Línea de Ayuda en Espanol: 774-502-0952

Frequently Asked Questions by Families

Where can I ask my questions and get a reply?

Go to the Worcester Public School website and click on “Contact”. This will bring you to a page where families, community and staff can ask questions. Scroll down to “+ Parents/Community -Enter question (s) here:”.

Does this line have an interpreter or someone I can speak to in my native language?

  • Please enter questions in your home language. They will be answered.
  • Interpreters are available on demand for whenever you need to speak to a Worcester Public Schools employee. When you call,  a school or office tell the person answering the phone that you need an interpreter. They will then put you briefly on hold while they get an interpreter on the line to assist. If at any time you need to speak with a particular teacher or another staff member, please send them an email asking them to call you with an interpreter on the line.
  • In addition to your child’s school, you can also call: 508-799-3115. 
  • Families speaking Spanish may call: Linea de Ayuda en Espanol at 774-502-0952 between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Where can I find information about reopening plans?

  • Go to the Worcester Public Schools website at  https://worcesterschools.org. Click in the green ribbon  on “School Reopening Information” District Transition to Hybrid Learning Plan”. It is available in multiple languages. 
  • Go to the Worcester Public Schools website at  https://worcesterschools.org. Click in the white ribbon on “SCHOOLS & PROGRAMS”. Click on your child’s school. Posted on the school website is school specific information  About processes and procedures for returning  to hybrid.

When will students return to school?

Educational Model Selection: Families may choose to send their child/children back to school with the hybrid model or stay remote.

Monday, March 15, 2021: Students with complex needs and students in the New Citizen Program will return to school on Monday, March 15, 2021. Caregivers have been notified. School will be in session Monday through Thursday. Friday remains a learning remote from home day.

The week of March 29,2021: Students will be assigned to be in person by cohort, either Monday-Tuesday or Wednesday-Thursday. Caregivers will be notified. Children are in school for two days and remote learning from home for two days. Friday remains a learning remote from home day. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is our plan to begin the return to school in an organized way. Please check the website for updated information as we plan for a full return to school later this spring. Parents will be surveyed again to determine their choice of remote or full in person learning for their child to finish the year.

Where can I find information about my child’s cohort or bus schedule?

  • Go to the Worcester Public Schools website at https://worcesterschools.org/.  Click in the white ribbon on “Portals” and click on “Family Portal”. You will need your child’s student ID to log in. Here you will find information on the cohort and transportation as well as attendance and academic information.
  • Schools will be calling families prior to the child’s start date with cohort    and bus information.
  • Letters will be sent home  with cohort and bus information.

Is there anything I need to do before my child returns to hybrid learning?

Please go to the Worcester Public Schools website at https://worcesterschools.org/ and:

  • Click in the green ribbon on 2020-2021 Student Handbook and review and sign off
  • Click in the green ribbon on Health Portal Enrollment  to get the your child’s annual health information on your child to the school nurse.
  • Talk about the return as you prepare your child. Schools will be in touch about school based procedures and routines. Set routines at home to prepare such as a regular bedtime and charging of the chromebook overnight. Each student should bring their WPS Chromebook to and from school daily with a full charge.

What if I need before school or afterschool childcare?

We are unable to offer before and after school childcare this year. A decision on next year has not yet been made.

What if I want to change my child’s educational model?

  • If you would like to change from hybrid to remote, please contact your child’s school. The change can be made within a day.
  • If you would like to change from remote to hybrid, please contact your child’s school to go on the waitlist. This change may take a few weeks depending on space availability and/or transportation.

What if we are having trouble logging into Clever or Google classroom?

If you need information to log into Clever, try the district help page: https://support.clever.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002717307

You may also contact your child’s teacher or principal.

If you would like help, Monday-Friday, technology coaches are available to help through email:

BURNCOAT SCHOOLS

Dante Quercio, [email protected]

DOHERTY SCHOOLS

Annie Cohn, [email protected]

SOUTH SCHOOLS

Bethany Emery, [email protected]

NORTH SCHOOLS

Laura Cahill, [email protected]

Where can I access food for my family?

Students will receive meals at school when they are in person for hybrid. They may also take “Grab and Go” meals home for their remote learning days. 

FREE breakfast and lunch/supper meals are available Monday through Friday as a “grab and go”.  Parents or students walk or drive to the distribution site. Get the schedule by clicking:   Menus & Nutrition – Worcester Public Schools, Massachusetts (n)

 Click here for food pantry sites.

Please note that P-EBT funds will continue through the  end of school year, although funds may be  reduced when children attend school  in person.

Parents are asking if the district will have virtual IEP Team meetings?

The special education department continues to schedule evaluations and  Initial and  Re-evaluation IEP meetings. Parents may choose a virtual or in person format. An interpreter will be available for families who request information in their home language during the IEP meeting.

Are preschool and Early Intervention referrals of children turning three being accepted through the arena process?

