NACER Community Newsletter

November 2020

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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.

HOPEFEST (Click here to see video)

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.

Coats for Kids

Please complete one form per student.

Coats for Kids, sponsored by the Junior League of Austin and in collaboration with Austin ISD is so excited for the 2020-21 school year! Because of COVID-19, Coats for Kids will be delivering hand-selected coats to students at their AISD campus in December.
Blue Santa Registration (Click here for English)

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.

Registracion Blue Santa (Oprima aqui para Español)

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.

AISD Let's Talk 512-414-9187

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

How to download and use the Austin ISD App

Spanish - Downloading and Using

AISD App COVID 19 Screen & Go En español

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 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.

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

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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.

COVID-19 information for Asian American Community

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

Testing is free for the uninsured, if you have insurance we will bill the insurance company.

· We are testing anyone with symptoms or without symptoms who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

· No appointment or doctor’s referral needed.

· Walk-up testing available

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

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.

Transportation Assistance

We provide transportation assistance within Travis County to your patients that are in need.

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
- 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

Travis County CARES rent and utility assistance

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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.
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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.

Northeast Early College High School

Principal: Sterlin McGruder