FAQs

UPDATED APRIL 2, 2020 AT 2:30 P.M.

Please check back as the responses to these questions are subject to change.

SCHOOL YEAR/EVENTS

Does this extended closure impact the end of the school year?

We are currently awaiting new guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We will share any new information with families as soon as we are able. As of today, March 26, 2020, our final day of school is scheduled to be June 24.

Will junior prom be held?

Due to the extended closure, we will need to postpone junior prom. We understand this is a special milestone for our grade 11 students so please know that we are going to do everything we can to try to hold junior prom at a later date. If circumstances require us to cancel the junior prom, we will get a plan in place for ticket reimbursement. We will have more information to share likely in early May.

Will high school graduation be held?

No decision has been made about high school graduation at this time and we likely won’t discuss graduation for several more weeks. Please understand that we are waiting to make decisions about important events because we know how much they mean to our students and families and we want to do our best to preserve them if we can.

What does this mean for seniors?

We have no new information to share at this time as we await further guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. If we receive new information, we will share that with our high school families.

I had scheduled an appointment to register my child for kindergarten but it was postponed. When will that process begin again?

Our Parent Information Center is also currently closed in an effort to keep our staff and the families we serve safe and healthy. We will notify Brockton families as soon as we are able to resume the registration process for kindergarten and preK. 

MEALS

How do I receive meals for my child during the extended closure?

Grab-and-go meals will be distributed at all 10 of the following locations from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every week day until the schools reopen:

  • Angelo School
  • Arnone School
  • Brockton High School
  • Brookfield School
  • Davis School
  • East Middle School
  • Hancock School
  • Plouffe Academy
  •  Raymond School
  • South Middle School

Students must be present at the time up pick up to receive their meals.

Does my child need to attend one of those ten schools to receive their meals?

No. Our grab-and-go program is open to any student living in Brockton. Please visit to the grab-and-go site that is closest to your home or most convenient for you.

Can you deliver meals to my home?

We cannot deliver meals because we don’t have the infrastructure to do so and we also need to consider what is in the best interest of the health and safety of our Food Services team- particularly in terms of social distancing. We also must ensure fairness in how we distribute the meals since we could not deliver to all 16,000 of our students. There are 10 locations spread across the city with the hope that those who have transportation challenges could still walk to one of our sites.

Can I pick up meals for the entire week?

As a district that serves 16,000 students, we cannot mass produce tens of thousands of meals in advance.

I don’t have a car. Can my child and I walk up to a grab-and-go location?

Of course. The drive-up format was intended to support social distancing but we will gladly serve any of our students who show up on foot.

ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES

Will BPS be expanding its online learning program?

In light of the extended closure, we are working to expand our online learning program. Due to relentless budget cuts over the past 10 years, we are not set up for online classes right now. However, our administrators and teachers are working hard to come up with a solution that will provide our students and families with a more structured system for learning at home. We will notify you as soon as our revised plan is ready to launch.

All of our activities are geared toward enrichment and engagement. We want your child to keep their skills sharp so they return to school ready to pick up where we left off on March 12.

I don’t have a laptop or device at home. What should I do?

BPS hosted a laptop distribution day on April 2. We will notify families if we are able to host a second distribution date next week. Please expect to receive that information via a phone message and text message. You can also check our website for the latest updates.

Will MCAS still be administered?

The State Legislature needs to rule on whether or not to administer MCAS this year.

(FOR K-8 families) My child forgot his/her Clever login. How to I obtain it?

Please email cleversupport@bpsma.org.

Do you have learning resources for students on an IEP?

We have a variety of enrichment activities for all of our learners under the “Learning at Home” tab on bpsma.org.

SUPPORT SERVICES

My child has been in emotional distress during this closure and I’m worried about him/her. Can I speak to his/her school adjustment counselor?

Your child’s emotional and physical well-being are always our top priority. We would be happy to set up a check in for you. Please email helpline@bpsma.org with your child’s name, school and, if applicable, the school adjustment counselor they typically work with. You may also email your child’s principal by using the contact forms listed by school here.

If your child has expressed a desire to self-harm, please call 911.

How do I contact my child’s principal?

Please visit the “Contact Us” page on bpsma.org. Click on the name of your child's school and complete the contact form.

Will my child’s teacher be contacting him/her?

Yes. If your child is in grade 6-12, please ask him/her to check their BPS email address. They can log in by using the same email address and password they use to log into a BPS laptop.

Teachers in K-5 will be contacting families directly by calling the parent’s phone number or emailing the parent’s personal email address.

I was laid off. What should I do?

Janice Johnson-Plumer and Barbara Alicea are available to help parents who need to apply for SNAP Benefits, have lost their jobs or are laid off during this time. Please call Janice at 508-208-5518 or Barbara at 774-274-2661 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Barbara is available to assist parents who speak Spanish and need language assistance.

I need language assistance. Who do I contact?

Our Bilingual Community Relations Facilitators and ELL Parent Advocates are available to help families in need of language assistance. Their contact info is available here.

I have a question that is not answered here. Who should I contact?

Soraya Presume Calixte, Parent Engagement Specialist, hosts parent conference calls Monday through Friday once at 6 a.m. and once at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity to ask questions and share any concerns with the BPS team or to connect with other parents to share ideas for how to keep children focused on learning. Please dial in by calling (425) 436-6308 and using access code: 691006#. If you experience any trouble logging onto the conference line, please call Soraya directly at 774-517-7081. Again, these calls will be hosted Monday through Friday, once at 6 a.m. and once at 7 p.m.

You may also email helpline@bpsma.org if you are trying to contact us outside of normal business hours.