For resources about Talking to your Child About COVID-19, please see the Parent Resource chart below:
How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus
What Kids Want to Know
A Comic created from NPR based on interviews with experts
Homeschooling Teens and Tweens while schools are closed
Advice if you are trying to keep a routine of learning going for your child(ren).
Managing Coronavirus Anxiety
Free Lunch Option: Delivery or Pickup for Families in Need
In order to better serve families in need, we have decided to expand our school lunch service during the closure. We will be offering the program to ALL Danvers citizens in need.
If you would like to receive a prepared lunch, please email email@example.com by 9am each day with your name, address, number of family members and lunch(s) of choice. Our staff and volunteers will deliver to your home and leave on your doorstep. The following choices will be available:
- Turkey and cheese
- Ham and cheese
- Tuna salad
Lunches will also remain available for pickup between 11am and 1pm, Monday through Friday.
Resources For Those Experiencing Homelessness
- As of today, only public schools where at least 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals or Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) area eligible open sites that were operational in the Summer of 2019 are currently eligible for USDA reimbursement for meals served during school closures.
- DESE has also been in discussions with the Department of Transitional Assistance, Project Bread, and the regional Food Bank system about ancillary services during this effort.
- As meal distribution sites are approved DESE will work with its outreach partner Project Bread to ensure the public is notified of student meal site locations and service times. In the meantime, promote meal sites locally.
- Counselors at Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 are available to connect your community to food resources in their community as well as provide them with information about elder meals programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The Hotline will continue to operate Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm, and can provide information in 160 languages through our Language Line. Promote this as needed.
- The shelter system is still up and running . Local Office are closed are closed Monday and Tuesday this week (3/16 and 3/17). Do not send families into local offices.
- Shelter applications can and should be done by phone at 1-866-584-0653
- If you are working/talking with families in shelter stress the need to follow all the prevention strategies posted by DPH – hand washing, social distancing, cleaning surfaces and so forth. This is very important in shelters just like anywhere else.
- Families must follow shelter quarantine/isolation rules should those go into effect.
- Families should not be worrying about housing search at this time. They may still apply for housing online and work with their case managers by phone.
- DHCD will be encouraging housing authorities temporarily not to take any action against tenants who have a family doubling up and Housing courts are suspending eviction proceedings temporarily.
- As of March16, state universities and UMass campuses have committed to housing homeless students in residential housing even as classes shift on line. This is a fluid situation, however, and circumstances may change as public health guidance shifts. Students who are concerned about their ability to remain on campus should reach out to their Single Point of Contact (SPOC) and/or staff in their campus student affairs office.
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
- If they are not already, students who are unaccompanied and homeless should be connected with youth providers listed on the Unaccompanied Homeless Youth and Young Adult Commission website.