NACER Community Newsletter
Welcome to the November 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.
Operation Turkey will deliver meals on Thanksgiving Day — Thursday, November 26, 2020.
If you request a meal, you can expect delivery between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each plate represents a meal for one individual containing, turkey, stuffing, vegetables, pie, and a drink. We will be accepting meal requests until 11:59 PM on Friday, November 20th.
Special thanks to Austin Voices for Education and Youth (AVEY) for organizing this community school event in collaboration with community partners and the Northeast Vertical Team.
Blue Santa applications are now available. Blue Santa will not be able to deliver gifts to your family this year because of COVID19. You will be required to pick up your package/gift card if you are selected.
Las aplicaciones de Blue Santa ya están disponibles. Blue Santa no podrá entregar regalos a su familia este año debido a COVID19. Se le pedirá que recoja su paquete / tarjeta de regalo si es seleccionado.
Thursday, November 19, 2020 – 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Join us for a family friendly program with storytelling and educational activities to learn more about Native American culture, dances and traditions. This is an online event starting at 5 p.m.: Registration link.
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
Transition from remote to on-campus learning
Austin ISD is proud to offer a choice between remote learning and face-to-face instruction for the 2020-21 school year. See below for the timelines regarding switching from one instructional model to another.
- Transitioning from on-campus learning to remote off-campus learning will occur when a student/parent or guardian chooses to do so.
- Transitioning from remote off-campus learning to on-campus learning:
- The first request will occur as soon as possible, but not to exceed five school days.
- The second request will occur at the beginning of the next grading period.
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.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, Wi-Fi buses will be available Monday - Friday from 9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.
As our buses begin to transport students for phased-in on-campus learning, Austin ISD Wi-Fi-enabled buses will continue to serve our students with an updated schedule.
The AISD buses are serving apartments and neighborhoods with larger AISD student populations. AISD students can access this free Wi-Fi service 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.
The following are all drive-through food distributions, please allow space in your vehicle for food to be loaded.
November 16 Navarro Early College High School, 1111 Fairfield Dr., 78758
November 23 Burnet Middle School, 8401 Hathaway Dr, 78757
For students participating in remote, off-campus learning, free 7 day meal packs will be available each Thursday at more than 40 curbside locations throughout Austin.
AISD will serve free breakfast & lunch in the classroom for on-campus learners.
Join Austin Public Health on Facebook Live. Topics will keep viewers up-to-date on resources for staying healthy, safe, and informed during the pandemic. To listen in Burmese, please call 512-768-8862, in Vietnamese, please call 512-729-6206
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.
Services provided include:
- Medical appointments
- Prescription pickup
- Return trips from the hospital (emergency room trips are not available)
- Access to food: grocery store, food pantries
- 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
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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Walnut Creek Elementary
Dobie Middle School
Webb Middle School