of emergency housing are allowed to stay in dorms. Their college life is like no other.

Many college students not eligible for stimulus checks

High school and college students between ages 17 and 24 will not receive money if they are claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax returns, even if they normally work and file taxes themselves.

  Eversong Music learning sessions for kids available online

In this time of social distancing, in-person lessons for everything from dance to music are moving online. One Nacogdoches music instructor is using an early childhood development program called 'Music Together' to teach kids music. She helps children and parents who are learning at home.

Governor Greg Abbott extends order; schools closed until at least May 4

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has extended his disaster declaration to limit human contact to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

ETN: Resources for homeschool challenges facing East Texans

Anissa Centers talks about setting up successful systems for home learning.

  Nursing students play vital role in COVID-19 assessment in Nacogdoches

senior nursing students were placed at a COVID-19 call center to help with the screening process.

  Student teachers across East Texas learn of waiver for certification

College students are finishing out their degree requirements in a virtual classroom rather than a traditional one.

Texas Tech to issue student refunds

Texas Tech will provide prorated refunds to the students on its campus. This comes after the university essentially closed its campus and switched to all online classes.

Texas Tech student accuses professor of ‘forcible fondling’

Texas Tech Police released a statement on Thursday notifying the community about a sexual assault, referred to as forcible fondling, that happened outside the Kinesiology Building today.

  Nacogdoches ISD hires Trujillo as new superintendent

The Nacogdoches Independent School District has announced the hiring of Dr. Gabriel A. Trujillo as the district’s new superintendent.

  Canceled school proms leaving both families, small businesses with concerns

Parents of the class of 2020 who put down payments on items for these traditional events are asking, “what now?”

Texas Tech moving to Phase IV - Closed Campus

Texas Tech will begin transitioning into Phase IV of the Emergency Remote Work Status Operational Phases.

  Nacogdoches ISD begins weekday meal delivery routes for students

The delivery route provides meals to students at 38 locations who might otherwise go without.

  ‘Pre-K Fun with Mrs. Ashley’ offers resources for parents teaching at home

With COVID-19 keeping schools closed, teachers are having to find out-of-the-box ways to teach and communicate with students and families.e from certified teachers in the Carlisle school district.

  Lufkin ISD launches Lufkin Learns at Home website for students, parents

Lufkin Independent School District launches Lufkin Learns at Home website for students and parents

  Educators across East Texas meet challenge of teaching online during COVID-19 outbreak

Students are adjusting, but so are their teachers, some of whom have little to no experience with online instruction.

Lufkin ISD offering more curbside meal pickup locations available Monday

Lufkin ISD offering more curbside meal pickup locations available Monday

Tyler Junior College to close from midnight March 20 through April 3

TJC has announced changes in its dates of closure and reopening in light of Thursday’s executive order from governor.

Texas Tech: May In-Person Graduations Cancelled

Texas Tech University has announced the cancellation of May in-person graduation events.

  Lufkin daycare temporarily closes after parent of child tests positive for COVID-19

A health district spokesperson said the man, who lives out of state, has started his 14-day isolation period.

Governor’s office, TEA to launch student MealFinder map

Gov. Greg Abbott’s Office and the Texas Education Agency have teamed up to help find a way to provide meals for students and families affected by the closure of schools throughout Texas.

Panola College to extend spring break, move to online instruction

Panola County has updated their information regarding the extension of their spring break and moving to online classes.

TJC students to return to on-site classes March 30

Students are asked to not return to on-site classes until Monday, March 30. In the meantime, limited online instruction will continue this week, and all existing online instruction will begin again on March 23. Students living on-campus in residence halls will be able to return on Sunday, March 2

Angelina College to move all classes online temporarily

Angelina College will temporarily transition the face-to-face component of lecture classes to fully online starting March 23.

Governor Abbott waives STAAR testing requirements

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.

LeTourneau, UT Tyler move all classes online for remainder of semester

Both UT Tyler and Le Tourneau University have made the decision to resume classes only online for the remainder of the semester.

Scholastic offering free website to keep kids busy over Spring Break

If you're wondering how you're going to keep your young child engaged during what could be an extended spring break, here's one idea.

The Fun List: Safe things to do with your kids while staying home

As social distancing becomes the new (temporary) normal and East Texas school districts shut their doors to help contain the spread of COVID-19, kids are finding themselves with much more time spent at home.

Nacogdoches ISD to remain closed through March 27

Nacogdoches ISD will remain closed through Friday, March 27, extending an earlier decision that canceled classes through March 18.

Many Texas schools could be closed through academic year due to coronavirus, education commissioner warns

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath told school superintendents and lawmakers Sunday to be prepared for long-term school district closures, potentially through the end of the school year, especially in areas where the new coronavirus has spread.

