Leander ISD 'highly recommends' masks; tax-free weekend tips and more Austin-area news

Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents, and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents, and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents, and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Read the latest business and education news from the Central Texas area.

Leander ISD

Leander ISD 'highly recommends' masks for students, staff

Leander ISD “highly recommends” students, staff and families wear masks to school to prevent further coronavirus spread, according to new district guidance. Students will return to school in two weeks Aug. 12.

Round Rock



Aspire Vision Care relocates to Smyers Ln. in Round Rock

Services offered at this location include vision therapy, myopia control and comprehensive eye exams.

Allstate Insurance agent Robert Elander relocating office Aug. 30

Robert Elander: Allstate Insurance is relocating from the current office at 1205 Round Rock Ave., Ste. 117, to 600 Round Rock West Drive, Ste. 401, effective Aug. 30.

Northwest Austin

New Mexican seafood spot El Coco Pirata now open in Northwest Austin

El Coco Pirata serves classic Sinaloan seafood dishes alongside sushi, cold seafood dishes and signature cocktails in a vibrant restaurant experience with mariachi bands and other live music.

New Braunfels

New Braunfels ISD to return to 100% in-person instruction for 2021-22 school year

New Braunfels ISD staff announced on July 28 that the district will return to 100% in-person learning on Aug. 23.

What to know before the statewide tax-free weekend Aug. 6-8

Texas’ sales tax-free holiday will span Aug. 6-8. For three days, customers will not have to pay the standard 8.25% sales tax on select clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100, among other items needed for the coming school year.

Taylor Girtman, Emily Jaroszewki, Brooke Sjoberg, Iain Oldman and Lauren Canterberry contributed to this report.






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