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Posts published in “Day: March 8, 2022

Aldine ISD lifts Mask Mandate March 7

HOUSTON, March 1, 2022 – Aldine ISD will lift its mask mandate on Monday, March 7 due to an ongoing decline in COVID-19 cases in the district, expanded vaccine eligibility for younger children and updated guidance from the CDC, state and local health officials. The district will no longer require students, staff, and visitors to wear face masks at district facilities or events.

Superintendent LaTonya M. Goffney said that while she remains cautious, the decision was based on the data and facts available to the district. She emphasized that the district will continue to prioritize safety while never sacrificing learning.

“We know we are not out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic. However, we have all the tools and procedures in place to ensure our students can continue to learn in a safe and healthy learning environment,” said Goffney. “For the safety and wellbeing of our community, I still encourage everyone to wear masks and take precautions. I strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated, to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy.”

Rep. Walle new chair of Legislative Study Group


AUSTIN – For almost three decades, the Texas Legislative Study Group (LSG) has provided valuable policy analysis. LSG Floor Reports and detailed policy reports have played an important role in crafting legislation that benefit all Texans. Rep. Garnet Coleman has been a member of the LSG since its inception and has chaired the LSG since 2003.

With his announcement that he will retire from the House on February 28, Chair Coleman has asked Representative Armando Walle to serve as LSG Chair upon his retirement at the end of the month.

Representative Walle has been active in the LSG since he came to the Texas House in 2009. He has a working knowledge of LSG operations through his service as LSG Treasurer in addition to a proven record of pursuing policy solutions that benefit all Texans.

Brittney Griner arrested at Russian Airport

Former Aldine star woman’s basketball player, Brittney Griner, is reported to have been arrested at the airport as she prepared to leave Russia. She now plays for the Phoenix Mercury, and in the off-season for a Russian team.

She was detained after the Russian Federal Customs Service said it discovered cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage at the Sheremetyevo airport. The offense could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

USA Basketball said in a tweet Saturday that it is monitoring the situation.

“Brittney has always handled herself with the utmost professionalism during her long tenure with USA Basketball and her safety and wellbeing are our primary concerns,” the tweet read.

County sets $8mil for new Early Childhood program

HARRIS COUNTY, TX – February 22, 2022 – Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday awarded grantees a combined total of $7.9 million in American Rescue Plan funds provided by the Biden-Harris Administration to seed a targeted portfolio of early childhood programs, including resources for educators and new parents, and the expansion of home-based child care providers.

Commissioners approved the following contracts on a 3 to 2 vote:

— $4.6 million to Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) to implement Build the upWORDS Community-Based Universal and Targeted Intervention Model: The program will provide universal education, resources, and materials to parents of young children. Over three years, 20,000 children will be served and TCH will train 6,000 early childhood educators.

— $2.4 million to First3Years to implement Expand the Safe Babies Approach in Harris County: This initiative, which will be offered to 300 young children and their families over three years, is designed to to improve family reunification by strengthening the relationship between birth and foster parents.

— $906,173 to The Alliance for Home-Based Child Care Supports to expand home-based child care operations. This effort will create jobs, creating at least 23 licensed programs that will add child care capacity in low- to moderate-income communities.

— Funding for independent evaluators to assess the impacts of the program

Free Flu Vaccines and Immunizations in March from Harris County Mobile

HOUSTON (Feb. 28, 2022) — During March, Harris Health System’s Troubleshooters Mobile Immunization Program is offering free immunizations for children two-months to 18-years of age and free flu vaccines to children six-months to 18-years of age.

To receive immunizations, a parent must be present with the child’s shot record. All shots will be given based on availability.

(All times are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. except when noted)