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CROCKETT COMMUNITY COVID-19 UPDATES 3.23.20
A Letter to the Class of 2020
Graduating class of 2020,
I know we are all experiencing some anxiety regarding public safety and adapting life to those needs. Especially for you, at a time that is such a milestone in your lives and your future, these are unsettling times. Know that we are here for you; we’re in this together. It’s so important now that we practice our core values of resilience, integrity, and engagement.
As of now, neither prom or commencement have been cancelled. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow guidance from local, state, and federal authorities. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me (email@example.com) or Mr. Quintana (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding any questions or concerns you might have.
We leave you with the following: La. Teacher of the Year: An Open Letter to High School Seniors During Coronavirus Crisis
With love and compassion,
Ms. Farris and Ms. Crawford
A Letter to our Crockett Students
Hello Crockett Students,
First, let us start off by saying that we love and miss you. We left school on Thursday, March 12th thinking that we would get to wish you all a wonderful spring break, and remind you to be safe and make good choices during your much deserved time off. We all looked forward to coming back today to catch up and buckle down to finish the semester strong. Things are going to look different for the time being, and while we are uncertain of when we will see each other in person again, that does not mean that you are alone, or that we are not here to support you during this time where everything feels confusing and probably scary.
From now through April 3rd, classes are CANCELLED. You are not responsible for completing graded assignments. Austin ISD has created a distance learning website https://sites.google.com/austinisd.org/aisd-learning-at-home/6th-12th?authuser=0 with activities organized by grade level for the next two weeks. Take a look at what is available to keep your skills sharp.
You will be receiving information from your teachers in the coming days as to what school will look like IF we have to extend school closures April 6th and beyond. Please be on the lookout for emails and phone calls from staff who will be surveying your current needs, including access to technology. We know you and your family probably have lots of questions, and we are working on getting information to you as soon as possible. Until then, please stay home as much as possible and practice your social distancing. This is more than a meme or a hashtag. It is the best chance to keep yourself and the rest of our community safe right now, and will allow things to return to normal sooner, rather than later. We also understand that for many of you, your responsibilities at home may have shifted, meaning that your time and schedule to complete school work might look different than some of your peers. We are ready and willing to collaborate with you on what your needs for academic success are moving forward.
Your Teachers, Assistant Principals, and Counselors are all available by email right now if you need assistance, have questions, or need to check in. If you know of any of your peers who need assistance, please let us know. Remember that Crockett is a meal distribution site for you and your family members starting today, Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vida Clinic has set up virtual counseling that is open to ALL students, parents, and staff. Visit this site for English https://vidaclinic.org/virtualvida/ or Spanish https://vidaclinic.org/virtualvidaesp/ If you do not have a computer or internet, you may contact the Care Team directly at 512-518-2209.
Again, we are here for you. Wishing you and your family a virtual “Great Crockett Day!”
The Crockett Administrative Team
A Letter to our Parents and Guardians
Hello Crockett Families,
I hope this message finds you and your families in good health and good spirits during these challenging and uncertain times.
As you can see in our Vision above, we will be teaching things like “adapting to change and challenges, cultivating self-discipline, and thinking critically and creatively to solve problems.” When we created this vision, we could have never imagined the situation we are faced with today. However, this vision was created to assist us with moments like this. We know that we value family at Crockett. We will get through this time together as a Crockett family and we are here to support one another!
Please know that our faculty and staff are actively working to ensure that Crockett will continue to support our students and the community. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, teaching and learning will need to look different than it has in the past. It is going to require some flexibility and patience, but we are committed to supporting our students the best we can. Currently, our staff is developing distance and online learning strategies. In the meantime, please refer to the information, document and links below as it relates to your child's needs.
With hope and gratitude,
The Crockett Administrative Team
Message from Dr. Cruz
Hello. This is Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz with an important message for our families, students and staff. Together, we find ourselves in an unprecedented and challenging situation.
While we continue to clean our facilities and plan for continuous learning, it is important that our families and students know you should not return to school next week as classes are still canceled through Friday, April 3. Additionally, I want to be transparent with the fact that this could be extended further depending on the information we receive from experts. I know you may have many questions, so i encourage you to visit our website at AUSTINISD.ORG for additional information.
Thank you for being a valued member of our AISD family.
Virtual Care for Kids
Austin ISD Families,
Due to the threat of COVID-19 Virtual Care for Kids is expanding the partnership with AISD to include at-home telemedicine care to serve our families and reduce the spread of the virus.
Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all copays for all AISD telemedicine visits.
In addition, students with Medicaid will receive free care. If your child is uninsured and doesn't receive free/reduced lunch, the AISD Crisis Support Fund (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/) is providing vouchers to families to receive telemedicine care for free.
Before we can treat your children, you need you to register them at
https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need.
To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
We have pediatric providers on-demand and we are currently keeping wait times below two minutes. Please do not expose your family to COVID-19 by leaving your house, these visits are accessible FROM HOME on any smartphone, tablet, or computer.
We understand that this is an alarming time for many people in the Austin community, and we never want the economic status of a family to prevent them from receiving the medical care they need as we practice social distancing. Our goal is to increase access to care for families while also limiting exposure to COVID-19 and we feel that providing care virtually is the best way to accomplish that.
Please help us stop the spread and flatten the curve by sharing this information on social media and through email with your friends and family. By avoiding medical facilities and limiting exposure, you may save someone’s life.
Together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19.
Paul Cruz, PhD
Tracy A. Spinner, M.Ed.
AISD Director, Comprehensive Health & Mental Health
School-Based Mental Health Services - VIDA CLINIC
Austin ISD's school-based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is now offering teletherapy services to the entire Austin ISD community. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To schedule an appointment, visit vidaclinic.org/virtualvida and contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at email@example.com.
El centro de salud mental en la escuela de Austin ISD, Vida Clinic, ofrecerá servicios de teleterapia a toda la comunidad de Austin ISD. Estos servicios permitirán a adultos y estudiantes acceder a servicios de salud mental con alta calidad desde sus propios hogares. Para programar una cita, visite vidaclinic.org/virtualvidaesp y comuníquese con nuestro Equipo de atención de Vida Clinic al 512-518-2209 o por correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Rifkin Banks, LCSW
Director of Program Development
AISD classes are cancelled from March 23rd through April 3rd. While physical campuses are closed, this site can offer optional short-term learning and enrichment from home.
Live Now! The Austin ISD Learning At-Home Website has launched.
As the community comes together, we are providing learning activities for you and your students while we are away from the classroom. The district has created this Learning At-Home website, complete with online courses and recommended learning resources for all grade levels. First and foremost, we want to ensure that our students are healthy and safe as we continue to connect as one AISD family.
This website is intended for caretakers, students, and teachers to access ideas for learning and enrichment opportunities.
The resources on this site are intended to provide optional enrichment during the current cancellation of classes. They are presented with community and human connection in mind.
Resources include a range of ideas for online and offline activities that students can work on at home independently, with family members, or with other adults. Some of these activities may require guidance from an adult to get started.
Next Wednesday, hand-on activities for elementary students will be available at the grab-on-go lunch sites that the district has organized for students who have limited access to devices and internet.
Please continue to check the AUSTIN ISD Coronavirus website for updates: austinisd.org/coronavirus
Please visit the link for UIL scheduling information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. AUSTIN — The University Interscholastic League (UIL) is extending its suspension of all UIL sanctioned activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Texas. All contests, practices, rehearsals and workouts will remain suspended until further notice. At this time, the earliest games and contests may resume is Monday, May 4th.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
CDC on COVID-19 in Texas: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
CDC Confirmed Cases of COVID-19: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
The City of Austin
City of Austin COVID-19: http://austintexas.gov/article/cdc-updates-coronavirus
City of Austin COVID-19 FAQ: http://www.austintexas.gov/COVID19
ECHS and PTECH Students
All students currently enrolled in one or more ACC courses need to be prepared for their courses to reconvene in an online-only format starting 3/30-- this applies to courses that are normally held at ACC as well as ACC courses normally held on the Crockett campus. All course directions and expectations will be distributed through Blackboard, directly from the professor by 3/25.
Please encourage your students to check their ACC email regularly in the near future and to communicate with Ms. Capps if they have any questions or concerns-- email@example.com
Last, please make sure your ECHS/Dual Credit student is part of the appropriate Remind Group below-- updates will be sent through Remind as we receive new information from ACC.
Class of 2020 ECHS Students: text @2020ech to phone number 81010
Class of 2021 ECHS Students: text @2021ec to phone number 81010
Class of 2022 ECHS Students: text @2022ech to phone number 81010
Class of 2023 ECHS Students: text @2e6f77 to phone number 81010
Dual Credit (Non-ECHS) Students: text @93fhb to phone number 81010