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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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  1. Wet a cleaning cloth.
  2. Start at the top of washer and wipe across it.
  3. Clean around the knobs. Rinse the cloth.
  4. Clean the top of the agitator, if there is a removable cup, rinse it out.
  5. Clean the soap on the inside flat section of the washer (the part the lid sits on). Pay special attention to the area around the bleach dispenser. Check everything tactually. Rinse the cloth often.
  6. Clean the inside of the lid. Put the cloth over your finger and wipe the rim of the lid. Rinse the cloth.
  7. Close the lid.
  8. Wipe the outside of the lid. Rinse.
  9. Wipe the front of the washer and any exposed surface, down to the floor.
  10. Dry the outside with a dry cleaning cloth.

*VACUUM AFTER YOU DUST*

  1. When you are first learning, don't move your arms and feet at the same time! This generally keeps those with orientation difficulties from getting lost.
  2. You need to be careful when you vacuum and not bang into the furniture, as it will damage it.
  3. Check for objects on floor (e.g., shoes and cords) before you vacuum. Some prefer to vacuum barefooted as it helps them notice debris.
  4. If you accidentally vacuum over something, turn the vacuum off immediately and get help.
  5. Divide room into sections, using furniture and walls as reference points. If room is large and there is a great deal of open space in the middle of room, a couple of chairs can be used to mark off a boundary line.
  6. Grasp handle with preferred hand and hold cord in other hand. Beginning at outer edge of first section, push vacuum in a back and forth motion across the floor as far as the arms will comfortably reach (right to left or left to right). Stop hand movement.
  7. Take a step sideways: repeat motion working towards destination.
  8. Step backward one or two steps; repeat motion working back to point of origin.
  9. Continue in this way until section has been covered. If the area is large and landmarks are far apart, then you may choose to clean the same section, the same way, in a crosswise pattern.
  10. Continue to next section, overlapping each area as it is vacuumed.
  11. Replace furniture as each section is finished.
  12. Replace equipment in storage place.

Vacuum under furniture carefully. The vacuum will only go under the furniture so far. If you have to push the handle down to make it go further under, you will be sucking air as the motor and roller will lift off the floor.

Banging into the furniture can leave marks on the furniture and may damage it.

* Make sure to vacuum along the walls - turn vacuum sideways in the area or use canister vacuum or use a damp cleaning cloth.

A damaged power cord could cause electrical shock and/or fire. To minimize this possibility, observe the following precautions:

  1. Do not run cleaner over power cord.
  2. Avoid closing doors on power cord, pulling it around sharp edges, or placing sharp-edged objects on it.
  3. Wind cord no tighter than necessary to retain it.
  4. When disconnecting power cord from electrical outlet, grasp the plug. Pulling it out by the cord itself can damage cord insulation and internal connections to plug. Also, avoid damage to insulation by keeping cord away from oil and heat.
  5. Whenever possible; plug the vacuum into a standard wall outlet. Use of an extension cord or light socket with inadequate current-carrying capacity could result in electric shock or fire hazard.
  6. Disconnect cleaner from electrical outlet before servicing, such as changing bags or belts. You could receive bodily injury from moving parts of machine should the switch accidentally be turned on.
  7. To avoid fire hazard, do not pick up matches, firewood ashes, or smoking material with cleaner. Check the area to be vacuumed for liquids, sharp objects, or burning substances before vacuuming.
  8. Store the vacuum cleaner indoors in a cool, dry area not exposed to the weather to avoid electrical shock and/or cleaner damage.
  9. The vacuum is designed to pick up dirt and dust particles. Avoid picking up hard or sharp objects with the cleaner to avoid bag breakage, hose clogging, or possible motor damage.

How To Use The Vacuum Cleaner:

Carpet should be cleaned regularly over heavily traveled areas, and once a week over the entire carpet, covering small areas at a time.

The Dust Bag:

The dust bag plays a very important role in the efficiency of a vacuum cleaner. The bag traps dirt and also allows air to pass through. Therefore, to keep the cleaner operating at maximum efficiency, change the dust bag frequently, and do not allow it to become full.

*BE SURE ITEM IS MADE TO BE PUT IN THE TOASTER. MAKE SURE AREA AROUND THE TOASTER IS CLEAR SO NOTHING TOUCHES THE SIDES OF TOASTER. NEVER STICK ANYTHING BUT BREAD AND BREAD PRODUCTS IN TOASTER. (NO KNIVES, FORKS. ETC.)

  1. Plug in toaster.
  2. Place bread in empty toaster slot.
  3. Adjust selector button to desired brownness.
  4. Push carriage lever down.
  5. Listen for "pop up" sound. You can also smell the toast as it is browning.
  6. Remove toast from toaster.
  7. Place toast on plate.

Flat Screen Television

When you want to clean the glass face of the flat screen television, first turn it OFF and unplug. Wipe the front and back with a lint-free cloth to remove dust. Avoid spraying water or a liquid cleaner directly on the TV screen. Periodically use a soft cloth dampened with flat screen television cleaner. 

