*Last updated 04/01/20*
Effective immediately, in an effort to do our part and help slow the spread of the virus the Brooks Main Office will be closed and administrative staff will be working remotely until Thursday, April 9. You will continue to see a few members of our internal landscape and maintenance team as they continue to upkeep the Brooks campus. Brooks campus security will continue to operate as normal, 24/7.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued an emergency declaration ordering non-essential businesses to close to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., residents in San Antonio and the county’s suburban cities must stay home and only leave their homes to pick up groceries and medicine, get gas or seek health care. Residents may go outside to run, walk or exercise if they keep their distance from others.


COVID-19 Hotline – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has opened a COVID-19 hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents can call 210-207-5779. Hours of operation for the hotline are Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

COVID-19 Updates  – Stay up-to-date with Bexar County executive orders, cases, and testing information.

Residents are encouraged to download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores, to receive updates on the COVID-19 situation in San Antonio or visit their website.

Additionally, residents can text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates.

How to help slow the spread

Do The Five

  1. HANDS wash them often
  2. ELBOW Cough into it
  3. FACE Don’t touch it
  4. FEET Stay more than 3ft apart
  5. FEEL SICK? Stay home

Source: World Health Organization

Live, Learn, Work, Play and Stay at Brooks

LIVE: Resources

Mental and Emotional Health Resources

Wesley Health & Wellness Center*
(210) 527-1505

Catholic Charities*
(210) 377-1133

Circle of Arms
(210) 695-0687

* Clinics or counselors that offer low-to-no cost counseling services or a sliding scale fee

2-1-1 is a free, anonymous social service hotline that helps people find information about local resources in their community. 211 Texas –Alamo Region is one of 24 Area Information Centers in Texas. The Alamo Region is comprised of Bexar County and eleven surrounding counties.

If you are unable to reach 2-1-1 from your telephone, call us toll-free at (877) 541-7905. You may also find help by accessing the 2-1-1/United Way Helpline online database HERE.

City Council

Rebecca Viagran, District 3- In an effort to ensure the health and safety of our residents we have implemented new office protocols. Our office will continue as normal M-F 9AM – 5PM until further notice. Please do not hesitate to call our office at 210-207-0969 if you have any COVID-19 or D3 concerns.

Citywide closures, cancellations and postponements

  • All libraries are closed through April 19
  • All senior centers will be closed to the public until April 19
  • Meals to seniors will be available for pick up or delivered by the City
  • Pre-K 4 SA centers are closed through April 24
  • Head Start centers located at SAISD school district are closed through May 1 
  • SAISD, ECISD and EISD schools are closed through May 1
  • Municipal Court has postponed all March juvenile court mediations and all campus-based truancy forums and all jury trials have been suspended through April 23
  • Municipal Court is closed through April 6
  • Café College is closed through April 19
  • City owned and operated VITA sites are closed through April 19 (For drop off options please call 211)
  • City owned galleries and museums are closed through April 19
  • Spanish Governors Palace and Mission Marquee Plaza will remain closed until April 18
  • The Mission Marquee Plaza Farmers & Artisans Markets scheduled for March 21 and April 18 are canceled at this time

Assistance Resources

Bexar County courts are temporarily halting evictions to prevent people from losing their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic. More information can be found here.

Senior resources

Dollar General is devoting the first hour of each day it is open to be exclusive to senior customers in an effort to allow them to purchase items they need without the hassle of panic-buying crowds.

H-E-B is allowing seniors to place orders from curated list of essentials via a phone line, the Favor app, or at favordelivery.com/seniors. The line will be staffed with volunteers to accept/process home delivery orders via phone from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, seven days a week. To access, call 1-833-397-0080.

Target is reserving the first hour of shopping each Wednesday to support vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.

Walmart is hosting an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday (March 24 to April 28) for customers aged 60 or older. This will start one hour before the store opens.

Sam’s Club is offering early shopping hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. for seniors and those with disabilities or compromised immune systems.

All Senior Center members enrolled in the Senior Nutrition Program will receive meal distributions and San Antonio Food Bank commodities at the Senior Centers during the closure. Members are being individually called by staff to explain the distribution and smaller part-time Nutrition Site meals are being distributed through the larger Comprehensive Senior Centers.

Senior Centers:
West End Senior Center – 210-207-1720
District 2 Senior Center – 210-207-5390
South Side Lions Senior Center – 210-207-1760
Willie Cortez Senior Center –210-207-5295
District 5 Senior Center – 210-207-5270
Normoyle Senior Center – 210-207-5650
Alicia Trevino Lopez Senior Center – 210-558-0178
Doris Griffin Senior Center – 210-780-7444
Bob Ross Senior Center – 210-207-5300
Northeast Senior Center – 210-207-4590

Other Senior Resources:
San Antonio Food Bank Commodities – 210-431-8326
Meals on Wheels – 210-735-5115
Alamo Service Connection – Senior Services – 210-477-3275

Transportation

VIA will continue offering its buses free of charge until April 30. Beginning April 6, VIA bus routes will be on “Saturday” schedules Monday through Friday. Routes will run their regular weekend schedules on Saturdays and Sundays.

