Information for Families

What advice is available on talking about Coronavirus with children and teens?
The following resources may be helpful in speaking with students and your own children about the COVID-19 outbreak.

My family is moving to Cambridge. What COVID-19 health restrictions are in place at this time?
Cambridge is an international city, and we warmly welcome families from around the world. Please keep in mind the following, current guidance:

  • Individuals who have recently visited or arrived from China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea, are advised to follow all CDC self-quarantine guidelines, which includes self-quarantine 14 days from your arrival in the US.
  • In addition, local public health officials have requested that if you have recently visited or arrived from Japan, please self-quarantine for 14 days from your arrival in the US.
  • If you are within the 14-day self-quarantine period and you wish to register a child for school, please call the Student Registration Center at 617.349.6551.

How can my family stay informed while schools are closed?

  • A new section of the City of Cambridge website contains announcements from public health, libraries, safety officials and CPS.
  • Please keep your contact information up to date with your school by emailing the School Clerk with any changes to phone numbers or email addresses.
  • If you are not currently receiving text messages from CPS, such as the one sent Thursday night to announce the school closure, please text HELP to 675-87. When prompted, type Y.
My child receives special education or related services. What changes should we be aware of?
  • The Office of Student Services has sent out a communication to families that has information regarding instructional activities, IEP meetings, and more.
  • As with general education expectations, special education services will need to adapt to current conditions. Parents and caregivers of children with IEPs should expect check-in’s with members of their child’s special education team to help students access distance learning opportunities. This can take place without formal IEP meetings. It will make more sense to revisit IEP services once schools are functioning at normal levels. More detailed updates from OSS are available here

With this emergency school closure, what will be the last day of school?
The official last day of school will be June 23 for CPS. This reflects guidance from the state that school closures will not result in an extension of the normal school year. We will share any updates on summer learning opportunities as the season approaches.

Will MCAS scheduling be postponed since it is a graduation requirement?
MCAS testing typically takes place during April and May - including during weeks when school buildings will be closed. Federal education authorities have granted state education officials permission to explore options related to this requirement including addressing current requirements for high school graduation.

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