5 Austin-area coronavirus-related education stories to know

Beginning April 6, Lake Travis ISD will offer a list of remote electives for students. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Beginning April 6, Lake Travis ISD will offer a list of remote electives for students. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Beginning April 6, Lake Travis ISD will offer a list of remote electives for students. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Readers might have missed these five recent education-related stories from the Austin area.

Dripping Springs ISD extends registration period for kindergarten and pre-K students

Dripping Springs ISD has extended its deadline to register kindergarten and pre-K students for the upcoming school year to May 1 in response to altered operations due to COVID-19.

Austin ISD approves new grading policy for coronavirus-impacted spring semester

Austin ISD will switch to a “pass or incomplete” grading policy for classes during its current spring semester instead of a traditional A-F grading scale.



Round Rock ISD employee who worked curbside meal distribution tests positive for COVID-19

A Round Rock ISD employee who prepared and distributed curbside meals at Anderson Mill Elementary School in Northwest Austin has tested positive for COVID-19, the district announced April 6.

Lake Travis ISD set to offer electives through its remote learning platform

Lake Travis ISD launched its remote learning platform March 26 following school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite district closures remote services continue for students with disabilities at Eanes ISD

With no clear end to the district’s closure, Eanes ISD staff continues to serve its students through a remote learning platform, including students who fall under the special education department.

Amy Rae Dadamo, Iain Oldman, Olivia Aldridge and Nicholas Cicale contributed to this report.



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Education Austin President Ken Zarifis hosted an online press conference with Austin ISD teachers July 8. (Screenshot courtesy Education Austin)
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Capital Metro celebrated its 35th anniversary serving the Austin area July 1. (Courtesy Capital Metro)
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A new art installation called Parkspace was installed in Austin parks before the Fourth of July weekend. (Courtesy Jen Konrad)
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Cultivate is a new company from brothers Nathan and Luke Heath that helps local residents get started with an at-home garden. (Courtesy Cultivate)
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Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority, said in a July 8 news conference that officials are "desperately trying to avoid" both overcrowding hospitals and shutting down the economy with another shelter-in-place order. (Courtesy ATXN)
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Stage 5 is not triggered by an exact number but could be triggered anywhere above 70 hospitalizations per day over the past seven days, depending on the recent rate of the increase. (Courtesy Travis County)
With 74.8 new hospitalizations per day over past week, Travis County could move into coronavirus risk Stage 5

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A screen capture of a virtual meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court, feauring Gerald Daugherty and Sam Biscooe sitting in the courtroom
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The Texas Education Agency released guidelines about on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Education Agency issues guidelines for 2020-21 school year

The guidelines address on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions that should be enforced at Texas schools this year.