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To slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and safeguard the well-being of scholars, staff, and families, Austin Achieve Public Schools will be closed through the end of the 2019-20 academic school year.
This is an unprecedented situation. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we respond to this dynamic situation and work to support our scholars, families, and staff throughout the closure.
Important Updates & Resources
COVID-19 Update #1 - 3/6/2020 COVID-19 Update #2 - 3/16/2020 COVID-19 Update #3 - 3/22/2020 COVID-19 "Stay at Home" Order Update #4 - 3/24/2020 How to Sign Up for Free Spectrum Internet The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Texas Department of State Health Services How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus IT Support COVID-19 Info Sheet from Texas Health & Human Services FFCRA Employee Rights Distance Learning Tutorial - Middle School
Have classes been canceled?
In light of recent events and to maintain the health and wellbeing of our community Austin Achieve Public Schools will be closed Monday, March 23 – Monday, April 13 to help do our part to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This closure applies to all in-school classroom instruction as well as all extracurricular activities. However, this does not mean we will halt our commitment to your child’s education. We will provide an at-home learning program — called distance learning — to all families.
Will Austin Achieve provide distance learning during the closure?
Yes. Our instructional team is working hard to finalize a comprehensive distance learning plan. We will share specific details with teachers and families as soon as possible.
Will meals be provided during the closure?
Yes, starting Monday, March 23, “grab and go” breakfast and lunches will be available to all community members 18 years old and younger. Meals will be available from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Meals will be served at both the Manor Road (5908 Manor Road) and Northeast Campus (7424 E. Hwy 290).
Has New Family Registration been canceled?
Yes, the New Family Registration events scheduled for Saturday, March 28th and Saturday, April 4th have been postponed. We will share details on how to complete registration and submit required documents at a later date.
What is distance learning?
While we are away from the classroom, we will shift to an at-home learning program called distance learning. Distance learning will ensure our scholars are provided with daily instruction virtually and through printed materials.
When will distance learning begin?
Distance learning will begin the week of March 23rd. More details specific to your child’s campus learning plans will be sent to families soon.
My family does not have access to the internet, what should we do?
Families without internet access will be given free WiFi through a school-issued mobile hotspot and/or community partnership.
In an effort to ensure Americans have necessary access to online resources, qualifying households with students can get 60 days of FREE access with a Spectrum Internet account. For more information or to enroll, please call 1-844-579-3743. Additionally, all Spectrum hotspots throughout the city have been made public. To find a hotspot near you, click here.
What is the Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus?
The Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Currently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports several cases in the United States, including Texas.
Is there a difference between coronavirus and COVID-19?
Yes. There are multiple strains of coronavirus. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. This is the strain of coronavirus that is currently being monitored by the CDC.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
-Shortness of breath
What can I do to prevent being infected or spreading the virus?
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-Wash your hands frequently.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
-Stay home when you are sick.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a covered trashcan.
-If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Official Federal, State, and Local COVID-19 Information:
– www.cdc.gov: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s official website.
– https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/: The State of Texas’ official COVID-19 Information website.
– www.bit.ly/AustinCOVID19: The City of Austin’s official document containing resources, information, and updates on COVID-19.
Free COVID-19 Testing:
- http://www.austintexas.gov/department/covid-19-information/symptoms-testing-and-care: Families without insurance can get free testing at CommUnity Care
Workforce & Unemployment Information:
– www.bit.ly/Covid19Jobs: List of available jobs in the Austin area.
– www.bit.ly/TexasUnemployment: Application to receive unemployment benefits if you have lost your job due to COVID-19.
– www.bit.ly/ATXPaymentArrangement: If you are unable to make your utility payments to the City of Austin, you may set up a monthly payment installment plan here.
– www.bit.ly/ATXAssistancePrograms: If you are on a low or fixed income and participate in certain local, state, or federal assistance programs, you may qualify for utility waivers and discounts from the City of Austin. See if you are eligible and apply here.
– www.bit.ly/SpectrumCOVID19: Spectrum is temporarily offering free WiFi access to households with K-12 or college-aged scholars. You must be a new Spectrum customer to qualify for this offer.
Food, Supplies, and Childcare Assistance
– Austin Achieve’s Child Nutrition Department is providing FREE meals to all members of the community via on-campus pickup or delivery. If you would like to register for this service, please call 512-522-4190.
–https://www.ccctx.org/: Catholic Charities of Central Texas is holding drive-through events for diapers and personal hygiene kits at 1625 Rutherford Lane. For more information, including dates and times, call (512) 651-6100.
– https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org: The Central Texas Food Bank has locations across Austin and can help get you food, including groceries and hot meals, at no cost.
– https://elbuen.org/wellness/food-pantry/: El Buen Samaritano provides free emergency food assistance for families with financial limitations.
– For more resources, including diapers, food, formula, and supplies, call Texas Health & Human Services at 211.
At-Home Educational Resources
– www.brainPOP.com: This free, child-safe website contains videos, games, and quizzes related to all school subjects. To access all features, use the Austin Achieve login:
– www.natgeokids.com: This website offers science, history and ecology videos, games, quizzes and reading materials for young scholars.
– www.highlightskids.com: This child-friendly website offers fun reading, games, arts and crafts, and more.
– www.khanacademy.com: This website offers in-depth videos across all subjects and is perfect for middle school to high school-aged scholars.
– www.bit.ly/aapscrashcourse: This YouTube channel offers fun, animated videos for subjects like history, science, psychology, and more, and is perfect for middle to high school-aged scholars.
Tips on Staying Healthy
– www.bit.ly/AAPSHealthTips: Read this list of tips from the World Health Organization (WHO) on staying healthy and protecting yourself and your family from COVID-19.
– www.bit.ly/AAPSMentalHealth: Read this article for simple tips on taking care of your mental health during COVID-19.
– www.bit.ly/AAPSparenting: This article offers ways to help your child deal with the disappointment of school, activities, and other events being canceled due to COVID-19.