Return to Learn Health and Safety Plans for 2021-2022 School Year

As of June 16, 2021, we have updated our Return-to-Learn Plan to reflect the most recent policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of everyone in our buildings. This plan provides detailed guidance that ensures the health and safety of all our students, staff, and visitors. 

Along with current state guidance and external health metrics, we are seeking your feedback to further inform the design of our Health and Safety plans for next year. We will seek your feedback on our plans every six months moving forward as part of the American Rescue Plan and ESSER II federal relief funding requirements. 


The most updated version of our Return-to-Learn Plan is located here. Please review the plan and then share your feedback, suggestions, or questions with us.

Return to Learn Health & Safety Plan for SY 2021-22

CUMULATIVE COVID-19 CASES since July 1, 2021

Updated May 14, 2022

Student Technology Information

Distance Learning

Student Learning Resources

Distance Learning Resources

Student Meals Information

Student Meals Information

English Language Learners

English Language Learners

Family & Community Partnerships

Family & Community Partnerships

Health Services

Please contact the HPS Health Service Department Hotline at (860) 695-8760, if you have any questions or concerns about PPE, safety protocols, or other health related questions.

The HPS Health Services Department Hotline will have a recorded message with daily updates. If you choose to leave a message, your call will be returned by HPS Health Services.

Need internet access?

If you or your family doesn’t have internet access, you can obtain it for free from Comcast.

Go to:
or Call: (855) 846-8376

Need technology support?

Visit the Student Technology page.

Health Services

Health Services

HPS cumulative positive COVID-19 case totals for the 2021-2002 SY for in-person students and staff since July 21, 2021.  COMING SOON!

What is Distance Learning?

With this option, students attend classes from home on a regular school schedule for at least four hours per day. Instruction is delivered by certified staff at their school. There will be some synchronous instruction in every content area, which means students learn from teachers in real time through video conferencing platforms like Google Meet. Social-emotional learning will be provided by social workers, school counselors and teams.

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.

Can my child use the device we received from the district?

Families who received district laptops during the spring or who have been using a personal device for at-home learning should continue to use those devices. If the device you received from HPS is damaged, requires repairs or replacement, or if you need support with a specific application, please complete click here.

What if I don’t have a device?

For students who do not have a device at home, or families who need more than one device to make sure all their children have access, please click here.

Is there tech support?

Each school is equipped with a device staging area to provide support with device distribution, repairs, and replacements in school. If you need additional support with your device or if you require support with obtaining internet access, please contact your school directly.

Messages to Families 

2021 – 2022


1/5/22 –     Superintendent Update – January 5, 2022

12/31/21 – Superintendent Update – December 31, 2021

12/22/21 – A Holiday Message from the Superintendent 

12/20/21 – Health and Safety Update from the Superintendent: Student Assemblies and Concerts

12/17/21 – Free Pfizer Vaccination Event for HPS Students Ages 5 and Above, Monday, 12/20/21

12/17/21 – Superintendent Update – December 17, 2021

12/16/21 – A Message from Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez: TikTok Challenge: School Threats

12/10/21 – Free Pfizer Vaccination Event for HPS Students & Families, Saturday, 12/11

12/10/21 – Superintendent Update – December 10, 2021

12/3/21 – Superintendent Update – December 3, 2021

11/24/21 – A Thanksgiving Message from Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez

11/19/21 – Celebrating Our Substitute Teachers

11/12/21 – Superintendent Update – November 12, 2021

11/12/21 – Honoring All Who Served on Veterans Day

11/8/21 – Update Regarding Quarantine Requirements: Screen and Stay Initiative Effective Monday November 8

11/8/21 – Celebrating National School Psychology Week

10/22/21 – Superintendent Update – October 22, 2021

10/15/21 – Superintendent Update – October 15, 2021

10/8/21 – Superintendent Update – October 8, 2021

10/4/21 – Honoring our Educators on World Teachers’ Day

10/1/21 – Superintendent Update – October 1, 2021

10/1 /21 – National Principals Month 2021: Celebrating our School Leaders!

9/15/21 – Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

9/14/21 – Updates to Student Quarantine Requirements for Close Contacts

9/10/21 – Superintendent Update – September 10, 2021

9/10/21 – 9/11 Anniversary Message from Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez

9/3/21 – Labor Day Message from the Superintendent Honoring Hartford Public Schools’ Staff

8/30/21 – Back to School Message from HPS Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

8/25/21 – Mandated Vaccinations for School Staff, Allowable Exemptions, Weekly Testing

8/19/21 – Free Summer Clinics at our School-Based Health Centers

8/13/21 – Superintendent Update – August 13, 2021

7/30/21 – HPS Health and Safety Overview for the 2021-2022 School Year

7/1/21 – July is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Mental Health Month

2020 – 2021

6/17/21 – Hartford Public Schools End-of-Year Message of Gratitude and Celebration

6/11/21 – Superintendent Weekly Update – June 11, 2021

5/20/21 – Hartford Healthcare: FREE COVID Vaccines Available for HPS Families at Connecticut Convention Center

4/23/21 – Superintendent Weekly Update – April 23, 2021

4/22/21 – Statement from the Superintendent: Verdict in George Floyd Murder Case

4/15/21 – Superintendent Weekly Update 4/15/21

4/9/21  –  Superintendent Weekly Update 4/9/21

4/7/21 –  Celebrating Our Paraeducators & 10 Paraeducator of the Year Finalists

4/5/21 – Celebrating National Assistant Principals Week

4/2/21 – COVID-19 Vaccination Vax-A-Thon 4/9 for Hartford Residents 16 and older

4/1/21 – Superintendent Weekly Update – April 1, 2021

3/26/21 – Superintendent Weekly Update Return of Remote-Only Students and More

3/19/21 – Return of Remote-Only Students Follow-Up and Frequently Asked Questions

