Fort Bend ISD may consider requiring low-performing students to return in person and more top Houston-area news

New guidance from the Texas Education Agency would allow districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)
New guidance from the Texas Education Agency would allow districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)

New guidance from the Texas Education Agency would allow districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)

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Sugar Land-Missouri City

Fort Bend ISD responds to TEA guidance allowing districts to require low-performing students to learn in person

Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Charles Dupre said that as of Nov. 9, the district has not had time to explore a new option authorized by the Texas Education Agency that would allow districts to require low-performing virtual leaners to return to school in person.

Changes in Fort Bend ISD: Dupre plans resignation; outgoing trustees remembered, new trustees welcomed


Members of the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees gathered to say farewell to outgoing trustees and swear in newly elected members Nov. 16.

Cy-Fair

Husband and wife duo persist through pandemic with community support at Cypress Thai restaurant

The owners, who live a mile from the restaurant and have children who go to school at Cy-Fair ISD, said they are grateful for the support they have gotten from the community.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

New Caney ISD Superintendent Kenn Franklin expected to resign

The board of trustees have an item to discuss and accept Superintendent Kenn Franklin's resignation and discuss a possible interim replacement.

Montgomery County

$11.8M forensic center in works as Montgomery County forced to store bodies in refrigerated containers

The center will better serve the county after years of burgeoning caseloads and a lack of space in the current facility, which has resulted in bodies being stored in refrigerated shipping containers, officials said.

Claire Shoop, Shawn Arrajj, Andy Li and Eva Vigh contributed to this report.



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District officials shared storm damage photos at a Feb. 22 board meeting. (Courtesy Clear Creek ISD)
Clear Creek ISD updates: 88% of campuses sustained damage during winter storm, quarantine practices revised

District safety officials briefed trustees at a board meeting Feb. 22 about the extent of damages and gave other details related to CCISD’s storm responses. Of the 42 campuses, 37 sustained damages requiring immediate action, officials said.

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Evictions continue in Houston as new measures aim to stem tide

Over 32,000 eviction cases were filed in Harris County courts in 2020.

Houston City Hall in rainbow lighting
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce celebrates five years of service

The organization is open to all and serves members throughout the Greater Houston area.

Krab Kingz Seafood will open in Humble March 17. (Courtesy Krab Kingz Seafood)
Krab Kingz Seafood to open Humble-area eatery in March

“It’s all about the quality of the food,” Wright said. “We care about the food, I think that’s our best quality.”

Montgomery County is set to receive its largest first-dose allocation during the week of March 1. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County set to receive largest vaccine allocation yet in first week of March

Nearly 20,000 vaccine doses were allocated to the county's two vaccine hubs and several additional providers for the week of March 1.

A coronavirus vaccine is given at Memorial Hermann's mass vaccine clinic Feb. 26. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Memorial Hermann closes out 2nd round of vaccines with 7,000 distributed among 2 clinics

The clinic will continue operations through 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

Reedy Chapel, one of more than a dozen historically Black churches in Galveston, is a stop on the tour. (Courtesy Clayton Kolavo/GICVB Marketing)
Galveston tourism app guides visitors through city’s historically Black institutions, monuments

The interactive app, offered by the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, allows visitors to customize a tour itinerary based on interests and time allocation.

The "grocerant" opened Feb. 26. (Courtesy Lindsay Nichols)
GALLERY: Take a peek inside newly opened Harvest Market 'grocerant' in Woodforest

The two-level “grocerant” features a full dining experience and a grocery store.

Fort Bend County residents will be notified via email, text message or phone call with information about their COVID-19 vaccine appointment. (Courtesy Pexels)
Fort Bend County announces new COVID-19 vaccination system

More Fort Bend County residents than before can now sign up and be placed on a waitlist for a COVID-19 vaccine, thanks to the county's new registration system.

Landmark's River Oaks Theatre is at risk of closing if it cannot come to an agreement over unpaid rent with Weingarten Realty, the owner of the retail center. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
Iconic River Oaks Theatre at risk of closing

The theater has not paid rent since the COVID-19 outbreak hit Houston.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Fort Bend County. (Community Impact staff)
Fort Bend County surpasses 50,000 coronavirus cases; testing slowed during winter storm

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services has recorded 1,512 new coronavirus cases since the Feb. 15 winter storm that resulted in days of freezing temperatures and widespread power outages.