Yes, referrals should be emailed to Leishla Berrios at [email protected] or they can be mailed to Special Education Durkin Administration, 20 IRiving Street, Worcester, MA 01609.

My child was evaluated by the arena team, will an eligibility meeting be held?

Yes, parents will be contacted to set up an IEP meeting, virtual or in person. This may also include using an interpreter to assist parents during the IEP meeting.

What will happen to MCAS?

Grades 3-8

On Friday, March 5, DESE announced new tentative MCAS administration dates for grades 3-8. The updated tentative testing windows for grades 3-5 has been changed to Monday, May 10 through Friday, June 11 for tests in English language arts, mathematics and science and technology/engineering. Testing dates are still to be determined for grades 6-8.

High Schools

High schools will  administer the MCAS tests in ELA and Math to grade 10 and 11 students between May 3 and June 4. Students in the class of 2022 and 2023 must pass these tests to meet their Competency Determination (CD) requirement to earn a high school diploma in addition to meeting all local graduation requirements.

 In past years, DESE has required schools to administer high school tests on prescribed dates; that requirement is suspended for spring 2021. Schools may schedule test sessions for any time within the testing window for each test and may spread each grade’s testing over as many days as needed within the windows. 

High schools will administer the MCAS test in STE to students between June 1 and June 11.Students in grade 9 (class of 2024) must take a high school Science, Technology and Engineering (STE)  test by the end of grade 10 and must earn a passing score on one of the four STE tests to meet their Competency Determination (CD) requirement to earn a high school diploma in addition to meeting all local graduation requirements. 

Grade 9 students are encouraged to participate in an STE test if they are enrolled in a course that aligns to one of the four tests. Parents/guardians, in consultation with principals and other school personnel, have the option to request that their child participate in testing at grade 10 instead.

My Child takes MCAS -Alternate Assessment what will happen to my child’s portfolio?

The  MCAS Alt will be submitted this school year.  Teachers have been documenting learning activities completed during remote learning  to add to their student’s  portfolio.

What about the Advanced Placement (AP) exams this spring?

Almost all exams have an in person and remote option. AP exams will be offered during the 3 sessions available through College Board. Please contact your AP teacher and/or AP Coordinator for schools specific dates.

When is the last day of school?

June 15, 2021 is scheduled as the last day of school.

My child is a senior in high school. What about graduation?

The district and high school staff look forward to recognizing seniors for their graduation. An announcement on the venue will be made soon.

What about 8th grade and 6th grade promotions?

School staff  are currently planning  the venue for Middle School 8th Grade  promotion ceremonies. Specific information will be shared as soon as  it is available.

Individual schools will announce the plan for grade 6 promotion ceremonies.

When will National Honors Society/National Junior Honor Society admissions be announced?

This information will be forthcoming from individual middle and high schools.

NEXT YEAR

How do I register my child for the new school year?

Enrollment is currently online through the James L. Garvey Parent Information Welcome Center. 

Preschool Application  is online at: 

https://worcesterschools.org/academics/preschool-kindergarten/pre-school-application/

The Application deadline is March 12. 

Lotteries will be held at the individual schools March 26, 2021. 

Kindergarten registration is online at: https://worcesterschools.org/academics/preschool-kindergarten/kindergarten-registration/

Please enroll before the June 2, 2021 Open House when the program and staff are introduced!

Please use this link for grades 1 through 12: https://worcesterschools.org/enroll/

If you are unable to register online, please call the Parent Information Center at 508-799-3194 to set up an appointment to visit the center and complete an in person registration.

How will my child be scheduled for their classes for the 2021-2022 school year?

Scheduling is in process. School counselors are using information gathered through meetings with students, data on student performance and by reaching out individually to each student to gather any other additional and  pertinent information needed to build a schedule that will promote rigor and relevance and success for all students.

How will admission to programs that traditionally are determined by MCAS scores like Goddard Scholars and Hanover Insurance Academy of the Arts be decided?

Application for admission for  SY 21-22 is in proces and closing March 22, 2021.  

Information for Goddard Scholars may be found at: https://sites.google.com/worcesterschools.net/gsawebsite/application-process

Information for the Hanover Insurance Academy of the Arts may be found at: https://sites.google.com/worcesterschools.net/hanoveracademy/middle-school-academy/application-processformation

When will Worcester Tech send admission letters out?

Admissions letters will be mailed the week  of April 19th.

When will preschool admission letters be sent?

2021-2022 PRK acceptance letters  will be mailed out in April.

Will students with disabilities have extended school year summer services and will it be a longer timeframe because of school closures?

Students with disabilities who have these services on their IEPs are eligible to receive. More details will follow.

My family is feeling anxious and under a lot of stress because of COVID-19 and not being able to leave the house. I do not have any support. What should I do?

Please contact  your child’s  Principal, School Adjustment Counselor, School Psychologist or Wraparound Coordinator  for referral support.

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I feel unsafe at home because of a family member. How can I get help?

You can access support through the hotline at 1-877-785-2020 or by dialing 211.

If in an emergency situation, please call 911. 

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