ROUNDUP: Round Rock ISD caps and gowns pickups, graduations and more

Round Rock ISD's commencement walks will be held at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex from May 18-23. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)
Round Rock ISD's commencement walks will be held at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex from May 18-23. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)

Round Rock ISD's commencement walks will be held at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex from May 18-23. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)

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Round Rock ISD class of 2020 seniors to receive May in-person commencement walk

Round Rock ISD's class of 2020 seniors will get the opportunity to walk across the stage in an in-person commencement ceremony, the district announced in a news release. The in-person commencement will also be complemented by a virtual graduation ceremony for graduates, which will be released June 5 at 7 p.m.

RRISD's Stony Point High School releases May 4 senior cap and gown pickup times

Graduation is just around the high school for Round Rock ISD's class of 2020. For Stony Point High School seniors, cap and gown pickup services will be held May 4, according to a May 1 email sent to school parents. Per the campus websites, pickup services for Cedar Ridge High School and Round Rock High School are scheduled for May 5 and May 6, respectively.



VIDEO: Round Rock ISD announces class of 2020 valedictorians salutatorians through at-home surprises

While the class of 2020 is completing its senior year online, Round Rock ISD added a personal twist to its valedictorian and salutatorian announcements.

With balloons and commemorative lawn signs in tow, RRISD high school principals stopped by the homes of each valedictorian and salutatorian to deliver the news of their rankings in person. Photos of the students and their loved ones were taken in celebration of their achievements, with well wishes delivered to each recognized.

DATA: Demand for mental health services up 81% for Round Rock ISD students

Students in Round Rock ISD have not stepped foot in a classroom since March 13. As school closures were extended from spring break through the end of the spring semester due to the coronavirus pandemic, RRISD counselors have seen a spike in the number of students reaching out with mental health concerns.

Kelsey Thompson and Taylor Jackson Buchanan contributed to this report.



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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

cars on snowy road
Texas Disaster Declaration opens door to federal aid for losses sustained during winter storms

Individuals and businesses who sustained losses during the winter storm are eligible for federal assistance, according to a Texas Disaster Declaration approved

ERCOT president and chief executive Bill Magness (left) was joined by the electric grid manager's senior director of system operations Dan Woodfin on Feb. 19 for a briefing on the company's emergency operations. (Screenshot via ERCOT livestream)
ERCOT chief: 'We are completely back to normal operations' as of Feb. 19

Officials with the Texas electric grid manager also said they are preparing for state and federal reviews of this week's power outages.

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19. (Courtesy H-E-B)
H-E-B, Central Market limit store hours, product purchases due to severe winter weather

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19.

Gov. Greg Abbott provided updates on the state's emergency response efforts during a Feb. 18 press conference. (Screenshot of April 17 press conference)
Gov. Greg Abbott: Power restored to nearly 2M homes in past day; statewide aid efforts continuing

While power generation has been restored to serve most Texas residents, Abbott said state agencies remain focused on water and food distribution Feb. 18.

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott: Power restoration on the way for 1M households in next 24 hours

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours.

Severe winter weather conditions led to outages throughout the Texas electric system this week. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Something that you could have planned for': How isolated Texas power grid, winter weather left millions without electricity

As of Feb. 17, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it was still working to restore electric service to customers throughout the state.

An Austin Fire Department truck drives down Manor Road on Feb. 15. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texans urged to use caution as carbon monoxide cases increase during power outages

Carbon monoxide poisoning calls have increased as people look for ways to stay warm without power and heat.

Many in Texas are battling power outages amid frigid temperatures. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)
Gov. Greg Abbott calls for investigation of ERCOT, Texas' electric reliability council

As of 1:20 p.m., over 4 million customers were out of power, according to ERCOT.

graph showing power demand out pacing grid capacity
Texas enters second day of blackouts

Although outages were initially intended to last for less than one hour, local grid operators are reporting longer outages.