COVID-19 & VT

Friday, July 24, 2020 Update
 
We continue to prepare for the start of school. We are anxious to see students though we know the all too real consequences of this virus. We hurt with the Perez family who lost their mother this week due to a suspected case of COVID-19. They have asked that we share their Go Fund Me page with the Village Tech community. If you are looking for a way to serve a family in need, this is a great way to do that. 
 
Here is the link to this Friday's update video
 
As always, thank you for being VT
 


Webinar Session Opportunity for Spanish Speaking Families

Host: Windward Institute’s partnership with the Haskins Global Literacy Hub - the Windward School, a renowned school in NY that specializes in teaching students with language disabilities.  

(broadcast in Spanish)

Link:https://youtu.be/iqwh4vrk1uQ

Session Description: This session is intended for Spanish speaking parents and practical guidance on how to teach their children to learn now that they are home. 

Webinar para padres con consejos y estrategias, basadas en evidencia científica, para acompañar a sus hijos que están aprendiendo a leer. (A Webinar for parents with research based tips and strategies to help children that are learning to read.) The speaker is Prof. Florencia Salvarezza (Haskins Global Literacy Hub  - Universidad Favaloro – Intelexia)and the moderator is Windward Trustee Magdalena Zavalia Miguens.

 

 

Oportunidad de sesión de seminario web para familias de habla hispana. 
Anfitrión: la asociación del Windward Institute con el Haskins Global Literacy Hub, la Windward School, una escuela de renombre en Nueva York que se especializa en enseñar a estudiantes con discapacidades del lenguaje.(transmitido en español)
Descripción de la sesión: Esta sesión está destinada a padres de habla hispana y orientación práctica sobre cómo enseñar a sus hijos a aprender ahora que están en casa.
Webinar para padres con consejos y estrategias, basado en evidencia científica, para acompañar a sus hijos que están aprendiendo a leer. El orador es la Prof. Florencia Salvarezza (Centro de Alfabetización Global Haskins - Universidad Favaloro - Intelexia) y la moderadora es la Fideicomisaria de Windward Magdalena Zavalia Miguens.
Our commitment to equity means that VT stands ready to serve with many free or low-cost virtual assets that can be especially helpful right now, including:

Two opportunities for families: 

 

The Double Up Food Bucks program at Cowtown Farmers Market enables SNAP recipients to stretch their food dollars. The market is located at 3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas and the market which features fruits, vegetables, and products all locally-grown and produced. The market is open from 8:00am to Noon every Saturday. The dollar for dollar match will now be offered on an unlimited basis through the summer in order to be sure that families have access to fresh, healthy food.

 

Free Meals return to the Arlington Public Library in partnership with CitySquare to offer meal pickup twice a week starting this week of May 18, 2020 through August 5, 2020.  Meals will be served Mondays and Wednesdays outside the following locations” Downtown Library (100 South Center Street, Arlington, Texas) from 10:30-11:45 AM, East Arlington Branch (1624 New York Ave) from 12:15-1:30 PM, and Southeast Branch (900 SE Green Oaks Blvd) from 2:30-3:45 PM. Families will receive a breakfast and a lunch for multiple days at each visit. No income or identification requirements to participate, but all children must be present to receive food.

 

TX School Finder Meal Map

Mealfinder Map

Village Tech Schools serves a population of students that spans multiple school district areas.  Because of this, we believe it is in the best interest of our families at this time to connect them to resources that may be more convenient and/or safe while our campus facilities remain closed.  There are over 1000 meal sites identified throughout the State, many of those in the DFW metroplex area that we operate in.  If you are in need of FREE breakfast and lunch options for your children 18 and under, please use the meal finder link to locate a site nearest you.  With this finder, you are able to search for sites that serve meals for breakfast and/or lunch as well as options that may also serve on Saturdays and Sundays in addition to the usual Monday through Friday times.

 

Additionally, Dallas ISD is one district currently serving supper to children as well.  Please click on the link to the map below for a list of locations to find one nearest you.  Meals are being served at these Dallas locations once a week on Thursdays between 10:00a and 1:00p.  Families can pick up 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 1 supper per child under the age of 18 during this time (the children must be with you).

 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1mIzvDZARFKFY6BM0ClhCZ5KRKk-3nilz&ll=32.78454201908551%2C-96.74618579999998&z=11

 

Several schools in Cedar Hill are also now serving supper in addition to breakfast and lunch.  Those schools are:  Plummer Elementary School, High Pointe Elementary School, Bessie Coleman Middle School, Cedar Hill High School and Highlands Elementary School.  You can pick up that day's lunch and supper, in addition to the following day's breakfast, between 11:00am and 1:00pm daily beginning Monday, March 30th.

