The COVID-19 Family Support Center
BPS has established a call center operated by School Adjustment Counselors and Nurses who have volunteered to provide additional assistance to students and families. If your child is in need of social emotional supports during the summer months, please call counselor Deb Scott at 774-297-7705 and/or Jane Zucco at 774-297-7762 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please understand: THIS IS NOT a crisis response team. If there is an emergency or someone in your family needs an immediate response please call 911 or for a child in crisis, call Mobile Crisis 508-580-0801.
The Office of Student Support Services has compiled a database of crisis resources, a well as best practices for helping students cope during these difficult times. Please click here to visit our Social Emotional Supports page.
CLICK HERE TO READ OUR HEALTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER.
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. This service is NOT intended to replace medical care. If you require emergency assistance please call 911.
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
LOCATION: Brockton High School: 470 Forest Ave
12 – 7 p.m.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
12 – 7 p.m.
By appointment only
CALL: (844) 483-7819
LOCATION: Massasoit Community College
1 Massasoit Blvd, Brockton, MA 02302
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday:
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Brockton Area Multi-services, Inc.(BAMSI)
LOCATION: 1090 Main Street, Brockton Brockton Housing Authority, Sergi Building
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For additional locations, please visit the Stop the Spread page on mass.gov.
CDC USEFUL TIPS FOR:
RESOURCES FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS:
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. If you need help, 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.
The Department of Transitional Assistance recently launched the Pandemic EBT program, or P-EBT. Pandemic EBT is part of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201.
Through P-EBT, eligible families can receive $5.70 per child for each day that Massachusetts schools are closed (70 days). Eligible families will receive a P-EBT card to use like an EBT card for purchasing groceries from approved retailers.
Who is eligible?
The P-EBT program provides additional food support for students who would have received free and reduced-price meals if not for the school closures due to COVID-19.
How will I find out if I am eligible?
Current DTA Clients will be receiving:
– A text message from the Department and an alert on DTA Connect on 4/30
– A notice in the mail
Those currently not receiving DTA benefits will be sent:
– A notice in the mail with a flyer developed by DTA, DESE, Shah Foundation and Project Bread
– Information potentially from DESE and other partners
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.
Beginning Wednesday, September 16, grab-and-go meals will be available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at all schools other than the Huntington, Keith Center, Brockton High 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.
Beginning Monday, September 21, meals will be given out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m.
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 sites to BHS are West Middle School or the Kennedy School.
The closest available pickup site to North is the Raymond 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.
CPLAN's Bodega Project is accepting applications from families for their food voucher program.
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.
The Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC) has launched a Mutual Aid Brockton project which consists of three components:
- A Facebook Group designed as a centralized place to post, share and find resources and educational information pertaining to the impact of Covid-19 in the Brockton community. The FB page name is "Mutual Aid Brockton."
- To assess the critical needs within our community, BIC has created a Covid-19 Emergency Response Community Survey. This survey is available in five languages and it is used to assess the needs of Brockton residents and the ways that individuals may wish to volunteer in some capacity in order to help their fellow neighbors. BIC will follow up with respondents to provide resources specific to the needs identified in the survey, such as delivery of food, providing gift cards to assist with paying bills and assisting with transportation needs.
BIC COVID-19 Emergency Response Survey Link
- To help with meeting these needs, the third initiative is the establishment of a COVID-19 Emergency Fund that is entirely used to assist the Brockton community with the needs identified in the survey. If you wish to donate to this Fund you may do so by visiting the BIC website.