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 4/6/20
Chesterbrook Gardens Housing: 22 Brookway Road
Prospect Hill Housing: 2 Hansen Road
Home Suites Inn: 455 Totten Pond Road is Closed as of 4/7/20
Dinner 5:00pm-5:30pm Monday - Friday starting 4/6/20
Gilmore Park, 90 Hall Street, Waltham, MA
Prospect Hill Community Center, 42 Hansen Road, Waltham. MA
Chesterbrook Gardens, 25 Chester Lane, Waltham, MA
Students will not be allowed to linger or socialize when they pick up their meals. See additional flyers below about meal services for students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
(Spanish speaking staff person and application is available in Spanish)
- RAFT - a state-funded program Metro Housing Boston
Online / Extended Learning
We cannot expect our families to fully “replace” what would happen during a regular school day, and we have not prepared our students to engage in entirely self-directed learning. Furthermore, all of our families are experiencing hardships because of the current situation, and we do not want to further burden families with unrealistic expectations. That said, we do expect the following:
We expect all students to engage in some component of their school’s remote learning approach.
Per guidance from the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, we are expecting that all students engage meaningfully with content for approximately half of the regular school day (3.5 hours). This does not mean students are online in live classes for all of those hours, but that students are doing a mix of live interaction with teachers and completing academic work for this amount of time each day.
We expect all students to choose those remote learning options that are best for them and their families. Schools and teachers have been encouraged to provide options.
We expect all students, as they are able, to engage in meaningful learning for approximately half of a typical school day.
We will follow up with students who do not engage in remote learning to see if they or their families need additional resources or are experiencing challenges that make accessing schoolwork impossible for them at this time, and we will grant exceptions to the above expectations in those instances. Please see the 4/3/20 Extended Learning Plans below for complete details.
Waltham Public Schools Grab and Go Meals
Below, you will find all communications from the Waltham Public Schools related to COVID-19.