Resources are available for FRCS Students and their Families During School Closure

Helpful Information and Resources
for FRCS Students and Families
Coping with School Closure

Breakfast and Lunch
We recognize that many families depend on the school breakfast and lunch program to support their needs. We are currently developing a plan to assist families in need and will communicate out as soon as the details are in place. The plan is to provide meals while the closure continues.  If your children are in need of food services, please email info@foxboroughrcs.org at your earliest convenience to help us prepare for the anticipated needs.

In the meantime, and because of the regional nature of our school, our health services staff has coordinated with our district towns. Below, please find some resources in your community.

Attleboro
Attleboro Public Schools will be serving FREE lunches to all children under the age of 18 during the school closure. Beginning Tuesday, 3/17 meals will be available “to go” outside two locations – the Superintendent’s entrance at Attleboro High School, and Hill Roberts Elementary School between 11:30 a.m. – and 1:00 p.m. Contact Marc Furtado for more information.

In addition, The Attleboro Interfaith Collaborative “Food N Friends” Program serves meals daily, to anyone who needs it. The meals are served to go, between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at various locations around the city. Visit their Facebook page for the schedule.

Brockton
Brockton Public Schools will be serving grab and go breakfast and lunch to Brockton students at four drive-up locations from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until schools reopen. Meals will be available at Brockton High School, North Middle School, South Middle School, and East Middle School. Students must be present in the car to receive the meal. Learn more on the Brockton Public Schools website.

There are several food pantries in the city of Brockton ready to help families cope during this school closure. The Charity Guild on Main Street has a Food Pantry that is open between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Learn more on their website.

Here's a list of other food pantries in the Greater Brockton area.

Foxborough
Foxborough residents in need of meals for their children during the school closure should contact the Foxboro Discretionary Fund. Call Cheryl Hixon at 508-543-5235.

Hockomock Area YMCA
While the Hockomock Area YMCA branches are closed in response to the Coronavirus, the organization is still providing meals for those families in need. Residents of Plainville and Wrentham can pick up family food bags at the AW Jackson Elementary School in Plainville on Thursday March 19th from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Family food bag distribution will take place at the North Attleboro Branch in the child care center on Wednesday 3/18 and 3/25 at 1:00 p.m. No paperwork or sign up is required to pick up a bag. Learn more here.

North Attleboro
The North Attleboro Public Schools Nutrition Department will provide FREE meals to all children under the age of 18 during the school closure. Beginning Tuesday, 3/17 - meals will be served “grab and go” style outside the S. Washington Street side of Community School between 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. visit the town website for more information.

Norton
Food pickup is available to any student who receives free or reduced lunch from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the back of the High School. Double meals will be given on Thursdays because there is no pickup on Friday. Gluten free and allergy sensitive meals are also available upon request.

Project Bread
If you are struggling with food insecurity during this school closure, call Project Bread's FoodSource hotline at 800-645-8333. All Massachusetts residents are eligible. Learn more about Project Bread here. Also, see this list from Project Bread which includes places to pick up meals for children during the school closure.

Stoughton
Stoughton Public Schools is distributing lunch and breakfast to ANY Stoughton resident regardless of if he/she has a child in the school system. Lunch and breakfast are available at the Middle School, the Gibbons, and the Dawe schools from 9:30-11:30 each morning. For more information, read this message from the Stoughton Town Manager.

211 
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, click here to find your local 211 or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help.

Coping During Crisis
Disasters can leave children and teens feeling frightened, confused and insecure. Their responses can be quite varied. It's important to not only recognize these reactions, but also help children cope with their emotions.

Check out this resource from Ready.gov and this one from the Centers for Disease Control that talk about how to help your child cope with Coronavirus concerns.

In addition, our Middle School counseling team has compiled this list of smartphone apps that can help students and their families reduce stress and anxiety during challenging times. Don't forget, it's ok to ask for help! The team has also compiled this list of numbers to call if you need help or support. As always, call 911 in the case of an emergency.

Health Insurance
If you or anyone you know does not have health care coverage, or if anyone needs help with eligibility and enrollment into health insurance/safety net programs, call Health Care For All's Health Coverage Helpline at (800) 272-4232.

WiFi/Internet Access
Comcast is offering free/reduced price internet for those of low-income who are working and/ or studying remotely due to COVID-19. Learn more here.

Blizzard Bags
We have posted the Blizzard Bag assignments that students should complete during the school closure on our website. Use the links below to find your child's assignments. If you don't see what you're looking for, or have questions about an assignment, please reach out to your child's teacher directly via email.

Please note that Blizzard Bags are NOT due the day students return to school. Teacher support will be available to students upon their return to school in the event they need additional assistance or accommodations to complete the Blizzard Bag assignments. Therefore, Blizzard Bags will be due TWO weeks after students return to school. We encourage students and families to reach out to their teachers directly during this time away from school should they have any questions regarding the assignments. 

End of Term
Please note that the end of term date will not be reestablished until it is known when we will resume school. At that point, we will also be able to set a new date to publish report cards.

National Spanish Exam
The National Spanish Exam has been rescheduled and may potentially be canceled for this school year depending on the decision of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. 

MCAS and other Testing Dates
At this time, we do not have any new guidance from DESE regarding MCAS testing dates. We will share the information as soon as we receive it from the state. In addition, we do not have information regarding AP testing dates.

We have learned that the College Board has canceled the May 2nd SAT's exams amid Coronavirus concerns. March makeup exams are being canceled and a new date has not yet been set for additional SAT testing opportunities. Students who registered for the May SAT date will receive refunds. The College Board has not yet made a decision on the June 6th testing date.

Last Day of School and April Vacation
At this time, April vacation is not expected to be impacted by the school closure. The last day of school is still June 23, 2020.

As you know, this is a fluid situation. The governor's guidance indicates no school may open prior to April 6, 2020. This date had been previously reported inaccurately. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to communicate and update our school community with additional information and guidance.

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