HPS Welcomes Students from Puerto Rico
At Hartford Public Schools, we stand ready to respond to the earthquakes in Puerto Rico by receiving students who have arrived in Hartford and need to attend school. Since the natural disaster hit in late December, the district has received two students from Ponce, a city on the southern coast that was affected. We have designated three hub schools, one for each grade level, to receive any additional students.
Under the McKinney-Vento Act, the district has funding to support these students in a number of ways. Our Welcome Center can offer assistance with school uniforms, supplies, winter coats, tutoring services, and parent training. The Welcome Center staff can also work with school social workers to provide mental health services for students affected by trauma, and refer families to agencies that can help with housing.
These efforts are part of our mission to prepare all students to succeed in school. After Hurricane Maria, Hartford Public Schools received more than 450 displaced students. Once again, we are committed to do what we can to help students and families from Puerto Rico begin to rebuild their lives here in Hartford.
Families who need assistance can contact the HPS Welcome Center at 860-695-8400.
Activated our team in anticipation of potential new students impacted by the earthquake in Puerto Rico. Today we welcomed two students from Ponce. pic.twitter.com/BRZMeLjvIA
— Dr. Torres-Rodriguez (@HartfordSuper) January 9, 2020