3:41 PM Jul 30, 2020 CDT

Texas Education Agency to fund online program supporting schools, parents in 2020-21

Teachers, students, parents and administrators can access classes, assignments and grades through the system whether learning from the classroom or elsewhere.


Charter school plans to launch complete virtual program for all Texas students in August

All classes will be conducted live, giving students the opportunity to engage with teachers and fellow classmates.


Lone Star College makes $14 million in budget reductions for FY 2020-21

Lone Star College is taking a conservative approach while planning for its upcoming budget.



Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites to open new hotel on Spring Plaza Drive

Hotel amenities will include free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, an outdoor patio with a fire pit, a swimming pool and a 1,000-square-foot flexible meeting space.


Kinsmen Lutheran Church to serve as semi-monthly mobile food distribution site starting Aug. 1

Beginning Aug. 1, a mobile food truck will be located in the church’s parking lot and will operate the first and third Saturday of every month from 8-11 a.m.




Harris County coronavirus count: Hospitalization trends remain flat

The hospitalization trendline has slowly been moving downward in the county since around July 9. It has remained almost completely unchanged over the past five days.


FEMA adapts disaster responses due to convergence of COVID-19, busy hurricane season

FEMA has adjusted its pre- and post-disaster response due to COVID-19.


Viva Jalisco Taqueria & Restaurant coming soon to Spring Cypress Road

The restaurant is expected to open in mid-October and its menu will offer authentic Mexican fare such as fajitas, carnitas and carne guisada.


DATA: Confirmed, active COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Spring, Klein for July 29

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across nine Spring- and Klein-area ZIP codes has increased by 53 cases since July 28.



Q&A: Houston business leader says federal Paycheck Protection Program has ‘made a significant difference’

"The doors [for business assistance] have been opened just about as wide as they can be made because it’s very unusual times," said Tim Jeffcoat, the district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Houston.


Texas' freestanding emergency centers ask state for flexibility during coronavirus pandemic

The requested changes would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.


Lone Star College purchases 5,000 additional laptops, students can use for free

Students can check out newly purchased laptops for free from the college.


Harris County prepares for surge in evictions as federal protections, unemployment boost end

With August rent due this weekend, housing advocates are calling on the county to act fast.



Spring ISD to host informational sessions for parents about district technology

Each of the 45-minute sessions will allow participants to learn more about Schoology, the district's learning management system, which all students will be using this year to access classes and assignments.



DATA: Confirmed, active COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Spring, Klein for July 28

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across nine Spring- and Klein-area ZIP codes has increased by 50 cases since July 27.


Klein ISD parents organize unofficial graduation ceremonies to honor the Class of 2020 following cancellations

The event is set to take place on Friday, July 31, with time slots at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Lonestar Convention & Expo Center in Conroe.



American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1,465 new cases, 16 deaths confirmed July 28

See the latest trends on COVID-19 in Harris County.


Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Attorney General Ken Paxton: Decision to close schools lies with school districts, not health officials

The Texas Education Agency said July 28 it will follow the guidance laid out by Attorney General Ken Paxton and will not allow schools to close in-person instruction based solely on a blanket order from a local health authority.