Richardson May 2020

RICHARDSON EDITION

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 9  MAY 20JUNE 17, 2020

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Local economy relaunch brings mixed reactions

back to business Statewide orders allowed restaurants to reopen their dining rooms at 25% capacity on May 1 and at 50% on May 18. Community Impact Newspaper asked 100 local restaurants about their plans and found that the majority chose to reopen at limited occupancy May 1.

BY OLIVIA LUECKEMEYER AND MAKENZIE PLUSNICK

no immediate plans/unsure 35%

After six weeks of sheltering in place, Gov. Greg Abbott announced in late April that restaurants and nonessential retailers could reopen on a limited basis. Amid steadily rising coronavirus case counts, some business owners in Rich- ardson said the risk was not worth the reward, while others chose to reopen with added safeguards in place. Augustine Jimenez, owner of Frank- ie’s Mexican Cuisine in Canyon Creek, said he made the decision to reopen May 1 with his customers and employ- ees in mind. Seating was spaced out CONTINUED ON 19

reopened for dine-in May 1 58%

7%

plan to reopen for dine-in May 18

Some restaurants reopened, while others chose to continue with takeout and delivery. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

Ocials in Richardson ISD are preparing for the possibility of remote learning continuing in the fall while also weighing whether virtual school could be a permanent option for some students. RISD announced March 16 the closure of schools to combat spread of the novel coronavirus. The announcement lined up with the end of spring break, which was extended by two days to give educators more time to prepare for the shift. By March 25, the CONTINUED ON 20 BY OLIVIA LUECKEMEYER AND MAKENZIE PLUSNICK RISDreectsonvirtual learning, plans for next year

“IT’S A CONSENSUS WITH MOST OF MY STUDENTS AND PARENTS THAT WE WOULD ALL RATHER BE BACK IN THE SCHOOL … IT’S DEFINITELY A LITTLE BIT HARDER TO MAINTAIN THAT CONNECTION.”

KATY LEA, RISD TEACHER

Kindergarten student Grace Anne Bennett attends class via Zoom. (Courtesy Alissa Raymond Bennett)

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