TSBVI COVID-19 response center including general information about COVID and TSBVI’s policies and support resources for families.

COVID-19 TSBVI General Information

Anyone seeking authoritative information about COVID-19 in accessible formats may find useful the resources produced by the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) at Georgia Tech.

CDC & City of Austin Resources

Health & Wellness at Home

Recommendations for health and safety can be found at

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.

Download the COVID Mental Health PDF

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.

Visit the National Caregiver Help Desk

The Texas Education Agency has compiled a resource list for mental and behavioral health, grief and trauma, and virtual support lines.

Download the PDF

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 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)

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:

Information for School Year Students & Families

Comprehensive Programs Students & Families

Details forthcoming; in the meantime, please fill out the family survey:

Returning to School Parent Survey 2020-2021

Encuesta para Padres que Regresan a la Escuela 2020-2021

We still need to know who plans to return to Austin when we’re ready and it’s possible. This will help us plan for when on-campus instruction can occur. We look forward to hearing from you.

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.

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