The Worcester Public Schools is working closely with the City of Worcester in monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus status. If you have any questions about the COVID-19 virus, please refer to the City of Worcester's site. The information on the City's site will be updated regularly.
Important Message regarding Monday and Tuesday March 16th and 17th, 2020
All WPS schools have been thoroughly cleaned. School nurses will be present to distribute student medications to parents from 8AM-noon on Monday, March 16th. Only parents can be given student controlled substances. Students ages 12 and above can be given insulin, EpiPens, and inhalers. On Monday, March 16th from 8AM-noon, all WPS staff should report to their perspective schools to retrieve their personal belongings, classroom pets, plants, and food stored in their classrooms and faculty areas. Teachers should also take their Chromebook and charger, grading materials and text manuals needed for online professional development. On Tuesday, March 17 from 10AM-6PM, all WPS schools are open for students to retrieve their belongings. School nurses are also available to distribute medications to parents from 10AM-6PM on March 17. Due to the need to practice social distancing, staff, students and families should plan on a focused retrieval of their belongings with minimal personal contact with each other. Students learning packets will be sent home by the end of the week. Students should also visit the WPS website worcesterschools.org to access extended learning. Spectrum has agreed to provide free WiFI to families. Please see the WPS website for more details on WiFi. The WPS will be providing free meals to students at the 30 sites used during the yearly summer feeding program. Friendly House is partnering with district again and will be providing meals at their summer sites. A list of sites will be posted on the WPS website by the middle of the week. The feeding program is planned to begin by the end of this week. The WPS staff want you to know, we are thinking of all our children and their families. Teachers will be contacting their students by phone or through media during this shutdown. Medical experts advise not using facilities like playground structures, avoiding contact with people outside your family and avoiding group events. We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.