3/18/21 – Return of Remote Learners to In-Person Learning Beginning Monday, March 29, 2021

3/17/21 – HPS Statement of Solidarity with Our AAPI Students and Community

3/12/21 – Weekly Update from the Superintendent – March 12, 2021

3/11/21 –  National Foreign Language Week

3/8/21  –  International Women’s Day

3/5/21  –  Weekly Update from the Superintendent – March 5, 2021

2/26/21 – Shift to Yellow Status Monday March 1: Student Meals Distribution Update

2/26/21 – Weekly Update from the Superintendent – February 26, 2021

2/23/21 – Celebrating School Social Work Week 2021

2/22/21 – Superintendent Message about National Reading Month

2/21/21 – Hartford Public Schools Ventilation Update

2/19/21 – Weekly Update from the Superintendent – February 19, 2021

2/18/21 –   Student Meal Distributions at Early-Release Times Today, Thu., 2/18/21

2/12/21 –   Weekly Update from the Superintendent

2/8/21 –    Dental Program: Oral Health Screenings for Students

1/29/21 –   Update from the Superintendent 1/29/21

1/29/21 –   Celebrating Black History Month 2021

1/22/21 –   Update from the Superintendent

1/15/21 –    Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1/15/21 –    Update from the Superintendent

1/8/21 –      Update from the Superintendent

1/7/21 –      Message from the Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

1/3/21 –      Celebrating Our Shared Accomplishments

12/21/20 – Student Meal Distribution: Seven Days of Meals on Tuesday, December 22

12/17/20 – Community Update from the Superintendent

12/15/20 – Student Meals Update

12/11/20 – Inclement Weather Message for Families

12/10/20 – Overview of the Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocol

12/4/20 – Update from the Superintendent

11/20/20 – Update about Student Meals for Thanksgiving Week

11/18/20 – Free Virtual Tutoring

11/17/20 – Let’s All Stay Safe and Healthy

11/13/20 – Update about HPS Food Services and Student Meals: Added Locations and New Distribution Times

11/10/20 – Orange Status Overview

11/5/20 – Update on the HPS Welcome Center

11/4/20 – Share your Feedback with Hartford Public Schools

11/2/20 –  HPS Shift to “Orange” Status, Beginning Monday, November 16

10/29/20 – Update on Student Meals

10/23/20 – Attendance Still Matters

10/19/20 – Latest Update on Our Learning Models: HPS Will Continue Operating in Yellow Status

10/12/20 – Update on Learning Models: HPS Will Continue Operating in YELLOW Status

10/7/20 – IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Daily Student Health Screening Checklist

10/5/20 – Don’t Miss Student Meal Distributions at HPS Schools

9/25/20 – COVID-19 Testing for Students and More News

9/24/21 – Superintendent Update – September 24, 2021

9/23/21 – Message from the Superintendent: Board Meeting Questions and Follow-up

9/18/20 – An Important Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

9/17/21 – Superintendent Update – September 17, 2021

9/11/20 – Updates on Health and Safety, and the Cyberattack

9/9/20 – A First Day Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

9/8/20 – HPS Starts School on Wednesday, Sept. 9

9/8/20 – HPS Opening Postponed: Tuesday Sept. 8

9/3/20 – Back to School Message from the Superintendent

9/3/20 – Student Meal Distribution Resumes Tuesday, September 8

8/26/20 – Update on Student Meals

8/25/20 – Return to Learn & Accelerate Update for Families

8/24/20 – Hartford Public Schools Mask Protocol

8/24/20 – COVID Health Practices and Safety Protocols for Reopening

8/17/20 — Read Our Return to Learn Manual: Re-Opening Plan for SY 2020-2021

8/7/20 — Return to Learn Update: Remote Learning Option, Operational Meter, and More

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 BudgetPDF

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

5/29/20 – Superintendent Message: Honoring Our Graduates SafelyPDF

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

5/28/20 – Summer Credit Recovery ProgramPDF

5/22/20 – Family Update: Graduations, Student Lockers and More.  PDF

5/19/20 – Student Meals Holiday Schedule Memorial Day WeekendPDF

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]

Important Links

For more information visit our Health Services web page and visit the pages below.

COVID-19 Health Practices and Safety Protocols for Reopening

Hartford Public Schools Face Mask Protocol

Free Smart Thermometers for Pre-K through 8th Grade Students

More Resources

COVID-19 Information & HPS Health Services 

Information about COVID-19 is available from the CDC (Centers from Disease Control and Prevention) and the Connecticut State Department of Public Health:

Links to More Information

Health Services Contact Information:

HPS Health Services Hotline: (860) 695-8760

Hartford Healthcare 24-Hour Hotline: (860) 972-8100

St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center Hotline: 1-888-786-2790

Community Assistance: Call 2-1-1

Please contact the HPS Health Service Department Hotline at (860) 695-8760, if you have any questions or concerns. The HPS Health Services Department Hotline will have a recorded message with daily updates. If you choose to leave a message, your call will be returned by HPS Health Services.

Also, Hartford HealthCare’s Clinical Command Center Hotline, staffed by healthcare professionals, is now available to the community. To reach the 24-hour hotline, call (860) 972-8100.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.

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Cumulative Cases  – Prior to Start of 2021-2022 School Year