5 recent education stories from the Austin area readers should know

An additional Chromebook distribution day can be added next week, if needed. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)
An additional Chromebook distribution day can be added next week, if needed. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)

An additional Chromebook distribution day can be added next week, if needed. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)

Read updates on how local school districts and colleges are reacting in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

San Marcos CISD and Hays CISD extend school closure through May 4

San Marcos CISD and Hays CISD extended the suspension of normal school operations until at least May 4, following Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that all schools in the state stay closed through that date.

Round Rock ISD cancels April 3 Chromebook distribution due to weather

Round Rock ISD has canceled its April 3 Chromebook distribution services due to inclement weather, the district announced in an April 2 news release.



Leander ISD releases laptop distribution schedule for elementary students

Leander ISD will begin distributing Chromebook laptops to elementary school students over three days beginning April 7, according to a news release.

'I definitely was disappointed': Southwestern University students reflect on a year cut short

For a year and half, Southwestern University senior and theater major Clayton Brooks had been planning for his senior capstone production of “Stupid F##king Bird."

Austin Community College offers students pass or no-pass options for shortened semester

Austin Community College will offer students a pass or no-pass option for spring semester classes in response to the impact coronavirus has had on classes, the community college announced April 1.

Evelin Garcia, Kelsey Thompson, Brian Perdue, Ali Linan and Iain Oldman contributed to this report.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations also increased to 97 in the Austin metro. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
88 new coronavirus cases in Travis County on June 1 set single-day high

COVID-19 hospitalizations also increased to 97 in the Austin metro.

Richard Rhodes, the president and CEO of Austin Community College, said June 1 that the district is prioritizing the hiring of a new chief equity, diversity and inclusion officer. (Courtesy Austin Community College)
Austin Community College prioritizing hiring equity officer despite ongoing hiring freeze

The district brought up the hiring during a discussion about protests and demonstrations that have taken place over the past weekend.

Businesses shuttering their doors due to coronavirus restrictions lowered the sales tax revenue collected by cities in May compared to May 2019. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas comptroller reports 13.2% year-over-year state sales tax revenue drop in May

Tax collection revenue fell significantly in several sectors from May 2019 to May 2020, according to the comptroller's office.

A handmade banner is displayed outside a Round Rock home, referencing some of the final words of George Floyd. Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed in Minneapolis by then-Officer Derek Chauvin on May 25. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
‘Our diversity is a strength’: Round Rock, Pflugerville leaders urge unity, justice for George Floyd

In the week since George Floyd's death, protests have erupted across the country—as well as locally in downtown Austin—with participants condemning police brutality and targeted police violence toward black residents.

Williamson County reported 34 additional cases between May 30 and June 1. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)
OVER THE WEEKEND: 34 new cases of coronavirus, additional death reported in Williamson County

Currently, 10 patients are hospitalized, and four are in intensive care, per the report.

Demonstrators gathered at the Texas Capitol on May 31 to protest police brutality. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas officials respond to demonstrations, unrest in wake of George Floyd killing

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state of disaster in Texas on May 31, while various city officials and law enforcment responded to protests and violence over the weekend.

A group of 16 mayors from municipalities within Travis County have signed a letter to County Judge Sam Biscoe requesting a per capita approach to the issue of COVID-19 relief funding. (Screenshot courtesy Kara King)
Group of 16 Travis County mayors signs letter requesting $23M in county COVID-19 relief funds

City leaders in Travis County, from Bee Cave to manor, have signed a letter to County Judge Sam Biscoe requesting more than $23 million in federal coronavirus relief funds be released to 21 municipalities as soon as possible.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the Texas Capitol on Sunday, May 31, to protest police brutality. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell speaks on George Floyd, Austin protests

“I think like everyone else, I was horrified [by Floyd’s] death," Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said.

There have been 1,168 coronavirus recoveries in the county since mid-March, and active cases in Travis County are estimate at 2,011. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Weekend update: Austin metro coronavirus hospitalizations drop to lowest level since April 28

There have been 1,168 coronavirus recoveries in the county since mid-March, and active cases in Travis County are estimate at 2,011.

Candidates in the Senate District 14 special election responded to Community Impact Newspaper's questions about their campaigns to fill the vacant seat in the Texas Senate. (Design by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Senate District 14 candidates discuss the issues ahead of July 14 election

There are six candidates running in the special election to fill the seat of former Sen. Kirk Watson through 2022.

Travis County judge pushes back against attorney general's reprimand of stay-at-home order

Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe responded to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's warning that county coronavirus orders conflicted with the state's.