Updates & Information from TA Brown

Links for TA Brown Families For At-Home Learning & Resources

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Information for Families

Dear Parents,

We will be monitoring the coronavirus situation carefully and following all guidelines set by our District and and State Health Department. The purpose of this newsletter is to share facts and information from the district, campus and CDC, and to give you some suggestions of great websites for your children.

For important updates, we will notify you in the following way:

- Each teacher has identified a way to communication with families, ClassDojo, Remind, Seesaw, and Google Voice are being used depending on grade level.

-Teachers will be providing information on how to access learning from home via these communication channels as well as through ClassDojo (PK), Seesaw (K-2), or BLEND (3-5th)

* This newsletter will also be updated with key documents and information so you can access them all in one place*

Please don't hesitate to be in touch with questions or concerns,

TA Brown Staff

Updates on School Closures from the State of Texas

Today, April 17, 2020, Texas Governor Abbott announced that all schools in the state will remain closed through the remainder of the school year. The Governor added that it would be unsafe for students to gather in schools for the foreseeable future and that this includes public, private and higher education schools. Austin ISD will of course, follow the executive order, as our district has already announced the indefinite closure of our campus buildings. While our campus buildings are closed, our students need to remain engaged and active with Continuous Learning. For now, Continuous Learning is how AISD will continue to educate our more than 81,000 students.

The health and safety of our students and staff will remain our focus. The City of Austin and Travis County currently have a Stay Home, Work Safe Order through May 8, which also includes wearing face coverings when you leave your home. We will continue to align with state and local guidance to ensure our community remains safe, including our essential workers, such as those who help serve 12,000 meals per day and provide technology support to keep students learning. Finally, for the latest news and information, visit https://www.austinisd.org, or connect with your school teacher or principal at (512)414-4280 or veronica.sharp@austinisd.org. Thank you for choosing AISD.

Internet and Phone Support for Families

Internet and Phone

  • AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and others have pledged to not disconnect broadband and phone services, waive late fees for non-payment due to COVID-19, and provide free wi-fi hotspots for 60 days starting March 13, 2020.

  • Spectrum

    • Free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don't already have a Spectrum subscription.

    • It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.

    • To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Or for more information, click here.

  • AT&T

    • The Access program from AT&T provides discounted Internet access. Access from AT&T is temporarily:

      • Offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020. $5/mo or $10/mo thereafter, depending on your speed.

      • Expanding eligibility based on income2 and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start

      • Waiving all home internet data overage fees

TA Brown Food Pick Up Site

You can come get food for your students at TA Brown Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. There are additional drive thru and walk thru food distributions located around Austin ISD, please see the image below.
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Please click on the document linked above to open the interactive guide to locate community resources.
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The link above will take you to the Austin ISD Learning at Home homepage with learning opportunities for all your students. This website is a supplement to the material your child's teachers are creating for their class. Each grade level at TA Brown is using a different system to send assignments, please follow up with your child's homeroom teacher for more details.

There are also important parent pages with information to help you as well!

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For families without computer access yet, packets are being distributed to students at ALL AISD food distribution campuses, including TA Brown, on Wednesday if you do not have access to a computer yet.Please see the image below for the list of all campuses providing packets.
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Technology Support for AISD Parents

Please see the below resources to help you access the main technology pages for parents. If you need additional assistance please reach out to Parent Tech Support by calling 512-414-9187 or emailing parenttechsupport@austinisd.org .
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The activities listed in the document linked below are safe for your students to do from home. It tells them if they need to log into the portal to access or if they are standing free websites that they can explore for all subjects. Together we can all continue to learn from home.
Distance Learning Activities for TA Brown Students

Additional Activities to Explore for Your Student

Family Online Learning Resources

These activities can be done with multiple students at home. This resource came from the AISD Curriculum team.

BLEND Course Information for Grades 3-5 at TA Brown

3-5th Grade Parents Please Read

3-5th Grade Students should be accessing their coursework through Portal and then BLEND. Below are the instructions for student log in. We've also included below an introduction to BLEND for parents, in video and document format.
Austin ISD Portal Instructions for Students (English/Spanish)
Accessing BLEND (for 3-5th Parents)

This is the main page for at-home learning, and provides walk-throughs for parents on Blend where students will be taking their classes.

Parent BLEND Access English
BLEND 1-Pager for Parents

1-Pager with Parent Directions for BLEND (where students are taking their coursework if in 3-5th grade.

Creating a Parent Portal Account

This provides instructions on how to access your parent cloud. To see student grades, news from the school, and more.

CDC Guidelines on Coronavirus Prevention

This site is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Just click the button and it will take you to the website.