Austin ISD plans for upcoming school year and more: Popular stories from Central Texas this week

Superintendent Paul Cruz said June 1 that Austin ISD has formed a task force to develop options to educate using a blended approach with virtual and in-person classes. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Superintendent Paul Cruz said June 1 that Austin ISD has formed a task force to develop options to educate using a blended approach with virtual and in-person classes. (Courtesy Austin ISD)

Superintendent Paul Cruz said June 1 that Austin ISD has formed a task force to develop options to educate using a blended approach with virtual and in-person classes. (Courtesy Austin ISD)

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Austin ISD planning for blended teaching approach for school year beginning Aug. 18

From June 8-13, Austin ISD will be hosting virtual “communication circles” with teachers, staff and district families to gather feedback about options to hold classes for the 2020-21 school year.

Round Rock reporting significantly more coronavirus cases than other Williamson County cities—here's why

Deb Strahler, WCCHD marketing and community engagement director, said because Round Rock has the highest population of any city in the county, statistically speaking the most cases will be there.



FIRST LOOK: Nolan Ryan to open Round Rock butcher shop

Long before a 27-year career as a Major League Baseball pitcher, Nolan Ryan dreamed of becoming a rancher.

Leander ISD online survey seeks feedback from families regarding August reopening

Leander ISD is holding an online survey so LISD stakeholders may “share ideas, concerns, and thoughts regarding our starting school” Aug. 13.

DATA: Parents, students, staff share feedback on Round Rock ISD online learning

To gauge the perceived effectiveness of online learning initiatives amid the coronavirus pandemic, Round Rock ISD sought input from parents, students and staff via a survey administered between May 15-22.

Cathy Malerba, RRISD's executive director of assessment and evaluation, presented the survey findings to the board of trustees May 28.

Nicholas Cicale, Kelsey Thompson, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Ali Linan and Brian Perdue contributed to this report.



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Travis County sees 572 new coronavirus cases

Meanwhile, Austin Public Health staff are readying the Austin Convention Center as a field hospital.

The Austin Convention Center will be ready to begin operations as a field hospital and start accepting patients July 21, according to Dr. Jason Pickett, the Austin-Travis County alternate health authority. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Convention Center will be ready July 21 to accept patients, even as COVID-19 hospitalization numbers offer 'glimmer of hope'

The daily hospitalization rate of COVID-19 patients has leveled off, but public health officials said it is too early to say whether the plateau will continue or if hospitalization rates will continue the upward trajectory they were on in June and early July.

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Gov. Abbott: Texas Education Agency to extend online learning option for school districts in 2020-21 school year

Texas school districts may be able to continue online learning for longer than three weeks, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.

Walmart and Sam's Club leaders announced in a press release July 15 all stores nationwide will require shoppers to wear a face covering beginning July 20. (Courtesy Walmart)
UPDATED: Kroger joins Walmart, Sam's Club in requiring face coverings in all stores

Additionally, all Walmart stores will have a single entrance beginning July 20.

Maintenance work on the Redbud Trail Bridge will commence July 20. (Map rendering courtesy Austin Public Works)
Redbud Trail Bridge maintenance to cause lane closures starting July 20

A release from Austin Public Works states routine maintenance of the Redbud Trail Bridge over Lady Bird Lake will cause lane closures beginning July 20.

Dart Bowl will close for good July 17. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Longtime Brentwood bowling alley Dart Bowl closes after 62 years

The owners said the economic impact of the pandemic was too much to overcome.

Travis County primary runoff election results: Delia Garza, José Garza, Ann Howard and Dimple Malhotra earn runoff victories

José Garza will advance to November's general election after his victory over incumbent Margaret Moore. As of 10:45 p.m. on July 14, Garza had more than 68% of the vote.

Candidate Mike Siegel declared victory over opponent Pritesh Gandhi during a Zoom call with media July 14. (Screenshot via Zoom)
ELECTION RESULTS: Siegel declares victory, will face Republican incumbent Michael McCaul in November

Candidate Mike Siegel declared victory over opponent Pritesh Gandhi during a Zoom call with media July 14.

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Travis County cases are plateauing around 500 daily, Austin's top doctor says

Stage 5 risk is still likely to come, Dr. Mark Escott said, due to strained ICU capacity.

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Senate District 14 election unofficial final results: Sarah Eckhardt, Eddie Rodriguez heading to a runoff

The winner of the special election for Texas Senate District 14 will serve out the term of former state Sen. Kirk Watson through 2022.

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José Garza wins Travis County district attorney primary runoff with 68% of the vote

Read here to see the returns on the 2020 Democratic primary runoff contest for Travis County district attorney.