6:53 PM Jul 9, 2020 CDT

Draft policy: Plano ISD to require masks, take other health measures if students return to campuses in fall

The policies, while subject to change, represent the fullest picture yet of what a return to classrooms could look like if Plano ISD schools are able to reopen in the fall.


5:18 PM Jul 8, 2020 CDT

Students in Richardson ISD can attend school online or in-person this fall

Approximately 67% of families said they intend to send their students to school in-person, while 32% have chosen to remain online, according to a survey from the district.


Education organizations call for STAAR requirements to be waived another year

Gov. Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, testing requirements in March of earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.



Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. David Corry discusses immunity, vaccine production amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid development and distribution of a vaccine worldwide and successful achievement of herd immunity will be key players in determining the lifespan of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. David Corry, a professor of Medicine in the Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine.


Dallas County commits $500K to scientists looking to pinpoint regional prevalence of COVID-19

Thousands of cases have been confirmed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but insufficient testing capacity and the prevalence of asymptomatic carriers mean scientists have an incomplete picture of the virus’s impact on the region.


State announces partnership for increased COVID-19 testing for patients, staff at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes

These test sites will help the state work toward the goal of processing up to 100,000 tests in the first month.


Rallye Auto Service shutters Richardson repair shop

The business has another location on Hillcrest Road in Dallas.



Texas restaurants, businesses not required to disclose positive COVID-19 cases

If an employee of a business or restaurant tests positive for COVID-19, establishments are encouraged, but not required, to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state guidelines.



Frisco chamber to host State of the City, Crayola Experience reopens in Plano: Business, community news from DFW

Read the latest Community Impact Newspaper coverage of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


MAP: Governor expands restrictions on elective surgeries to more than 100 Texas counties

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the restrictions that initially required only hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties to postpone all non-medically necessary surgeries and procedures that are unrelated to COVID-19.



DATA: Thousands of Dallas County residents turn out to vote early in Democratic primary runoff

According to the Dallas County Elections Office, 41,901 county residents have cast ballots in person since polls opened.


Sakhuu Thai Cuisine now open in Richardson

The restaurant serves a variety of dishes, such as sakhuu stuffed wings, Bangkok lo mein noodles and panang curry.


Despite a pandemic, Richardson sales tax receipts increase by 10% in May

The city collected $3.2 million in sales tax in May, which is up from the $2.9 million collected at the same time last year, according to data from the Texas Comptroller’s Office.


UIL releases guidelines for conducting summer activities during COVID-19 pandemic

The University Interscholastic League released udpated guidelines for schools conducting summer activities such as sports training and marching band practices on July 8.



DATA: More than 20,000 Collin County residents cast ballots in the first week of early voting

As of July 7, 15,423 votes had been cast in person, and 5,173 mail-in ballots were received.


2020 census: Bureau prepares nonresponse follow-up field operations

For individuals who have not responded to the 2020 census, one of about 500,000 census takers will visit the their household between Aug. 11-Oct. 31.


DART officials report 55% hit to ridership since March

The transit agency anticipates continued declines due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 as well as major event cancellations, such as the State Fair of Texas, which brought millions of riders to DART.


Federal order means thousands of UT Dallas exchange students must return to in-person learning this fall

International students are limited in the number of online classes they can take outside of a pandemic, but those restrictions were relaxed earlier this year when COVID-19 forced many universities to shut down.



Emler Swim School offering online curriculum for children 10 and under

The program offers parents instructional videos for teaching children how to swim at home or in a local pool.


Texas Education Agency issues guidelines for 2020-21 school year

The guidelines address on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions that should be enforced at Texas schools this year.



Tracking COVID-19: Richardson ZIP codes see slow but steady rise of new daily cases

The city continues to see fewer cases of the coronavirus compared to surrounding areas.



Texas driver license offices reopen for in-person renewal, replacement services

The second phase of reopening announced July 7 expanded services offered at driver license offices.


New U.S. guidelines require exchange students to take in-person classes this fall

The guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas.