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: Not at this time, to protect the health and safety of our staff and clients, we are requesting no visitors at this time.


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 a 14-day quarantine.


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.



Coronavirus Disease


What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how does it spread?


  • COVID-19 is a respiratory virus. Current symptoms have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever cough, and difficulty breathing.
  • According to CDC the virus is spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet).
  • Spread is from respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.


Who should be most cautious?


  • Those considered “high risk” include people over the age of 60, anyone with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system, and pregnant women.
  • Even those not considered "high risk" should take appropriate precautions to limit contact and exposure, as serious illness or death is not limited to those at highest risk. In addition, the healthy well, or those who may have the virus but be asymptomatic, can expose those at high risk to the illness if they don't take proper precautions.


Individuals with any of the conditions below should be restricted from entering the program site:


  • Sick with fever (100.3), cough, or sneezing.
  • Recent international travel (i.e., within the past 14 days) from a COVID-19-affected geographic area.
  • Close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.


Other Precautions:


  • Maximize the use of “social distancing”, the practice of keeping at least six feet between individuals at all times.
  • If signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat develop after the individual was screened but still on-site, the individual should put on a mask and move to an isolated area of your program. Notify the program director immediately.


Reminders for Residents and Staff:


  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wash hands before eating, after going to the bathroom (or changing diapers), coughing, or sneezing. If unable to wash, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes using a tissue or the inside of your elbow (not your hands). Immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you feel sick.


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.


Additional Information:


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.