General FAQs

I am feeling very worried and stressed. Who can help?

  • Students who are feeling stressed should talk with an adult you trust -- whether a family member, teacher, or someone in your learning community. High schoolers can access free counseling support through the Teen Health Center. 

  • Staff are encouraged to contact our Employee Assistance Program for free, confidential and anonymous counseling and support.

  • Parents and families can find further support through your doctor, or the organizations listed in

What will be the impact of the Superintendent’s working by remote?
After consultation with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), the Superintendent will be adhering to their recommendations including avoiding public places. For the time being, he will be working by remote from home. He remains vitally engaged in the important decision-making and preparedness activities occurring within CPS and is in close communication with public health officials throughout the day.

Won’t students fall too far behind if they do stay home from school when school is open?
Students who need to stay home for any reason should do their best to keep up with schoolwork using Google Classroom, emailing teachers, and accessing other online tools to the extent possible. We continue to explore possible options for supporting student learning in the event of prolonged absences or school closures.

Should individuals who have interacted with the Superintendent be concerned about Potential exposure?
The Superintendent is symptom free and is following the guidelines of the Boston Public Health Commission to maintain social distancing and avoid public places. Under CPS protocols, if an individual is in self quarantine and symptom free, no further actions are necessary, including public notification. In this case the Superintendent has gone beyond protocol by announcing his personal situation.

Will the school year extend into July if schools need to close for a long period of time?

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has advised that no more than five school days will be added to the originally scheduled end of the school year, regardless of any further closures this school year. The specific language is more detailed, and can be found here.

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