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Face masks will be required in classrooms when social distancing is not feasible. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Face masks will be required in classrooms when social distancing is not feasible. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

Face masks will be required in classrooms when social distancing is not feasible. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

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Face masks, school lunches and 5 other things Cy-Fair ISD parents should know about the 2020-21 school year

The district has released details about what the school year might look like online, including health and safety protocols online.

BREAKING: Harris County orders all public schools, nonreligious private schools to stay closed until Sept. 8

Public health officials in Harris County and the city of Houston signed a joint public health order July 24 mandating all public schools and nonreligious private schools remain closed for in-person instruction through at least Sept. 8.



Fort Bend County extends emergency declaration, passes resolution against hate crimes

Two agenda items related to the coronavirus pandemic were passed by the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court at its regular July 28 meeting.

Pearland ISD pushes 2020-21 school start date back, discusses 4-week transition plan

Pearland ISD students will start school on Aug. 31, nearly two weeks later than the originally scheduled date of Aug. 19, allowing more time for teachers and staff to prepare for the new year.

Development pushes forward on new Kingwood Docks shopping center

Development nears completion on the Kingwood Docks shopping center in Kingwood. The Lovett Commercial development will include two 14,000-square-foot buildings.

Danica Lloyd, Shawn Arrajj, Jen Para, Marie Leonard and Kelly Schafler contributed to this report.


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The overall death total in Harris County hit 805, with the majority of deaths—78%—occurring in individuals ages 60 and older. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 17 deaths confirmed Aug. 5, including man in his 20s

The overall death total hit 805, with the majority of deaths—78%—occurring in individuals ages 60 and older.

UHCL has come up with an in-person and remote learning plan for the upcoming school year. (Designed by Community Impact staff)
University of Houston-Clear Lake looks at plans for fall semester

University of Houston-Clear Lake will be offering both in-person and online classes in the fall.

Restaurants in Houston can now opt to take up to 50% of its designated parking spaces to create outdoor dining space as long as COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston restaurants can now tap parking lots for outdoor dining

Houston City Council has approved a proposal to allow restaurants to take over 50% of their parking spaces to expand outdoor dining capacity.

The Confederate Soldiers Monument stands on the south grounds of the Texas Capitol. A group of Democratic lawmakers have called for its removal, along with other statues and portraits honoring the Confederacy. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
State legislators seek removal of Confederate monuments at Texas Capitol

The decision may ultimately lie with Gov. Greg Abbott and the rest of the State Preservation Board, which last year authorized the removal of a plaque in the Capitol that said slavery was not an underlying cause of the Confederate rebellion.

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Galveston Bay Park idea earns top honors in Houston 2020 Visions competition

A plan to create a 10,000-acre public park of chained islands in Galveston Bay to mitigate storm damage to the coast was among three projects to win top honors in the international design competition Houston 2020 Visions.

A total of 723 of the new cases were confirmed in Harris County outside of the city of Houston, which is the most to be confirmed outside of the city in a single day. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 1,438 new cases, 22 deaths confirmed Aug. 4

A total of 723 of the new cases were confirmed in Harris County outside of the city of Houston, which is the most to be confirmed outside of the city in a single day.

With some Harris County residents waiting up to two weeks to get test results, the county has announced a maximum turnaround time of 3-5 days on county-sponsored tests moving forward. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County announces evening testing hours, faster turnaround on COVID-19 tests

With some Harris County residents waiting up to two weeks to get test results, the county has announced a maximum turnaround time of 3-5 days on county-sponsored tests moving forward.

In the last year, Whataburger launched a new, modern restaurant design and began offering curbside and delivery services for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the release. (Courtesy Elizabeth James for Whataburger)
Whataburger to celebrate 70th anniversary, unveil food truck, expand into 3 states

Nine more new Whataburger locations are planned by year's end, and 35 new restaurants are proposed for 2021.

Harris County Pets will offer free adoptions in August. (Courtesy Harris County Pets)
Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August

As part of a national initiative to clear animal shelters, Harris County Pets will offer free adoptions for spayed or neutered and heartworm-positive pets.

The U.S. Census Bureau will halt its counting operation a month earlier than expected. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
U.S. Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected

The self-response deadline has moved up to Sept. 30.