Latest Update from the Superintendent

Per guidance provided by the State of Connecticut, Hartford Public Schools is planning to reopen schools full time for the 2020-2021 school year. Students have the option to attend school in-person or online. The first day of instruction was Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Our Return to Learn & Accelerate (RTLA) plan for reopening school may change based on future guidance from the State of Connecticut, local health agencies, and the CDC.

The RTLA plan and learning options are based on state guidance and local health metrics outlined in our Operational Decision Meter:  HPS is currently operating in the YELLOW status column as new COVID-19 cases in our area remain low. We will continue to monitor these metrics and update the status if necessary.

To learn more about our instructional models, please read our Return to Learn Manual: Reopening Plan for SY 2020-2021. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit our Return to Learn FAQ page.

Distance Learning Information

Distance Learning

Distance Learning Resources

Distance Learning Resource Repository

Student Meals Information

Student Meals Information

English Language Learners

English Language Learners

Family & Community Partnerships

Family & Community Partnerships

Frequently-Asked Questions

Frequently-Asked Questions

Read our Reopening Plan for SY 2020-21

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 distance learning page.

Health Services

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.

Health Services

Health Services

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 this survey.

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 complete the Device Request Survey.

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 

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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