Cy-Fair ISD to delay school year start, League City to give CARES Act funds: Most popular news from Houston

Students respond to health screenings during strength and conditioning camps in June. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Students respond to health screenings during strength and conditioning camps in June. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

Students respond to health screenings during strength and conditioning camps in June. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

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Cy-Fair ISD announces plans to delay start of 2020-21 school year

During Cy-Fair ISD’s second special-called meeting of the month on July 21, the board unanimously voted to postpone the start of the 2020-21 school year from Aug. 24 to Sept. 8.

New Caney ISD delays in-person classes until at least Sept. 8

All New Caney ISD students will start off the 2020-21 school year virtually amid uncertainty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to district officials. Teachers are still expected to return to campus on Aug. 3.



Harris County judge, health director: Local schools should not open for in-person classes before October

Due to the pervasiveness of the coronavirus pandemic in Harris County, local schools should start the year off virtually, said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health, in a letter to school district superintendents July 20.

League City City Council reverses course, votes to give Galveston County CARES Act money

League City City Council on July 21 reversed a vote made July 14, resulting in League City agreeing to give up to 18% of its CARES Act funding to Galveston County for COVID-19 funding.

Kitchen 1488, a new Louisiana-inspired eatery, plans for August opening

Kitchen 1488, a new restaurant inspired by Louisiana comfort food, is planning a summer opening on FM 1488 north of The Woodlands.

Danica Lloyd, Kelly Schafler, Jake Magee and Ben Thompson contributed to this report.


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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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A total of 14,465 county residents have tested positive for the coronavirus since mid-March; of the total cases, 89% are considered to have recovered.A total of 14,465 county residents have tested positive for the coronavirus since mid-March; of the total cases, 89% are considered to have recovered.

Dozens of clinics throughout the county offer COVID-19 testing services. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Heading into Thanksgiving, Texas Medical Center continues to report uptick in hospitalizations

The total number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Texas Medical Center facilities has increased by more than 50% over two weeks.

The Harris County Justice Administration Department is working to release final reports and launch pilot programs in early 2021. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Justice Administration Department makes headway on countywide criminal justice studies

The department is working to release the final versions of several studies and launch pilot programs with local law enforcement groups in early 2021.

Adelaide's sells items from local brands whenever possible, such as kits from The Heights-based My Drink Bomb. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Adelaide's Boutique stores strive to be ‘first-stop’ shops for gifts

The Adelaide’s Boutique locations—14870 Space Center Blvd., Houston, and 6011 W. Main St., League City—are meant to serve as customers’ destinations for clothes, shoes, accessories, gifts and other boutique items, many of which are locally sourced.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

"Remember, we don't want to invite COVID-19 to the dinner table," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a Nov. 23 press conference urging caution amid rising COVID-19 positivity rates. (Screenshot via ABC13)
Mayor Sylvester Turner urges caution heading into Thanksgiving holiday

Houston officials also said 333 health providers had been identified as future vaccine delivery sites.

With remote learning opportunities becoming increasingly prevalent, CCISD is reviewing its flexible learning options—such as Cyber Cafe and the Clear Connections program—and examining current TEA guidelines to determine if changes are needed to any of these programs and policies. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD updates: District adding new 2021-22 secondary courses, improving educational experiences

Five new secondary courses will be offered next school year; some courses will replace those previously offered, and some will be new courses altogether.

New guidance from the Texas Education Agency allows districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or who have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)
Clear Creek ISD imposes grades-based restrictions on virtual learning

Although the Texas Education Agency allows schools to use attendance as a reason for mandating in-person learning with some students, CCISD officials chose to only focus on those who are academically struggling.

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New report: Houston police oversight board lagging behind major Texas cities

The report suggested having no oversight board has a better effect on public trust than having a dysfunctional board.

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Q&A: Laura Colangelo discusses challenges facing private schools during pandemic

Colangelo said private schools have adapted to remote learning and other obstacles in 2020 despite less revenue and a 9% decline in enrollment statewide.