Everyone is encouraged to use the VIA goMobile app when planning and booking a trip. The free app is available on Apple and Android smartphones. It can be used to pay fares before boarding, which can cut down on interactions like exchanging money or swiping fare cards.

For more information, visit their website.

Service disconnections, utility information and assistance

San Antonio Water System has temporarily suspended account disconnections in recognition of any financial hardship during the current COVID-19 challenges, though charges will continue to accrue on customer accounts.

San Antonio Water System indefinitely closed access to its Headquarters Office for bill payment beginning Wednesday, March 18. Customers can still drop off payments at Headquarters in a lock box just inside the first glass doors.

Customers will also have access to pay bills in person at its East Side Customer and West Side (Las Palmas) centers, as well as partner agencies such as H-E-B grocery stores. SAWS has temporarily suspended call center hours on Saturdays only.

Customers are encouraged to pay online at MyAccount.saws.org, or pay by phone at 210-704-SAWS.

CPS Energy – CPS Energy will suspend energy disconnects during this time. CPS Energy has a variety of programs customers can take advantage if they are dealing with hardships or financial issues. Those resources can be found here.

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020:  CPS Energy walk-in center hours will be temporarily modified to 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday- Friday until further notice.

Food distribution sites

The San Antonio Food Bank is expanding its response to COVID-19. Check their website daily for a full list of food distribution sites across the city.

Brooks – Friday, April 3rd @ 10 a.m., 8130 Challenger Drive.

  • You MUST pre-register by calling (210) 431-8326 or clicking this link.
  • When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle.

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Students and families can pick up free breakfast and lunch while San Antonio schools are closed for the coronavirus pandemic.

Fourteen school districts are offering curbside pickup for breakfast and lunch. To see a full list of food distribution sites, click here. (Source: NowCastSA)

Here is a roundup of nearby locations:

East Central ISD
Meal services will be available at all campuses from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. via curbside service. As a supplemental option for families that require meals, ECISD will begin making meal deliveries through their buses to specific locations for convenience Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. To find out the times and locations of deliveries, please use the bus infofinder at http://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=ECI1D179YXC4.

Harlandale ISD
HISD is providing curbside service for meals at all four middle schools: Leal Middle School, Harlandale Middle School, Kingsborough Middle School and Terrell Wells Middle School. Any child 18 and under can pick up breakfast from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Monday, March 16 and during the rest of the week. No ID cards are needed.

Pre-K 4 SA
Beginning March 30th, food distributions will be appointment-based. Check your email for details and instructions on how to make an appointment.

San Antonio ISD
Curbside meal service for students 18 and younger will be provided at high schools in the district. Breakfast can be picked up between 8-9 a.m. and lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Children must be present to receive a meal. For more information, click here.

South San Antonio ISD
South San ISD is offering a drive-thru/walk-up service to all children 18 and under for takeout breakfast and lunch at four locations.

Southside ISD
Southside ISD is offering curbside service for meals at Heritage Elementary and Southside High School. Students can pick up meals at 8 a.m., Monday and at noon during the rest of the week. No ID cards are needed.

Compass Rose Public Schools
Compass Rose Public Schools are offering curbside breakfast and lunch service for students at all of their locations. Drive-up meal service will be provided at the following times: Breakfast – 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and Lunch (6th and 7th grade – 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.), (8th and 9th grade: 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering
Curbside breakfast and lunch pickup for students. Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food service map.

WORK: Resources

Job opportunities

Brooks continues to work closely with our workforce development partners, including SA Works, to identify short-term and temporary job opportunities that are available for community members whose jobs have been impacted.

As we work to determine the best way to compile employment opportunities, some links to current openings in the San Antonio area are available below:

H-E-B is hiring short-term store hourly positions.

Amazon is looking to hire Amazon Delivery Partners.

Natural Grocers is hiring temporary workers.

Uber Eats is a way to make money by delivering food orders. Click here to sign up.

C6 Services is hiring CDL-holdering drivers and trash collection workers. Those interested can contact the company at c6@c6disposal.com.

Dollar Tree/Family Dollar is hiring for full- and part-time store postions.

To search for more jobs in your area, visit WorkInTexas.com.

