Longer school days and more: Top stories from this week in Houston

Houston ISD interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said she is exploring multiple options for the 2020-21 school year. (Screnshot via HISD TV)
Houston ISD interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said she is exploring multiple options for the 2020-21 school year. (Screnshot via HISD TV)

Houston ISD interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said she is exploring multiple options for the 2020-21 school year. (Screnshot via HISD TV)

Read the most popular stories covering the Greater Houston area from this week on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

Houston ISD considering longer school day, year-round schedule, virtual learning for 2020-21

Houston ISD is deliberating on how to proceed with the 2020-21 school year during the ongoing pandemic and is expected to announce a decision within the next four weeks.

Houston Food Bank to distribute food, cleaning supplies to Humble area

The Houston Food Bank partnered with a local cleaning supply company to distribute food and other supplies to thousands of families May 20.



Legal fees driving up water rates across Conroe, Montgomery

Years of ongoing, costly lawsuits among local entities have caused water rates to increase for Montgomery County residents.

UPDATED: Applications for Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund to open June 11

The $30 million fund will assist poor residents and other targeted populations adversely affected by the pandemic pay for rent, utilities and other necessities.

Harris County further extends disaster declaration through June 10

The declaration primarily allows the county to allocate funds to respond to the pandemic and be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Matt Dulin, Kelly Schafler, Eva Vigh and Hannah Zedaker contributed to this report.


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Clear Lake Shores has a population of about 1,200 people. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Lake Shores adopts fiscal year 2020-21 budget

City Council approved the proposed budget, which is $1.8 million higher than the fiscal year 2019-20 budget, on Sept. 1.

The Harris County Department of Education lowered its tax rate for the 2020-21 fiscal year. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Department of Education lowers tax rate for 2020-21

For the average homestead valued at $182,484, that means taxpayers will contribute $9.11 to support its programs.

Forecasters currently predict Tropical Storm Beta will make landfall the evening of Sept. 22 along the middle Texas coast then slowly move along the coast or slightly inland through the Greater Houston region toward Louisiana. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
Disaster declaration issued for 4 Houston-area counties ahead of Tropical Storm Beta

Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris counties were all included in a disaster declaration issued Sept. 21; several Bay Area school districts, colleges and city entities are closed in response.

Another 1,372 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Harris County over the Sept. 19-20 weekend along with 48 deaths caused by the virus. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Texas Medical Center positivity rate under 5% for two straight weeks

A low positivity rate is one of three metrics medical center officials are tracking that they say may indicate a declining spread of the virus.

The Kemah-based nonprofit has provided urban farm experiences to local youth since 2013. (Courtesy Gardenkids of Kemah)
Gardenkids of Kemah aims to help local youth 'protect, plant and play'

The nonprofit will participate in Eco Fest at Hometown Heroes Park in League City on Sept. 19.

Free COVID-19 testing will be available to festival staff, participants and patrons every weekend of the festival this fall. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)
Free COVID-19 testing at Texas Renaissance Festival and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

Free COVID-19 testing will be available to festival staff, participants and patrons every weekend of the festival this fall. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)
Texas Renaissance Festival to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing throughout season

Additionally, a free drive-thru testing site will be set up in Todd Mission on Sept. 19.

According to a Texas Supreme Court order, all eviction notices in the state must be accompanied with the CDC eviction order's declaration form. (Courtesy Pexel)
Texas Supreme Court issues order strengthening CDC eviction moratorium

The action aims to strengthen a federal order that renters' advocates say has been falling short in eviction court.

Here is a roundup of local business news in Clear Lake and League City. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Pizza Lounge new location coming soon and more

Here is a roundup of local business news in Clear Lake and League City.

Here are the latest coronavirus data updates for Galveston County. (Community Impact staff)
Galveston County removes many of Sept. 8 reported deaths; total now 139

The percentage of active COVID-19 cases has also dropped below 20% for the first time in September.

Dr. Sam Rolon is a physician for Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group Creekside Family Medicine in The Woodlands. (Courtesy St. Luke's Health)
Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.

student in mask
TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.