 

 

As always, please reach out to us through the covid19@villagetechschools.org email address if we can assist you further or help find answers to your questions.

 

Here is a list of open food pantries inclusive of hours.

  • North Texas Food Bank has shifted to box distribution model with partner agencies. Food4Kids and School Pantry programs remain fully functional, and they are partnering with the City to deliver snack/hydration kits to the homeless. This is for families, including adults
  • NFTB Mobile Pantry Program
  • Dallas County Health and Human Services Older Adult Services Program is currently providing meals delivered to homebound seniors. There is a drive-thru for hot meal pick-up service set up at each senior center location. Seniors needing these resources can call 214-819-1860 to enroll.
  • http://harmonycdc.org/
 

Village Tech does not specifically endorse any of these options.  It is our goal to provide helpful information to our families to assist in getting you connected to various resources as we are made aware of them. We will continue to update this page as more locations are identified within other communities.

Dos oportunidades para las familias:
 

El programa Double Up Food Bucks en Cowtown Farmers Market permite a los beneficiarios de SNAP estirar sus dólares de alimentos. El mercado está ubicado en 3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas y el mercado que presenta frutas, verduras y productos cultivados y producidos localmente. El mercado está abierto de 8:00 a.m. a mediodía todos los sábados. El partido dólar por dólar ahora se ofrecerá de forma ilimitada durante el verano para garantizar que las familias tengan acceso a alimentos frescos y saludables.
 

Las comidas gratis regresan a la Biblioteca Pública de Arlington en asociación con CitySquare para ofrecer la recogida de comidas dos veces por semana a partir de esta semana del 18 de mayo de 2020 hasta el 5 de agosto de 2020. Las comidas se servirán los lunes y miércoles fuera de los siguientes lugares "Downtown Library (100 South Center Street, Arlington, Texas) de 10: 30-11: 45 AM, East Arlington Branch (1624 New York Ave) de 12: 15-1: 30 PM, y Southeast Branch (900 SE Green Oaks Blvd) de 2:30 -3: 45 PM. Las familias recibirán un desayuno y un almuerzo durante varios días en cada visita. No hay requisitos de ingreso o identificación para participar, pero todos los niños deben estar presentes para recibir alimentos.
 
Mealfinder Map
 
Village Tech Schools atiende a una población de estudiantes que abarca varias áreas del distrito escolar. Debido a esto, creemos que lo más conveniente para nuestras familias en este momento es conectarlas a recursos que pueden ser más convenientes y / o seguros mientras las instalaciones de nuestro campus permanecen cerradas. Hay más de 1000 sitios de comidas identificados en todo el estado, muchos de ellos en el área metropolitana de DFW en la que operamos. Si necesita opciones de desayuno y almuerzo GRATUITAS para sus hijos de 18 años y menores, utilice el enlace del buscador de comidas para localizar Un sitio más cercano a usted. Con este buscador, puede buscar sitios que sirven comidas para el desayuno y / o almuerzo, así como opciones que también pueden servir los sábados y domingos, además de los horarios habituales de lunes a viernes.
 
Además, Dallas ISD es un distrito que actualmente también sirve cenas para niños. Haga clic en el enlace del mapa a continuación para obtener una lista de ubicaciones para encontrar una más cercana. Las comidas se sirven en estos lugares de Dallas una vez por semana los jueves entre las 10: 00a y la 1: 00p. Las familias pueden recoger 7 desayunos, 7 almuerzos y 1 cena por niño menor de 18 años durante este tiempo (los niños deben estar con usted).
 
 
Varias escuelas en Cedar Hill ahora también sirven cenas además de desayuno y almuerzo. Esas escuelas son: Plummer Elementary School, High Pointe Elementary School, Bessie Coleman Middle School, Cedar Hill High School y Highlands Elementary School. Puede recoger el almuerzo y la cena de ese día, además del desayuno del día siguiente, entre las 11:00 am y la 1:00 pm todos los días a partir del lunes 30 de marzo.
 
Como siempre, comuníquese con nosotros a través de la dirección de correo electrónico covid19@villagetechschools.org si podemos ayudarlo o ayudarlo a encontrar respuestas a sus preguntas.
 
