Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Notice

COVID-19 and Schools

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Created March 18, 2020
  • The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is not requiring school districts to provide direct special education services to students while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
  • DESE encourages districts to provide “compensatory” services to students who miss special education services because schools are closed. But they will not require school districts to to provide “additional” services or “enrichment” opportunities to students.
  • DESE supports school districts efforts to hold Team meetings virtually. Your need for privacy may mean that virtual Team meetings do not work for you, or you may not be able to meet virtually. But virtual Team meetings may be an option for some students. DESE is not requiring schools to offer virtual Team meetings.
  • Timelines for evaluations, Team meetings, and other procedural actions will be delayed due to the school closures.
  • Collaborative, private day and residential special education schools may stay open or open again, sooner than school districts. Districts should provide transportation for students who are able to access these programs.

Adapted from Moor, Perlman & Gregg, LLC COVID-19 AND SPECIAL EDUCATION UPDATE

School Meals

Project Bread is working with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and many schools and community partners to help families get school meals while schools are closed. 

They have an interactive map and a Google Sheet you can use to find your local school meals provider.

On the School Closure Meal Information Google sheet, find your community, the name and address of your local school meals provider, the kind of meals they provide, and their opening times.

To use the MA Meal Sites During School Closures map, you may want to "close the legend" so you can see more of the map. In the lower left of the map use + and - signs for zooming in and out to see more or less of the map .

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