COVID-19 & VT
FOOD ASSISTANCE AND DONATIONS
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, it has come to our attention that many schools located within Dallas ISD are 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 twice a week. On Monday, pick up is between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for breakfast, lunch and supper for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The second distribution occurs on Thursday between 10:00 am and 1:00 for breakfast, lunch and supper for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Please note that you must have all children with you that you intend to collect a meal for at the time you pick up the meals.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
ASISTENCIA ALIMENTARIA Y DONACIONES
- 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.
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 SUPPORT RESOURCES
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 or file a complaint online. For additional information on disaster scams, please visit our disaster 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.
- 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.
The Texas Department of Insurance has resources and information available for consumers who have insurance related questions.
- 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
Mental Health Resources
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
- Futures Without Violence has compiled useful references, including for community-based advocates and health providers.
- The work of the National Domestic Violence Hotline is crucial in times like these, and has 24/7 online chat in addition to their hotline number and excellent safety planning resources.
- We are in close communication with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
- VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, has special collections on topics like disaster and emergency preparedness and response.
Texas Mealfinder Map
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.
Parent Toolkit - Information and Resources
(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
Digital Literacy for Remote Learning
Apps to Help with Mental Health - Parent Guide
CONNECTIVITY FOR FAMILIES
- FCC agreement “Keep America Connected Pledge” stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots. https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-363033A1.pdf
- Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19
- Charter/Spectrum Free Internet offer for 2 months https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more
- AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html
- Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement. https://www.verizon.com/about/news/our-response-coronavirus
- Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides 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 (I expect others will follow). https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm
- T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows 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. https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response
- Comcast Internet Essentials “Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).”Source: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
- Charter Spectrum Broadband “Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.” Source: https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more
Guide for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Other Helpful 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.
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).
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.
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
Friday, March 27, 2020 Update
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,
March 16, 2020 Update
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.
March 17, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Friday, March 20, 2020 Update