TWC News Back to School

It's back-to-school season and Spectrum News has what to expect as your students prepare for the 2017-2018 academic year.

CTE: Coaches, doctors weigh in after study finds brain disease in 99% of ex-NFL players
With football season just around the corner, new research links repetitive head trauma, like in football, to a degenerative brain disease. Our Victoria Maranan takes a look at the disease, and what an area high school football coach had to say about the findings. 07/27/2017 05:42 AM


Staying Safe and Healthy Upon Return to School
The American Academy of Pediatrics has some suggestions for how to better prepare students both physically, emotionally and mentally, as they head back into the classroom.Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 03:37 PM CDT
Back to School Tips: Setting Routines Can be a Big Help for Parents, Students
It is back to school time for thousands of students in Central Texas. While it's a bummer that summer fun is almost over, parents are also having their share of stress. Victoria Marana has some advice for parents as they prepare for Back to School.Monday, August 22, 2016 at 07:19 AM CDT
Back to School: Austin Drivers Urged to Pay Attention to School Zones
School starts Monday for many students across the Austin metro area and that means we need to start paying attention to school zones again.Monday, August 22, 2016 at 06:35 AM EDT
Back to School: San Antonio Districts Work to Keep Lunch Free for Students in Need
A healthy breakfast and lunch can make all the difference for students in school, but for many families that isn't financially possible. Thousands of districts across the country are once again participating in the Community Eligibility Provision Program. Our Alese Underwood shows how this free program is helping students in need.Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 09:09 AM CDT
Back to School: Teachers Finding Classroom Materials from Donated Items
Purchasing supplies for a classroom can ring up a hefty bill for teachers. In this age of constant budget cuts, teachers are finding ways to reuse and recycle. Our Alese Underwood shows us how the Spare Parts Fair encourages sustainability and gives teachers a chance to use their imaginations.Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 08:53 AM CDT
Back to School Vaccinations: What You Need to Know
School vaccines aren't fun, but nowadays in most school districts they are a requirement. Most school districts in San Antonio are following the 'no shots, no school' policy.Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 04:55 PM CDT
Back to School: A Little Mental Prep Goes a Long Way
The new school year is quickly approaching and there are several helpful practices parents can get the hang of to make the transition back a little easier. Monday, August 15, 2016 at 07:16 AM CDT
Managing Back-to-School Stress, Anxiety in Children
With school back in session, it can be a time of mixed emotions, from elation to nervousness. John Garcia shows us how parents can help their children deal with stress, and tell the difference between jitters and an anxiety disorder.Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 07:02 AM CDT


MADD Has Back-To-School Message to Returning Texas Students
The organization launched a statewide campaign to talk to parents about the tough issues their kids will face, including the peer pressure to drink.Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 09:28 AM CDT
Minecraft Comes to the Classroom
Minecraft, a game some kids are borderline addicted to at home is now available for schools via Minecraft Education Edition.Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 10:56 AM CDT
No More Homework? Hill Elementary Has a New Approach to Take-Home Assignments
This school year fourth grade teachers at Hill Elementary are experimenting with a different homework system. Instead of more take-home assignments on a regular basis, students have fewer long-term projects to work on at home.Friday, October 7, 2016 at 08:30 AM EDT
Students, Parents Grapple With 'Summer Brain Drain'
Teachers say they face an issue called "summer brain drain" when students return to school. Educators say it's not too late to get your child back into the swing of things.Friday, August 26, 2016 at 02:20 PM CDT
Austin Health Officials Stress Importance of Back to School Vaccines
This is typically the time of year when parents make sure their kids vaccines are up to date for school, but the number of parents who are not doing that may be surprising. According to the City of Austin, there is a yearly increase in the number of parents opting out of immunizing their children.Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 08:21 PM CDT
The Back-to-School Lunchbox Recipe Box
We've gone through our "Cooking at Home" archives to bring you some interesting ideas for healthy, nutritious entrees to pop in your child's lunch for school.Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 01:37 PM CDT
Back-To-School Reading List
Parents' Choice compiled a list of great children's books - all set in school - that will engage the young reader.Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 02:11 PM EDT


  • Pack light. A backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the student’s body weight.
  • Organize the pack. Make use of all compartments and pack heavier items closest to the center of the back.
  • Choose well. Select a pack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
  • Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles and may increase curvature of the spine.


School Bus: School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Even so, kids need to be especially careful around the school bus "danger zone" – 10 feet in front, 10 feet behind, and on each side of the bus. Kids should:

  • Wait five giant steps from the road and when the school bus arrives, wait until the driver says to board.
  • When boarding the school bus, quickly find a seat, sit facing the front and do what the school bus driver says to do.
  • When exiting the bus, look out for cars. When off the bus, take 5 giant steps from the school bus.
  • Look left-right-left to make sure no cars are coming and wait for the driver to signal it's safe to cross.

Walking: Pedestrians 10 years old and younger should be accompanied by an adult or young adult on their way to and from school. Kids should:

  • Walk on the sidewalk and if there is none, walk facing traffic.
  • Not push or shove others when you walk.
  • When crossing the street, look left-right-left for cars. Do not cross if a car is coming and use a crosswalk if available.

Biking: The two best protections when biking to and from school are a properly fitted bicycle helmet and a good grasp of traffic safety rules. Kids should:

  • Always wear a helmet and make sure to buckle the chin strap.
  • Ride along streets with low traffic volume and at lower speeds.
  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic, and stop at all stop signs and signals.
  • Never use headphones or cell phones while riding.

Car: Children should always ride in the back seat. Children in the front seat are 40 percent more likely to be injured in crashes.

One last tip: whether walking, biking or driving, stay completely focused on the road and put your cell phone away.