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, called 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.

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 Device Information

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, or even a smart phone, will work.

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.

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.

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.

If you 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.

Hartford Public Schools

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

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

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

English Language Learners:
Daisy Torres  |  (860) 695-8649

Mathematics:
Mario Carullo  |  (860) 695-8685

Acting Director of STEM:
Joanna Ali  |  (860) 695-8733

Need more technology support?

If you cannot log in to your HPS provided device, please contact:
(860) 757-9411 or helpdesk@hartfordschools.org

If the Help Desk has advised that your device needs to be exchanged due to an issue, please contact the Welcome Center at (860) 695-8400

Need internet access?

If you or 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

For Students

Technology Support & Resources

Getting Started – Computers 101

  • If you are using a Chromebook or Windows laptop, turn on your device by pressing the Power button on the back-right corner of the keyboard.
  • To connect to the Internet, click on the wifi icon located in the bottom right corner of the screen, then choose the name of the WiFi network you want to join. Then click Connect.
    • If you see then you are already connected to the Internet.
  • To charge your laptop, plug the power cord into the charging port on the left side or back of the device.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to view instructions. (Spanish)

 

Where can I find my Student ID number?

Your Student ID is a seven-digit number and can be found in the following places:

  • Your lunch number
  • Your username for PowerSchool
  • On your report card
  • On your class schedule 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to view instructions.

 

How do I log in to my device?

  • Turn on your device and connect to the Internet.
    • If you need help with getting internet access, please click here.
  • Locate your Student ID number.
    • If you are using a tablet, you do NOT need to enter a username or password to log in.
  • If you are using a Chromebook or Windows laptop, enter your username on the home screen. Your username is your 7-digit Student ID number.
  • Enter your password. Your password is your 8-digit numerical birthday, in the format “YYYYMMDD”.
    • For example, if your birthday is July 15, 2004 – your password would be “20040715”. 

If you still cannot log in to your HPS provided device, please call (860) 757-9411 or email helpdesk@hartfordschools.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to view instructions. (Spanish)

 

How do I use Google Classroom?

On Friday, March 27th, teachers should have invited their students to join their class in Google Classroom. Follow these instructions to access your Classrooms:

  • Open a new browser window by clicking on the Google Chrome icon
    • Do not use Internet Explorer or Safari.
  • In the address bar, type classroom.google.com
    • If you are using a tablet, you do NOT need to enter a username or password to log in.
  • Enter your username: StudentIDnumber@students.hartfordschools.org
  • Enter your password. Your password is your 8-digit numerical birthday, in the format “YYYYMMDD”.
    • For example, if your birthday is July 15, 2004 – your password would be “20040715”.
  • Once logged in, you should see that you have been invited to different classes. Click “Join” for each class that is on your screen.

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


Click to view video.                  Click to view instructions (Spanish)

I still need help with Google Classroom

 

Technology-Free Learning

Can I use another device besides a computer?

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 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.

For Families

Messages to Parents

7/10/20 – Return-to-Learn Update

6/25/20 – Return-to-School Update

6/24/20 – Student Meals Holiday Schedule – July 4th/Independence Day Weekend

6/5/20 – Join Us for a Virtual Town Hall about End-of-Year, Summer Learning, and Fall 2020.

6/4/20 – Superintendent Message about the 2020-2021 School Year Budget. PDF

6/1/20 – Redesigned Distance Learning Page is Live, June 1PDF

5/29/20 – Superintendent Message: Honoring Our Graduates Safely. PDF

5/29/20 – Redesigned Distance Learning Page – Launching June 1PDF

5/28/20 – Summer Credit Recovery Program. PDF

5/22/20 – Family Update: Graduations, Student Lockers and MorePDF

5/19/20 – Student Meals Holiday Schedule Memorial Day Weekend. PDF

5/15/20 – Supplemental Nutrition Program for Children

5/14/20 – A Message Regarding Student Devices

5/6/20 – Update about School Closures and More

4/24/20 – Update: Grading Guidance and More

4/23/20 – TeleHealth Services for Families [pdf]

4/17/20 – Welcome Back! Distance Learning Continues Monday [pdf]

4/15/20 – Videoconferencing Guidelines for Students [pdf]

4/9/20 – Superintendent Message about Spring Break [pdf]

4/2/20 – Student Device and Technology Support Update [pdf]

3/27/20 – Continuity of Learning Plan Guidance for Families [pdf]

3/20/20 – Coronavirus Update: Student Meals and Continuity of Learning [pdf]

3/13/20 – HPS Message about School Closure [pdf]

3/10/20 – Coronavirus and Events Update [pdf]

3/4/20 – Coronavirus: Message to Families [pdf]

2/28/20 – Coronavirus Update [pdf]

1/30/20 – HPS Communications to Families [pdf]

 

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.