  • North Texas Food Bank ha cambiado al modelo de distribución de cajas con agencias asociadas. Los programas Food4Kids y School Pantry siguen siendo completamente funcionales, y se están asociando con la Ciudad para entregar kits de refrigerios / hidratación a las personas sin hogar. Esto es para familias, incluidos adultos.
  • Programa de despensa móvil NTFB
  • El Programa de Servicios para Adultos Mayores de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de Dallas actualmente proporciona comidas entregadas a personas mayores confinadas en su hogar. Hay un servicio de traslado para el servicio de recogida de comida caliente en cada centro de ancianos. Las personas mayores que necesitan estos recursos pueden llamar al 214-819-1860 para inscribirse.
  • http://harmonycdc.org/

Village Tech no respalda específicamente ninguna de estas opciones. Nuestro objetivo es proporcionar información útil a nuestras familias para ayudarlo a conectarse con diversos recursos a medida que nos damos cuenta de ellos. Continuaremos actualizando esta página a medida que se identifiquen más ubicaciones dentro de otras comunidades.

Financial Assistance

The IRS has deferred the federal tax filing deadline to July 15th. Find more information on Coronavirus tax relief here.

The U.S. Department of Treasury has a list of financial resources for consumers.

Residents can call 211 and give their zip code for a list of local financial and in-kind resources available in their area.

Texans who believe they have encountered price gouging or disaster scams should call the Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at (800) 621-0508 orfile a complaint online. For additional information on disaster scams, please visit ourdisaster scams website.  


Trouble Paying Rent or Mortgage

 

The Texas Supreme Court issued an order suspending all evictions until April 19, 2020: https://www.txcourts.gov/media/1446203/209045.pdf

The Dallas County Justices of the Peace also issued an order suspending all evictions for sixty days.

  •       In summary, per guidance from a Dallas County Justice of the Peace:

        ALL Eviction cases are currently postponed and continued for 60 days

  •       Residential or Commercial;
  •       Currently pending or filed within the 60 day period
  •       ALL Writs of Possession are currently postponed and continued for 60 days
  •       Residential or Commercial;
  •       Previously requested or requested within the 60 day period
  •       Lockouts are not addressed in any current emergency order  – Texas Property Code, Chapters 92 and 93, control
  •       Residential lockout tenants must be provided a key upon request whether rent is brought current or not;
  •       Commercial lockout tenants must only be provided a key when the rent is NOT delinquent– provided that all other requirements of the lockout were in accordance with the Texas Property Code
  •       Writs of Re-Entry are not addressed in any current order – Texas Property Code, Chapters 92 and 93, control Residential or Commercial tenants that are illegally locked out may seek relief from the Justice of the Peace in the precinct in which the property is located
  •       Residential landlords may be ordered to provide the tenant a key and the Court has authority to enforce its order;
  •       Commercial landlords may only be ordered provide a tenant with a key when the rent is NOT delinquent – provided that all other requirements of the lockout were in accordance with the Texas Property Code

The federal government announced they are suspending all HUD foreclosures and evictions for 60 days.

If you don’t have enough money to pay, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Help includes:

  •       If you are a Dallas Housing Authority client, please immediately report any loss of income in order to reduce your portion of rent and inspections will be restricted to health and safety only.
  •       Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Foreclosure Prevention 1-888-995-HOPE (4673)
  •       Texas Attorney General Consumer Protection or call 800-621-0508
  •       Texas Health and Human Services Commission has resources available. There may be vouchers to assist those in need with paying their rent. Also get government assistance with other needs, including lease application fees, information on low income housing and security deposits. Dial 1-877-541-7905 to find additional ways to get rent help.
  •       Texas offers programs that can help you with paying your mortgage and also avoid foreclosure. Local resources, including government and non-profit assistance, can help qualified homeowners
  •       Homeowners have other resources too. Also click here for a listing of Texas HUD counseling agencies that provide free foreclosure counseling.

Paying Utilities

  •       If you need help paying your utility bills, contact your service provider immediately.
  •       Exelon brands (Constellation, Atlantic City Energy, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO) have suspended service disconnections and will waive late payment charges until at least May 1. Exelron has also committed to donating $1.15 million to local and national COVID-19 relief efforts.
  •       Vistra Energy brands (TXU, Ambit, Tri-Eagle) is waiving late fees, extending payment due dates with no down payment required, and reducing down payemnts and deferring balances over five equal installments. TXU customers can also receive additional bill-payment assistance through its TXU Energy AidSM program.
  •       NRG brands (Reliant, Green Mountain, Cirro, Stream, XOOM, Discount Power) is suspending disconnections for non-payment until April 3.
  •       Atmos and Dallas Water Utilities have suspended disconnections at this time.
  •       Charter Communications is offering free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for new K-12 and College Student households. Residents should call: 1-844-488-8395. Charter is also working with school districts to ensure that communication is provided about the free wi-fi; Charter continues to offer Spectrum Assist for households without school-aged children; Charter is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.

