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Pandemic Update
for Students

Updated 2/10/2022 | Go back to the Pandemic Resources page | Click to go to the TCALL website

Protecting Yourself Pandemic Fact Sheets
(links to video/ multi-lingual info)

What To Do if You Are Sick [link]

10 Myths About the Pandemic [link]

Quick Links

10 Study Habits of Successful Online Students

AEL Classes and High School Equivalency Updates

Unemployment Insurance

For Your Family

Productive Things To Do

Take Some Time for YOU


AEL Classes and High School Equivalency Updates

Is my class open?

Check the status of the local program openings and operations through their website.

Can I take my high school equivalency?

HSE testing centers are sending out emails to test takers notifying them of closures. If you did not provide an email address when they signed up, you can check the test center websites for closure information. Testing centers contact information can be found here:

Unemployment Insurance

Understanding the Stimulus

For Your Family 

Productive Things To Do


Free Learning Resources for Adults

Free Learning Resources for Adults

If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services, use the search bar to find your local 211 or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help.

Find a Texas Workforce Center or Office
Workforce Solutions Offices offer one-on-one services that help workers find and keep good jobs, and help employers hire the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses.

For almost 20 years, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

Khan Academy
Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.

Learn how to use a computer
This toolkit has seven digital literacy training modules containing lesson plans, workbooks, activity worksheets, and resources: Computer Basics, Internet Basics and Cyber Safety, Introduction to Email, Introduction to Microsoft Word, Introduction to Microsoft Excel, Job Search, and Resume Writing. It is recommended that each module be taught as a stand-alone course, as each takes two to four hours to complete.

A charitable organization operated by the Recording Academy, accepts applications for grants up to $1,000 to aid music industry professionals with living expenses. Texas-based applicants use the South or West region application.

Northstar is making some of our Northstar Online Learning (NSOL) units available publicly for a period of time to serve those who may be unable to access services in public locations due to COVID-19 restrictions

Texas Reality Check
It's difficult to predict the future, but it's never too early to start planning for it. Texas Reality Check will show you how much your living expenses will cost, and the amount of money you will need to earn to pay for them.

Unemployment Benefits
If you don't qualify for Texas unemployment benefits, see if you qualify for federal disaster unemployment assistance. This is NEW and includes freelancers, independent contractors, small business owners, et al.

If you are a bartender, bar back or cocktail server (or spouse or child of) who needs financial support, you can apply to the USBG National Charitable Foundation’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. USBG membership is not required to receive funds.

TCALL Student Resources page
Search for a class or tutor, Get info on how to earn a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency, Prepare for College, Find a Texas Workforce Center or Office, and Find a Job.

Free Learning Resources for Children

Free Learning Resources for Children

Doodling with Mo
Mo Willems is the Kennedy Center Education Artist in Residence and has created a fun YouTube episode for kids where they can doodle and draw during lunch (or whenever). Check it out!

Learning Language Every Day
Activities for Families (English) - Activities to start conversations with children about their family, what they like to play, how they feel, what sounds they hear in their home or community, and the weather.

NatGeo for Kids
Polar bears can swim 100 miles at a stretch! Learn more amazing facts about these amazing creatures with National Geographic Kids.

St. Louis Zoo
Zoos have long known that up-close guest interactions with ambassador animals can increase learning about the natural world and help develop positive attitudes about animals and conservation. But, while the benefits of engaging guests with ambassador animals are well established, there is still more to learn about how ambassador programs impact the animals themselves.

Sesame Street
Has resources and content you can use with your family to offer comfort and spark playful learning activities.

Virtual Tours: List of museums, zoos, and theme parks offering virtual tours
“Walk” through some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, like The Met, and the American Museum of Natural History, then go for a “ride” on Disney’s new Frozen roller coaster with the kids, and many more. 


FREE Internet Provider Offers

Internet & Broadband
Provider Offers

ConnectHomeUSA is working to close the digital divide in HUD-assisted housing

Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.

The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on society, multiple Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have made updates to their low-cost internet service programs to ensure individuals and families stay connected to the internet during this challenging time.

Programs for Low-Income
Here are both government subsidies and low-income internet programs from internet service providers (ISPs) that can help with your internet bill. These inexpensive internet plans, income-based programs, and low-income family plans help reduce the cost of staying connected.

Lifeline is the FCC's program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service, broadband Internet access service, or voice-broadband bundled service purchased from participating providers.

Take Some Time for YOU

Take Some Time for YOU

Fun and productive things to do during Quarantine
If you need to quarantine or your country has imposed a lockdown due to Covid-19 and you need to stay home, you might be wondering what to do to fight boredom at home. Don’t worry, we have many ideas to help you! Follow Oh My Good Guide‘s unique list of Productive & Fun Things to Do at Home during Coronavirus Quarantine:

20 Tips for Working from Home
More people than ever are working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you're new to working remotely or just looking to level up, these tips from a remote work pro can help you stay productive and maintain balance.

Simple Ideas to Reduce Anxiety During the Pandemic
What can we do, together, to help ourselves and each other to reduce anxiety and stress during this time? Video clip is only 7minutes.

Quick breathing exercise for kids
Kristin Lothman, a mind-body counselor with Mayo Clinic's Department of Integrative Medicine and Health, provides a "bubble blowing" breathing exercise for children who may have anxiety related to COVID-19. Less than 5 minutes.

Meditation Yoga – Pandemic Related
Covid-19 calming meditation (meditation for Corona Virus anxiety relief), the second of our 30 day meditation challenge on Heart Alchemy Yoga. 12 minutes.

Dealing with the Pandemic - Positive Mind vs. Quiet Mind - Deepak Chopra
The New Free Courses by The Chopra Well Guests. 23 minutes.

15 Minute Progressive Muscle relaxation
When you’re experiencing anxiety, stress, or worry, one of the ways your body responds is by tightening up. Progressive muscle relaxation is a relaxation technique that helps you release the tension you’re holding in your body and feel more relaxed and calm.

12 At-Home Workouts to Do With Your Kids
Getting a workout in with kids around doesn’t have to be complex. In fact, it can even be fun! The secret isn’t finding time without the kids. The secret is inviting the kids to workout with you.

Ten strategies for educators’ wellbeing 
There is no right or wrong response to this crisis, there is no “one way”. But there are actions we can take to help us not only get through this current crisis, but to emerge from the crisis wiser, stronger, and more connected.

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