  SFA talks about college’s COVID-19 preparations

Stephen F. Austin State University’s president sat down with KTRE’s Donna McCollum Friday to talk about the precautionary measures SFA and other universities are taking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Nacogdoches ISD will provide free meals during spring break extension

Nacogdoches ISD Student Nutrition Department will provide free meals while spring break is extended Monday through Wednesday, March 16-18.

Trinity ISD extends school district’s spring break until March 20

In response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, the Trinity ISD superintendent decided to extend the school district’s spring break until March 20.

Texas Tech asking for help bringing 100+ study-abroad students home

Texas Tech is asking for help from Red Raiders and Red Raider fans to help get study-abroad students home, out of concern for the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nacogdoches ISD announces plans to extend spring break

Nacogdoches ISD will extend its spring break by two days for staff and three days for students. For now, NISD teachers and staff should plan on returning to work on Wednesday, March 18, and students would be back at school on Thursday, March 19.

Angelina College announces extension of spring break through March 23

Angelina College has announced its plans for COVID-19 mitigation.

Texas A&M cancels classes through March 20, classes to resume online March 23

Texas A&M classes resume Wednesday.

SFA extending spring break by two days, prepares to move classes online

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Spring Break will be extended by two days to provide time for SFA faculty members to move classes to an online or other distance-education format, until at least April 6.

  Nacogdoches ISD takes advantage of Spring Break to deep clean schools

While students and faculty are away for Spring Break, custodial staff at most schools are at their busiest.

TJC to extend spring break through March 20

Tyler Junior College President Juan E. Mejia released a statement on Wednesday night regarding the school’s plans for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Wiley College cancels all on campus activities due to Coronavirus concerns

In an announcement on March 11, all on-campus activities are canceled due to Coronavirus concerns.

Texas Tech issues brief statement on the possibility of cancelling classes

Texas Tech officials released this statement to KCBD:“At this time, Texas Tech Administration has not cancelled any future classes. We continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and will continue to communicate with the Texas Tech community through email and http://go.ttu.edu/coronavirus.”

Texas Tech cancelling spring break study-abroad trips

Texas Tech University is cancelling spring break study-abroad trips out of caution for the Coronavirus outbreak, citing concern for the health of more than 100 students currently studying abroad.

Gov. Abbott to survey teachers on school shooting prevention

Gov. Greg Abbott will send a survey to more than 500,000 educators across the state to ask questions on school preparedness in the case of an active shooter situation.

  Nacogdoches ISD announces lone finalist for superintendent position

Dr. Gabriel A. Trujillo has been named lone finalist for the position of superintendent by Nacogdoches ISD Board of Trustees. The unanimous vote took place during a special meeting held Wednesday. Texas law requires the NISD board wait 21 days before formally approving a contract with Trujillo; a re

Texas PTA statewide effort to educate on the dangers of teen vaping

A statewide effort is underway to educate school staff, parents and teachers about the dangers of vaping.

ETX school district adds law enforcement to campuses

The Panola County Sheriff’s Office and Carthage Police Department will have a larger presence on school grounds.

  Marshall native, legendary boxer George Foreman in Nacogdoches for film festival

Foreman visited the Fredonia Hotel Friday morning ahead of the screening of a film about his life, which was produced by an SFA student.

  District unveils plaque dedicated to burned Jacksonville high school

A district official said the plaque reflects former students' work keeping the memory of the school alive after the fire.

  Annual TxDOT campaign reminds Lufkin students to ‘Click it or Ticket’

Hudson High School hosted the event to help educate and reduce the number of crashes and fatalities involving teenagers.

Wet roads delay start of school day in Timpson ISD

Classes for the district’s 650 or so K-12 students will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday

  Audit reveals rampant admissions violations, cheating at Livingston HS Academy

After the LISD superintendent ordered an audit on the Livingston High School Academy’s admission and academic policies, it revealed that students who did not meet at-risk criteria and/or were not Livingston residents were fraudulently admitted into the school.

  International students studying at SFA concerned about coronavirus’ impact on families

Students aren’t planning to return home until at least summer or until the outbreak ends.

World-renowned horse veterinarian joins Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine as associate dean

Renowned horse expert and veterinarian Britt Conklin has been hired as the new Associate Dean for Clinical Programs.

Etoile ISD cancels classes Tuesday, Wednesday due to high number of staff with flu

The district said over 20-percent of the staff are out with the flu.

Teachers getting Google certified is becoming commonplace

Around a quarter of WFISD teachers have some level of Google certification.

Luminant donates $10K to help with cost of replacing SFA beef farm

A recent donation from Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, will assist Stephen F. Austin State University’s College of Forestry and Agriculture in replacing a facility that was destroyed by a November 2018 fire at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center.