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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Photo of boarded-up Sixth Street bars
With COVID-19 projections 'bleak' through Thanksgiving, Travis County keeps bars closed

Statistical models from the University of Texas show a 92% chance the pandemic is worsening, but the increase in cases and hospitalizations have leveled off in the last few days.

Movemint Bike Cab owner David Knipp said the loss of the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals during the spring festival season led to a 50% decline in revenue.  (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
'I just need to pay the rent:' Austin small businesses in survival mode are doing everything in their power to outlast the pandemic

From selling inventory to flipping their business models to changing a yoga studio into a coworking space, small business owners are trying to avoid adding their names to the growing list of locally owned Austin institutions that have shut down.

Customers can order Goodstock Angus and Goodstock Black Label beef, including ribeye steaks, strip steaks, filets and ground chuck. (Courtesy Nolan Ryan brands)
Nolan Ryan expands Round Rock-based butcher business and more Central Texas news

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Corridor projects along South Lamar Boulevard, Burnet Road will break ground by early 2021

Two corridor roadway projects approved in the city of Austin’s 2016 Mobility Bond are moving forward after recently receiving environmental clearances.

An "I Voted" sticker is left outside the Northwest Recreation Center in Austin, one of 37 early voting polling places open in Travis County. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than half of all Travis County voters have cast their ballots, exceeding early voting turnout percentage in 2016

More than 448,000 votes have been cast in Travis County. Early voting closes on Oct. 30.

Austin ISD trustees met Oct. 26, discussing in-person learning during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Twice as many Austin elementary students have returned to campus compared to first day of in-person instruction, district says

Austin ISD will open its campuses to accommodate all students who request in-person instruction beginning Nov. 2.

Capital Metro released new renderings Oct. 26 of its proposed Project Connect expansion, which voters will decide Nov. 3. This rendering shows a Blue Line light rail train at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Rendering courtesy Capital Metro)
In final week of early voting, here is what Austin residents should know about Project Connect

The proposition appears as a 237-word block of text near the end of the ballot but boils down to a simple question: Are voters for or against a significant expansion of local public transportation, paid for in part with property tax funds?

East West Manufacturing will retain 30 jobs and create an additional 30 new jobs for a total of 60 full-time jobs in Round Rock over five years, according to an economic incentive agreement signed Oct. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Round Rock to add 60 jobs and more Central Texas news

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Gati, a new coconut milk ice cream shop run by Thai Fresh owner Jam Santichat, is now open in East Austin. (Courtesy Jam Santichat)
New Hopdoddy location, coconut milk ice cream and more East Austin business news

Several new businesses have opened in or are on their way to Central-East Austin.

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Austin FC partners with Special Olympics Texas to field MLS Unified team

As Major League Soccer franchise Austin FC starts play in its upcoming season, the team will help to field a squad made up of Special Olympics Texas athletes for a series of matches.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirms 2021 opening for Travis County gigafactory

Musk said construction is moving apace at the new electric auto factory east of Austin.