Districts to offer some in-person classes and more: Most popular news from Central Texas this week

The Texas Education Agency, the headquarters for which are located in the William B. Travis building in downtown Austin, issued updated guidance to school districts around the state June 23. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
The Texas Education Agency, the headquarters for which are located in the William B. Travis building in downtown Austin, issued updated guidance to school districts around the state June 23. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The Texas Education Agency, the headquarters for which are located in the William B. Travis building in downtown Austin, issued updated guidance to school districts around the state June 23. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Read the most popular new from this week from Central Texas.

TEA: Districts must offer some in-person classes for 2020-21 school year

After Gov. Greg Abbott told state lawmakers June 18 that students would be returning to Texas public schools in the fall, guidelines released by the Texas Education Agency June 23 fell in line with the governor's comments, mandating school districts offer some form of on-campus instruction during the 2020-21 school year.

New Braunfels and Comal County officials acknowledge surge in COVID-19 cases; neighboring counties take action

The recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Comal County—249.5% between June 1 and June 20—elicited responses from the mayor of New Braunfels and the director of public health for Comal County.



Georgetown City Council sets trigger point for mask mandate

Most Georgetown City Council members said they were not in favor of the city requiring businesses to enforce patrons wearing a mask, but they did set a trigger point that, if met, would mandate businesses to require masks.

Williamson County judge: ‘Common sense’ means wearing masks, but will not require businesses to enforce

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said he deems wearing a mask and social distancing as “common sense.”

GALLERY: More than 150 people march in Black Lives Matter protest on Juneteenth in Cedar Park

In Cedar Park, more than 150 people gathered June 19 to march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and against systemic racism and police brutality.

Jack Flagler, Warren Brown, Ali Linan and Taylor Girtman contributed to this report.