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?

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.

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

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]

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

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.