ROUNDUP: Schools adapt to long-term closure and other Houston education news

Houston ISD is distributing food at 25 sites the week of April 20. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston ISD is distributing food at 25 sites the week of April 20. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Houston ISD is distributing food at 25 sites the week of April 20. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here are some of the latest developments from school districts in the Houston area.

Houston ISD updates food distribution sites for April 20-25

Houston ISD is distributing food to families at various schools this week.

Katy ISD announces school closures for remainder of 2019-20 school year after Gov. Greg Abbott’s order

Katy ISD will continue online classes and meal distribution for the rest of the school year following Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order April 17 to keep schools closed.

Fort Bend ISD will continue online learning for rest of school year; graduation postponed to July

Fort Bend ISD pre-empted Abbott’s order, announcing its schools will remain closed April 14.

Schools adapt as COVID-19 causes long-term closures

As schools adjust to offering classes online, Pearland, Alvin and Friendswood ISDs are supporting their students by maintaining open communication and providing technology and other resources.

Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Charles Dupre participates in countywide education town hall

The superintendents of Fort Bend ISD, Lamar CISD, Stafford MSD and Needville ISD spoke with Fort Bend County Judge KP George in a virtual town hall on the state of public education during the coronavirus outbreak.

Matt Dulin, Jen Para, Claire Shoop and Morgan Slutzky contributed to this report.



Clear Creek ISD officials said recounting election votes will be a first for the district. (Courtesy Unsplash)
Clear Creek ISD to recount votes from District 5 race

Unofficial results show incumbent Jay Cunningham won re-election with 1,406 of the votes. His opponents, Christine Parizo and Keith Esthay, earned 841 and 10 votes, respectively.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

The deadline is May 17 for residents to protest their appraised property values set by the Harris County Appraisal District earlier this year, and officials are encouraging protesters to take online options into account. (Courtesy Pexels)
Harris County residents have until May 17 to protest property values

High demand for residential properties along with a shrinking inventory of homes translated into a roughly 8%-10% increase in residential values on average across the county this year

ExxonMobil moved employees from its Springwoods Village campus to a Hughes Landing to cure a default on a Montgomery County tax abatement. (Courtesy ExxonMobil)
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College of the Mainland officials unveiled the new buildings at the end of April. (Courtesy College of the Mainland)
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The University of St. Thomas is a private Catholic college in Houston. It also has a microcampus in downtown Conroe. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
University of St. Thomas offering free tuition to first 500 students who apply

The online degrees are in the following fields: cybersecurity, network technology, electronic technology, general business, and alcohol and drug dependency counseling.

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Appeals court rules in favor Houston firefighters in collective bargaining case

The 14th Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the fire union in a case that originated when the city and the union failed to reach an agreement on a labor contract in 2017.

The Texas Department of State Health Services projects a significant shortage of nurses by 2032. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Why Texas faces a growing nursing shortage and what can be done to address it

In 2018, the state health department estimated about 11% of the demand for nurses was not able to be met, and that number is expected to rise to 16.3% by 2032.

Legacy Community Health is bringing COVID-19 vaccines to historically underserved communities across Beaumont and Houston. (Courtesy Pexels)
Legacy Community Health vaccine rollout targets underserved communities in Houston, Beaumont

The health network is partnering with other entities, including Beaumont Independent School District.