HAPPY WEDNESDAY THUNDERBIRDS!
January 13, 2021
What was that White Stuff?
Can you believe we had snow on Monday and two days later it’s beautiful, clear and in the mid 60’? That’s Austin for you. Hope some of you got a chance to take a break, go outside with the kids, and celebrate the special event that only comes to Austin every ten years or so! Even little things can build amazing, happy memories in a child that they will carry through challenges they face as they mature. Take time to make some special memories in any way you can. (And don’t feel guilty if it wasn’t the snow. You’ve got your own special way of sharing joy with your child. Trust your instincts!)
Remember the Cultural Festival that we have every year? You might have thought it wasn’t happening because things have changed so much this year, right? Well, Thunderbirds are a proud bunch. We don’t like to give up on our traditions that bring our community together and let our families shine. We have so many wonderful cultures in our community! Be thinking about what you might want to share with the world about your culture…we are looking for some students or families who would like to make a short video. More details to come in next week’s E-folder!
The beginning of the transfer season for 2021-2022 will be delayed. The frozen schools announcement will also be delayed. Please check back on this website for updates as they become available. All deadlines will be pushed back as well. Thank you for your patience.
- For the quickest response, you can send us a message at: https://www.austinisd.org/contact-us (Choose Student Transfers).
- Please call if you have questions about transfers for the 2020-2021 school year (512-414-1726).
Dual Language Applications
Applications for enrollment into Dual Language programs for the elementary 2021-22 school year are being accepted January 11 through February 26, 2021. Find more information about the application process on the Dual-Language page
We’re Trying to Keep Everyone Safe!
As COVID-19 hospitalizations increase and tighter restrictions throughout the region have become necessary, Austin ISD will encourage parents to have their students attend school through remote off-campus instruction for the remainder of this week. This decision was made in partnership with Austin Public Health and city and county officials to help decrease the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, as well as to reduce the risk to our hospitals.
We are asking all families to keep their children in a remote-learning setting beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 12 and for the remainder of the week. Please remember that our schools will remain open to families who need access to our in-person services, such as special needs, etc. Each principal will work with their school community to determine staffing needs and levels as long as Travis County remains in Stage 5.
The Center for Disease control provides guidance for best practices to avoid infection and available resources. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/need-to-know.html
Browser History Reminders
Please note and remind your children their browser history can’t be cleared. Remind students that their browser history on an Austin ISD device cannot be cleared. Anyone who opens history on their device will be able to see students’ search history, along with dates and times.
Please review the information provided in the links 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-. Thank you!
How to Check Status on District Systems
AISD’s technology team has launched a webpage that allows school communities to check the status of district systems such as the cloud and portal, as well as Accelify, School Messenger, and Zoom, at www.austinisd.org/technology/status.
Integral Care Mental Health
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, Integral Care has a 24/7 Crisis Helpline at 512-472-4357 (HELP). You can also Text TX to 741741 to connect to Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 crisis support via text.
Help with food, utilities, rental assistance or other community resources:
Call 211 to speak to someone for assistance, or visit ConnectATX (United Way of Greater Austin)
Austin ISD Parent Engagement Support Office has created a helpful community resource guide that includes information on services for:
- Health and Wellness
- Legal and Immigration
- Austin ISD
- Other Resources
To review the AISD & Community Resource Guide, please click HERE.
District Of Innovation Professional Development Days (No school for students)
Travis ECHS Vertical Team DOI Days: 02/12/2021 and 03/12/2021. These dates are student holidays and staff development days. Please be sure to mark your calendar.
AISD Mobile App Information
The app will allow all AISD students, staff and families to receive notifications from the district and campuses for which they wish to subscribe. Other helpful tools include COVID-19 Screen and Go, an efficient self-screening process for users to complete before coming into contact with others or before leaving home for work or school. The screening feature is available to students, staff and visitors. The app also allows for quick access and links to:
- Parent Cloud
- Parent Self Serve
- School Café
- School Directory
Vote on next year’s AISD Calendar
Austin ISD is currently working on the calendars for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years. The Calendar Task Force has worked very hard to prepare two (2) calendar options. Please take a minute to vote on the calendars that you prefer for each school year. Please click on this link to view the calendars and to vote: Vote here. Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser: https://austinisd.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9FakodMJbJHPro1
As a reminder, if you are coming to campus, please be sure to bring your masks. We have masks here but invite parents to send students with a mask and also a back up mask. Thank you!
- Download the AISD App today for iPhone and Android.
- Keep up with what’s happening in the District by watching this week’s AISD in 3.
- Visit Austin ISD’s Community Learning Spaces webpage.
- BLEND is Austin ISD’s online learning platform. Tutorials are available in English and Spanish.
- Austin ISD is now offering free seven day meal packs at curbside sites.
- Follow Austin ISD on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.