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TSBVI's COVID-19 Response Center

Given Governor Abbott's announcement on April 17, 2020, we will not be reopening our campus this school year, and will continue to provide instructional support through distance education. We've also decided not to hold 2020 Summer Programs in-person; we plan to serve summer students virtually and our educational team is working hard to determine remote options.

As of April 17, 2020, Travis County and the City of Austin have extended the "stay home" order through May 8th and are requiring face masks be worn by anyone when out in public. As local restrictions change, we'll be reviewing safety guidelines and determining how more staff can safely be allowed on campus.

Recommendations for health and safety can be found at tea.texas.gov/staywell.


Health & Wellness at Home

TSBVI strongly recommends everyone monitor the unfolding COVID-19 news via the Centers for Disease Control's website, taking care to follow health tips and guidance from these expert health professionals.

We also recommend the Region 13 COVID SPED Resources for Parents.

Family Resources

To help TSBVI families during this time, the TSBVI Social Work staff have put together "Family Resources: COVID-19", a Google Document with a list of resources for families.

Texas Health and Human Services has established a COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available. Call the toll-free COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at 833-986-1919. (PDF flyer)

National Caregiver Help Desk offers free support to family caregivers across the country. It is staffed by caregiving experts who can help you find the information you need to navigate your caregiving challenges and support you on your caregiving journey. https://www.caregiveraction.org/helpdesk

The Texas Education Agency has compiled a resource list for mental and behavioral health, grief and trauma, and virtual support lines. (Download the PDF, English)

For Families of English Learners

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has release a set of COVID-19 tips for families of English learners. You can download the PDF in English (PDF), Spanish (PDF), Vietnamese (PDF). Families can visit the Parents and Families page on txel.org for resources and support for their child during school closures caused by COVID-19 in eight different languages.

Learn how to help your child with school in a few easy steps from home. English (PDF), Vietnamese (PDF). 

Aprenda cómo ayudar a su hijo(a) con la escuela con unos sencillos pasos desde su hogar. Español (PDF)

For Families with Children and Adults who are DeafBlind

Myrna Medina and the California Deaf-Blind Services team have graciously invited any Spanish-speaking families with children or adults who are deafblind to their daily phone calls. These are great opportunities for connection and support. The drop-in calls will take place daily starting Monday, 3/30/20. The link for the Zoom meeting follows.

Myrna Medina y el equipo de California Deafblind Services han invitado amablemente a cualquier familia de habla hispana con niños o adultos sordociegos a sus llamadas telefónicas diarias. Estas son una gran oportunidad de conexión y apoyo. Esta llamadas se realizaran diariamente a partir del Lunes 30 de Marzo del 2020. Aquí esta el enlace para la reunión de Zoom.

Topic/Tema: Spanish Drop-in Calls / Llamadas en Español
Hora: 6:00 PM Central Time / hora central (US y Canadá)

Every week on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, until May 11, 2020, 31 occurrence(s) / 
Cada semana, Lunes, Martes, Miércoles, Jueves y Viernes hasta el 11 de Mayo del 2020, 31 eventos.

Zoom Meeting
https://sfsu.zoom.us/j/741989383
Meeting ID: 741 989 383


Working with your Child at Home

Remote Engagement with TSBVI Teachers

TSBVI will be communicating with students and families via Zoom Video Conferencing, email, and the Remind App. For more information about Zoom Video Conferencing, check out the TSBVI Zoom Quick Start Guide.

To continue working with your child, we recommend downloading two free curriculum books from TSBVI:

Additionally, here are some other resources we think are great:


Information for School Year Students & Families

Comprehensive Programs Students & Families

Graduation 2020
Graduation will take place online at https://graduation.tsbvi.edu/ on Wednesday, May 27th, starting at 1pm Central Daylight Time.

Grading and Credit during School Closure
During this time of distance instruction and school closure, we will grade student work and issue report cards as usual. Teachers will provide students with remote engagement opportunities to receive instruction and demonstrate proficiency in the remaining content for a course so that students may be awarded credit.

Short-Term Programs Students & Families

Individualized Instruction

In certain situations, Short-Term Programs offers individualized instruction over the internet; for additional information contact Sara Merritt at or 512-206-9176.

Distance Learning Opportunities

Short-Term Programs offers two kinds of distance learning opportunities for visually impaired students. 

Self-paced online courses offer interactive learning experiences where students work through content individually and at their own pace on a computer. Students still have opportunities to ask questions of the teacher and collaborate with other students through learning activities in Google Classroom.

Real-time online courses offer students the opportunity to work through content with an instructor in real time. This instruction can be presented to groups or to individuals through video conferencing software over the internet.

Current Distance Learning Courses


Information for Summer Programs Students & Families

Although TSBVI Campus will remain closed for the summer, Summer Programs will still take place online!

Please reach out to Sara Merritt, Principal of Short-Term Programs, 512-206-9176, or , if you have any questions or concerns.


Information for TVIs, O&Ms, and Other Professionals

Districts Working with TSBVI

For local districts with students currently attending the school year Comprehensive Programs:
TSBVI will remain in partnership with local districts to continue assisting in providing IEP services to their students with visual impairments. While students are not able to receive instruction on our campus, TSBVI staff will be actively engaged with local districts in communicating with families, identifying supportive family resources and developing temporary distance learning plans for each student.

VI/DB Professional Community

Visit TSBVI's Outreach Department for information on staying connected through the Outreach Coffee Hour every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Find opportunities to engage with peers through email, social media, and ESC Works.

Texas Families Together – A Weekly Online Discussion
Families with children who are visually impaired or DeafBlind– let’s gather during this COVID-19 time! 
Join us every Tuesday for an hour of sharing, connecting, and encouraging as only families can do with each other. 
Read more information about Texas Families Together.

Tuesdays: April 21 through May 26, 2020 (summer details pending)
One-Hour Sessions at 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 6:00 PM (Central Daylight Time) 
Captioning available for all three gatherings.
Sign language interpretation is provided during the 10:00 AM gathering.


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