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What could schools look like in the fall? A new report from the ABC Collaborative, which studied K-12 schools whose in-person instruction was in Plan A (full capacity), says NC schools were "highly successful in preventing the transmission of COVID-19" attributing masks as "the most effective mitigation strategy."  

This Duke Clinical Research Institute-led report to state leaders could inform the state's guidelines in the fall. Besides masks, the report recommends full capacity, in-person instruction and full bus capacity. 

NC schools leader wants masks to be determined locally: Shortly after the report was released, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt released a statement: "Knowing that school districts are entering the new school year with higher vaccination rates for adults gives me hope that we will see mask mandates removed for K-12 students in the fall. As a proponent for local control, I believe this should be a local decision – one made by school boards in tandem with parents.” 

What else to know:

🍎 Test scores for Wake County students may be 'less accurate' this year. [News & Observer]
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Converging Topic:
Climate Change + Sustainability
Buildings, energy + solutions

In the final installment of our Converging Topic focus on local climate change and sustainability, we’re looking at the largest contributor to local greenhouse gas emissions: Buildings. 

The majority of greenhouse gas emissions locally come from residential and commercial buildings, 56%, according to the Raleigh Community Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP).

It’s also the largest opportunity to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, the plan says. 

Keep reading for:
Why Raleigh can't set stricter green building standards
🏢 How energy is an equity issue
🏢 Solutions in Charlotte, Asheville and ideas from the Raleigh plan +
🏢 What's being done now []

Catch up on the series: What’s in the Raleigh Community Climate Action Plan, a primer | Help map urban heat islands to fight climate change impacts (volunteer opportunities still open) | Learn to compost local: Recap of our live event (video)

A zebra cobra
loose in North Raleigh captured our collective attention with its venomous 9-foot spitting range. Late Wednesday night, the cobra captured, WRAL reports.

During its time on the slither, the snake inspired T-shirts from House of Swank (the North Raleigh Spitting Cobras) and MLB Raleigh (Oak City Cobras, 'Ready to Strike'), plus a satirical Twitter account and 'Living on a Prayer'-inspired video from The Holderness Family.

Noon Tunes @ City Plaza will be extended through July. The weekly 12-1 p.m. Wednesday performances, presented by PineCone, are free on Fayetteville Street's City Plaza. [lineup]

Plant-based Fiction Kitchen is resuming dinner in its dining room this week. [@thefictionkitchen]

VAE Raleigh is hosting its first reception in its new location (410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170) tonight with the De Aqui y De Alla exhibition, which "celebrates Latine artists who are creating works that look at their own identities, both as individuals and as parts of various disparate cultures." The opening event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. and the exhibit will be on display until Sept. 24. [event details] 🖼️
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