NACER Community Newsletter
April 20th 2020
Community Message / Update
Family Resource Centers (FRC)
Parents and students need to fill out a technology request form or call the Parent tech support line if their Chromebook is broken, lost, left at school, need a charger or need a hotspot.
Student Tech Support: 512-414-4357
Spectrum is offering free Wi-Fi and broadband access up to 100 MBPS to any household with K-12 and/or college students that doesn’t already have Spectrum. Installation fees will be waived for these households, and anyone wishing to enroll will need to call 1-844-488-8395.
Comcast is expanding a service they already offer for low-income families called Internet Essentials. The service, which is normally $9.95 a month, will be free for new customers for 60 days and is 25 MBPS. People hoping to sign up for the services can call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
Our vertical team AVID Specialist, Anita Nuñez has developed resources for teachers to use for online learning. She's 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 some of these strategies!
Communities in Schools
While students are not physically in school, we remain dedicated to their well-being and continued learning. Our CIS team is adapting to this ever-changing situation, and we are committed to doing everything in our power to support students and families and connect them to needed resources and services. In addition, our program staff are providing support and resources to faculty as well, through mindfulness moments in faculty meetings, hosting restorative circles for staff, and providing wellness opportunities. During school closures, our team will be working remotely. We are currently providing the following supports during school closures:
- 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.
What is Blend?
These links will take parents to short screencasts that demonstrate what BLEND looks like from the parent "observer" view.
Multiple Languages Supported
This page contains helpful BLEND (Canvas) guides in multiple languages.
AISD staff will begin mailing packets on Monday, April 27 for Pre-K–eighth grades. To reduce the number of people at curbside food distribution sites, learning packets will no longer be available at food sites. Food distribution will continue as usual.
Students of families who qualify for free and reduced lunch will automatically receive these mailed packets.
Students of families who do not qualify for free and reduced lunch are also able to receive mailed packets. If your family does not qualify and would like to continue to receive learning packets, please fill out this form to be added to the mailing list: https://bit.ly/3aAP7NC.
Please contact your principal if you are unsure about your eligibility for free and reduced lunch.
Before they can access BLEND, parents will need to set up a Parent Cloud Account. These resources are designed to support parents with this process. If a parent or guardian needs support with their account setup, they should call the Parent Help Desk at 512-414-9187
Start at the AISD Portal: https://portal.austinisd.org/
These printable documents provide parents/guardians with key information about BLEND.
NACER Resource Board
- Austin ISD Crisis Support Fund
- Telehealth Options for Families
- Board Resolution - Emergency COVID-19 March 13, 2020
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
Virtual Care for kids partners with AISD
Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all co-pays for all AISD telemedicine visits. In addition students with Medicaid will receive free care. If you wish to utilize this service please register your child at: https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/
To see a provider please visit: https://urgentcarekids.com/pediatric-telemedicine-for-kids/
Additionally, 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.