Consuelo Mendez MS STEM Academy

Campus, Parent/Family & Community Engagement October 2020

Newsletter Overview

Mendez STEM Academy Bell Schedule

Reopening Plans- October 5, 202

Opening for Learning Plan-version 4

Bus Riding Protocols

COVID-19 Dashboard

AISD Meals Curbside Pick-up

AISD Middle School Office Newsletter

AISD Learning Preference Survey Results

Consuelo Mendez MS STEM Academy Re-opening Plans for In person Learning Start October 5, 2020

Re-opening Plans for In person Learning Start October 5, 2020

Families who completed the survey for in-person learning starting this October 5th will be receiving confirmation emails and phone calls this week with information about safety protocols.

School will look different from October 5 - 30, 2020:

● One classroom throughout the entire day "Learning Lab"

● One teacher monitor

● Breakfast/lunch served in the classroom

● No transitions

● Students may bring a refillable water bottle

Arrival Procedures and Expectations

● All students who are dropped off by their parents will be screened in the car. If they don’t pass the screening they will be sent home immediately.

● If a walker or student who rides the bus does not meet the health screening requirements, we’ll have a designated location at each entrance for them to stand until an administrator or pre-determined staff member can escort them to the staging room.

● In addition to the staff members assisting at each entrance, we’ll have staff spread throughout the building to ensure that students are maintaining social distancing as they walk to class.

● There will be a sanitizing table at each entrance for students as they walk into the building and a sanitizing station inside each classroom.

● Everyone must wear a mask once entering an Austin ISD building. Mask must be worn at all times, even when staff and students are alone.

Download the Austin ISD APP

Austin ISD is happy to announce the launch of our mobile app—a new way to stay connected on your Android device or IPhone. The app will allow all AISD students, staff and families to receive notifications from the district and campuses for which they wish to subscribe. COVID-19 self-screening for users to complete before coming into contact with others or before leaving home for work or school.

The app allows for quick access to: see the calendar for the current school year,

links to the following:

●Parent Cloud
●Parent Self Serve
●"Where's The Bus" (AISD Transportation)
●School Café,
●the School Directory, and the latest news.

Locate the free Austin ISD Mobile App in the digital store for your mobile device by searching for Austin ISD. For questions concerning the new app, call 512–414–9187.

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Austin ISD: Open For Learning - A Day in the Life [ENG]
Distrito Escolar Independiente de Austin: Abierto para el Aprendizaje - Un día en la vida escolar [ESP]

Open for Learning Plan- version 4

As we prepare to welcome students in a phased-in approach to our campuses, our Open for Learning Plan Version 4 was released on Sept. 24. This updated version includes expanded sections on early childhood, transportation, and more.

Bus Riding Protocols

Austin ISD is committed to providing safe, reliable transportation to our students. We are implementing protocols that all families who qualify for bus transportation should know if they plan on using this service. The full plan for our bus-riding families can be found on the Open for Learning Plan Version 4. Below are highlights of this communication.

Families, please make sure to update your contact information in Parent Cloud.

We encourage every family to take their child’s temperature each morning.

Please do not send students to school if they are sick, have symptoms or have a temperature at 100.0 or greater.

Please make every effort to accompany students to and from the bus stop and school in the event your child registers a temperature greater than 100.0.

Masks are required on all AISD buses.

Prior to boarding the bus, a transportation staff member will check every student’s temperature with a touchless thermometer.

If a child registers a temperature at or above 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, they will either be sent home with their parents. If a parent/guardian is not available, separate transportation to the campus will be provided.

To reduce virus exposure on buses, we encourage families to drop off or walk with their students to school.

Additional information

Bus drivers will wear personal protective equipment including masks, gloves and face shields to be used during temperature screenings.

All buses will have hand sanitizer and will be disinfected regularly.

Maximum allowable seating will be one student per seat with the seat behind the driver closed for social distancing.

We look forward to welcoming your child aboard!

Austin ISD COVID-19 Dashboard

The Austin ISD COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated by noon each Tuesday, starting the week of Sept. 21. All lab-confirmed positive cases on campuses will be communicated directly to the campus community. Individuals who may have been exposed will be contacted directly and provided information on next steps, including a quarantine timeline if needed.

Austin ISD Food Service Notice:

Beginning the week of October 5, Austin ISD will transition from daily to weekly free curbside meal service. This change is in response to community feedback, providing a more efficient and convenient meal pick-up option for families.

Each Thursday, starting October 8, curbside meal sites will provide free 7 day meal packs at more than 40 locations throughout Austin. Meal sites at 38 schools will expand to a longer service time, serving 7 day meal packs each Thursdays from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

To provide more options for families, Blackshear Elementary, Crockett Early College High School, Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy, Oak Hill Elementary, Padron Elementary and Widen Elementary will serve 7 day meal packs Thursdays from 7-9 a.m.

Anderson High School, Covington Middle School, Dawson Elementary, Eastside Memorial Early College High School and Pecan Springs Elementary will serve 7 day meal packs on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

To prepare for this service change, families will receive additional meals on Friday, October 2. On this day, curbside meal sites will provide six meal packs for each child, to provide food access through the weekend and when sites are closed October 5-7, 2020.

Consuelo Mendez MS STEM Academy

Visit the Let's Talk website for answers to common questions. You can also send a text to Let's Talk at 512-856-1535 or call the Family Support Line at 512-414-9187.