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Democratic National Convention Recap

Chairman of the Democratic Party Tom Perez speaks to a mostly empty room prior to the convention's virtual roll call. During his speech, Mr. Perez praised the American dream, which was a theme of the convention.
August 24, 2020

In a year hijacked by the coronavirus pandemic, public events and normal routines have been forced to reshape themselves, and the 2020 Democratic National Convention, held August 17-20, was no exception. The...

Tropical Storm Laura Gathers Speed As it Makes Landfall in the Leeward Islands

Hurricane Isabel making landfall in the Northeast in 2003.
August 22, 2020

Tropical Storm Laura formed on Friday, August 21, hitting the Leeward Islands with thunderstorms, moving west at 17 mph, with sustained winds up to 45 mph. It is the twelfth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic...

Here’s What Teachers Are Thinking About School Reopening Amid Global Pandemic

As students are set to return to school in a couple of weeks, teachers have many concerns that have yet to be addressed. Meanwhile, district officials are scrambling to put together a plan that keeps safety a priority while following TEA guidelines.
August 7, 2020

As summer comes to a close and the beginning of the fall semester approaches, the final preparations for a reinvented learning experience are unfolding. RRISD recently launched its Reimagining Education...

Middle and High School Overview Town Hall Recap

A panel of several principals and district officials delivered a presentation last Thursday on the reopening of middle and high schools.
August 6, 2020

Round Rock ISD officials hosted a virtual town hall on Thursday, July 30 to focus on the operations and procedures to be put in place for middle and high school instruction in the upcoming school year....

Explosion Rocks Beirut and Port, Threatening Supply of Goods

Firefighters combat an industrial fire.
August 6, 2020

A massive explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, with at least 78 people reported dead, and over 4000 people injured and missing. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams dig through the...

Hurricane Hanna Downgraded to Tropical Depression, Continues Pounding of Virus Ravaged South Texas

A Texas home still standing, despite water damage, from Hurrican Harvey. Three years after the devastating storm, South Texans faced Tropical Depression Hanna, which at its height ushered in the start of the 2020 hurricane season.
July 29, 2020

On Saturday, South Texas faced a high-end Category 1 hurricane, also known as Hurricane Hanna, making it the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season. Cities have faced up to 16 inches of rain, with...

Virtual Learning and Support Services Town Hall Recap

Round Rock officials hosted a town hall that covered a litany of issues related to education in the coronavirus age. The panelists also fielded questions from parents and students on how the synchronous system would work.
July 27, 2020

Officials held a town hall on Wednesday, July 22 discussing what virtual learning would look like in the coming fall semester. RRISD’s Reimagining Education plan has taken several factors into consideration,...

City Unveils Expanded Tenant Aid Program

As COVID-19 causes widespread unemployment, many people have faced trouble paying for groceries, rent, and other necessities. To help combat this issue and keep tenants in their homes, Austin has created several renter assistance programs.
July 26, 2020

After distributing $1.25 million in May to 1,681 households, the City of Austin announced a second round of emergency rental assistance, called RENT 2.0, to help keep people in their homes. The amount...

Public Health Guidelines and Safety Measures Town Hall Recap

During the first town hall, district officials covered a broad range of topics. These included how areas would be sanitized, in what ways schools and facilities would be updated, and many other safety subjects.
July 26, 2020

District officials held a town hall meeting covering public health guidelines and safety measures for reopening schools on Monday, July 21. They discussed the actions that would be taken to keep students...

RRISD Decides to Virtually Reopen Schools For First Three Weeks

RRISD issued an announcement on the reopening of schools, stating that for the first three weeks, all learning would be online.
July 14, 2020

Superintendent Steve Flores announced that all RRISD schools would reopen on Aug. 20th, as originally scheduled, albeit online. This move comes as Texas and the Austin area experience a surge of coronavirus...

‘Ma(s)king a Difference’ Protects Frontline Workers In Austin

Lipika Chatur '21, Rushil Patange '21 and an organization volunteer stand outside of Sundara Senior Living, where Ma(s)king a Difference recently donated 100 masks.
July 10, 2020

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the State of Texas, extended efforts to help slow the spread of the virus by wearing a mask and staying at home when possible remain the...

Trump Suspends Foreign Work Visas in Effort to Curb Unemployment

Donald Trump made immigration a central part of the 2016 campaign. Now, with deepening economic woes, many fear that Trump is taking advantage of unemployment numbers to shut down immigration.
June 26, 2020

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday, June 22 authorizing the temporary suspension of several different types of work visas, in order to decrease the rising American unemployment...

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