CRT Television Set

When you want to clean the glass face of the CRT television, first turn it OFF and unplug. Wet a soft cloth in lukewarm water mixed with dish washing detergent. Make sure that no drops of moisture are squeezed onto glass. Don't wipe the glass dry. Let it air-dry before you turn the set back on again. If your television set is within a wooden cabinet, any good furniture cleaner and polish will help preserve the finish on the wood. Do not place objects that are made of rubber or plastic on top of the cabinet unless the cabinet is protected by a cloth or place mat. This is because a chemical reaction may occur, causing permanent damage such as color changes or warping. Non-wood cabinets should be cleaned with a mild soap solution. Use a soft cloth. Rinse with clear water before drying with a cloth.

  1. Take garbage bag out.
  2. Carry trash outside.
  3. Clean trashcan or check to see if it needs to be cleaned with disinfectant cleaner. Clean if needed.
  4. Replace liner in trashcan.
  5. Put trashcan in proper area.

Use a disinfectant spray cleaner and two cleaning cloths.

  1. Flush toilet.
  2. Spray the tank and wipe the top. Clean the front and sides of the tank starting at the top and working to the bottom. Dry.
  3. Spray both sides of the lid, wipe down. Dry.
  4. Spray both sides of the seat. Wipe down top. Lift seat. Dry under the seat.
  5. Spray rim. Wipe it down - not just the flat surface, but cup your hand over the rim. Run your hand around the top of the rim also.
  6. Pour disinfectant into bowl and clean inside of bowl with toilet brush.
  7. Flush a second time with brush in bowl to rinse the cleaner out of the brush.
  8. Tap brush handle lightly on rim to remove excess water.
  9. Store brush in brush holder.
  10. Spray outer surface of bowl down to the floor and wipe down. Give special attention to the little knobs and curves (urine will collect there).
  11. Spray floor around the toilet and behind it with disinfectant cleaner and clean with a clean cleaning cloth.
  1. Sweeper should survey the area to be swept. Pick out specific landmarks (i.e., stove edge, table leg, corner of counter, edge of sink). Try to mentally break area into sections.
  2. Locate broom and dustpan. Put dustpan in a chosen spot; which is easily accessible and just out of immediate sweeping area. Feel the bristles on the end of the broom and identify the side with the longer bristles. This side should always be pointed away from sweeper.
  3. If sweeper is willing, she should remove her shoes and socks. This will make her much more sensitive to the dirt on the floor.
  4. Go to a designated starting point in room. Sweeper's side should be near the designated landmark (wall or counter).
  5. Grasp top of handle with preferred hand and middle of handle with the other hand. Now place sweeping surface of broom in corner (remember long end of bristle always goes away from sweeper). Be sure bristle surface of broom completely hits floor and is parallel to wall. This is done easily by loosening grasp on handle; the sweeper should be able to feel this.
  6. Now gently pull broom parallel to wall and just in front of foot. (A brisk motion would make dirt fly and it will then be harder for sweeper to keep up with). Be sure to have a landmark just in front of the sweeper's foot. This is very important, as sweeper will come back to this point in a few moments. (The landmark does not have to be permanent. The sweeper might put a can on the counter just in front of her foot).
  7. Sweeper's foot is also a landmark as the dirt is now just in front of it. Now take a half step or broom width step back, reach with broom to and repeat gentle sweeping motion leaving dirt in front of foot. Repeat this process 3 or 4 times.
  8. Now reach broom out directly in front of foot and gently pull broom towards your foot. There should be an accumulation of dirt in a line parallel to end wall and directly in front of foot. *Four or five strokes should be sufficient.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 until sweeper backs up to end of room. Sweeper now has the option of picking up the dirt or leaving it in a pile. If dirt is left in a pile, be sure it is clearly land-marked.
  10. Sweeper should now return to spot where she marked her original stopping point. Repeat steps. (Note: there should be about a six-inch overlap over the area just swept).
  11. When picking up dirt, if student has difficulty using the dustpan; a damp paper towel or cleaning cloth works well. They can also use a Dust buster.

Use glass cleaner and paper towels, or fill sink with dishwashing detergent, using dishcloth to clean and dish towels to dry.

  1. Start with hood. Remember to clean tiles or wall area between the hood and stove.
  2. Clean top edge of stove.
  3. Clean knob area.
  4. Take out burner eyes and drip pans. Take foil off over the sink or trashcan.
  5. Soak drip pans.
  6. Lift top of stove and prop it up.
  7. Clean flat surface under top: don't forget the edges and the lip area under at the edge of top.
  8. Lower top.
  9. Clean outside of top. Pay attention to area covered by drip pan.
  10. Dry top.
  11. Wash and dry drip pans.
  12. Cover drip pans with foil or burner bibs.
  13. Replace drip pans and burner elements (eyes).
  14. Clean oven door and drawer.
  15. Make sure to clean top edge of oven door and drawer.
  16. Dry door and drawer.
  17. Check daily to make sure that there is no grease or grime build up, especially in the two-inch area between the edges of the door and rims of the burner eyes.