Info and Updates March 20th

Community Resources and How to Help

Family Needs and Resources

Wylie ISD, along with our Communities In Schools program, wants to best serve our students and families to meet any needs that you may have during this time of uncertainty. Our normal daily schedules look different at this point and certain needs may arise from school operations being disrupted.


Communities In Schools is an organization that partners with Wylie ISD and has representatives on several campuses to empower students and meet their needs. At this time, CIS is working to assist in filling the gap between services normally provided while our students are in school until they return to campus.


If you have a specific need please fill out this form below. It will only take a moment to do so and one of our CIS representatives will be getting back to you as soon as possible.


If you have any additional questions or if you would like to help out, you can contact Wylie CIS at wylie.cis@cisbigcountry.org.

What about Technology Needs?

During this extended period of school closure, some of our Wylie ISD teachers will be offering online learning opportunities.


-We have a limited number of devices that we will check out, with laptops offered to high school students and iPad's offered for lower grades.


-Only 1 device will be provided per home and a parent must sign the authorized use form when the device is picked up. Students in grades 10-12 will be able to pick up without a parent but must present a Student ID as well as sign an authorized use form.


Devices will be available for check-out at Wylie High School Wednesday, March 25th from

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Contact techhelp@wylie.esc14.net for any technology questions.

What about internet access at my house?

If you do not have internet access at your house you can start by reaching out to 211 Texas which is Texas Health and Human Services. All you have to do is pick up the phone and dial

2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905. They are there to help connect people and services. There are some companies that are offering free internet at your home during this time and they may be able to help you get in touch with these companies.

What is 211 Texas?

2-1-1 Texas, a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services they need. Whether by phone or internet, our goal is to present accurate, well-organized and easy-to-find information from state and local health and human services programs. We accomplish this through the work of our 25 Area Information Centers (AICs) across the state. 2-1-1 Texas is a free, anonymous social service hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905, and find information about resources in your local community. Whether you need help finding food or housing, child care, crisis counseling or substance abuse treatment, one number is all you need to know.


www.211texas.org

Food Service Continues During Closure


*Please note that Breakfast time has been extended through 9:00 am.


Wylie ISD will offer free breakfast and lunch for all children, age 18 or younger, at Wylie West Junior High during the District’s closure. Breakfast will be available from 7:30-9:00 am and Lunch will be available from 11:30-1:00 pm. We are committed to providing these services until schools reopen.


Grab & Go Meals will be served curbside. Parents and children in the drive-up lanes must

remain in their cars while picking up meals. Walk-up service will also be provided.

Meals will be available Monday-Friday, for any child 18 or younger. Please know that

children must be present to receive a meal. Due to federal regulations, we are unable to

provide meals for adults at this time. Each Grab & Go meal will come at no charge, regardless

of meal eligibility status.


These "grab-and-go" curbside meals can be picked up at the following location:

Wylie West Junior High

4134 Beltway South

Abilene, TX 79606


Times:

Breakfast-7:30-9:00 am

Lunch-11:30-1:00 pm


If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Food Service Director, Melanie

Brewer at mbrewer@wylie.esc14.net or 325-692-4353 ext 1017

Thanks to our Amazing Food Service Staff!

Social Emotional Resources

During the school shut down some of our administrators, school counselors, and Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs) worked together to comprise a list of helpful resources for parents and students during this stressful time. We want all families and students to know that they are not alone during this time. Many of the articles below will aid in giving your students peace of mind as well as suggestions on how to stay busy at home when your child is not working on schoolwork.



Helpful Articles for Parents and Students:


Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak


https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf


Talking to Kids about Coronavirus by The Child Mind Institute


https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/


From the National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource


https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource


The Secret to Keeping Your Kids Happy, Busy and Learning if Their School Closes During Coronavirus


https://time.com/5803373/coronavirus-kids-at-home-activities/


Online Resource of Learning Activities and Games for kids


https://mommypoppins.com/kids/20-online-learning-resources-apps-and-games-for-kids


Managing Anxiety and Stress from the CDC


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html


Social Story Explaining the Coronavirus


https://theautismeducator.ie/2020/03/11/corona-virus-social-story/?fbclid=IwAR26Se0754UKLJiRIz6rHi11OZVsypz31GUqSproM7ENQ9DdF5Iw-GI2Z7I


Care tips for your coronavirus anxiety


https://www.virusanxiety.com/

Local Mental Health Resources

Below you can find a list of mental health community resources and their phone numbers should your child be in a crisis while school is shutdown. Of course, you can always reach out to your campuses through email and we will get you connected with a counselor or LSSP.


