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Bay Area residents grapple with new normal during pandemic Learning to cope

PHOTOS COURTESY CLEAR CREEK ISD

BY COLLEEN FERGUSON Elena Hromadka and her friends had planned a beach getaway for after their senior prom. Now, the closest the group can get to one another is several feet apart in their school parking lot. The Clear Lake High School student said as social opportunities have been

canceled, she and her friends have started meeting from their cars, con- versing from atop their trunks. They mail each other letters, too. Not only seniors are suering. At the elementary level, some teachers are connecting with students by deliver- ing “my teacher misses me” signs.

Hromadka and her family dressed up and took photos in their home April 4—what would have been prom night. With her time as a Clear Creek ISD stu- dent coming to a close, there is a palpa- ble sense of loss, she said. She will not get to spend another lunchtime with her friends or sit in the classrooms of

her favorite teachers. “We’re all learning how to cope with the fact that we’re losing all of these milestones that we’ve been looking forward to since kindergarten,” she said. “We’re losing something we can’t get back.”

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In the three weeks League City had an ordinance that allowed police to ne residents up to $2,000 for violat- ing now-obsolete stay-at-home orders, no one was cited or arrested, according to police records. Still, that does not mean ocers were not busy. Police responded to nearly 100 calls for service related to residents and businesses violating or] arrested,” Ratli said. Public Information Ocer John Grif- th said the department understood why residents and businesses might have violated stay-at-home orders. For many, there are money and emotions involved, so ocers tried to be under- standing when responding to calls, Grith said. “We’re working with people,” he said of the ordinance. CONTINUED ON 17 No nes, arrestsmade in League City during local disaster declaration BY JAKE MAGEE stay-at-home orders over the three weeks. That is an average of over four calls a day, and many of them were to the same parks and businesses, records show. OnMarch 24, League City City Coun- cil passed an ordinance that allowed police to ne residents up to $2,000 if they violated the state’s and county’s stay-at-home orders amid the corona- virus outbreak. On April 14, the council did not vote to extend the ordinance, ending ocers’ authority to ne resi- dents $2,000. However, police could still ne vio- lators up to $1,000 or put them in jail for up 180 days under the governor’s order, which ended May 1. Chief Gary Ratli had instructed ocers to rst give verbal warnings to oenders. “Only under a last-ditch eort would it ever result in somebody being [ned

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