May 18th 2020 BPS Update

 
  • For questions and information on resources available to BPS families during the school closure, call the BPS Helpline at 617-635-8873, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Help is available in Arabic, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
 
  • Have you or someone you know not received the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment (EIP) from the Federal Government? Most Boston residents are eligible. But if you did not file taxes in 2018 or 2019, you must apply to receive it. Help is available. Call 781-399-5330 or visit here to let you know if you’re eligible. To assist somebody through this process, view this training video from the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau. Learn more about the EIP and the Cares Act here.
 
 
EBT Funds for All BPS Students
 
Every BPS family will receive financial assistance for food due to the COVID-19 pandemic, available under a new federal program, P-EBT. Families will receive $28.50 a week for each eligible child.  
 
If you do not currently have an EBT card, you will receive a P-EBT card in the mail. Each enrolled BPS child in the household will receive a unique P-EBT card. If you currently have an EBT card, funds will be added to your account. The money can be used to buy food items at stores where SNAP benefits (food stamps) are accepted (look for signs that say, “We accept EBT here”). For more information, call the Project Bread FoodSource Hotline at 800-645-8333, click here, or email. The card is valid for one year. 
 
 
Be a Part of a YLAB Book
 
The 826 Boston Youth Literary Advisory Board is accepting poems, narratives, essays, and original artwork about self- identity to be featured in a professionally bound book. BPS students, grades 7-12 can submit their writing or artwork. Submit using this form. Students selected to be featured in the book will receive a free copy of the book and will be invited to a book release celebration. Deadline is May 24.
 
 
High School Students:
Become a Teaching Assistant
 
The Exam School Initiative at BPS intends to expand access to historically underrepresented students in the district’s exam schools. High school students are encouraged to apply as Teaching Assistants for the summer institute, July 13-August 21. 
 
Learn more and apply here
Questions? Email here.
 
 
Homework Help with the Boston Public Library
 
BPL offers free online homework help to students in grades K-8 Monday-Thursday, 
3:30-5:30 pm. This is a drop-in program where students join by computer, tablet, smartphone, or telephone to speak with high school mentors ready to answer questions about homework. To join online, click here. By phone, 646-558-8656, Meeting ID 415 730 0216. For more information click here or email.
 
 
BPS Weekly Arts Challenge
 
Create a Rap with Boston Musician, Record Producer, and Berklee College of Music Professor Timothy Hall’s recording of I’m Free.
 
Learn more and send your submission here by Friday, May 22.
 
School Registration Deadline is May 29
Priority registration for all grade levels ends May 29. Call 617-635-9010 Monday-Friday, 
9 am-5 pm or pre-register here online and schedule a phone appointment here.
 
Parent University Forum May 19 – SIGN UP TODAY
Coping Strategies & Mental Health During COVID-19
Parent University offers this important discussion about how families are coping with being at home and supporting their children’s learning. Register here. Click here for to learn more about Parent University.
 
 
Letters to Families from DESE
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is sharing two letters with important information concerning remote learning, explaining expectations and where to find additional support. One letter is for all familiesOne letter is specifically for families of high school students. Translated versions can be found here.
 
Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline
Are you or someone you know struggling with food insecurity? Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline offers free food assistance to all Mass. residents.
800-645-8333, 8 am – 7 pm, Monday-Friday; 10 am – 2 pm, Saturday. TTY 800-377-1292
 
 
Boston Saves
K2 students have $50 for college or career training in an account from Boston Saves. Earn even more money for your child. Log into the Savings Center to see the money in your child’s account and start earning more.
 
 
Educational Programming on BNN
Pre-recorded shows and live programs for students to call in with questions for interactive learning with teachers. Online or tune into Comcast 9, RCN 15, or Verizon 1961.
 
Learning at Home
For additional learning materials and activities, click here. There is information for each grade level, special education, English Learners and technology resources.
 
 
It is more important than ever that we all take care of our physical and emotional health. Boston Public Schools has resources to help you during this time when our lives and routines are changing. Please click here to learn about protecting your health and well-being.
 
 
The free Immigration Consultation Clinics at Boston City Hall will now occur via telephone. Please call (617) 635-1962 or email for instructions on how to receive consultations with volunteer attorneys.
Click here for more resources.
 
It is highly recommended that all users (students, families, partners, and BPS staff) follow these Zoom and Hangouts Meet safety tips (in English and Spanish).

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