All visitors must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before entering JRC facilities. If a visitor has tested positive within the past five days or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, they will not be permitted to visit students/clients in JRC’s buildings and must reschedule their visit. In addition, visitors who had exposure to COVID-19 in the past ten days or were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 6-10 days will only be permitted to enter a setting if they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and can wear a facemask at all times, unless unable to mask due to age, medical, or behavioral condition.
Judge Rotenberg Center
Q: Is the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center open during the state-mandated closures?
A: Yes, residential programs such as JRC are considered an essential business and we continue to be in operation.
Q: Do you have a plan for remote learning?
A: In the event of a closing of our school building, JRC’s residential students will continue to have educational programming during school hours at their residence. Staff will have access to all of the student’s curriculum and instructional materials in that environment.
Q: Can visitors come to the program during this time?
A: Yes, visitors may come to the program. All visitors must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before entering JRC facilities. If a visitor has tested positive within the past five days or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, they will not be permitted to visit students/clients in JRC’s buildings and must reschedule their visit. In addition, visitors who had exposure to COVID-19 in the past ten days or were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 6-10 days will only be permitted to enter a setting if they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and can wear a facemask at all times, unless unable to mask due to age, medical, or behavioral condition.
Q: What if someone tests positive for COVID-19?
A: JRC will follow the recommendation made by the Department of Health and the health care provider of that individual, which could include an extended isolation period.
Q: Does JRC have a plan if the program becomes affected by COVID-19?
A: Yes, JRC has a plan guided by the Department of Health. JRC is also able to operate internally with an abundance of emergency supplies in the event of a quarantine. Guidelines will be given to staff to support all clients during this time.
Q: What is JRC doing about cleaning and disinfection?
A: The school and all residences are cleaned on an ongoing basis. Surfaces are wiped down several times per shift, however frequently touched areas, such as door handles, light switches, faucets, drawers, etc., are encouraged to be wiped down more regularly. All residences are provided with cleaning supplies regularly and upon request.
Q: When should staff and clients wash their hands?
A: The CDC recommends handwashing throughout the day to help prevent germs from spreading. Staff and clients are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. For students unable to wash their hands independently, staff supports them in their handwashing routine as they would normally. Some examples of when JRC staff and clients are encouraged to wash hands are; before and after every meal, when coming in from outside, after using the bathroom, after blowing noses, coughing, or sneezing, taking out the trash, handling cleaning agents, and being around someone that is sick.
Q: Who should I contact at JRC if I have questions regarding COVID-19?
A: You should call the Human Resources Department at 781-828-2202 with any questions, and they would be happy to assist you.
Q: Where can I find out more information about COVID-19?
A: Below are facts pulled from the Mass.Gov website. There are also links to other websites providing information regarding COVID-19. We encourage you to access these sites frequently as this pandemic remains fluid, and information changes rapidly.
What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how does it spread?
Who should be most cautious?
Individuals with any of the conditions below should be restricted from entering the program site:
Reminders for Residents and Staff:
CDC resources can be found here:
Emotional health resources:
The national Disaster Distress Helpline is available with 24/7 emotional support and crisis counseling for anyone experiencing distress or other mental health concerns. Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text TalkWithUs to 66746) are answered by trained counselors who will listen to your concerns, explore coping and other available supports, and offer referrals to community resources for follow-up care and support.
The information above comes directly from Mass.Gov website. Please check this website regularly for new and updated information.
If you are concerned about potential exposure, you should conduct your own risk assessment of potential exposure in conjunction with your healthcare provider. A copy of the CDC's Interim Risk Assessment can be found here.