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AEL/TWC
Pandemic Update
for Students


Updated 10/12/2020 | 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 by searching here: [link]

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 

  • Free School Lunches: Parents can now visit the TXSchools.gov Meal Finder Map to locate where school systems are offering free school meals both breakfast and lunch, for pick-up while school buildings are closed over the pandemic.
  • Free Learning Resources for Children
  • Farm Food 360: See what a working food farm looks like This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. [link]
  • Busy Toddler: Keeping it fun in the house. [link]
  • Fun Brain: Fun activities for the whole family. [link]
  • CommonLit: A reading program that reaches all students. [link]
  • Children’s story book on Coping with the pandemic (multiple languages) [link]
  • Texas Home Learning [Link]
  • A Guide to Parental Controls for Kids Tech Use [link]

Productive Things To Do

 

Free Learning Resources for Adults

Free Learning Resources for Adults

  • 211: [link] 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
  • GCFLearnFree
  • Khan Academy
  • Learn how to use a computer
  • MusiCares- 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. [link]
  • Northstar: Making Basic Computer Skills training free
    [link]
  • Texas Reality Check
  • 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. [link]
  • USBG: 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. [link]
  • Visit the TCALL Student Resources page

Free Learning Resources for Children

Free Learning Resources for Children

  • Audible: [link] 
    Audible, owned by Amazon, is offering free audiobooks for kids. Download the free app on your smartphone, computer or tablet and you’ll see a variety of children’s stories, even the classics, for all ages up to teens.
  • 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! [link]
  • 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. [link]
  • NatGeo for Kids: [link]
  • St. Louis Zoo: [link] Bring the zoo to you!
  • Sesame Street: [link]
    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: [link]. “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

FREE Internet Provider Offers

The Federal Communications Commission has released an agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cut off service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.

AT&T - AT&T Pandemic response. Working with qualified schools in its service areas to provide free, unlimited data plans for 60 days to students for new school-issued tablets, laptops and hotspots for homework and internet connectivity. That offer runs through May 23, 2020. Schools can also protect their students with free access to AT&T's AccessMyLAN security and filtering software.

C Spire (national coverage): Offering free wireless data to K-12 students for educational purposes. Piloting complimentary WiFi for students in select parking areas. [link]

Cable One (AL, AR, AZ, IA, ID, KS, MO, MS, NE, ND, NM, OK, TN, TX): Providing free WiFi hotspots in the service area. [link]

Charter - Charter is offering free internet for 2 months.

Comcast - Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit [link]. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

Spectrum - Spectrum is offering free internet access for students. Beginning March 16, Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.

Sprint - Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

T-Mobile - T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

Verizon - Verizon is offering free international calls to countries identified by the CDC, waived late fees if impacted by the pandemic, and waiving new line and service activaiton fees.

Take Some Time for YOU

Take Some Time for YOU

Fun and productive things to do during Quarantine
[link]

20 Tips for Working from Home
[link]

Simple Ideas to Reduce Anxiety During the Pandemic
[link] Video clip is only 7minutes

Quick breathing exercise for kids
[link] less than 5minutes

Meditation Yoga – Pandemic Related
[link] 15 minutes
[link] 12 minutes

Dealing with the Pandemic - Positive Mind vs. Quiet Mind – Deepak Chopra
[link] – 23 minutes

15 Minute Progressive Muscle relaxation
[link]

12 At-Home Workouts to Do With Your Kids
[link]

Ten strategies for educators’ wellbeing - Sea Change Mentoring

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