Insurance Issues

The Texas Department of Insurance has resources and information available for consumers who have insurance related questions.

For Businesses

  •       The City of Dallas Office of Economic Development has created a web page with information for small businesses.
  •       The State of Texas has officially declared a state of emergency. Businesses are encouraged to fill out Economic Injury worksheets to prepare for distribution of disaster relief funds.
  •       A loan program has been established by the Small Business Administration, specifically for those impacted by the coronavirus.
  •       Facebook also has a $100 million Small Grants Program accessible here.
  •       The Texas Comptroller’s Office has resources available.

Student Loans Deferment

The US Department of Education has suspended federal student loan payments and waived interest. The Office of Federal Student Aid has specific details.

Mental Health Resources

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has extensive resources available for mental health support, including those facing a mental health crisis.

The Metrocare Coronavirus Support Line is available during our normal business hours Monday through Friday for those Dallas County residents experiencing high anxiety or depression during these turbulent times. Metrocare’s professionals will assist individuals in accessing our mental health services and provide referrals for other services that may be needed. The Metrocare Coronavirus Support Line for Dallas County is 214-743-1215.

Domestic Violence Survivor Resources

        NNEDV’s own WomensLaw.org offers an online legal hotline in addition to plain-language information for victims of abuse.
 
NTBHA
 

Texas parents can now visit the TXSchools.gov MealFinder Map to find locations near them where local school systems are offering free school meals—both breakfast and lunch—for pick-up while school buildings are closed because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Launched by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), in partnership with the Office of the Governor and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), the TXSchools.gov MealFinder Map is designed to help parents and students easily find school meals during the unprecedented disruption to schools caused by COVID-19.

Once parents go to the site, they click “Meal Pick-Up Locations” to bring up a map of locations.  Parents can type their address, and the map will zoom into meal pick-up locations that are up and running near them.

(These external hyperlinks do not constitute endorsement by Village Tech Schools of the linked websites, or the information, products or services contained therein)

 

How to Talk to Kids about COVID-19


https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

Spanish- https://childmind.org/article/como-hablar-con-los-ninos-sobre-el-coronavirus/
 
 
Use these resources below for navigating online learning with your child: 
 

Digital Literacy for Remote Learning

 

https://www.tolerance.org/digital-literacy-lessons?fbclid=IwAR0VkxT2_uLlSDvweFjEnXagtcbA4HgSxAUdjO3k88xYU1IRYZz2HAfoArY

 

Apps to Help with Mental Health - Parent Guide

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/apps-to-help-with-mental-health

How Working Parents are Adjusting to Their New Normal

 

CONNECTIVITY FOR FAMILIES

Guide 1Guide 2
(These external hyperlinks do not constitute endorsement by Village Tech Schools of the linked websites, or the information, products or services contained therein)
 

Parents- Let me ease your mind. 

Your job as a parent is not to recreate an eight-hour school day. Your job is to help your child feel safe and do their best with the distance learning plan the teachers have provided.

 

A few ways you might want to try to view this current way of life: 

 

  • I am not homeschooling. I am doing my best to help my kids learn at home during a crisis.
  • I am not “working from home.” I am doing my best to work at home during a crisis. 
  • I cannot be as productive as normal because these are not normal times. I will focus on what I can accomplish in just the next 24 hours and let go of what I cannot accomplish right now.

 

Read this article for more great ways to understand your role during this world wide pandemic. 

 

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_reduce_the_stress_of_homeschooling_on_everyone

 

Childcare Resources

The Texas Workforce Commission’s subsidized childcare program is making changes to their requirements in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Please check their website regularly for announcements coming soon.

Due to COVID-19, YMCA branches are currently closed; however, they continue to offer limited childcare programming on a daily basis, supporting the childcare needs of first responders, medical professionals, government officials, and those that must continue their work in this challenging time. This care will be offered until further notice, at 11 YMCA branches across the Dallas Metroplex, in accordance to state guidelines.

