LATEST CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES FROM THE LOWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
Updated March 26, 2020
ALERT: Governor Baker announced that all schools in Massachusetts, including the Lowell Public Schools, will be closed until Monday, May 4, 2020. This includes canceling all school-related activities scheduled to take place during this period of time. As May 4th approaches, we will provide additional guidance.
- BREAKFAST AND LUNCH IS AVAILABLE: We will be providing breakfast and lunch for students during the weekdays at nine sites while school is closed: Bartlett, Butler, Greenhalge, Lincoln, Moody, Murkland, Pawtucketville, Robinson, and STEM (Rogers). 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. 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.
- AT HOME LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: During this time away from school, we know many families are looking for ways to continue learning at home. Please visit the Lowell Public Schools website for a link to online learning resources that are available for our students: www.lowell.k12.ma.us/homelearning. These enrichment opportunities are optional activities to support your child's learning at each grade level and across different subjects like English Language Arts, math, science, social studies, art, and physical education. Additionally, enrichment packets for elementary and middle school students will be available for pick up at each of our lunch distribution sites. These packets contain the same information found on our website.
- 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.
- REGISTRATION DELAYED: School registration for preschool was scheduled to start on March 16, and registration for kindergarten was scheduled to start on March 30. We will be delaying both registration periods and will provide you with more details once finalized.
- PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All school and public playgrounds in the City of Lowell are closed until further notice.
- SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING CANCELED: The March 18, 2020 meeting of the School Committee was canceled.
- 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.
- SHOULD STUDENTS OR STAFF BE WEARING MASKS? Healthy people should not be wearing masks in an attempt to prevent themselves from getting infected from any virus, according to the Lowell Health Department.
- 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.
- CHILDREN ARE AT LOW RISK: Children and young people are at an especially low risk of health complications from COVID-19, Governor Baker stressed in a press conference on March 10.
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.