Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Resources for Families


Page last updated at 1:30 PM 3/27/2020

At Boston School Finder, we recognize that we are in unprecedented times as our communities must adjust to radical changes to our regular ways of life as we try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Our mission has always been focused on centralizing easy-to-understand information for families — and remains so even in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

We are compiling resources for families to support you during this time. This page will be continuously updated.

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Where to Get Coronavirus COVID19 Updates in Boston, Massachusetts


General Updates about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Coronavirus COVID19 School Updates Boston, Massachusetts

 

 

Coronavirus COVID19 Critical Support Resources for Families in Boston


What to do if you need medical assistance during COVID19 outbreak in Boston If you need medical assistance:

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 9-1-1.

  • For all other medical concerns, call your doctor. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
  • Read more about What To Do if You Are Sick from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
     

What to do if you need food during COVID19 outbreak in Boston If you need food:

Boston Public Schools will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston children; you do not have to have a child in BPS schools to access these meals. Locations will be open Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the schools listed here.

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free meals to all youth and teens at various locations and times across the City.

    If you need additional food resources:

    • Please contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at (800) 645-8333.
       

    What to do if you need financial assistance during COVID19 outbreak in Boston If you need financial assistance:

    If you are in need of financial support due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) either because of school closings or lost wages, Union Capital Boston is offering financial support in the form of UCB Visa gift cards. Union Capital Boston will order Visa gift cards on Friday, March 20 and take 7-10 days to arrive. They will divide the amount on each card evenly based on the amount of money raised.

    What to do if you need child care during COVID19 outbreak in Boston If you need childcare:

    ALL center-based child care and family child care programs are closed as of March 23 through April 6, 2020, by order of the Governor. Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs are available, but please review the guidelines below:

    • Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs: Do not contact an emergency child care program unless you require emergency, back-up, drop-in care. Priority must be given to people including but are not limited to health care workers, essential state and human service workers, COVID-19 health workers, grocery store employees, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, transportation and infrastructure workers, sanitation workers, DCF-involved families, and families living in shelters.
    • To slow the spread of the coronavirus, all families should keep children out of group care settings to the greatest extent possible. Emergency Child Care Programs are for when all other non-group-care settings have been exhausted and families have no other options.
    • How do I find an Exempt Emergency Child Care Program? 
      You can find a list of emergency drop-in childcare providers here. (Please note: this list is for the entire state of Massachusetts, not just Boston.) This list will continue to be updated as more programs are approved. Parents will be responsible for reaching out to individual programs.
    • For more information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Emergency Guidance webpage.
       

    What to do if you have lost your job during COVID19 outbreak in Boston If you have lost your job:

    What to do if you need transportation during COVID19 outbreak in Boston If you need transportation:

    • There have been service disruptions due to COVID-19 on public transportation in the City of Boston. Visit the MBTA website for the most current service alerts and updates.

     

    Coronavirus COVID19 Home Learning Support Resources for Families in Boston


    What to do if you need home access to the internet during COVID19 outbreak Boston If you need home access to the internet:

     

    What to do if you need a computer during COVID19 outbreak Boston If you need a computer:

    • Boston Public Schools is coordinating the distribution of portable Chromebook laptop computers to BPS students who do not have consistent access to a computer at home.
      • Please visit this page for more information on obtaining a Chromebook for your family.
      • Use this form to request a Chromebook for your family.
    • If you go to a school that is not BPS, please contact your school directly.

     

    What to do if you need home learning educational resources during COVID19 outbreak Boston If you need home learning enrichment materials for your children:

     

    What to do if you need ideas for activities to do with your children during COVID19 outbreak Boston If you need ideas for activities to do with your children:

    • EdNavigator will post a daily update of "One Great Thing" to do with your kids each day.
    • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: MA-based children's book author and illustrator and Kennedy Center Artist-in-Residence offers a 30-minute live-streaming art workshop every day at 1:00 PM.
    • Actor Josh Gad (who voices Olaf in Disney's Frozen) reads a children's book every night at 7:00 PM on his Twitter account.

     

    Coronavirus COVID19 School Registration Updates for Families in Boston


    As we receive any updates about how COVID-19 might impact ongoing school enrollment or registration processes already in progress, we'll notify families via text. Text "SCHOOL" to 33777 to get these specific school registration alerts on your phone.

    • All Boston Public Schools Welcome Centers are currently closed. More information about Welcome Services' registration and assignment process for the next school year will be available in the coming days.
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