Tuesday, March 31, 2020
First of all, I hope this message finds you well and dealing with this very unusual situation as best you can. I appreciate your patience as we make the shift to remote teaching and learning.
With that in mind, parents of 6th and 7th graders should have received a survey recently from the AISD Technology department regarding a roll out of new Chromebooks to all 6th and 7th graders in AISD Middle Schools. I understand the survey was confusing and did not explain the details of the proposed distribution system for the Chromebooks. We apologize for that.
The AISD Technology team will be communicating with families later this afternoon regarding the distribution details for these new devices. At this point the plan is to deliver devices directly to students' home addresses as listed in TEAMS. This is the latest information we have. Please be patient and keep a lookout for a new communication from our Technology department later today. We recommend that all 6th and 7th graders accept one of these new Chromebooks even if you have access to home computers or iPads, etc. These devices will be checked out to your child to use now and then into the fall semester when we are back in regular classrooms.
A little later this week I will send another communication providing some updates to the plan for teaching and learning as we move into next week. Please be on the lookout for that and other messages from me in the next few days as we gear up to start back to school beginning Monday, April 6th.
Stay safe, stay healthy and keep up with that social distancing.
Bailey Middle School
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Dear Bailey Parents,
Well, to say the least, this has been an unusual Spring Break. Our hope is that all of our students and families are managing to adjust to these new changes in our daily lives. Obviously, decisions are being made at all levels that affect every aspect of our lives. Decisions made in just the the last week have had an major effect on school districts across the country, including Austin ISD. We understand that these decisions, at the national, state, and local levels, have been made in the interest of public safety. The safety of our students, families, staff and their families, remains the top priority in AISD. With that in mind, let me share what we know as we move forward in this rapidly changing situation.
First, be prepared - more change is possible. The situation with the Covid-19 outbreak is changing on a daily basis. AISD leadership is making decisions based on collaboration with local, state, and federal officials. The biggest decision affecting schools so far is that classes have been cancelled beginning tomorrow, March 23rd, through Friday, April 3rd. We are unsure at this time whether there will be further class cancellations beyond April 3rd. That decision will made by the Superintendent based on the best available information and projections regarding the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the coming days and weeks. We encourage you to keep and eye on the AISD website for the latest information. We will also try to inform you of any major decisions as soon as we know them.
The cancellation of classes for the next couple of weeks has forced everyone to rethink our regular daily patterns. We understand this has major implications for our families. We, too, are experiencing the same complications with our own families. As of right now, AISD is asking school-based employees to stay home for the next several days as our custodial teams continue to engage in deep cleaning and disinfection protocols throughout the district. With the "10 people or less" gathering restrictions currently in place, our staff has a steep learning curve regarding the move to online communication and learning. Please be patient with us as we organize our work during the next several days.
Campuses have been directed to use the next couple of weeks to iron out communication systems and plan classroom lessons that all students can access remotely. We will be working diligently this week and next to ensure that all Bailey Bears can access lessons from home. In the mean time, the AISD Department of Academics has prepared a page on the Austin ISD website that offers grade level enrichment activities for students. These enrichment activities will not be considered graded assignments, rather they have been designed to keep students engaged in learning while classes are cancelled. To access the AISD Learning At Home page please click on this link: AISD Learning At Home
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate this shifting landscape of school over the next several weeks. We apologize that we cannot provide answers to every question that may be out there. In order to check in with our students and families, we are asking that our teachers make telephone contact with their Advisory classes beginning tomorrow morning after 9:30 am and throughout the day. We want to check in with everyone and gather internet access information from all of our families as we begin planning for online learning.
We will do our best to keep you informed as new information develops. The AISD website is still the best source of the most current information regarding school operations. Also, please visit the AISD Learning At Home page with your child(ren) to access the daily enrichment learning activities. With your help we will do our best to keep our Bailey Bears engaged in learning in the days and weeks to come.
Stay safe out there!
Bailey Middle School
Austin Independent School District
Daily AISD COVID-19 Updates
Please visit www.austinisd.org/coronavirus for our daily COVID-19 updates.
Virtual Care for Kids
All AISD families have access to telehealth through our partnership with Virtual Care for Kids. You can see a provider from the comfort of your home using a laptop, desktop computer, iPhone, Android phone, or tablet. Additionally, this service is currently waiving copays for AISD families. To take advantage of these services you must first register at my.austnisd.org
To be seen by a provider, visit the Urgent Care for Kids website.
For more information on Virtual Care for Kids telehealth in Austin ISD visit their website.
AISD’s school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the Austin ISD community beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To learn more or schedule services, contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, 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.
Austin ISD to Provide Meals During School Cancellations
Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. AISD is working in collaboration with the Texas Department of Agriculture.