Hartford Public Schools to Continue Current Learning Model

Published on October 12, 2020

HARTFORD, CONN (October 12, 2020) – Today Hartford Public Schools (HPS) announced that, following consultation with the Mayor and with the City of Hartford’s Health and Human Services Department, it will continue its current learning model for the week of October 19th and reevaluate early next week ahead of any potential change for the week of October 26th.  Coronavirus indicators remained steady overall during the week of October 5th compared to the previous week, and there has been only one suspected case of coronavirus transmission within a classroom since the beginning of the school year.  

“While we are seeing more cases than we were a few weeks ago, last week our indicators were steady overall, and I fully support the decision to continue in-person learning and evaluate again next week,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “There’s a strong likelihood that the district will have to shift models at some point, but we know that for thousands of children and families, that shift will present enormous challenges, and we want to continue to offer a fully in-person educational option for as long as we responsibly can. I want to thank students and families, as well as all of our educators and school staff, for their patience and flexibility as we work through these complex decisions in partnership with the Superintendent and her team.”

“Our priority continues to be providing daily in-person instruction and supports to our beautiful and capable students, and after carefully examining the health metrics and evaluating what we’ve seen in our schools so far, we will continue operating in the current model through next week,” said Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez.  “We will continue to work closely with our health experts and monitor the data every day and we are prepared to make the transition in our instructional delivery models when needed based on the totality of the evidence.  We are very grateful to our students, families, teachers and the entire team at Hartford Public Schools for working with us to build and maintain a safe and healthy environment for learning.”

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