NACER Community Newsletter

December 2020

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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.

Celebrate the Holidays Safely

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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.

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The following are all drive-through food distributions, please allow space in your vehicle for food to be loaded.

Central Texas Food Bank

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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

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Family Resource Center Pantry - Mondays 10:30am

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December 21 Burnet Middle School, 8401 Hathaway Dr, 78757

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AISD Curbside Meals

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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.

COVID-19 Free Assessment & Testing

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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)

AISD Health Resources & Information

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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, 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 for assistance.

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 or contact the Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at


The Texas Department of Health has ruled that students must be current with immunizations in order to attend school unless an exemption has been filed with the school in accordance with Texas Education Code. Parents may fax or mail the updated immunization record to their child's school.

Mental Health / Crisis (Integral Care)

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, Integral Care has a 24/7 Crisis Helpline at 512-472-HELP (4357). You can also Text TX to 741741 to connect to Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 crisis support via text. Integral Care is also working with NAMI Central Texas to make sure the community has resources available during this challenging time. They will be posting helpful tools on their website this weekend, including tips and tools for managing stress and how to talk to your children about this uncertain time.
ConnectATX 833-512-2289 Click here for more info

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.


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- rent or utility bills assistance

- information about the eviction process and your rights as a tenant

- who to contact for help advocating with your landlord

Contact Austin Voices Call Center at 512-493-4288 for assistance with application
Travis County Basic Needs Services & Resources

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Travis County Community Centers

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Travis County CARES rent and utility assistance

DACA (Click here for more information)

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!


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The primary goal of the Austin ISD Family Resource Centers (FRCs) is to provide support, resources, and leadership opportunities that promote well-being, self-sufficiency, and the engagement of family members in our public schools. The Family Resource Centers are located on campuses at each of the schools noted below. Families with children in designated schools can receive support at the FRCs for: Basic Needs and Housing, Employment, Access to Healthcare, Social Connections, Continuing Education, Parenting Support and School Leadership opportunities.
AISD Let's Talk 512-414-9187 (Click here for more info)

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

AISD Reopening Plan

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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.

Austin ISD App

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English - Downloading and Using

How to download and use the Austin ISD App

Spanish - Downloading and Using

AISD App COVID 19 Screen & Go En español
Parent Cloud Account

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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 Families can also contact the Parent Support line for assistance at 512-414-9187, Option 6.

PDF Step by step Setup

PDF Step Setup(Spanish)

Blend and Seesaw

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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:

These printable documents provide parents/guardians with key information about BLEND.

BLEND Parent 1-Pager

BLEND Parent 1-Pager (Spanish)

PreK - 2nd-grade students will use Seesaw on their iPad to supplement their teacher’s BLEND course.

AISD Wifi Bus Map

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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.

AISD Learning From Home

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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!


EcoRise’s Sustainable Intelligence Curriculum has Personal Eco-Audits that students can do at home. This timeline can be modified as needed to adapt the lesson for an At-Home PBL. EcoRise Teachers have access to these resources at New teachers can enroll at Families can access the audits at
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Navigating the enormous amount of resources that are being shared right now in response to COVID-19 can be overwhelming. Our Northeast vertical team principals and NACER leadership team have curated smaller collections of information that we think you’ll find most helpful at this moment.

Additional Resources

Austin ISD

The City of Austin

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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The idea to name our community collective NACER developed from an opportunity to brand ourselves with an acronym that defines our mission and also with a stand-alone word that embodies our mission. Read as the Spanish word nacer, the name serves as a nod to one of our primary communities’ native language while alluding to our goal of cradle to career pipelines.
Learn more about NACER at

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Northeast Early College High School

Principal: Sterlin McGruder