Eagle Update: November 29, 2020

Barton Hills Elementary

Hello BHE Families:

I hope everyone had a happy and peaceful break last week. My wish for all is that we are able to take the rest from last week and have it sustain us until the winter break as we are, once again, reverting back to a fully remote schedule for all students. Change is our constant this year and I am so grateful for your patience and partnership as we navigate this very different school year together. I don't usually send a newsletter on Sundays but I wanted to make sure everyone had the important information about the change to all remote learning the week of November 30 - December 4 for ALL AISD students.

I hope you are already aware that, over the break, Dr. Elizalde, our new Superintendent, informed families and staff that we will be learning remotely the week of November 30 - December 4, 2020. Austin ISD will be closed to on-campus learning and will only offer remote instruction this week. We will be keeping our same daily schedules since the remote learning period is just for one week. Please watch for any additional information and reminders about Zoom links, schedules, etc. from your child's teacher.

As part of AISD's efforts to support student and staff health and safety, there will be several sites offering rapid COVID-19 testing this week. Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 2, we will offer three days of districtwide, drive-through, rapid testing for all on-campus students and staff, who will physically report to campus for teaching and learning. Testing is strongly recommended for those who are showing COVID-19 symptoms, those who have had close contact with someone who is positive or showing symptoms for COVID-19, and those who recently traveled for the holidays.

Drive-through, COVID-19 testing will be offered at the following dates, times, and locations:

Testing Locations

  1. Burger Stadium
  2. Dobie Middle School
  3. Mendez Middle School
  4. Navarro Early College High School
  5. Northeast Early College High School
  6. Travis Early College High School

Dates and Times for ALL Locations

  • Wednesday, December 2nd from 9:30am-6:00pm
  • Thursday, December 3rd from 8:00am-4:30pm
  • Friday, December 4th from 8:00am-4:30pm

Items to Bring on Scheduled Date of Testing

  • Completed Child/Student or Adult/Staff Consent Form
  • Student/Employee ID
  • Driver’s License or State ID (if applicable)
  • Mask (all members in vehicle should have a mask on when arriving to the testing site)
  • Parent/Guardian present if student is under the age of 18 (A student under 18 years of age may come unaccompanied to the testing site if parent/guardian has fully completed consent form. Any missing information on the consent form may lead to the student being turned away.)

To sign up for drive-through testing at an AISD site, please register here:

In addition to the testing that we are offering for on-campus students and staff, two of the six AISD testing sites (Burger Stadium and Northeast Early College High School) will have Austin Public Health (APH) present to administer a limited amount of COVID-19 tests to household members for students’ families that register by Monday, November 30th at 5:00pm.

For virtual learners/workers and those that are getting tested at other locations that also want family members to get tested as well, you can schedule testing on the same days with Austin Public Health by visiting COVID19.AustinTexas.gov or by calling 512-972-5560.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Health Services at health@austinisd.org

Thank you as always for your continued support of our school.

Kati Achtermann

A Note from our Counselor, Mrs. White

Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me wanting to donate to our Families Helping Families Program. We have enough sponsors now. I will be reaching out to the families over Thanksgiving Break to give them more details.

If you are interested in receiving help during the holidays, please fill out this Google Form


Interested in learning about AISD’s budget and how Texas funds schools?

Join families and communities across Austin for a “School Finance 101” information session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, via Zoom.

The session is part of a series of conversations designed to:

· educate communities about how investments, including tax dollars, support students and

· provide information about how community members can engage through every step of the process—from the local school budget to the Texas legislature.

To join the conversation via Zoom, please register at this link. The district also will stream the event live on AISD.TV and Facebook Live.

AISD team members from financial services, intergovernmental relations, and the communications and community engagement teams will be available to answer questions.

For more information, please contact Gabriella Beker on the community engagement team at gabriella.beker@austinisd.org or call 512-414-9774.

Coats for Kids

Coats for Kids will be delivering jackets to families individually this year. You can find out more about the Coats for Kids drive, how to donate coats or money to this cause or how to request a coat HERE. You can also use the links below to fill out your information if someone in your family is in need of a coat this year.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiiEJ0gfJNbo2sPNt7ur9s86I2ijG3DnrUpyTAN6YPkvssqw/viewform for English

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSenaKd_YDwz8arO3vho3QQbnJLSi4A33OykQwVCJz8yh8Z8tg/viewform for Spanish.

If Your Chid is Returning to School In Person: Before You Arrive to School Everyday:

When You Arrive at School

Health Guidelines

Please review the attachments below to learn more about how to respond if you believe your child has a positive COVID case and general guidelines for when to keep your child home from school. If you have any questions, please contact our school health room at 512-414-2013. Thank you!

Dogs on Campus

We respectfully request that dogs not accompany you or your child to school for arrival or dismissal. While your dog may be the best for your family, not everyone is comfortable around them and and not all dogs do well in the arrival/dismissal setting. Thank you so much!

Upcoming Dates

December 2 - PTA Parent Support Series -

December 18 - No school for students/ Teacher Staff Development Day (Not on AISD Calendar)

December 21 - January 4 Winter Break

January 5 - No School for Students/Teacher Staff Development Day (Not on AISD Calendar)

April 30th - No School for Students/ Teacher Staff Development Day (Not on AISD Calendar)


Our PTA is the best! Please check out the link for the latest PTA Newsletter below and sign up to receive them directly: