COVID-19 Resources for Students, Staff, and Families

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COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Students, Families & Communities

The Dallas County Promise team is actively monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our students and community. Our team will continue to support students and school staff virtually via email, text messaging, phone calls and videoconferencing. 

Any information from school district and college partners that has an impact on our scholarship program will be shared with students and the community as quickly as possible. Check back frequently for updates.

School District Updates

Districts across Dallas County have closed buildings in accordance with local mandates and to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Find your district below for information about school closures, health updates, and at-home learning.

  • This information is current as of Wednesday, April 22, 2020. 

    Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD - Buildings closed until further notice. More information: EnglishEn Español

    Cedar Hill ISD - Buildings closed until further notice. More information: English / En Español

    Dallas ISD - Buildings closed until further notice. More information: EnglishEn Español

  • DeSoto ISD - Buildings closed until further notice. More information. 

    Duncanville ISD - Buildings closed until further notice. More information: English / En Español

    Garland ISD - Buildings closed until further notice. More information.

    Grand Prairie ISD - Buildings closed until further notice. More information.

  • Irving ISD - Buildings closed until further notice. More information: EnglishEn Español

    Lancaster ISD - Buildings closed until further notice. More information. 

    Mesquite ISD - Buildings closed until further notice. More information.

    Richardson ISD - Buildings closed until further notice. More information.

College Partner Updates

Colleges and universities across the state are making adjustments for the Spring 2020 semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is information regarding our partner colleges and universities and their efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Fall 2020 enrollment updates from partner colleges and universities will be added to this page as they develop.

  • Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) - Graduating 2020 seniors who completed a Pledge now have until June 1, 2020 to submit an admissions application and 2020-2021 financial aid application (FAFSA or TASFA) to any of the seven DCCCD Colleges for Fall 2020 Promise eligibility. More information and resources.

    Midwestern State University - Graduating 2020 seniors who completed a Pledge have until May 31, 2020 to submit an admissions application and 2020-2021 FAFSA to MSU for Fall 2020 Promise eligibility. MSU has also raised their eligibility limit for family adjusted gross income (AGI) to $65,000 or less. More information & resources.

    Texas A&M University Commerce - Graduating 2020 seniors who completed a Pledge can still submit an admissions application and 2020-2021 financial aid application (FAFSA or TASFA) to TAMU-Commerce to be considered for Fall 2020 Promise eligibility. TAMU-Commerce Scholars must have a family adjusted gross income (AGI) of $50,000 or less, and an expected family contribution (EFC) between $0 and $5,576, or TASFA-equivalent. More information & resources. 

    Texas Woman’s University - Classes will be delivered in an online format until further notice. More information & resources.

  • Texas A&M University Texarkana - Graduating 2020 seniors who completed a Pledge can still submit an admissions application and 2020-2021 financial aid application (FAFSA or TASFA) to TAMU-Texarkana to be considered for Fall 2020 Promise eligibility until funding is exhausted. Submit your applications as soon as possible to be considered! TAMU-Texarkana Scholars must have a family adjusted gross income (AGI) of $50,000 or less. More information & resources.

    UNT Dallas - Graduating 2020 seniors who completed a Pledge can still submit an admissions application and 2020-2021 financial aid application (FAFSA or TASFA) to UNT Dallas to be considered for Fall 2020 Promise eligibility until funding is exhausted. Submit your applications as soon as possible to be considered! More information & resources. 

    Austin College - Classes will be delivered in an online format until further notice. More information & resources. 

    Prairie View A&M University - Classes will be delivered in an online format until further notice. More information & resources.

    Southern Methodist University - Classes will be delivered in an online format until further notice. More information & resources.

Student & Family Resources

As students and families adjust to online learning and new home situations, we will continue to add resources that may be useful in supporting your college and career journey, including local relief organizations. In addition to the below, you can find resources specific to your school(s) and district on their website. 

  • Virtual College Advising - To help support students and families across the country, organizations are banding together to provide virtual college advising support free of charge. Learn more about Ask Advi & Student Success Agency.

    Food Assistance - The North Texas Food Bank can help families connect with food assistance programs and food pantries across North Texas at no cost. Learn more and get connected to a Social Service Assistance staff member via email at snap@ntfb.org, by phone at 214-269-0906, or on their website.

    SwiftStudent - Free tool for students to learn more about the process of requesting changes to college financial aid packages in response to changing family financial situations, including letter templates. Learn more here and connect with your college's financial aid office to start the process. 

  • At-Home Learning - Need help finding additional online resources for the entire family? Start with your school district's website(s), then check out this list of sites from the 74Million

    Spectrum Internet - Free access to internet and WiFi for 60-days for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households without current access. Installation and pre-payment fees waived. Call (855) 243-8892 to sign up or learn more here.

    Job/Employment Seekers - Work in Texas is a free resource to search for open job postings in your area and across Texas. Start your job search hereIf you have lost your job due to recent changes, you may qualify for unemployment benefits to help reduce the effect on your family’s finances. For more information on unemployment benefits and applying, check out the Texas Workforce Commission’s website

School Staff Resources

Although you likely have many resources available from your school district, we will continue to compile a list of resources from local and national organizations to support you as you are supporting your students in at-home learning and virtual college advising.