The COVID-19 Family Support Center
CONTACT A SCHOOL NURSE:
Our school nurses are available to assist students and families each week day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling your child's school. This service is NOT intended to replace medical care. If you require emergency assistance please call 911.
There are multiple testing sites open in Brockton that have been made available by the Commonwealth's Stop the Spread program. Please click here for a complete list of locations and hours of operation. These sites are free for all Massachusetts residents.
CDC USEFUL TIPS FOR:
RESOURCES FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS:
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recently announced that a new round of P-EBT funding would be distributed at the end of December. These funds will help cover the cost of missed school meals from the months of October and November due to delayed school opening or remote learning, for over 470,000 students and their families.
P-EBT is administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Eligible students who receive DTA benefits will receive their P-EBT benefits on their existing EBT card. Eligible students who do not receive DTA benefits, but were mailed a P-EBT card in the past, will receive their P-EBT benefits on their existing P-EBT card.
Families who lost their P-EBT card can request a new one at DTAConnect.com/pebt starting October 1. Newly eligible students will receive a P-EBT card in the mail in October. Many families eligible for P-EBT are also eligible for on-going food assistance benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and are encourage to check eligibility and apply at www.DTAConnect.com.
Eligible students will receive $5.86 a day based on the number of days their school building has been closed due to delayed start and the days they are learning remotely for at least five days in a row in the month. Families can check their P-EBT balance by calling the number on the back of the card. P-EBT benefits can be used anywhere SNAP benefits are accepted, including online from Walmart and Amazon. Learn more about P-EBT at MAp-ebt.org.
If you do not receive information regarding P-EBT or if you'd like more information, please contact Janice Johnson-Plumer at 508-208-5518 or JANICEJOHNSONPLUMER@bpsma.org. Janice is also happy to provide information relevant to unemployment assistance.
Grab-and-go meals will be available from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at all schools other than the Huntington, BHS, Keith Center, and North (alternate nearby locations listed below). Meal packages will include a breakfast and a lunch. Additional meals will be provided to cover off days.
Parents/guardians and other adult care givers can pick up meals on behalf of their students. Students are not required to be present at the time of pick up. Families can visit the school that is nearest to their home to pick up meals.
Since the following schools are not pickup sites, please consider the following alternate locations:
The closest available pickup site to North is the Raymond School.
The closest available pickup site to BHS is West Middle School or the Kennedy School.
The closest available pickup site to the Keith Center is the Arnone School.
The closest available pickup site to the Huntington is South Middle School.
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF FOOD PANTRIES IN THE BROCKTON AREA.
Families interested in learning more about the new Pandemic EBT program should scroll up to read the Unemployment Assistance section.