Federal relief for small businesses

On March 18, Commissioner Justin Rodriguez announced that Bexar County is providing $5.25 million to support small businesses that have suffered financial losses as a result of COVID-19. Details are being finalized and the Commissioner’s Court will vote on the contract on Tuesday, March 24th. Eligibility and application information will be available next week.

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – includes information about the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the SBA Debt Relief program, and Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program.

LEARN: Resources

Student learning and activities resources

The Greenline Park will remain open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. for personal recreational purposes.

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center – Get a breath of fresh air and go bird watching. The center’s trails are open and free to the public at this time with online check-in. All indoor areas, including bathrooms, are closed to the public.

While all San Antonio Public Library locations are closed, check out their digital library.

Scholastic – The educational company has launched a “Learn at Home” website that has daily courses for students from Pre-kindergarten to grades 6 and higher.

Open Culture – has free textbooks, movies, audiobooks and links to free online courses to free online courses from professors.

Prodigy Math – has free video game style math learning.

Duolingo – offers free online learning tolls.

CK-12 – offers age-appropriate lessons in all subjects for different grades.

ECISD launched Distance Learning that will begin on March 23, 2020. All students will utilize choice boards with activities that reinforce learning. Students can submit their completed work online (Google Classroom) or keep evidence of their work in a notebook (spiral, composition) or on paper.

SAISD launched The Digital Playground that hosts curriculum and other remote learning tools. Additionally, SAISD is also conducting numerous online trainings to ensure teachers are able to deliver relevant, critical and engaging content.

CASA@CAST – home for Student Voice and for connecting with our community to make sense of a time of upheaval and uncertainty. Submissions range from book reviews to messages for our community to works of art. Visit castschools.com to join in their dialogue, send a letter or your creative expressions via e-mail at casa@castschools.com, or leave a voice mail or a text at (210) 802-2091.

Don’t forget Dial-A-Story. For over 20 years the children of San Antonio have been calling in to Dial-A-Story to hear a children’s story. Just call 210-207-4466 to listen to this week’s recording.

Free internet access

AT&T is providing free access to its public WiFi hot spots. Although AT&T does not offer a Wi-Fi hotspot map, you can search your device app store for a hotspot locator.

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. For more information, see Charter to Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households and More.

PLAY: Resources

Donations and volunteer opportunities

The San Antonio Food Bank is helping those in their season of need across 16 counties of southwest Texas. To volunteer or donate please visit, https://safoodbank.org/cvprep/

Donate blood – The city and South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has put out a call for blood donations. During this time, donations will be by appointment only to help avoid crowds and allow the organization to follow social distancing guidelines. To make an appointment, go to www.SouthTexasBlood.org/Give-Now or call 210-731-5590.

Donate to Meals on Wheels – You can change a life with a $7 donation to provide an  Emergency Food Supply Boxes for Meals on Wheels’ elderly clients, who are considered high risk for getting the coronavirus. Seven dollars can provide a client an Emergency Food Supply Box of four shelf-stable meals.

Quarantine exercise tips and resources

YMCA 360: Your Virtual YMCA 

Not all screen time has to be bad. Check out Cosmic Kids Yoga to get your kids moving and practicing mindfulness.

Black Swan San Antonio is offering free live online yoga streams. For a list of classes available, click here.

Neighborhood food

Indoor dining remains closed. Restaurants that offer drive-up, drive-thru, curbside and pickup delivery services are allowed to remain open.

Grocery stores, gas stations, & big-box stores are allowed to remain open to provide food and goods.

#SupportLocal – List of local restaurants in your region of San Antonio.

GROCERY

H-E-B – Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Curbside is available but due to high demand, some items may not be available when your order is fulfilled.

Target – Open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Order pickup and drive up available. However, due to high demand, Target is facing delays.

Walmart – Open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Curbside available. Walmart asks to please check availability before starting your curbside order.

La Fiesta – Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

RESTAURANTS

1917 Restaurant – Carry out and pick-up curbside. Call 210-534-1000 and ask for 1917 Restaurant.

Luna Rosa Puerto Rican Grill y Tapas – Carry out and curbside pickup. To order call 210-314-3111.

Smoothie King – Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon-Fri), 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sat), and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sun). Drive-thru and online ordering/take-out.

Peace Juicery – Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Mon-Sat). Curbside available. Debit/credit card payments ONLY. To order call (210) 617-7048 or call/text (210) 487-1646.

Whataburger – Drive-thru offering full menu 24/7. Online orders and curbside delivery available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Longhorn Cafe – Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sun-Thurs) and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Fri & Sat). Online ordering. Curbside pickup. DoorDash.

Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant – Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Curbside to go (phone orders only: 210-922-3511). Uber Eats. DoorDash. Offering groceries and toiletries.

South BBQ & Kitchen – Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Wed-Sun). Online ordering. Curbside pickup.