Category: 2020

PEBT Update

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) added $199.50 in food benefits to each Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) card at the end of June. The amount was automatically added to existing cards; families do NOT need a new P-EBT card, and they do NOT need to reactivate their card. Families can check their balance by calling the number on the back of their card.
 
Families should have received a P-EBT card if one of their children was receiving free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program before schools closed for the pandemic and they do not actively receive DTA benefits (SNAP and TAFDC). If families lost their P-EBT card or believe they are eligible and did not receive one, they should visit www.MAp-EBT.org. More information and outreach materials are also available at that site.

Families who are still waiting to receive their P-EBT Card:

As of July 21, DTA has started the process of printing and mailing outstanding cards to families who are still waiting to receive them. Please note: not all families will receive their cards right away. They are continuing to print and mail cards over the next few weeks. Please be patient if you are waiting for yours, especially when you begin to see other families receiving their cards. If you do not receive your card in two weeks, check in with the FoodSource Hotline for an update: 1-800-645-8333. Monday-Friday: 8am-7pm. Saturday: 10am-2pm.

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PEBT Flow

 

 

  • Our families are encouraged to utilize the following link for meal and nutrition resources: https://meals4kids.org/summer
  • Supplemental food and nutrition programs are constantly being introduced, expanded and changing.
  • Please be sure that the information on your household school meal application(s) school year 2019-20 remains current.  An  approved application now ensures continuation of school meal benefits during the 30-day carryover period next school year. The approved school meal application also makes the household immediately eligible for P-EBT benefits.

PEBT Updates/Facts

 Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline-1-800-645-8333

  • In May the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) will be mailing a letter to eligible households. Households that are eligible and do not receive a letter by the end of May should call the Project Bread Hotline.
  • One card will be issued for each eligible child: $5.70 per day: $28.50 per week.
  • Once you receive a card. Hold onto it. Funds may be added in the future.
  • Funds carry over from month to month.
  • P-EBT cards can be used at any store accepting SNAP. Most retailers have SNAP/EBT signs.
  •  A specific list of  what can be purchased can be found at: https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/08/wr/snap-eligible-foods.pdf?_ga=2.255139085.46967995.1585141848-1340380686.1579544316
  •     P-EBT benefits supplement grab and go meal sites: they do not replace them.
  • If you need food now call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline
  • For more information about P-EBT Program go here. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/pandemic-ebt-p-ebt

 

CoVid-19 Update 4/3/20

Good Morning Old Colony Families and Community,

Please see the letter linked here for the Old Colony’s April 3, 2020 CoVid-19 update.

 Wishing you health and peace of mind.

Sincerely,

Aaron L. Polansky, Superintendent-Director Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School

#WeAreOC

Connect. Create. Inspire.

CoVid-19 Update 3/28/20

Governor Baker has announced that the statewide school closure will remain in effect until Monday, May 4th. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has provided additional guidance on this extended closure. We look forward to continued connection during this time of physical distancing. Please note that we understand it is unrealistic to replicate the educational experience our students benefit from during normal school operation. We thank you for your patience and continued support during this unprecedented time. Health and safety is our top priority. We are committed to the education process while keeping in mind the multitude of circumstances that may exist for the many people impacted by current events. Please click on the links highlighted throughout this document to access a variety of additional information. 

We continue to connect with our students through the academic enrichment resource guide previously communicated. Teacher outreach will begin with the issuing of classroom assignments on Monday, March 30th. Teachers will conduct office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays as we continue our efforts to provide direct connections with our school community during the physical distancing period. Please note that work will be posted every Monday using our existing 9/11 and 10/12 calendar cycle. Our Administrative team will provide additional updates as we receive more information and guidance from the DESE, DPH and the Governor’s office throughout the course of this fluid process. 

We have established a recommended schedule of regularity as part of this correspondence. These opportunities allow for a combination of structure and flexibility, while we hope to offer a regular source of inspiration to our students, staff, and your families. Please feel free to join us, make recommendations for additions to this schedule, or even offer some type of enrichment for our tight-knit community. We are going to maximize the opportunity to make the most out of our guiding principles (Connect. Create. Inspire).

Resources for Assistance

If anyone in your household has filed for unemployment in the last two weeks or if your household has experienced a significant change in financial status, please consider utilizing any of the following resources.

Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline offers free, comprehensive statewide food assistance to all Massachusetts residents. Help is offered in 160 languages and there is a line dedicated to helping those that are hearing impaired. For more information and hours, visit www.projectbread.org/gethelp, or all Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in nine residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities. Visit https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/ to learn more about DTA benefits and enroll.

Please check out a Recommended Schedule of Regularity here.

CoVid-19 Update 3/25/20

Good Evening Old Colony Community,
Governor Baker just announced, during his 3:30 press conference, that the state wide school closure will remain in effect until Monday, May 4th. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be providing additional guidance on this extended closing to Superintendents tomorrow.
At this point we will continue to connect with our students through the academic enrichment resource guide previously communicated. Teacher outreach will begin Monday, March 30th. Our Administrative team will provide additional updates as we receive more information and guidance from the DESE, DPH and the Governor’s office.
Thank you for your patience and continued support during this unprecedented time. We will brave these uncharted waters together and do everything in our power to support your families through our efforts. Health and safety is our top priority. We all have to do our part to “flatten the curve”. Social distancing through the closing of schools will be a big part of this effort.
Wishing you all health and peace of mind.
Sincerely,
Aaron L. Polansky, Superintendent-Director
Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School