Education

Impact on grades prompts Roosevelt to suspend remote learning

Roosevelt ISD Superintendent Dallas Grimes said only about 80 of the more than 1,000 students are learning remotely. To-date, the school has also only had one confirmed case of COVID-19.

Lubbock ISD releases instruction information for second nine-week period

Texas Tech adds George Floyd and Timothy Cole Memorial Scholarship Fund

Student seen in COVID-19 party video resigns from sorority

TTU study abroad program will resume in 2021

Grant to Texas Tech establishes local history lab at Estacado

  TEA to track COVID cases in schools

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  Lubbock ISD reports 42 cases since start of school, Rollo ‘extremely proud’ of students and teachers

Blake Shelton gifts West Texas teacher with classroom supplies

Stanley from ’The Office’ told Lubbock Christian students to wear their masks

  Hurricane Research Team Tracking Laura as Storm Makes Landfall in Louisiana

United Supermarkets, Mr Baird’s team up for Teachers on the Rise program

Lubbock ISD confirms first COVID-19 case at Mackenzie Middle School

First COVID-19 cases confirmed at Honey Elementary & Guadalupe Elementary in Lubbock

We regret to inform you that there has been a COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) exposure at Honey.

Texas school district’s dreadlocks ban discriminatory, federal court rules

The decision comes a month after the Barbers Hill School District board of trustees voted to keep the dress code policy, which advocates have deemed racist.

Texas Tech announce new COVID-19 screening platform

This new platform is designed to be used by students, faculty, and staff to report a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 by an off campus medical provider.

Back to School: preventing the spread of germs from school to home

As many students across the South Plains head home from their first day of school today, one Lubbock pediatrician shares tips on preventing the spread of germs from school back home.

  ‘Trump 2020′ designed parking spaces vandalized at Lubbock-Cooper High School in Texas

Lockney ISD closed Monday morning after employee tests positive for COVID-19

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  Lazbuddie pushes back school start date after football player tests positive for COVID

  Most students to attend in person as Frenship, LISD resume classes

  FULL VIDEO: Back to School special report from KCBD NewsChannel 11

  Back to School: Transportation protocol during COVID-19

”This is very important to each and every one of us to make sure our kids are safe and that they are healthy,” said Portia Lethridge, Safety Administrator for Durham Transportation.

  Socially distanced classrooms are more than desks placed farther apart

KCBD spoke with middle school teacher Morgan Kirkpatrick, who said each room has limited space, which makes it so important that students wear their mask.

  Back to School: Changes to lunchtime due to COVID-19

As schools across the South Plains plan to head back to school, some districts are making changes to lunchtimes due to COVID-19. Leaders from Frenship and Lubbock-Cooper ISD shared some of the changes they’ll have on campus for this upcoming school year.

Texas Tech Board of Regents approves dual master’s degree in nursing, business administration

The Texas Tech University System is making it easier for nurses interested in health care administration to get the business knowledge they need to be competitive.

  Lubbock ISD making accommodations as special needs students return

Lubbock ISD is welcoming back students with special needs to a virtual or on-campus classroom.

  Safety is first priority as Texas Tech students return to student housing

Slow and steady, that's how students are moving back into student housing on the campus of Texas Tech.

  Majority of Lubbock families sending kids back to classroom

“For in class, we have about 72 percent of students that have signed up for face to face learning,” said Dr. Kathy Rollo, Lubbock ISD superintendent.

  Lubbock pediatrician urges vaccinations ahead of school, even virtual school

With school approaching, a Covenant Health pediatrician is urging parents to get their children vaccinated, even if they’re attending school from home.

  Spanking removed from LISD discipline techniques

Not only is spanking seldom used, but it is also a liability for Texas educators. There is no immunity if an educator is found abusing corporal punishment. In addition, the parent consent form might not be enough to prevent a legal battle.

Texas Tech announces MOU with Midwestern State University

“A partnership with MSU Texas and the Texas Tech University System has the opportunity to advance all institutions within our system and support the betterment of higher education in Texas."

Texas Tech Regents discuss COVID plans as students prepare for return

The Texas Tech Board of Regents met in a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting on Thursday to discuss details for the upcoming fall semester at their four institutions.

Texas Tech refunding online access, student athletic access fees for fall semester

Texas Tech sent out a letter on Wednesday, saying they would be refunding the online distance education fee and the student athletic access fees for the fall semester, as they restructure classes in response to COVID-19.

