LATEST CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES FROM THE LOWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ALERT: Governor Baker announced that all schools in Massachusetts, including the Lowell Public Schools, will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Our buildings may be closed, but remote learning instruction will continue for the rest of the school year and meal service will continue for all families in need.
- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: The last day of the 2019-2020 school year for the Lowell Public Schools will be Monday, June 15, 2020. The final day of classes for seniors at Lowell High School is Friday, May 22, 2020.
- NEW REGISTRATION DATES: Registration for Kindergarten and Preschool will start on Tuesday, May 26. In order to hold registration in as safe and efficient a manner as possible given the current circumstances, registration will now be done online. We will provide you with more details soon on how the new online registration process works.
- BREAKFAST AND LUNCH IS AVAILABLE: We will be providing breakfast and lunch for students during the weekdays at 11 sites while school is closed: Butler, Greenhalge, Lincoln, Moody, Morey, Murkland, Pawtucketville, Robinson, STEM Academy, Stoklosa and the Westminster Village Apartments. There will be a truck on location at each site with meals available to pickup and take home. Families will be able to pick up lunch as well as take home breakfast for the following morning. And, on Fridays, you will be able to pick up meals for the weekend days as well. Please click here for full details on locations and times. All students ages 2-18 are eligible for this program. Students don’t have to be present to pick up a meal. A parent or neighbor can pick up the student’s meal.
- REMOTE LEARNING PLAN: Because of the long-term closure of all schools in Massachusetts, the state has asked all schools to implement a remote learning program. Nothing can take the place of the daily in-person interactions that our teachers have with our students. But, until we are able to return to school, we are prepared to offer our students a meaningful and engaging learning experience that also accounts for the pressures that families and staff are encountering during this pandemic. Please click here to review the documents detailing this remote learning plan and for resources to support remote learning. Your child’s school will also be guiding you through this process.
- AT-HOME LEARNING PACKETS: At-home learning packets are also distributed at all of the grab and go meal sites. New packets are available on Fridays and Mondays. The packets include activities that support the remote learning plan and are also posted on our website.
- GRADING DURING REMOTE LEARNING: Click here to read more about how students will be graded during this period of remote learning.
- MESSAGE FROM THE SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT: Find out more about how special education services and processes will be conducted during this mandated school closure and what remote learning opportunities will look like for students with disabilities: English | Spanish | Portuguese | Khmer | Swahili
- RESOURCES FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL NEEDS: We understand what is going on right now with the coronavirus can be stressful. This webpage includes resources for mental health, social emotional needs, as well as where to find vital information for community outreach.
- VIRTUAL READ ALOUDS ON YOUTUBE: To support literacy at home, we have launched a YouTube channel devoted to posting virtual read-alouds by teachers and principals across the district. See our educators reading their favorite books to help our students stay engaged while schools are closed. You can access the YouTube channel by searching for “Lowell Public Schools Virtual Read Alouds” on YouTube, or by clicking here.
- CENTRAL OFFICE & FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED TO PUBLIC: In exercising caution for everyone’s health and safety, both the Central Office and Family Resource Center (FRC) will be closed to the public, with all staff working remotely. However, families can still access limited services by calling the Central Office at 978-674-4320, or calling the FRC at 978-674-4321.
- PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All school and public playgrounds in the City of Lowell are closed until further notice.
- KNOWLEDGE BOWL FINALS DELAYED: The Knowledge Bowl Finals were scheduled on March 16 and have been postponed. We will let you know when this event will take place once a new date has been set.
- OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL CANCELED: We are following the recommendations of Governor Baker and DESE and are canceling any out-of-state domestic school-related travel and any school-organized international trips for student groups.
- STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK: It is important to stress that if you or your child is sick, or if you or your child are showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath), please stay home.
- WHAT IS BEING DONE TO DISINFECT THE SCHOOLS? As part of the ongoing preventative efforts taken by the Lowell Public Schools to combat the spread of seasonal illnesses, additional disinfecting treatments, such as deploying disinfecting fogging/sprayer machines, have been added and will continue to be scheduled in all schools. Custodians have treated highly exposed areas in our school buildings like stairwell railings, door knobs, light switches, restroom fixtures and paper towel dispensers during both the daytime and evening shifts. Extra precaution is also taken when there is a special event at one of our schools. For instance, after the polling locations were closed following the presidential primary, those schools received additional disinfecting of all polling areas, entries, connecting hallways, restrooms, school and health offices.
If you have any additional questions or concerns on this matter, please call 978-674-4320 or submit your question/concern using our online form. If you have any health-related questions, please call the Lowell Health Department at 978-674-4010.