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Paulding Co. student arrested after gun threat

Paulding Co. student arrested after gun threat

DALLAS, Ga. -- Students at Paulding County High School returned from fall break Monday to a heightened police presence.

Sunday night, police were investigating an anonymous threat made by a student threatening to bring a gun to school and shoot people. The Paulding County Sheriff's Department updated parents through their official Facebook page.

Hours later, the Sheriff's Department announced a student at the school had been arrested. The unnamed male juvenile is charged with Terroristic Threats, Disruption of a Public School, and Unruly Juvenile. The Sheriff's Office reports their investigation continues.

Paulding County holds active shooter drill

Paulding County holds active shooter drill

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Paulding County School District held a major safety drill Monday.

The drill was hosted to help local law enforcement agencies and school officials determine how they would handle a real-life emergency.

Staff members and 72 students from North Paulding High School participated, acting out a school shooting. Officials from EMS, the fire department and WellStar Kennestone Hospital responded to the school, just as they would if an actual shooting took place.

Participating agencies include the Paulding County Sheriff's Department, Paulding County Fire, Paulding County EMA, Dallas Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, Metro Ambulance, WellStar Paulding Hospital and Floyd County EMA.

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

(WXIA) -- Thousands of Georgia students return to the classroom this week, and many of them meet the requirements for free and reduced-price meals during the school day.

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"It is important to provide our students with healthy, nutritious meals to help improve their chances of success and increase their learning opportunities," Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Director Nancy Rice said in a statement. "Research indicates that eating habits affect learning. We want to ensure all our children are well nourished and ready to learn."

Families that qualify for free and reduced-price lunch will get applications from their children's schools.

Students can receive the meals if:

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

8th grade CRCT results: Paulding County

8th grade CRCT results: Paulding County

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education released school-level CRCT results for the 2013-14 school year Tuesday morning.

See how Paulding County's 8th graders fared on the test, which will be replaced by Georgia Milestones next year. The numbers indicate the percentage of students who met or exceeded standards in each area.

Austin MS
* Reading: 98
* English Language Arts: 96.3
* Math: 90.3
* Science: 77.6
* Social Studies: 85.6

Dobbins MS
* Reading: 97.1
* English Language Arts: 93.8
* Math: 88.6
* Science: 79.1
* Social Studies: 83.7

East Paulding MS
* Reading: 97.7
* English Language Arts: 94.2
* Math: 89.6
* Science: 74
* Social Studies: 70.2