Lubbock Chamber to hold virtual community prayer gathering for education system

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will hold a virtual Community Prayer Gathering on Mon., Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. to pray for the entire education system as officials continue to make reopening plans.

Gov. Abbott says local health officials can shut down schools only in limited circumstances

In a statement Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said local health authorities can shut down schools if there’s evidence of an outbreak after students have already returned to campus — but cannot shut them down weeks before schools open.

Texas Tech to offer free, one-time COVID-19 test for students, faculty, staff

Texas Tech will provide non-mandatory COVID-19 tests for all students, faculty and staff as they begin the fall semester.

  On-campus return, student health remain top priority for LISD

The Lubbock Independent School District is following the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics to have students physically present on its campuses.

  Frenship ISD Superintendent discusses Fall School Reopening plan

Frenship ISD published their reopening guide for parents on Friday, with new guidelines for virtual and face to face instruction.

Promotion requirements for 2020-2021 STAAR testing in grade 5 and 8 students waived by Gov. Abbott

Governor Greg Abbott announced another change in Texas education for the 2020-2021 school year Monday, waiving grade promotion requirement related to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test for students in grades 5 and 8.

Texas Boys Ranch asking for help with school supplies

The shelter at the Texas Boys Ranch is asking for public help as they work to provide school supplies for their residents.

Ronnie Hawkins Jr. Named Sole Finalist for Angelo State University President

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents today (July 24) announced the selection of Lieutenant General Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., U.S. Air Force, retired, as the sole finalist for the presidency of Angelo State University (ASU).

  LISD board allows students to participate in UIL, extracurricular activity if learning online

The Lubbock Independent School District voted on Thursday to allow its students to participate in University Interscholastic League events and other elective courses if they are learning online.

2 Lubbock middle school teams win national title at Army’s eCyberMission’s STEM competition

Two middle school teams from Southcrest Christian School have won the national title in the U.S. Army’s eCyberMission STEM Competition.

Frenship ISD: Masks required for UIL Summer Athletic and Marching Band practices

Frenship ISD will require students to wear a face covering when practices and workouts for summer UIL activities resume on July 13.

  Students return to Texas Tech campus

Only about 300-400 students are on campus this session. Many of the classes remain online.

TEA issues guidelines for return to on-campus Instruction for new year

The Texas Education Agency has announced comprehensive guidelines for students to return to school this fall.

Lubbock-Cooper Band Boosters thanking businesses for donations after theft from fireworks stand

Lubbock-Cooper Band Boosters are thanking a collection of local businesses who stepped up to help them after thieves burglarized their fireworks stand last week.

  Lubbock ISD offering choice between virtual school, face to face instruction in fall

Lubbock ISD held a news conference on Thursday, laying out options for parents as they prepare for the new school year.

UIL recommends holding off on activities until after July 12

That recommendation is because of the potential for an increase in social interactions and spread of COVID-19 throughout the July Fourth holiday weekend.

  Thousands of dollars in fireworks stolen from Lubbock-Cooper Band Boosters Saturday night

The Lubbock-Cooper Band Booster organization tells KCBD its firework stand at Slide Road and 146th Street was burglarized Saturday night, costing them thousands of dollars in lost fireworks, cash and supplies.

  Open Texas Strike force member: Future of 2020 fall football ‘is in the hands of the public'

The behavior of the public today will determine the fate of falls sports, including college and high school football.

  Virtual campus tours bringing new experience to Texas Tech

COVID-19 has changed the way people do a lot of things, including how prospective students look at universities across the nation.

Frenship ISD warns parents about COVID-19 case

Frenship ISD sent an email Wednesday night, warning parents about a student in the summer UIL girls basketball program at Frenship High School who tested positive for COVID-19.

Texas Tech Student Housing opening in August with coronavirus precautions

"When the coronavirus pandemic forced classes at Texas Tech University to move online for the remainder of the spring semester and part of the summer, many incoming students were left wondering if they would be able to move into their residence hall and live on campus come August."

First day of school for LISD set for Aug. 17

Lubbock ISD Superintendent Dr. Kathy Rollo sent an email to parents on Tuesday about the start date of the 2020-2021 school year.

Lubbock ISD names new principal of Harwell Elementary at Board of Trustees meeting

Raina Torres was named the new principal of Harwell Elementary School. She has served as the assistant principal at Harwell since 2014. Prior to her assistant principal assignment, she was an instructional coach at Bean Elementary School.

