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Free Food

USDA Farmers to Families Food Box is providing well-balanced, prepackaged perishable food boxes to combat the massive food insecurity problem posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each food package contains 32 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and meat products.

Our distribution process follows all COVID-19 health guidelines. Participants have limited interaction as they pick up their food boxes, which are easy to access.

Registration link April 17th:

Registration link April 24th:


Clothing Drive

Friendly Reminders for Parents/Guardians from NBPS Health Services

Please keep your child home from school and contact your school nurse if:

  • Your child or someone in the household is being tested or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Your child or someone in the household has been identified as a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an individual for at least 15 minutes over 24 hours while the person was infectious. The infectious period begins two days before symptoms.


  • Your child or someone in the household is ill with any COVID-like symptoms (fever 100.0 or higher, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose).

Travel: To High or Low Risk Areas

Your child or someone in the household has traveled outside of Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts travel advisory requires ALL individuals entering Massachusetts, including residents, to quarantine for ten days or produce a negative PCR COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours before your arrival in Massachusetts. If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, testing may be completed after arrival. However, all such arriving travelers must immediately begin the 10-day quarantine until a negative test result has been received. 

**If the adult has received their vaccines, they do not need to quarantine, nor does the child under ten. However, Children older than ten must be tested or quarantine.

For children under 10, traveling with an adult from their household, testing is not required. Children under ten should use the same quarantine requirement and testing options completed by the household adult they accompanied for travel. 

If the accompanying adult chooses to quarantine, the child must quarantine. If the accompanying adult decides to obtain a test, the child and adult must quarantine until the adult’s negative test result is received. 

However, you need to have received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines and be greater than 14 days since the 2nd dose. You would follow the same guidelines if you received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. You will also need to provide proof of vaccination.

Additional travel guidance can be found here:


Adult Education

New Bedford Schools is bringing the Adult Education Department to you! Here is an opportunity for you to learn about all the programs available to achieve higher education. Would you like to finish your GED? Do you need a high school diploma to get a better job? We’ll answer all your questions and more! Please join us in a virtual Family Info Session on Thursday, April 15th at 5 pm through Zoom. To register please complete the following registration form or send a text message at 508-717-8060
  Parent Pickup
        NBPS logo       SNAP


You Can Apply for SNAP Benefits

(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

(Formerly Food Stamps)

at New Bedford Public Schools

Family Registration Center

 455 County Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Grocery Cart            Grocery Basket

Staff and applications are
 in English, Spanish, & Portuguese.

Contact: Family Support Line 508-997-4515

     "This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from USDA. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. The SNAP logo is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA does not endorse any goods, services, or enterprises."



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Families, please refer to the Grab n' Go Schedule below.  Please see the note at the bottom that you can pick up for "the day or multiple days".  Thank you and Stay Safe!

Grab n' Go 

School News

Parent Info Reminder about COVID-19

Please read this friendly reminder about COVID-19 protocols with regards to symptoms and travel. We are thankful for everyone's efforts in keeping New Bedford and Carney Academy as safe as possible.

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5th Grade Transition to Middle School

In order to make the transition from Elementary School to Middle School easier, Family Information Sessions will be held for each Middle School (Normandin-3/3, Roosevelt-3/10, and Keith-3/23).

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Carney Raffle Ticket Program

Carney Students have Online Accounts

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Message from principal Reidy

Message from principal
Maria D. Reidy is in her 3rd year as principal of Sgt. William H. Carney Academy Elementary School. I wanted to be a teacher since I was in the second grade. I loved playing school with my siblings and I remember begging my parents for a chalk board. I attended Phillips Avenue School in New Bedford and had an amazing second grade teacher, Mrs. Gifford. She made me feel as if I could do anything and that year I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up -- A teacher! I attended Normandin Middle School and then off to New Bedford High School. I continued my education by attending Bristol Community College, Bridgewater State College, and Cambridge College to be an educator.

Being a principal is a challenge at times, but I can’t imagine doing it anywhere else. My Carney Families mean the world to me. My favorite part of my day is seeing my students learn in their classrooms. They bring such joy to my life and make me remember why I went into this profession. I am who I am because of them. To all my former students, thank you for being part of who I am today. You taught me many lessons throughout my years as a teacher in New Bedford. Our goal at Carney Academy is to create that connection I had with Mrs. Gifford here with our students.
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