Abilene Behavioral Health:
Phone number: 325-698-6600 (hotline #: 1-800-335-3498)

Betty Hardwick Crisis Hotline:

Phone number: 800-758-3344 (hotline #: 1-800-335-3498)


Abilene Crisis Line, Mental Health Association in Abilene:

Phone number: 325-677-7773 (hotline #: 1-800-335-3498)

Mental Health Association of Abilene:
Phone: 325-673-2300

How can I protect myself and others?

Here is information from the Texas Department of State Health Services


Pursuant to Section 81.002 of the code, each person shall act responsibly to prevent and control communicable disease. The following actions, taken immediately, will reduce and delay the spread of COVID-19:


• People, businesses and communities should immediately undertake hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation practices that are accessible, affordable and known to be effective against COVI D-19.


  • Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.
  • If no soap and water are available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.



• People who are known to have, or are under investigation or monitoring, for COVID-19, should adhere to the direction provided to them by duly authorized persons, including public health officials. Failure to abide by such direction may result in involuntary quarantine or isolation for the purposes of preventing further community spread of COVI D-19.


• People who are ill, especially those with symptoms consistent with influenza or COVID 19, should isolate themselves at home until they recover. Such persons should only present for medical evaluation and treatment if their symptoms are such that they cannot continue to be cared for in their home. And, when seeking medical care should call their doctor or health care facility before arriving to allow them to prepare.


• Limit trips into the public to essential outings. Traveling to work, the grocery store, the pharmacy or to seek medical care would be considered essential trips.

• Limit as much as possible close contact with other people. Stay six feet away.

Do not gather in social groups of more than ten (10) individuals.

• Employers should allow work at home alternatives to the greatest extent possible.

• Restaurants should not allow dine-in options, either inside or outside. Take-out and curbside options with minimal contact are permitted and highly encouraged.



The Texas Department of State Health Services will continue to provide the most current and practical advice on how to control the spread of COVID-19 and encourages all Texans to seek additional information from a trusted source such as https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ or from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/.


Adherence to these rules and the sound public health principles that support them will provide optimal protection for the people of Texas. These measures are necessary to advance the health and safety of all Texans.

How can I help?

Donate to the Community Foundation of Abilene: COVID-19 Relief:


https://www.cfabilene.org/blog/support-abilene-fund

Donate to United Way of Abilene Relief Fund:


https://www.unitedwayabilene.org/index.html

Donate Blood: Hendrick Regional Blood Center urges healthy, eligible individuals to continue to donate blood and platelets. It is crucial that we maintain a sufficient blood supply throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Hendrick Regional Blood Center follows national, state and local protocols to ensure the safety of our donors and staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 325-670-4271 or visit hendrickbloodcenter.org.

COVID-19 Updates from Abilene

This is an informative website for our Abilene community updates.


https://www.abilenevisitors.com/coronavirus-abilene-updates

Who do I contact if I have a question?

If questions arise, we encourage you to reach out by email to your campuses and we will get back to you as soon as we can. This will be the best way to get in contact with someone during the closure.

Wylie High School-hsinfo@wylie.esc14.net
Wylie East Junior High-ejhinfo@wylie.esc14.net
Wylie West Junior High-wjhinfo@wylie.esc14.net
Wylie West Intermediate-wiinfo@wylie.esc14.net
Wylie East Elementary-eeinfo@wylie.esc14.net
Wylie West Elementary-weinfo@wylie.esc14.net
Wylie West Early Childhood-wecinfo@wylie.esc14.net

District Administration Office-info@wylie.esc14.net

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