 

Employment Resources

Frito-Lay Job Postings: https://fritolayemployment.com/

Pepsi Jobs: https://pepsifrontlinecareers.com/

 

Small business owners support

 

In order for Texas businesses to become eligible for emergency, low-interest bridge loans from the SBA to help you pay immediate costs such as your mortgage and payroll, a business from each of Texas’s 254 counties needs to show the SBA it has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

 

Here is what you can do to help: please email this Economic Injury Worksheet to: TDEMPARecovery@tdem.texas.gov



Additional information from the U.S. Small Business Administration about Economic Injury Disaster Loans can be found here.

 

Sending in this form will not financially obligate your business in any way. When the declaration is granted for the SBA emergency loan program, applicants will receive information on how to apply for their loan.

 

 

Other Resources

Paid Sick Leave information: City of Dallas employers must provide employees with paid sick leave to care for themselves or a family member. An employee may use paid sick leave for the employee’s or their family member’s illness, injury, healthcare, and reasons related to domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking. For more information or to file a complaint, call 214-670-FAIR (3246) or visit www.dallascityhall.com/paid-sick-leave

The Texas State Department of Public Safety has suspended expired IDs: driver’s licenses, IDs, commercial drivers licenses, and election identification certificates expiration dates will be extended.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Dallas County Clerk’s Office will be closing its Vital Records and Recording Divisions to the public. All transactions will be done either by mail, document drop off, or by appointment only. The public closure will take effect starting Monday, March 23, 2020 through May 1, 2020, but may be extended based on COVID-19 status.

 

Protect Yourself Financially from the Coronavirus

Information from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

 

Job Interrupted —A To-Do List for Tough Times

Information from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

 

Financial Peace of Mind in the Age of Coronavirus

Information from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

 

Avoiding Coronavirus Scams

Information from the Federal Trade Commission

 

 
 

VT Families,

 

Thank you for the work that you have put in this last week. It has been challenging, and at times difficult, but through this crisis we are continuing to make history while bettering our students. Our first priority remains public health and working together through this. Please take a moment to watch the above update that will explain where we are and how we are continuing to move forward. I am so honored to see this community in action and service to one another. 

 

Additionally, here are the links to two opportunities to support members of our community. 

Mudhook Fundraiser to continue to serve free meals to Village Tech students. They have not asked us to send this out, but we are sending it in appreciation of their service. 

Go Fund Me for the Hitt family who lost their home in a fire this past Sunday. 

 

Take care this weekend, 

David Williams
Superintendent
 
 

VT Families,

 

Our Board and leadership team met tonight discussing the impacts of COVID-19 on our VT community. We will communicate next steps on Tuesday, March 17. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and loved ones. This is not a time to panic, but a time to act and it will take all of us. We are in this together.

Thank you,

 

David Williams
Superintendent

VT Community, 

 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, our Board and leadership team met to discuss next steps. As a result of this discussion, Village Tech Schools will be closed indefinitely. This means that all school activities are cancelled/postponed for the foreseeable future. Starting Monday, March 23, we will provide online/at home instructional support for your students. Our priority is making sure the lines of communication are open. Our teachers will be calling families on Thursday and Friday to check in and assess family needs. We are building our online instructional and family resources at the following web address. Please email any questions to covid19@villagetechschools.org. We know there will be numerous questions, so please be patient as we work to answer them. The situation is evolving daily and we will continue to communicate as we learn more and decisions are made. 

 

Thank you,

 

David Williams
Superintendent

 

https://www.villagetechschools.org/apps/video/watch.jsp?v=239880

 
Friday, March 20, 2020 Update
 
 
 
Thursday, April 9, 2020 Update
 
Good Thursday Afternoon Village Tech!
 
Please enjoy this week's update. Also, here is a great message from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins as we continue navigating this together. 
 
“We will get through this, North Texas. Here are four things you can do to stay strong throughout this crisis. First, please don’t let the uncertainty overwhelm you. Rather, take life one day at a time. Second, many of you are leading in your homes or jobs. Let someone else lead for a few hours or a day and recharge so you can stay in the fight. Third, you can’t help everyone but you can help someone. Do for one what you wish you could do for all. For instance, give to the North Texas Food Bank (@ntfb). And finally, practice gratitude. Gratitude drives out despair. I’m thankful for our healthcare and essential business heroes, first responders, your spirit, my team’s hard work and my family being together. What are you thankful for? #StayWellTexas,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
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