Libertas Academy Charter School is committed to keeping our community informed about updates and our responses to the COVID-19 Outbreak. This is an unprecedented time for us as all. Thank you for your support as we work together in our mutual commitment to the health, safety, and support of our students.
STOP THE SPREAD!
The Commonwealth is launching a strategic testing program in communities across Massachusetts that have continued to see a higher number of residents testing positive for COVID-19. This program will support the testing of asymptomatic individuals in these communities to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you are a resident of one of these communities, even if you have no COVID symptoms, please get tested to help stop the spread.
The Commonwealth urges residents of these communities to get tested for COVID-19: Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lynn, Marlborough, Methuen, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Springfield, Winthrop, and Worcester.
This testing is free for all Massachusetts residents. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE STATE OF MA WEBSITE - ALL SPRINGFIELD LOCATIONS CAN SUPPORT SPANISH SPEAKERS! mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread
OTHER CREDIBLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION
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- CDC: What to do if you are sick
- CDC: What do if someone in your household is sick
- Talking to Children about COVID-19 (A Parent Resources)
- CDC Updates on COVID-19
- MA Dept. of Health Updates on COVID-19
- CDC Seasonal Flu Fact Sheets: English + Spanish
- CDC Prevention & Treatment Guidance for COVID-19
ADDITIONAL FAMILY RESOURCES
CREDIBLE SOURCE & for more information/links: Lawyers for Civil Rights (Boston-based but MA-relevant)
All health insurance carriers are required to provide medically necessary telehealth, testing, counseling, treatment, and vaccination (once it’s developed and available) services related to COVID-19 to all Massachusetts residents without charging copays and coinsurance or applying a deductible.
The Massachusetts Health Connector opened a special enrollment period until April 25th for uninsured residents to sign up for health care coverage. Learn more here. You can also get your health care questions answered by the AG’s Health Care Division.
You will not be turned away from the emergency room because of your immigration status. If you are undocumented and need healthcare, you may be eligible for MassHealth Limited, which provides care for medical emergencies, including visits to an emergency room. Public charge does not apply to MassHealth Limited. Visit the MA Connector website or call 1-800-841-2900 for English and Spanish service.
United Way launched a COVID-19 Family Support Fund to provide a flexible source of cash assistance to help families weather the crisis. One-time grants of up to $2000 will be made to help families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis meet their basic food, childcare or housing needs. Individuals in Massachusetts can dial 2-1-1 for comprehensive information and referrals related to the virus, including information on where they can access flexible funds through the COVID-19 Family Support Fund.
The Restaurant Strong Fund is providing $1000 to impacted “full-time tipped compensated employees” who worked in a restaurant, bar, cafe or nightclub in Massachusetts. Waiters, waitresses, bartenders and other tipped workers should apply here.
One Fair Wage is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers, and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. Apply for help here.
In this time of crisis, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
Massachusetts COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program
Under the terms of Chapter 16 of the Acts of 2021 (An Act Providing for Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave), which was enacted by the Legislature and signed by Governor Baker, effective May 28, 2021, employers are required to make paid leave time available to employees for COVID-related illnesses, quarantine, and vaccinations, and then may apply for reimbursement from the state. The law was amended on September 29, 2021, to extend the duration of the program and to expand the reasons employees may take leave under the law. This leave is in effect as of now until April 2022 or until $75M in the program funds, as determined by the Commonwealth, is exhausted, whichever is earlier.
REASONS FOR LEAVE
Massachusetts employers are required to provide emergency paid sick leave to employees who are unable to work for the following COVID-19-related reasons:
- an employee’s need to:
- self-isolate and care of themselves because they have been diagnosed with COVID-19;
- get a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment for COVID-19 symptoms; or
- get or recover from a COVID-19 immunization;
- an employee’s need to care for a family member1who:
- must self-isolate due to a COVID-19 diagnosis;
- needs medical diagnosis, care, or treatment for COVID-19 symptoms; or
- needs to obtain or recover from a COVID-19 immunization;
- a quarantine order or similar determination regarding the employee by a local, state, or federal public official, a health authority having jurisdiction, the employee’s employer, or a health care provider;
- an employee’s need to care for a family member due to a quarantine order or similar determination regarding the family member by a local, state, or federal public official, a health authority having jurisdiction, the family member’s employer, or a health care provider; or
- an employee’s inability to telework due to COVID-19 symptoms.
- Note that, in general, employers may not require employees to use other types of available paid leave before they use COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave. Similarly, employers may not require employees to search for or find a replacement worker to cover the time the employee will miss while using COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave.
For more information click here and contact your employer’s human resource department: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-temporary-emergency-paid-sick-leave-program