Lubbock ISD approves $245 million budget for upcoming school year

The $245 million budget passed 6-1. The only hold-out on the vote was District 1 Trustee Lala Chavez.

Andrew Cox appointed to Frenship ISD Board of Trustees

On June 15, the Frenship ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Andrew Cox as the newest school board member. Cox fills the Place 2 vacancy on the board after the resignation of Brandon Autrey earlier this month.

Buckner Family Hope Goes Virtual for Summer 2020 Classes and Events

The summer 2020 schedule for free classes and events at the Buckner Family Hope Center of Lubbock is now available. The Family Hope Center will teach three virtual classes beginning June 16.

Texas Tech announces plans to return to campus in the fall

Officials with Texas Tech University announced their plans to return to campus in the Fall of 2020. TTU outlined its Texas Tech Commitment initiative, detailing procedures to ensure a safe return to campus for students.

Lubbock-Cooper ISD appoints new principal of Lubbock-Cooper High School

Lubbock-Cooper ISD has appointed Landon Winton as the new principal of Lubbock-Cooper High School, according to a news release sent Monday morning.

  Lubbock ISD plans modest cuts ahead of budget deadlines

The COVID-19 CARES Act has created a windfall of relief funds for school districts across the state, but officials with the the Lubbock Independent School District say they do not know how much of that money they will see.

Texas Tech cancels all Summer Camps

In accordance to Big 12 policies on COVID-19, Texas Tech Athletics has canceled all youth summer camps for all sports as well as the Matt Wells Women’s Football Clinic and Gridiron Camp.

Frenship High School teacher named Texas PTA Secondary Teacher of the Year

Frenship ISD Teacher Dana Vinson has been selected as the Texas PTA Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Students applying for Fall 2021 admission not required to submit ACT, SAT scores

The Texas Tech University Board of Regents approved a policy in May allowing students to apply for admission for the Fall 2021 semester with the option to apply without consideration of ACT or SAT scores.

TTU Student Rec Center reopening Monday morning

"We are pleased to announce the Student Recreation Center will re-open at 6 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2020."

Meadow ISD goes to 4-day school week for 2020-21 school year

During the regular school board meeting on Tuesday, the Meadow ISD Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the 2020-21 school calendar, which includes a four-day school week for students.

SPC, Wayland receive Texas Emergency Aid Grant for students

An emergency aid grant through multiple Texas state education agencies has been awarded to South Plains College, Wayland Baptist University and 55 other two-and-four year colleges.

  Lubbock ISD surprises Teacher of the Year winners

Cheyenne McBrayer and Jenny Rosetta were surprised at their homes with the news of their selection as the 2020 Lubbock ISD Teachers of the Year.

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

The Texas Education Agency is proposing a change to intersessional calendars to help school districts cope with possible future outbreaks of COVID-19, but LISD Superintendent Kathy Rollo says the process has a long way to go.

Lori Rice-Spearman named finalist for HSC president

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents met during its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday morning to discuss, among other topics, the impact COVID-19 has had on its facilities.

Texas Tech football program ranked 10th in community service hours

Texas Tech ranked 10th nationally and third among power-five football programs in community service hours logged, according to a recent survey of 60 athletics departments who utilize the Helper Helper app.

  Some SPC graduates receiving associate’s degrees before graduating high school

Miranda Nale is a high school senior at Whitharral ISD, but last Friday, she graduated with her Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from South Plains College (SPC), two weeks before she’s set to graduate from high school.

SPC opens Monday with restrictions

Administrative office on the South Plains College campus in Levelland will open at 8 a.m. Monday.

LISD, Lubbock-Cooper, Frenship announce outdoor graduation plans

Immediately following Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement that outdoor graduations would be allowed on or after June 1, Frenship ISD, Lubbock-Cooper ISD and Lubbock ISD posted announcements regarding their plans for graduation.

Wayland Baptist to open campus this fall

Wayland Baptist University in Plainview is the latest area higher education institution to announce it will return to face-to-face instruction in the coming fall semester.

South Plains College plans for fall re-open

Face-to-face instruction will resume at South Plains College in Levelland in the fall.

WTAMU making plans to continue on-campus classes, operations this fall

A news release said WTAMU Chancellor John Sharp told university officials to start making plans on how to resume operations safely for students, faculty and staff.

Lubbock Christian University to resume face-to-face instruction for Fall 2020

Lubbock Christian University announced today that the university will safely resume face-to-face academic instruction and residential life for the fall 2020 semester.