COVID-19 Information
NAVIGATION

 

We are monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on a program-by-program basis and have an organization-wide plan in place to guide decisions as the situation continues to evolve. You will find updates about program closings, re-openings, and other information on this page, which is updated regularly.

If you would like to contact us, please email covid19faqs@mayinstitute.org.

We have a series of articles specifically aimed to support families during this time. Read them here.
 

MAY CENTER SCHOOLS UPDATES

ABOUT ADMISSIONS: All our May Center Schools are still accepting, processing, and following up on referrals and inquiries. Visit admissions pages for each school.

May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Wilmington, MA

Our school began implementation of a hybrid model of instruction to our students in September 2020 utilizing the Fall reopening guidance we were given from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ( DESE).  We continue to evaluate the safety of delivering increased in-person services and are developing and implementing plans to increase these services as it is safe to do so. View School Re-opening Plan submitted to DESE on 8/14/20.

May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, West Springfield, MA

Our school began implementation of a hybrid model of instruction to our students in September 2020 utilizing the Fall reopening guidance we were given from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ( DESE).  We continue to evaluate the safety of delivering increased in-person services and are developing and implementing plans to increase these services as it is safe to do so. View School Re-opening Plan submitted to DESE on 8/14/20.

May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Randolph, MA

Our school began implementation of a hybrid model of instruction to our students in September 2020 utilizing the Fall reopening guidance we were given from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ( DESE).  We continue to evaluate the safety of delivering increased in-person services and are developing and implementing plans to increase these services as it is safe to do so. Residential programs continue for residential students. View School Re-opening Plan submitted to DESE on 8/14/20.

May Center School for Brain Injury and Neurobehavioral Disorders, Brockton, MA

Our school began implementation of a hybrid model of instruction to our students in September 2020 utilizing the Fall reopening guidance we were given from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ( DESE).  We continue to evaluate the safety of delivering increased in-person services and are developing and implementing plans to increase these services as it is safe to do so. Residential programs continue for residential students. View School Re-opening Plan submitted to DESE on 8/14/20.

The Bay School in Santa Cruz, CA
Closed until further notice.
Families are asked to please check email for additional information as it is available.
Employees should follow the plan as directed by program leadership. Additional information will be shared via email as it becomes available.

 

MAY CENTERS FOR ABA SERVICES UPDATES

Randolph, MA
The center has re-opened at a reduced capacity. All recommended safety precautions are in place around COVID-19.
Home-based services are being delivered 1:1 in home and via telehealth as resources allow.
We continue to communicate with families as more information becomes available.

Wilmington, MA
The center has re-opened at a reduced capacity. All recommended safety precautions are in place around COVID-19.
Home-based services are being delivered 1:1 in home and via telehealth as resources allow.
We continue to communicate with families as more information becomes available.

West Springfield, MA
Home-based and Early Intervention services are being delivered 1:1 in home and via telehealth as resources allow.
We continue to communicate with families as more information becomes available.

In-Home Behavioral Services, Eastern MA
Home-based services are being delivered 1:1 in home and via telehealth as resources allow.
We continue to communicate with families as more information becomes available.

Savannah, GA
The center has re-opened at a reduced capacity. All recommended safety precautions are in place around COVID-19.
Home-based services are being delivered 1:1 in home and via telehealth as resources allow.
We continue to communicate with families as more information becomes available.

Jacksonville, NC
The center has re-opened at a reduced capacity. All recommended safety precautions are in place around COVID-19.
Home-based services are being delivered 1:1 in home and via telehealth as resources allow.
We continue to communicate with families as more information becomes available.

Henrico/Richmond, VA
Home-based services are being delivered 1:1 in home and via telehealth as resources allow.
We continue to communicate with families as more information becomes available.
 

ADULT RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM UPDATES

Adult residential programs continue to operate.

 

ADULT DAY HABILITATION PROGRAM UPDATES

Adult Day Training Program in Orange Park, FL
Day Habilitation Program in Mashpee, MA
Day Habilitation Program in Raynham, MA
Day Habilitation Program in Randolph, MA
Day Habilitation Program in Revere, MA

Our day programs have slowly reopened, serving a limited number of members to ensure social distancing and the overall health and safety of everyone involved. Capacity at our day programs has been significantly reduced per the social distancing guidelines set forth by EOHHS.

Since the COVID-19 situation continues to be fluid, program changes could occur at any time. We will continue to use an abundance of caution since keeping members and staff healthy and safe is our top priority.

We are in communication with families as additional information becomes available.
 

 

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the novel coronavirus?
A: A coronavirus is a common virus that causes infection in the nose, sinuses, or upper throat. A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

Q: What is COVID-19?
A: COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 stands for “coronavirus disease 2019.” Patients with COVID-19 may have a mild to severe illness. The CDC advises that anyone with a fever and respiratory symptoms or a newly developed respiratory illness such as a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat seek medical care.

Q: What sites should I look to for reliable information?
A: Your state’s Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide reliable, up-to-date information on both the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

Q: What are we doing about cleaning and disinfection?
A: We clean our programs on a regular basis. With the coronavirus concerns, we have implemented additional cleaning and disinfection, including wiping or spraying down frequent “touch points” at least once a shift. Touch points include but are not limited to door handles, light switches, handrails, elevator buttons, kitchen areas, faucets, door push plates, etc.

Q: Who should wash their hands?
A: Everyone! Employees and all individuals served should wash their hands regularly. We will assist individuals with handwashing techniques to ensure the health and well-being of everyone in our settings.

Q: When should we be handwashing?
A: The CDC says handwashing at any time of the day can help get rid of germs, but there are key times when it’s most important to wash our hands.

  • When we return home from being outside
  • Before eating food
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before and after administering medications
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the bathroom, changing diapers, or helping someone who has used the bathroom
  • After blowing our nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching garbage
  • If our hands are visibly dirty or greasy

Q: Can visitors come to the program during this time?
A: Not at this time. in order to protect the health and well-being of individuals in our care and our employees, we are not allowing visitors to any May programs or residences.

Q: Do we have a plan and supplies if the program becomes affected by COVID-19?
A: We have a comprehensive Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and an Emergency Management Plan (EMP) that include procedures for sheltering in place and provisions for storing and using emergency supplies if needed.

Q: What if someone tests positive for COVID-19?
A: We will follow the recommendations provided to us by the Department of Public Health and that person’s healthcare provider. This may include isolation and quarantine procedures as appropriate.

Q: What can I do to help with May Institute's COVID-19 response?

 

A: Please click here to make a donation and learn more about how you can support individuals in our care and our caregivers at this time.

 

 

If you would like to contact us, please email covid19faqs@mayinstitute.org.

 

Download CDC fact sheet in Simplified Chinese: 关于冠状病毒疾病2019 (COVID-19) 您需要知道什么

Download CDC fact sheet in Spanish: Lo que necesita saber sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

More information is available on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/

 

Message to the May Community — March 9, 2020

The Coronavirus continues to be a concern for many people. We want to assure you that we are being vigilant and taking these concerns seriously.

May Institute is using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Public Health (DPH) websites as an information resource. We have a team of professionals that meet daily to review new information as it is published. We are also taking additional steps to raise our focus beyond our usual standards to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of everyone associated with May Institute.

We know that you have questions about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the planning and preparation efforts underway across our organization. As the situation evolves, we will continue to do our best to provide timely communication.