SUGAR LAND MISSOURI CITY EDITION
VOLUME 7, ISSUE 9 MAY 4MAY 31, 2020
Finishing school during COVID19
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BY CLAIRE SHOOP
“She’s missing all those lasts,” Tassin said. “[Not] hav- ing those last banquets for choir and theater, saying goodbye to her friends and celebrating all they’ve accomplished— those are probably her bigger disappointments.” FortBend ISDcanceled in-per- son classes and school activities for the remainder of year April 14, three days before Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced all public and private schools will
Fort Bend ISD trustee Kristin Tassin said for her daughter, Sarah Tassin, missing the last events of her senior year is the hardest part about nishing high school remotely. Sarah, who is the choir pres- ident and a member of the the- atre department at Ridge Point High School, will not be able to participate in many of her nal shows and performances, Tas- sin said.
seniors in the district 5,900
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last day of school
rescheduled graduation dates
SOURCE: FORT BEND ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
‘Collateral consequence’: Family violence
DOMESTICVIOLENCE INFORTBENDCOUNTY 2019 2020
BY CLAIRE SHOOP
As Fort BendCounty residents remainunder shelter-in-place orders caused by the coronavirus pandemic, some worry about the eects of staying at home when home is not safe. Data from the county district attorney’s oce suggests an increase in the number of domestic violence cases in the county, andRuthanne Meord, the CEO of Child Advocates of Fort Bend, said because teach- ers are the No. 1 reporters of child abuse, her organization expects an inux of cases once children return to school after this extended break. “Every indication is that the number of reports of child abuse will surge when children return to school and social distancing orders are relaxed,” Meord said in an email. The Fort Bend County district attorney’s oce saw 252 cases of
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SOURCE: FORT BEND COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Local businesses navigate SBA loans
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act provided $349 billion to a newly established Payroll Protection Program. PAYROLL PROTECTION PROGRAM IN TEXAS
BY CLAIRE SHOOP
“It’s been challenging, but in the grand scheme of things, considering how a lot of places have shut down, I think we’re okay,” Ouano said. “I’m sure there’s going to be a light at the end of the tunnel for everyone at the end of this.” The PPP was established by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act—which was signed into law by President Donald Trump at the end of March.
Mike Ouano, founder and owner of Bean Here Coee in Missouri City, said he has seen a decline in business due to the coronavirus ranging from 30% on a good day to 60% on a bad day. The coee shop remains open for counter service, pickup and delivery as of late April. Ouano said although he applied for the federal Paycheck Protection Program, he is still waiting for conrmation.
Texas businesses received $29 billion of that, or approximately 8.3%. 134,737 Texas businesses received PPP loans, more than any state in the nation.
SOURCE: SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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