ROUNDUP: South Houston education news

Although high school proms have been postponed, Katy ISD graduations are still set for May. (Courtesy Pexels)
Although high school proms have been postponed, Katy ISD graduations are still set for May. (Courtesy Pexels)

Although high school proms have been postponed, Katy ISD graduations are still set for May. (Courtesy Pexels)

Read the latest education news in South Houston in the wake of the coronavirus.

Katy ISD announces proms postponed to June, May graduation ceremonies on schedule

High School proms at Katy ISD have been rescheduled for June 10-18 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according an April 8 update from the district.

UPDATE: Clear Creek ISD leaders discuss spring 2020 pass-fail grading system via livestream

During an April 8 livestream event, Clear Creek ISD leaders answered questions from parents and provided more details on the grading policy changes. The revisions are student-centered and learning-focused, officials said during the livestream.



Houston ISD expected to finalize new grading policy in coming days

Like every other district in the state, Houston ISD has been navigating how to adapt its grading practices after shifting the entire district to at-home learning, and officials said the district is close to finalizing a policy.

GALLERY: Katy ISD serves more than 250K free meals to children over 3 weeks

Katy ISD has served about 259,685 free meals to children between March 16-April 3, according to data from the district.

Fort Bend ISD hosts parent training sessions as teacher-facilitated instruction gets underway

Jen Para, Colleen Ferguson, Claire Shoop and Matt Dulin contributed to this report.


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Harris County taps Isabel Longoria as final candidate for first-ever elections administrator

The position will overtake election duties from the county clerk and the tax-assessor collector.

UTMB Chief Medical Officer Gulshan Sharma—who is also a Clear Creek ISD parent—joined several district leaders in an Oct. 27 livestream event concerning COVID-19. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD officials, UTMB chief medical officer discuss district’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts

As of midday Oct. 30, a total of 47 COVID-19 cases are considered active in CCISD, the highest number to date during the 2020-21 school year.

Several named storms have brought heavy rainfall to the Houston area during the 2020 hurricane season amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
In the midst of 2020’s economic downturn, Harris County continues to consider social vulnerability when prioritizing flood mitigation projects

Zoning expert and law professor Sara Bronin explained how marginalized populations can find themselves in a “vicious cycle” when government agencies do not take steps to protect them from flooding.

Voters line up outside Juergen's Hall Community Center in Cypress on Oct. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County exceeds its previous voter turnout record before early voting ends

More than 1.3 million county residents cast ballots throughout the entire November 2016 election, but this year, that number was surpassed on Oct. 29—with one day of early voting remaining in addition to Election Day on Nov. 3.

Early voting runs through Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Double-edged sword: As voter turnout reaches all-time highs in Greater Houston area, so does risk of incomplete ballots

Under-votes, or votes that are never cast in a particular race, occur when voters cast incomplete ballots. They typically surge in elections with high voter turnout, said Steve Leakey, president of the Montgomery County Voter Awareness Council.

Freese and Nichols on Oct. 28 shared potential projects to alleviate flooding regionally in the Dickinson Bayou Watershed. (Courtesy Freese and Nichols)
Consultants share possible regional flood solution concepts for Dickinson Bayou

On Oct. 28, officials shared the first potential conceptual projects that could mitigate drainage in the region.

Less than a week ahead of the Nov. 3 Election Day, Cihan Varol, an associate professor with Sam Houston State University's Cyber Forensics Intelligence Center, shared insight on foreign election hacking and what it means for voters. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Sam Houston State University cyber forensics intelligence expert talks foreign election hacking ahead of Nov. 3

"There is a very slim chance that the hackers can change vote count, but they can definitely influence people to believe that they did manipulate it," Cihan Varol said. "If election fraud is going to happen, it'll be because of disinformation."

The North Houston Highway Improvement Project proposed rerouting I-45 through the East End and Fifth Ward, leaving the Pierce Elevated abandoned. (Nathan Colbert/Community Impact Newspaper)
Public comment period extended on I-45 Environmental Report

The deadline was changed by state officials at activists' and local officials' request.

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Houston approves $11.5 million in CARES Act spending

The funding was allocated toward everything from garbage bin to water testing plans.

Mission Control opened in 1965 at the Johnson Space Center and quickly became world famous as NASA managed its Gemini and Apollo space flights from the facility, including the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that took men to the moon. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Architects behind restoration of Apollo Mission Control to speak at Nov. 10 Zoom event

The restoration was completed in July 2019, in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Face coverings are not required for those entering polling places in Texas during the general election. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATED: U.S. appeals court pauses decision voiding face covering exemption at polling places

The court temporarily stayed a district judge's decision to void an exemption to Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide face covering order concerning polling places.