COVID-19 Resources & Updates
Plymouth Public Schools' top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. To ensure we are prepared for all situations, we have emergency procedures in place including infectious diseases. We are working to provide you regular, up-to-date information about the evolving situation.
Please know we take this situation very seriously and we’re working around the clock to provide healthy, safe school communities. The recent communication shared with Plymouth families and community is below for your review.
For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov.
Gary E. Maestas, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
(508) 224-5035 Phone
(508) 746-1873 Fax
Visit our Learning Opportunities page! This page includes activities and resources for students to engage in daily reading and writing, practice math facts and problem solving, increase their content knowledge, and explore enrichment activities. View Dr. Maestas' letter regarding our learning opportunities during school closure.
Letters from the Superintendent of Schools
Breakfast & Lunch During School Closure
Please refer to our COVID-19: Food and Resources for Meal Families page.
Mental Health Resources
It is a very difficult and overwhelming time. Please know your feelings are real and valid, and that there are people available to talk to.
If you or someone you know is in need of support, please visit our website for a list of resources and services at bitly.com/PPSSupport.
Important Information from the CDC
Other Helpful Resources
Baker-Polito Administration - MA School Closure Orders
From the Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
March 25, 2020 - Schools and Non-Emergency Child Care Programs: Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order extending the closure of all public and private schools, and all non-emergency childcare programs, until May 4 in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.
- This order expands on previous orders issued on March 15 and March 18 suspending normal educational operations at schools and non-emergency child care programs until April 6, and the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) established a process to approve Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs to serve vulnerable children and families of first responders and essential workers.
- This closure extends one week beyond scheduled spring vacation week on most school district calendars.
- The order does not apply to residential special education schools.
- This extension will allow school administrators and educators added planning time to ensure students can complete course requirements, as well as provide teachers with time to expand remote learning opportunities.
Above was taken from March 25, 2020 Press Release.
March 15, 2020 - Given the evolving data regarding cases of COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of children and school staff, the Governor is ordering a 3-week suspension of school operations for educational purposes at all public and private elementary and secondary (K-12) schools in the Commonwealth (not including residential and day schools for special needs students), beginning Tuesday, March 17 and continuing until Monday, April 6. The suspension of educational programming would not necessarily affect the availability of school buildings for the provision of food or other essential non-educational services. As April 6 approaches, the administration will provide additional guidance.
During this period it is critical that students and their families, as well as school staff, stay home as much as possible. If an individual needs to leave home, it is essential to strictly follow social distancing guidelines by avoiding crowds, canceling social gatherings, and maintaining a safe separation of at least 6 feet from others. Restricting access to school buildings will have little impact on public health if these best practices are not followed in good faith.
Although schools must suspend in-person educational operations, staff should be planning for how best to equitably provide alternative access to student learning opportunities during this period and potentially beyond. Equally important, school personnel should develop plans for ensuring to the greatest extent possible that families have access to essential non-academic services for their children – especially involving special education and food services for students who are most vulnerable.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will work in partnership with schools and districts to develop strategies and resources to sustain learning and vital services throughout this closure period. Already, DESE has received a partial waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture providing greater flexibility regarding food service in certain districts with higher concentrations of low-income students and is actively pursuing additional waivers for the remaining schools and districts.
Above was taken from March 15, 2020 Press Release.