Click here to access Pre-K at-home learning resources.

 

Grades K-5 Distance Learning Information for Families

4/1/20 – Distance Learning Letter to Parents and Guardians of Children in Grades K-5 [pdf]

 

Supporting Your Student During 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 students, families and caregivers 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

Technology Support & Resources

Getting Started – Computers 101

  • If you are using a Chromebook or Windows laptop, turn on your device by pressing the Power button on the back-right corner of the keyboard.
  • To connect to the Internet, click on the wifi icon located in the bottom right corner of the screen, then choose the name of the WiFi network you want to join. Then click Connect.
    • If you see then you are already connected to the Internet.
  • To charge your laptop, plug the power cord into the charging port on the left side or back of the device.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to view instructions. (Spanish)

 

Where can I find my Student ID number?

Your Student ID is a seven-digit number and can be found in the following places:

  • Your lunch number
  • Your username for PowerSchool
  • On your report card
  • On your class schedule 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to view instructions.

 

How do I log in to my device?

  • Turn on your device and connect to the Internet.
    • If you need help with getting internet access, please click here.
  • Locate your Student ID number.
    • If you are using a tablet, you do NOT need to enter a username or password to log in.
  • If you are using a Chromebook or Windows laptop, enter your username on the home screen. Your username is your 7-digit Student ID number.
  • Enter your password. Your password is your 8-digit numerical birthday, in the format “YYYYMMDD”.
    • For example, if your birthday is July 15, 2004 – your password would be “20040715”. 

If you still cannot log in to your HPS provided device, please call (860) 757-9411 or email helpdesk@hartfordschools.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to view instructions. (Spanish)

 

How do I use Google Classroom?

On Friday, March 27th, teachers should have invited their students to join their class in Google Classroom. Follow these instructions to access your Classrooms:

  • Open a new browser window by clicking on the Google Chrome icon
    • Do not use Internet Explorer or Safari.
  • In the address bar, type classroom.google.com
    • If you are using a tablet, you do NOT need to enter a username or password to log in.
  • Enter your username: StudentIDnumber@students.hartfordschools.org
  • Enter your password. Your password is your 8-digit numerical birthday, in the format “YYYYMMDD”.
    • For example, if your birthday is July 15, 2004 – your password would be “20040715”.
  • Once logged in, you should see that you have been invited to different classes. Click “Join” for each class that is on your screen.

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


Click to view video.                  Click to view instructions (Spanish)

I still need help with Google Classroom

 

Technology-Free Learning

Can I use another device besides a computer?

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 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.

For Educators 

Messages to Educators

  • COMING SOON – Visit the “For Families & Community Partners” section to learn more about extended day learning resources and workshops

Superintendent’s Continuity of Learning Plan Guidance
Certified Staff | March 25, 2020
Non-Certified Staff | March 26, 2020
Families | March 27, 2020

 

Distance Learning Resource Repository

The Distance Learning Resource Repository is a Google site that contains all of the teaching materials needed for educators and Distance Learning Facilitators. This repository includes links to discipline-specific guidance documents, as well as various resources vetted internally by members of the Distance Learning Task Force and HPS staff, to aid in your implementation of distance learning. Check back every day, as this is a living resource!

Go to the Distance Learning Resource Repository

 

New materials added [6/4/20]: “Going from Classroom to Virtual Teaching – Distance Learning Theories”, “Tips for Running a Virtual Classroom”, and “What G-Suite App Should I Use?”

To Share with Students and Parents/Caregivers

To help reduce the number of Technology Support tickets, please distribute the following Quick Reference Cards and links to videos to students and their parents or caregivers. If someone still needs additional technology support, please refer them to the appropriate links below or any of the contact information on the right-hand side of the page. 

Additional Teaching Materials:

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

PREVIOUS WEEKS’ PRE-K LEARN AT HOME PACKETS

 

Grades K-5 Distance Learning Information for Families

4/1/20 – Distance Learning Letter to Parents and Guardians of Children in Grades K-5 [pdf]

For Family & Community Partners

More information about Extended Day Learning offerings, provided by our Community Partners, will be coming soon. Please check back for more details.