COVID Reopening Plans for MPS, Walden and Community Programs

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COVID-19 Program and Services Updates

TLC's Programs and Services Response to COVID-19

We remain deeply committed to the health and safety of our TLC Community, and are working diligently to prepare reopening plans for our schools and programs.

Is Campus Open? What is Your Visitor Policy?
Currently, our campus is closed to visitors and the general public. Exceptions include the Audiology Clinic, MPS and Walden Education staff and students, Administration, and our Walden School residential staff and students. Any other individual approved to come to campus will be asked to complete a COVID screening questionnaire.

What do I do if I have more questions?
Please continue to view and check back to this dedicated COVID-19 response web page for new updates and information as they are made available. You can also follow us on Facebook, or fill out a general inquiry form on our website.

Marie Philip and Walden School

Walden School has continuously been open for residential students. 

Marie Philip School (MPS) and Walden School reopening plans are shared below. We will continue to prioritize safety and be flexible in our phased reopening plans and we will share those updates on this page, as well as through direct communication to our families.

Our education leaders continue to attend meetings with Education Commissioner Jeff Riley, The Department of Public Health, The Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) and The Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps), as well as review all regularly updated policies and documentation regarding local and state health guidelines.

 TLC FULL Reopening Plan* 

*PDF; English. Revised 4-16-2021

Summary of Updates:

4-16-2021 (v.25):

Effective April 26, 2021 (page 16):

  • Secondary (MS/HS) returns to full 5 day in person learning (also page 21);
  • ECC Wednesday schedule moves to Friday; 
  • Preschool will be half day on Fridays with continued virtual home visits; 
  • Kindergarten will be full day on Fridays;
  • Wednesdays will shift to full day learning except for designated PD days: April 14; May 12; June 9; July 14.

Page 17:

  • After school outdoor activities will resume;
  • Begin on-campus student internships through the transition program;
  • Resume functional academics' IEP driven independent living skills field trips;
  • Begin increased flexibility mixing student cohorts and staff, while adhering to the covid safety and health protocols. 

Page 20:

  • Classrooms, at times, may follow either the 6 feet social distancing requirement from the CDC, or may have classrooms with 3 feet of space in between, as mandated by DESE;
  • Students will be allowed to wait outdoors for their school vehicle during dismissal time, with 3 feet of space in between.

4-2-2021 (v.24)

  • Middle School students return to five day instruction beginning 4/26/21; High School remains in hybrid schedule until further notice (page 16); 
  • Beginning 4/28/21, Wednesday half-day instruction will end except for designated professional development days – currently assigned as May 12, June 9 and July 14. On those dates, students will be dismissed at Noon. Dates are subject to change (Page 16, 25)

3-12-2021 (v.23):

  • Cafeteria guidelines extended to all students (page 11);
  • Outdoor recess space expansion (page 31);
  • MPS Residential Dorms Reopening Update (page 33); 
  • Reopening of staff lounge areas (page 42)

3-5-2021 (v.22):

  • MPS Elementary students return to five day in-person instruction on April 5; ECC begins five day in-person instruction on April 26; Wednesdays remain half day with 12PM dismissal; MPS residential pauses student return with tentative plan for March 17 pending staffing and safety guidelines (page 15)

2-26-2021 (v.21):

  • MPS ECC students return to four day in-person instruction starting March 25 (page 15)

2-5-2021 (v.20):

  • MPS residential students return starting 2/22 (page 15)

1-29-2021 (v.19):

  • Elementary students return to 4 days per week (page 15)

1-21-2021 (v.18):

  • Removal of required Influenza vaccination; Supportive narrative about secondary cohort groups.

1-8-2021 (v.17):

  • Updated CDC definition of Close Contact; Additional files for Cab Procedures; Addition of daily parent attestation form request; Checklist for positive COVID case in community; Adjusted hybrid schedule reflective January 11

12-18-2020 (v.16):

  • Rollback to Phase 2 Remote Learning beginning December 21; Guidance regarding 1:1 assessments; List of required student forms

12-11-2020 (v.15):

  • Cafeteria guidelines for students

11-13-2020 (v.14):

  • Updated cab procedures; Health and Safety signage

10-29-2020 (v.12):

  • Addendum (pg. 41) to Hybrid Model and student return to in person learning

10-23-2020 (v.11):

  • Updated links to external documents and forms

Many of TLC's community programs and services are open and operating under a Telehealth or Remote Services structure. Some have also shifted to in-person services where it is safe to do so. 

We recognize there are many questions that will be asked - now and in the coming weeks. We have organized the list below of Frequently Asked Questions that we hope our community finds helpful in relation to COVID-19 guidelines and reopening policies. Please note we will be updating these questions as more information becomes available:

frequently asked questions

Food Assistance Resources: 

National School Lunch Program: a federally assisted meal program operating in nearly 95,000 public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 26 million children each school day.

Project Bread: A list of food resources for anyone in Massachusetts seeking assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic

Find a Local Food Pantry: If you are facing immediate hunger, your local food bank can provide information on pantries and local programs where you can get access to free food

SNAP Benefits: Do you need help buying healthy food? SNAP provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods. To get SNAP, you must be low-income and be a U.S. citizen or legal noncitizen (restrictions apply). 

DESE Information and Resources

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) uses On the Desktop messages to communicate directly with superintendents and other district officials. During the COVID-19 pandemic, DESE has also been sending On the Desktop messages to private schools. Their archive can be found below:

DESE: on the desktop covid Memo

DESE COVID-19 Information