Reflecting America: What to know about the 2020 census

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Here is what you need to know about why the census is important and how it affects local communities. (Graphic by Kelly Schafler)

Here is what you need to know about why the census is important and how it affects local communities. (Graphic by Kelly Schafler)



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Highland Village announced the continued delay of a community build for Kids Kastle until sometime in 2021. (Brian Pardue/Community Impact Newspaper)
Highland Village delays community build for Kids Kastle until 2021

The community build for Highland Village's Kids Kastle is delayed once again due to the coronavirus pandemic, this time until 2021.

According to the Denton County Elections Office, 13,394 county residents cast ballots in the first week early voting from June 29-July 5. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
DATA: More than 13,000 Denton County residents cast ballots in first week of early voting

Although the deadlines to register to vote in this election and to apply for an absentee ballot have passed, Denton County residents can cast ballots at any early voting center through July 10.

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce will host its State of the City panel discussion online July 14. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco chamber to host State of the City, Crayola Experience reopens in Plano: Business, community news from DFW

Read the latest Community Impact Newspaper coverage of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

In compliance with Gov. Greg Abbott's July 2 executive order, the University Interscholastic League is requiring the use of facial coverings when practical to do so for all summer activity participants, among other guidelines. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
UIL releases guidelines for conducting summer activities during COVID-19 pandemic

The University Interscholastic League released udpated guidelines for schools conducting summer activities such as sports training and marching band practices on July 8.

Homes in the $300,000-$500,000 range have sold especially well recently, according to local realtors. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Housing market in Denton County remains active despite pandemic

Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village fared better than the state, with average home sales closer to 20% lower in May 2020 than in May the year prior.

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Lewisville ISD shares plans for in-person and virtual learning for 2020-21 school year

Additional information and signups for the in-person or virtual learning option will be available to parents beginning July 15.

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2020 census: Bureau prepares nonresponse follow-up field operations

For individuals who have not responded to the 2020 census, one of about 500,000 census takers will visit the their household between Aug. 11-Oct. 31.

The following map shows UT Dallas student enrollment by country or origin. (Courtesy UT Dallas)
Federal order means thousands of UT Dallas exchange students must return to in-person learning this fall

International students are limited in the number of online classes they can take outside of a pandemic, but those restrictions were relaxed earlier this year when COVID-19 forced many universities to shut down.

Emler Swim School's Emler@Home curriculum features instructional videos for teaching children how to swim at home or in a local pool. (Courtesy Emler Swim School)
Emler Swim School offering online curriculum for children 10 and under

The program offers parents instructional videos for teaching children how to swim at home or in a local pool.

Lewisville's local disaster declaration has been extended until July 20 following a vote by council members July 6. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Disaster declaration, utilities protection extended in Lewisville

At the same meeting, council members also approved payment plans for the extension of utility services following the expiration of the declaration.

The Texas Education Agency released guidelines about on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Education Agency issues guidelines for 2020-21 school year

The guidelines address on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions that should be enforced at Texas schools this year.

Roughly 350 people marched June 2 from Lewisville High School to Wayne Ferguson Plaza in downtown Lewisville. (Courtesy DaShantanaya Lee/Photo by Adonis Carcamo of Pombomb Media)
Activists continue the dialogue on police reform in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village

Here in the suburbs, protests have mostly run their course, and what comes next will be key, some local protest organizers said.