NACER Community Newsletter

August 2020

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Welcome to the August edition of the NACER Community Newsletter!

NACER is a community partnership with Austin Independent School District that supports the literacy and basic needs of students in the Northeast Early College High School feeder pattern. Our work aligns resources and academic supports for our partner campuses, students, and their families. Every month our newsletter will bring you updated resources and current community information. If you have any questions or need help with any of the resources on this newsletter, please contact AISD Let's Talk or your school's office. The NACER family of schools contact information is at the end of this newsletter.

A Special Message from NACER Principals

This message was filmed before the AISD board vote on Aug 6th. The school start date is September 8th, 2020.

Un Mensaje Especial de los Directores de NACER


2020–21 School Year to Begin with Virtual Instruction

A Message from the AISD School Board

Our goal at Austin ISD has always been to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Early this morning, the AISD Board of Trustees approved a revised School Calendar which reflects students’ first day as Sept. 8.
More information is forthcoming.
Returning Austin ISD students are already in the AISD system, so they are already are ENROLLED, but every returning student must be REGISTERED to update all information. Contact information, address, email and phone numbers, must be updated. If you need help with registration, please call the Parent Support Line 512-414-9187.
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The following are all drive-through food distributions, please allow space in your vehicle for food to be loaded.

Weekly meal packs for children 18 and younger in our area

North Austin YMCA, 1000 W Rundberg Lane, 78758 Thursdays 9am - 10am

Bring student ID cards, report cards or a letter from the school if children are not present and birth certificates for children not school age yet

AISD Curbside Meals

Meals offered Monday - Friday

Wednesday, August 12: Travis Early College High School, Govalle Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary, Perez Elementary, Uphaus Early Childhood Center

Aug 10th - Dobie Middle School, 1200 E. Rundberg Ln, 78753

Aug 24th - Navarro Early College High School, 1111 Fairfield Dr, 78758

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Saturday, July 25, 8:00am-11:00am - Nelson Field (next to Northeast ECHS) - 7105 Berkman Ave, 78752

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FREE MONEY through P-EBT!!!!! - Only available through August 21st , 2020!

If your child was receiving FREE/REDUCED MEALS at school, you are entitled to receive a one-time P-EBT payment of $285 per child for the meals they did not eat when schools were closed due to COVID-19.

- Families enrolled in SNAP have already received their P-EBT benefits but those who do NOT receive SNAP benefits still need to apply

- If your family is not enrolled in SNAP, you will need to fill out a P-EBT application online to receive a P-EBT CARD by mail with the funds for each child in your family who is enrolled in school.

- Non-citizens ARE eligible for P-EBT and receiving P-EBT benefits will NOT hurt their immigration status. Social Security Numbers are NOT required. P-EBT is not counted under public charge.

- Click on the flyer to access the application or call the P-EBT Hotline at the Central Texas Food Bank at 833-613-6220.


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.

- 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

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.

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.

Virtual Care for Kids

Austin ISD has partnered with Virtual Care for Kids to provide telehealth options for students at-home! Students can be seen by a doctor or pediatric provider right from the nurse’s office through 2-way video conference.

Vida Clinic

Vida Clinic is currently providing virtual counseling services for anyone in the AISD community.

What Do Parents Do With Devices If Students Will Not Be Attending Summer School?

For Seniors: If the student’s campus has a system for collecting Chromebooks, families can use that. Seniors may also bring Chromebooks to one of the AISD Computer Curbside locations.

  • For students in grades 3-11, including those advancing to middle or high school: Students in these grades will keep their devices.
  • Students who are withdrawing must drop off their Austin ISD devices to one of the AISD Computer Curbside locations at:

Parent Tech Support: 512-414-9187, email, or or submit a request using the Parent Support tile in the portal so that an incident can be created.

AISD Wifi Bus Map

Austin ISD is retrofitting its buses with WiFi capabilities up to a distance of 200 feet. Austin ISD students who live at the locations below can access free WiFi on their school computers, 8am-2pm.

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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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Parent Cloud

Before they can access BLEND, parents & caretakers 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:

PDF Step by step Setup

PDF Step Setup(Spanish)

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

BLEND Parent 1-Pager

BLEND Parent 1-Pager (Spanish)

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NACER Resource Board

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


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.

Internet Support

  • 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 or visit
  • 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.
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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