What is Distance Learning?

Distance learning is the education of students who are not physically present at a school. Teachers will deliver lessons and learning materials in a number of ways, using the Internet, videos, discussion forums, worksheets, and other tools.

We have been working diligently on our distance learning model for students in grades K-12, the Continuity of Learning Plan (CLP), which  includes opportunities for E-Learning and technology-free learning.

  • E-Learning: learning that involves utilizing digital devices, such as Chromebooks, laptops, or even cell phones, to access educational curriculum outside of a traditional classroom
  • Technology-free learning: learning via non-digital resources, such as district-provided printed learning packets, to access educational curriculum outside of a traditional classroom

What does this mean for my child?

As part of the CLP, your child will have access to grade-level activities and materials that offer a combination of review, practice, and new learning. While the CLP is a new way of learning for many of our students, we will do our best to provide support.

Pre-Kindergarten (PreK)
Our PreK families will be contacted directly by their classroom teachers, who are reaching out via phone calls, emails or other technologies. PreK staff will continue to share weekly plans and provide new and updated learning packets at meal distribution sites.

                PK Learn at Home Week 8 – May 25 – 29

PK Sight Word Packet Week 7 & 8

PK Learn at Home Week 7 – May 18 – 22

PK Learn at Home Week 6 – May 11 – 15

Positional Word Readers – Weeks 5 and 6

PK Learn at Home Week 5 – May 4 – 8



How will HPS support all families?

All staff are expected to communicate with students and families in their classes on a frequent basis. This communication will include a blend of emails, phone calls, and Google Classroom. In addition to individualized communications, staff are expected to keep “office hours” so that students and families can contact them directly. The timing of office hours will be communicated to families through Google Classroom. Below we have provided information regarding how to access this online platform. As this is a new way of engaging students, we look forward to working in partnership to support you and your child in their learning.

Student Devices

Please note: If you already have a laptop, ipad or electronic device at home, you can access distance learning from the student’s HPS Google account.

There are devices still available. Call the Welcome Center at 860-695-8400 Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM to make an appointment today!

Have you submitted a technology form to request a device? If you still do not have an available device at home, please complete our technology survey so we can reach out to you when a device becomes available. The survey was emailed to all families and is here:

Are there enough computers for everyone?
We are doing our best to provide a device to every family that needs one. We are providing devices as they become available by appointment.
Can my child use another device besides a computer?
Yes, your child can access their online classes through any internet enabled device. A desktop, laptop, ipad/tablet, even a smart phone.
Does every child need their own device?
No, if you have multiple children in your home, they will be able to share a device. We are providing one device for multiple students in grades K-5 and one device each for students in grades 6-12.

Logging Into Your Device

Follow the directions below depending on the type of device you are using. The student ID is also the student’s lunch number and can be found on the student’s report card. If you do not have the Student ID, families can: Contact the child’s school, contact the Welcome Center, or check the Parent Portal on Powerschool.

Chromebook or Windows Laptop On the home screen, login with the following information:

●        Username: your student ID
●        Password: date of birth written as YYYYMMD  (e.g., 20040715 for July 15, 2004)

**Note: You need to be connected to the internet before you may log into the Chromebook device.

Tablet/Phone Go to classroom.google.com. Sign in to your Google Account with the following information:

●        Email: studentID@students.hartfordschools.org
(e.g., 0918193@students.hartfordschools.org)
●        Password: date of birth written as YYYYMMDD (e.g., 20040715 for July 15, 2004)


Joining your Google Classroom

Parents/Caregivers: On Friday, March 27, teachers should have invited their students to join their class in Google Classroom. To see the classes, follow the directions below:

  1. Go to classroom.google.com.
  2. When you enter, you will see that your child has been invited to different classes. Click “Join” for each class that is on your screen.  Parents/caregivers should access the Google Classrooms regularly to understand the lessons and expectations for the day.
  3. Parents/caregivers can learn how to navigate Google Classroom by following this link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/14xh4v2-UeVElfFKVLzEMObtg5BxHHsd6eQc4y4J2STo/edit?usp=sharing

Help Understanding Google Classroom

For help using Google Classroom, please see the links below:


Distance Learning Resource Repository

Parent’s Guide to Google Classroom

Directions for Logging into Your Device  & Joining Google Classroom

Grades K – 5 Distance Learning Information for Families


  • Google Classroom Support: For log-in issues, questions about usernames or passwords, or difficulty accessing Google Classroom, families should report their issues through this form: bit.ly/hpsdistancelearning You will receive a response by phone or email.
  • HPS Device Login Support: If you cannot login to your HPS provided device, please contact 860-757-9411 or email helpdesk@hartfordschools.org 
  • HPS Device Exchange: If the helpdesk has advised that your device needs to be exchanged due to an issue, please contact the Welcome Center at 860-695-8400

 Internet Access

If your family doesn’t have internet access, you can obtain it for free from Comcast. Go to www.internetessentials.com or call 855-846-8376

Supporting your child with Distance Learning

For older children, learning activities and materials are designed for your child to be engaged independently, but we encourage you to check in with your child and provide help as needed. Your child’s teacher, counselor, or support staff will also be available to assist. We recommend taking the following steps to ensure success with E-Learning at home (K-12):

For all students:

  • Access Google Classroom or class materials so you understand what your child has to complete
  • Have a designated work space and schedule for your child to follow
  • Ensure good nutrition and opportunities for exercise
  • Encourage your child to stay engaged

For younger children, families will need to assist in the following ways:

  • Assist your student with logging into their device (see instructions below)
  • Access Google Classroom or materials for the lesson
  • Read the daily communication from the teacher
  • Assist your child in identifying a quiet space to complete class assignments
  • Create a schedule with your child (be sure to plan breaks)
  • Remain calm and reassuring
  • Communicate with the teacher and other support staff as needed

Holidays & Public Schools Closure Timeline

As per Governor Lamont’s executive order, public schools will not reopen for the remainder of the school year. Distance learning will continue until the last day of school or June 11.

Technology-free Learning

Technology-free learning is learning via non-digital resources, such as district-provided printed learning packets, to access educational curriculum outside of a traditional classroom.

We strongly encourage students to use E-learning and we are committed to supporting this transition for our students. However, if you do not have a device, internet access, or if you would prefer a technology-free option with printed learning materials, please complete the technology survey form, so that we can send you printed materials. You should also contact your child’s teacher directly.

On April 6, the district mailed tech-free printed materials and resources to PreK and K-5 families. Teachers will provide tech-free lessons for all students identified as participating in this option.

If you have questions about academic materials and learning activities, please send email to the following contacts by clicking on their names:

English Language Arts Grades K-5Vanessa Diaz-Valencia – (860) 695-8459

English Language Arts Grades 6-12Khary Fletcher – (860) 695-8754

English Language LearnersDaisy Torres – (860) 695-8649

MathematicsMario Carullo – (860) 695-8685