COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Page
We will routinely update this page with information and resources for the Waltham community and our students; check back frequently.
We strongly urge all members of the Waltham community to immediately engage in social distancing. If you are not feeling well, please do not leave your home. If you are able to work from home, please do so. If you must leave your home, wash your hands frequently and avoid "high-touch" areas. Keep your children at home and away from other children. We know this is very challenging, especially for kids who want to be with their peers, and we are working on options for organizing virtual socialization opportunities for students and will be posting updates here.
Meals for Students
FREE Grab-and-go meals are available for all students at the following locations and times on Mondays.
Lunch 11:30am-1:00pm: Mondays Only starting 3/30/20
McDevitt Middle School, 75 Church St, Waltham, MA 02452
Lunch 11:30am-12:00pm: Monday - Friday starting 3/30/20
Chesterbrook Gardens Housing: 22 Brookway Road
Prospect Hill Housing: 2 Hansen Road
Home Suites Inn: 455 Totten Pond Road
Students will not be allowed to linger or socialize when they pick up their meals. See additional flyers below about meal services for students.
Online / Extended Learning
We will not be expecting students to engage in organized online learning during this time, but we have posted academic resources to our "Extended Learning" page linked here and at right. Students can login to Clever using their WPS Google Accounts. We are also organizing opportunities for virtual socialization. Our plans for this may change depending on guidance from the Commissioner of Education; check back for updates.
Supporting your Child with COVID-19
Here are a few resources and articles to help you discuss this challenging topic with your child:
- Managing Reactions to the Coronavirus (Riverside Trauma Center) - PDF Document
- Talking to Children about COVID-19 (CDC)
- Helping Children Cope with Emergencies (CDC)
Additional Community Support
We are working with organizations across the city to organize grocery donations and drives. It is important that we do this methodically and carefully so as not to exacerbate the spread of the virus. Please click here for information about how you can help from WATCH CDC. Remember: the best way to help is through engaging in social distancing! Thank you for the outpouring of support and willingness to volunteer that we have already received!
- City of Waltham Emergency Fund - call 781-314-3386 or email email@example.com for an application.
(Spanish speaking staff person and application is available in Spanish)
- RAFT - a state-funded program Metro Housing Boston https://metrohousingboston.org/what-we-do/specialized-services/raft/
Waltham Public Schools Grab and Go Meals
Below, you will find all communications from the Waltham Public Schools related to COVID-19.