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COVID-19

On Friday, April 17, Governor Abbott ordered that all public and private schools be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We anticipated this announcement and have been thinking about plans for end-of-year celebrations. Soon, we will be updating you with plans for end-of-year celebrations and beyond.

Headwaters School will keep our campuses closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year in accordance with State Executive Orders. We will continue Headwaters at Home distance learning. 
 
We continue to closely follow local, national, and international reports about the spread of the respiratory virus known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.

For Austin information, we reccommend follownig Austin Public Health

For the latest on the number of confirmed cases in Texas visit Texas DSHS.

Please be assured that Headwaters continues to monitor the situation closely.



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  • Campus Closure Details

    On Friday, April 17, Governor Abbott ordered that all public and private schools be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We anticipated this announcement and have been thinking about plans for end-of-year celebrations. Soon, we will be updating you with plans for end-of-year celebrations and beyond.

    Headwaters School will keep our campuses closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 Scool Year in accordance with State Orders. We will continue Headwaters at Home distance learning.
  • FAQs for Families in Response to COVID-19

    We have created a FAQ document to answer your questions about the impact of COVID-19 on financial, programmatic, and general questions. Click here to view this living document.
  • Headwaters School Communication Types

    Headwaters School uses various methods to send communiation to parents. 

    Emergency Text Alerts: This is a short code text message send directly to your cell phone number provided on your contact card in the Nest. Messages sent via this method are time sensative. Not receiving these messages? Click Read More below. 

    Email: Headwaters School uses our school email, Constant Contact, and Nest Pushpages to send almost all communications. These all go to your inbox. However, one could unsubscribe to Constant Contact and Nest Pushpages.

    Nest News: These are stories that live on the website or password protected side of the Nest. We can choose to notify groups so that you get a Notification sent to your inbox or as a text. 

    Social Media: We use social media platforms (generally Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to relay this information to the general community and public.
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  • Headwaters at Home: Distance Learning

    On each campus, our academic teams are working on remote learning strategies and practices. Our goal is to continue scaffolded educational opportunities for our students throughout any campus closures. Visit our Headwaters at Home page to learn more about Headwaters Distance Learning.
  • Talking About COVID-19

    Here are some resources for your family:
    It is important to remember that the physical health of our community is equally connected to the social and mental health of our community. For our international students in particular, we extend our compassion and concern for this situation and the impact this may be having on their loved ones back home. Headwaters can help support students with on-campus counseling on the River Campus or through other support systems as needed.

COVID-19 Facts from Austin Public Health & CDC

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  • What is COVID-19?

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and cause respiratory illness. This new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is thought to be spreading from ill people to others. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. 

    Here is a video that features Dr. Peter Lin explaining how coronavirus spreads and how to protect ourselves.
  • CDC Steps to Prevent Illness

    The CDC recommends basic health practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses:

    Take steps to protect yourself

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    Clean your hands often

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
     
    Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home
     

    Avoid close contact

    Take steps to protect others

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    Stay home if you’re sick

     
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    Cover coughs and sneezes

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
     
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    Wear a facemask if you are sick

    • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
     
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    Clean and disinfect

    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.


    Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.
  • Symptoms and Testing Information

    According to Austin Public Health:

    Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, please visit our “Information For Those Who Are Sick” webpage.

    Q: How is COVID-19 testing conducted in Austin-Travis County? 

    A: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) lab in Austin is now capable of completing COVID-19 testing, along with private labs. If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, avoid the risk of spread at clinics and hospitals by using telehealth (see a list of telehealth services and services for uninsured here) or calling your health provider. Your physician will determine if there is another plausible diagnosis with similar symptoms (i.e. influenza).  

    For suspected COVID-19 cases, your doctor will fill out a form. Austin Public Health will use this information to assess risk and criteria to determine whether a test is appropriate. You will be notified on whether you qualify for a test and will be provided with a test-site location. Until then, stay at home and self-distance. 
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  • Travel

    Please refer to the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Reccommendations by country at this link

    At this point, there is a global COVID-19 Outbreak notice. The CDC recommends that older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel to most global destinations.

    Click here for domestic travel considerations from the CDC.
  • Texas Infections

    Please check the DSHS site for the most accurate state case count. 
  • COVID-19 Stigma

    Health officials emphasize that Asian individuals are not at greater risk of carrying the coronavirus than any other individual. Communicating the facts that viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups and how COVID-19 actually spreads can help stop the stigma.
  • Links to More Information

Springs Campus

18 months to Pre-K
6305 Menchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78745
Phone: 512-443-8843

Creek Campus

Elementary School
9607 Brodie Ln.
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: 512-804-2708
Fax: 512-628-4810

River Campus

Middle & High School
807 Rio Grande St.
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-480-8142
Fax: 512-480-0278