Latest Update from the Superintendent
Per guidance provided by the State of Connecticut, Hartford Public Schools is planning to reopen schools full time in Fall 2020. However, if families feel uncomfortable sending their children back to school due to concerns over COVID-19, they will have the option to continue distance learning. More details about our plans for School Year 2020-2021 will be provided to families.
Please visit the Distance Learning page to learn more about our Community Partners and their extended day learning resources and workshops.
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
Need technology support?
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.
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.
To request a device or internet access, find learning materials, get technology support, or learn about community resources available to you and your family during this time, please visit the Distance Learning page.
Messages to Families
7/10/20 – Return-to-Learn Update
6/25/20 – Return-to-School Update
5/14/20 – A Message Regarding Student Devices
4/24/20 – Update: Grading Guidance and More
4/23/20 – TeleHealth Services for Families [pdf]
3/13/20 – HPS Message about School Closure [pdf]
3/10/20 – Coronavirus and Events Update [pdf]
2/28/20 – Coronavirus Update [pdf]
1/30/20 – HPS Communications to Families [pdf]
COVID-19 Information & HPS Health Services
What is the Coronavirus?
The Coronavirus, referred to as COVID-19, is a viral illness that originated in Wuhan City, China, and is currently considered a pandemic affecting a growing number of people worldwide. COVID-19 can affect your lungs and airways. Common symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
The virus is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The CDC recommends practicing social distancing as a way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This means reducing close contact with people and standing at least 6 feet away from others when out in public.
There is currently no specific treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover.
More information is available from the CDC (Centers from Disease Control and Prevention) and the Connecticut State Department of Public Health:
Links to More Information
- Vaccinate Your Children – Do Not Wait
- Click here to get printable Stop the Spread of Germs poster | Oprime aquí para obtener el póster imprimible Detenga la Propagación de los Microbios.
- (CCMS) School Closure Kit for Parents from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
- (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and You
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.