Superintendent Shares Updates at Spanish Virtual Town Hall

Superintendent Shares Updates at Spanish Virtual Town Hall

On Monday, May 4, Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez joined Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and other city officials and experts for a Spanish virtual town hall meeting. The panel discussion was streamed live in collaboration with CT en Vivo on Facebook. The embedded video is below.

From City Hall, the Mayor, City Council President Maly Rosado and Health Director Liany Arroyo introduced the panel discussion event. Also on the panel were representatives from a range of organizations, including the Community Renewal Team, Hispanic Health Council, and the Hartford Chamber of Commerce. The entire conversation was spoken or translated into Spanish.

In her opening remarks, the Superintendent, wearing a scarf mask, provided an update about the district’s continued efforts to distribute devices to every student who needs one for distance learning. She noted that HPS has thus far distributed more than 10,000 Chromebooks since schools closed in mid-March. The district has confirmed that 93% of students have device access.

The Superintendent also shared details about the new Telehealth Services offered by the district. Regardless of insurance status, families with HPS students can call to receive medical advice, to schedule a virtual appointment with a provider, and to have prescriptions called into their pharmacy. The number to call, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., is 860-937-6223.

At the end of the discussion, the panelists took questions from city residents. One resident asked how parents who don’t speak English can help their children with distance learning. The Superintendent explained that families can call the Welcome Center, 860-695-8400, to speak to a staff member who speaks Spanish and can help them with questions about technology, as well as other needs.

These updates and comprehensive information about how HPS has responded to the Coronavirus pandemic and school closures can be found on our page dedicated to the health crisis.

To close, the superintendent thanked parents for their patience and support.  She also extended her thanks to teachers during this Teacher Appreciation Week.