Lone Star College announces plans for fall reopening

Angie Spargur, LSC-Kingwood Return to Building coordinator, helps students and employees check in before entering the building. (Courtesy Lone Star College)
Angie Spargur, LSC-Kingwood Return to Building coordinator, helps students and employees check in before entering the building. (Courtesy Lone Star College)

Angie Spargur, LSC-Kingwood Return to Building coordinator, helps students and employees check in before entering the building. (Courtesy Lone Star College)

Lone Star College has announced its plans for the upcoming fall semester, with classes beginning Aug. 24.

According to a press release from LSC, the fall 2020 semester classes will consist of 50% of courses offered online; 25% will be a combination of online and face-to-face courses; and the remaining 25% of courses will be face-to-face.

“We understand there continues to be uncertainty, but it is important for students to know their safety is our No. 1 priority,” LSC Chancellor Stephen Head said. “We have taken every precaution necessary to ensure students can continue their education in a safe environment.”

The press release states that buildings that are open in the fall will be limited to students who are taking classes with face-to-face instruction. Students and instructors will be required to undergo a temperature check, wear a mask and complete a health questionnaire when entering a building. Personal protective equipment will be provided for those who do not have it.

“We have asked the college presidents to be creative and innovative in their planning by offering block scheduling, afternoons, nights, Friday, Saturday and, where needed, Sunday classes to meet the needs of our students,” Head said. “We are also preparing contingency plans to shift back to 100% online classes if the situation warrants in the fall.”


LSC is also using stimulus funding to provide 5,000 loaner computers to students in need that can be checked out through the LSC Office of Technology Services, and CARES Act funding can provide grant funding for students to help cover expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care due to coronavirus disruptions.


MOST RECENT

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.

Active cases in the county have decreased by 144 since yesterday. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County adds 5 deaths related to COVID-19 Aug. 5; recoveries pass 4,000

The county's active case count fell by more than 6%, and more than 200 clinical recoveries were reported.

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.

Gosling Road work will continue into 2021. (Courtesy Fotolia)
MAP: Here's where to expect road work on Gosling Road through 2021 as plans move north of West Rayford Road

Work on Gosling Road isn't finished yet, and 2021 will see plans proceed for work north of West Rayford Road and over Spring Creek.

The district will begin the school year Sept. 8. (Designed by Matthew Mills/Community Impact Newspaper)
TISD families get second chance to select instructional method; some UIL activities to resume Aug. 6

Tomball ISD is giving families an opportunity to adjust their preferred method of instruction for the fall.

Conroe ISD heard a presentation on its FY 2020-21 budget at an Aug. 4 meeting. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Conroe ISD considers adopting tax rate of $1.2125 for FY 2020-21

The next board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 18, when there will be a public hearing before the board adopts its tax rate and budget.

The Tomball ISD board of trustees voted Aug. 4 during a special meeting to delay the start date for instruction for all students from Aug. 18 to Sept. 8. (Screenshot via Facebook)
BREAKING: Tomball ISD delays school year start to Sept. 8 for all students

“This calendar is recommending that all students begin on Sept. 8. No virtual or face-to-face [learning] before that. At that point families would have the option for what they chose," Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said.

The tech company's retail location will open on the mall's first floor next month. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Amazon 4-star store opening at The Woodlands Mall anticipated for September

The Amazon retail location will offer popular items from its online marketplace.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown will remain closed for the 2020 season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, park officials announced Aug. 4. (Courtesy Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown)
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown to remain closed for 2020 season

According to the announcement, all 2020 Hurricane Harbor Splashtown season passes and pre-purchased tickets will be valid for the 2021 season.

The county's active COVID-19 case count fell Aug. 4 as recoveries rose. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County reports 2 deaths related to COVID-19 on Aug. 4; recoveries continue to rise

Active cases fell by 82 on Aug. 4 while recoveries rose by 186, according to the county public health district.

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.