NACER Community Newsletter
Welcome to the December edition of the NACER newsletter!
Every month, this newsletter will bring you updated resources and current community information.
NACER is a community partnership with the Austin Independent School District and community partners that supports the literacy and basic needs of students and families in the Northeast Early College High School feeder pattern. Our work aligns resources and academic supports for our partner campuses, students, and their families.
If you have any questions or need help with any of the resources on this newsletter, please contact your school's office or AISD Let's Talk. The NACER family of schools contact information is at the end of this newsletter.
To minimize the spread of COVID-19 and ensure everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season, Austin Public Health is offering risk guidance for gatherings.
Para minimizar la propagación del COVID-19 y garantizar que todos estén seguros y sanos en esta temporada de festa, Salud Pública de Austin está ofreciendo recomendaciones para las reuniones basadas en los riesgos.
The following are all drive-through food distributions, please allow space in your vehicle for food to be loaded.
Monday, December 21, 9am-12pm - Nelson Field (Northeast ECHS), 7105 Berkman Dr 78752
Wednesday, December 23, 9:30am-11:30am - Eastside Memorial HS, 1012 Arthur Stiles Rd 78721
Wednesday, December 30, 9am-12pm - Nelson Field (Northeast ECHS), 7105 Berkman Dr 78752
Click on the blue button above for more information.
December 21 Burnet Middle School, 8401 Hathaway Dr, 78757
Each Thursday, AISD curbside meal sites will provide free 7 day meal packs at more than 40 locations throughout Austin. The last 7 day curbside meal distribution is this Thursday, December 17.
Notice: AISD meal sites will be closed on Dec. 24 and 31
To help provide food during the holiday break, families may pick up free seven-day meal packs at the Central Texas Food Bank distribution event on Mon., Dec. 21 and Wed., Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at Nelson Field, 7105 Berkman Drive. Seven-day meal pack pick up requirements will follow the same guidelines as AISD curbside meal sites. AISD will resume weekly seven-day meal pack distribution at curbside meal sites on Thurs., Jan. 7.
Families are advised to stay in their cars and not enter buildings during meal pick up. Families who come by walking/biking/transit will still be able to receive food outside the campuses.
Use this free online assessment to pre-register for testing for you or a loved one and schedule a no-cost, drive-through COVID-19 test at a local Austin Public Health facility.
If your symptoms are very bad, go now to a clinic or hospital or call 9-1-1
(symptoms include chills, confusion or hallucinations, cough, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches or pain, new loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, sore throat)
Virtual Care for Kids
AISD is excited to bring virtual pediatricians to campus health rooms through a partnership with Virtual Care for Families. When families register their student online for the 2020-21 school year at https://my.austinisd.org, they have the ability to consent to participate in the telehealth program. If you have completed online registration without consenting to participate and would now like to consent, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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 https://vidaclinic.org/virtualvida or contact the Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at email@example.com.
Mental Health / Crisis (Integral Care)
Use ConnectATX or call 211 to find up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and other resources, including food, housing & utilities, transportation, job training & education, health and mental health.
- information about the eviction process and your rights as a tenant
- who to contact for help advocating with your landlord
Travis County CARES rent and utility assistance
DACA is back! Upcoming First Time DACA & Renewal Preparation Sessions Think you might qualify for first time DACA or renewal application? Register for Application Prep Sessions!
Once on the line, Press (1 for Spanish) 1-Student technology (contact campus) 2-Food services & meal prep 3-Telemedicine & mental health services 4-Online, curriculum & distance learning 5-Student account, email, password 6-Parent accounts
Austin ISD is open for learning and excited to see students, staff and families!
In Austin ISD's Open for Learning webpage, you’ll find the latest information regarding the plans for the 2020–21 school year as plans change.
AISD is committed to the safety and health of their students, staff and community. As AISD continues to make plans for this school year, their decisions are shaped by national and state guidance as well as local decisions.
That guidance is ever-evolving which means the district must be flexible, agile and able to pivot as circumstances change. AISD hopes that having all updates labeled by topic in one place will help the community stay informed throughout this process.
English - Downloading and Using
Spanish - Downloading and Using
Parent Cloud Account
In order to access student's grades, attendance and assignments in BLEND, families need to set up their Parent Cloud accounts. Families can ask their school office staff to send a “FastPass” email to the primary email address on file, or they can click on the "Parent Cloud Account Creation" button at my.austinisd.org. Families can also contact the Parent Support line for assistance at 512-414-9187, Option 6.
BLEND is the official online starting point for all K-12 students. Teachers will share important class information, assignments and other digital resources through BLEND.
Once the parent cloud account is set up, log into the AISD Portal: https://portal.austinisd.org/
These printable documents provide parents/guardians with key information about BLEND.
PreK - 2nd-grade students will use Seesaw on their iPad to supplement their teacher’s BLEND course.
Wi-Fi buses are available from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm Monday - Friday. This is to accommodate time for transporting students as we begin to phase-in on-campus learning.
AISD is strategically positioning these buses at apartments and neighborhoods where they can make the biggest impact. AISD students can access free Wi-Fi on their school devices. For the most current locations and times, please see the Austin ISD School Bus WiFI Map.
If your student is in need of a Wi-Fi hotspot for internet access, please contact your school or use the form in Parent Cloud to request technology. We encourage families to provide this information as soon as possible so that students can receive individual technology support.
Communities in Schools
While students are not physically in school, CIS remains dedicated to their well-being and continued learning. The CIS team is committed to doing everything in its power to support students and families and connect them to needed resources and services. During school closures, the CIS team is providing the following supports:
- Virtual case management with students to provide connection, emotional support and needs assessment.
- Providing referrals to available community resources, and helping families navigate the various basic needs, academic, health and other community systems of support available to them.
- Providing emergency financial assistance for families impacted by COVID-19.
Our vertical team AVID Specialist, Anita Nuñez, and the AISD AVID team have developed and compiled resources for teachers to use for online learning. They are also hosting weekly chats with teachers to share ideas and stories. Barrington Elementary hosted a virtual learning professional development session for their teachers to practice collaborative strategies online!
- Austin ISD Crisis Support Fund
- Telehealth Options for Families
- Board Resolution - Emergency COVID-19 March 13, 2020
The City of Austin
- City of Austin COVID-19 FAQ: http://www.austintexas.gov/COVID19
- Housing Resources: http://www.austintexas.gov/housing-resources
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
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Dobie Middle School
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