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Austin ISD will suspend in-person education and deliver virtual instruction for the first three weeks of the upcoming school year, which begins Aug. 18, according to a July 14 announcement.


"The health and safety of our students and staff are at the forefront of all of our decisions," it reads.



Austin ISD follows other school districts—including Round Rock ISD and San Antonio ISD—in instituting a three-week delay.

Eanes ISD Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard and Board President Jennifer Champagne sent a letter to state officials today to "strongly advocate" for the suspension of in-person school until the seven-day moving average of daily new COVID-19 hospital admissions is five or fewer. It was 69.6 as of the latest update on Monday evening.



Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott recommended a three-week delay earlier today during a Travis County Commissioners Court meeting.

"The schools need time, they need time to plan, they need time to orient their faculty and staff to the new realities," he said.

Although the COVID-19 case fatality rate among children is much lower than for other age groups, there is still a risk of loss of life.

Dr. Escott said Travis County could see between 40 and 1,370 deaths across its five public school districts, which serve 192,000 students, if in-person teaching resumes.

Teachers and other staff are at a much higher risk of contracting and dying from the virus, Dr. Escott said.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway