May 11th 2020 BPS Update

May 11, 2020
  • 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.
  • New policies for learning at home went into effect May 4. You can find information about grading, attendance, schedules, and more in the letter sent to families and staff here
EBT Funds for All BPS Families
Beginning this month, every BPS family will receive financial assistance for food due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are available under a new federal program called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.
Families will receive $5.70 each eligible child each day for every day school is closed due to the pandemic, which comes to $28.50 a week.  
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”). Click here for more information or email. The card is valid for one year. 
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
Homework Help with the Boston Public Library
BPL Homework help is a drop-in program. K-8 students can join meetings online or by phone Mon.-Thurs., 3:30-5:30 pm. Students will connect with high school mentors ready to answer questions about homework. Online, clickhere. Phone: call 720-835-5753 with the PIN 89845. Click here for more information.
BPS Weekly Arts Challenge
Submit a dance video, up to a minute long, to the song “Cha-Cha Slide.” The mashup video will be featured on BNN and YouTube.
Send your submission here by Friday, May 15.
View our last dance mashup here.
Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline
If you or someone you know is struggling with food insecurity, Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline offers free, food assistance to all Massachusetts residents.
  • Call the hotline at 800-645-8333. 
  • Available in 160 languages
  • 8 am – 7 pm, Monday-Friday; 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday
  • TTY 800-377-1292
Educational Programming on BNN
Pre-recorded shows and live programs for students to call in with questions for interactive learning with teachers.
You can find content online or tune into Comcast 9, RCN 15, or Verizon 1961.
Learning at Home
For additional learning materials and activities, click hereThere is information for each grade level, special education, English Learners and technology resources.
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 Centerto see the money in your child’s account and start earning more.
School Registration
Welcome Centers are currently closed, but you can register your student for BPS by pre-registering here and schedule an appointment here to complete the process over the phone OR call 617-635-9010 to register by phone with a registration specialist.
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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