COVID-19 InformationParent letter for return to in-person learning
Know the symptoms of COVID-19. This COVID Self Assessment Form can help you identify the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Help stop the spread of COVID-19 by getting tested and staying home when you are sick.Coronavirus Factsheet Learn about the signs and symptoms, transmission and treatment of the Coronavirus.Local ResourcesLocal Resources Flyer- There are a lot of resources out there, but they can be difficult to navigate. Click on this link to find answers to situations that many families are facing during this time of crisis.
Masconomet Regional School District “Grab and Go” free lunches- are available for ANY STUDENT in the Tri-Town Area. Pick up at Door #27 of the High School, outside of the Small Cafeteria, daily from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM, no need to call ahead. Assorted lunches and snacks with fruit and water will be provided. A gluten free option will be available on an as needed basis. On Friday’s you may pick up lunches for the weekend.
Tri-Town Community Resource Booklet-Comprehensive resource listing includes financial, mental health, crisis hotlines, food assistance and other helpful services with contact information.
Board of Health Nurses
Middleton-Traci Mello email@example.com
Topsfield and Boxford-Joan Fitzpatrick 774-502-7501
Tri-town Pandemic response Nurse-Julia Lobel firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Boards of Health
Boxford 978 887-1236 x 507 https://www.town.boxford.ma.us/health-department
Middleton 978 777 1869 https://middletonma.gov/507/Coronavirus-COVID-19
Topsfield 978 887-1520 https://www.topsfield-ma.gov/health-department
State and Federal Resources
Mass 211 COVID-19 information site Mass 211 is the centralized hub for comprehensive information about and referral to the complete spectrum of services, including those COVID-19 related.
Comcast Reduced internet Cost Comcast is offering free/reduced price internet for those of low-income who are working and/ or studying remotely due to COVID.
Mental Health Resources
Take care of your emotional health and help others do the same. If you need emotional support during these stressful times:
- Stress and COVID-19: A Course for Teens This module is designed to provide you with some information about stress that you may be feeling in response to the Coronavirus and changes that you have recently had to make in your life. A number of resources from different sources were used, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Psychologists, to try to address key questions and concerns that teens, like you, might have about stress. This course was designed by researchers at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development in partnership with Medway Public Schools.
- Call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option.
- Samaritans is continuing operations 24/7, as always. During this unprecedented time, it can feel overwhelming to receive constant messages about COVID-19. Call or text their 24/7 helpline anytime at 877-870-4673.
- Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, (or text TalkWithUs to 66746) is a 24/7, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
- Other Resources and tips to help boost emotional health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Adolescents and COVID-19
It is understandable that children will have increased anxiety during these turbulent times and will have questions for their parents. Here are some resources to help adults address these questions and concerns with their children:
- National Association of School Psychologists: Talking with your Children about COVID-19. A Parent Resource
- New York Times: “Talking to Teens and Tweens about Coronavirus
- New York Times: “Five Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Coronavirus”
- Psychology Today “How to Talk to Kids and Teens about the Coronavirus.”
- NPR: “Coronavirus and Parenting: What You Need to Know Now.”
- Click here for a social distancing Video for teens.