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Online Learning: Overview

Online Instruction

Schools are closed, but that doesn't mean that our children can't continue to learn! Like many school districts across the country, we will be using Google Classroom as our main vehicle for delivery of teaching and learning during this extended school closure. (Contact your school principal if you need to borrow a chromebook or do not have Internet access in your home.) 

This page will provide you information to help you and your child connect to Google Classroom. You can also view a presentation about Hamden's Distance Learning Program or review our HPS Parent's Guide to Distance Learning.

What is Google Classroom?  

Google Classroom is a platform that allows teachers to provide a virtual classroom for their students. Each teacher will create his/her own Google Classroom with assignments, digital resources, assessments and virtual interactions with other students. Teachers' classes will include the same students who were in their face-to-face classes - so students will have the same teachers and similar assignments to what they had when students were in our buildings. Many of our students are already familiar with Google Classroom, since a number of Hamden teachers have been using it in a supplemental way for the past few years.

There are a million youtube videos that show you how to use Google Classroom. Here's one to try - the Parent's Guide to Google Classroom 2020, or go ahead and search for more!

What will my child do each day in Google Classroom?

When they log in, elementary school children will see their main classroom as well a classroom for specials. Middle and high school students will have one google classroom for each of their classes. Virtual attendance will be taken - so make sure your children log in at some point each day.

What will my child do each day in Google Classroom?

Your child should log in to Google Classroom and complete their assigned work each day. It does not have to be done all at one sitting or at a certain time. Teachers will assign students with passages to read, videos to watch, questions to answer, activities to complete, and online games/activities to do. Teachers will provide feedback and grades within the virtual classroom. All assignments will be posted by 9:00 AM each day.

To log in to Google Classroom, go to and enter your username and password. (Many students already know their usernames and passwords.

Usernames and Passwords

Usernames have been created in this way: Students last name, first initial, and last two digits of year of graduation. For example, a student named Devante Jonas that graduates in 2028 would have a username of Please note that needs to be included at the end. 

If you need to get your password reset or can't login, contact your child's library media specialist.

Email and Communication

Google Classroom has communication methods built-in. Students and teachers will communicate with each other regularly through the Google Classroom application.

Each student will have what looks like an email account that is the same as their username (students last name, first initial, and last two digits of year of graduation - for example, These accounts will only work within the Google Classroom application. They cannot be used to communicate with anyone outside of the Hamden Public Schools community.

In addition, parents and students can communicate with teachers directly via email if they use a personal email account.  (Again, the account used to log into Google Classroom, although it looks like an email address, will not work outside the Google Classroom environment.) Although most communication between teachers and families will be through email and/or Google Classroom, parents or students who want to speak to a teacher by telephone, should email the teacher, then the teacher will call at a mutually agreeable time using his or her personal phone, which may appear as a blocked number. 

How Parents Can Help

In addition to checking in with students on their online work in Google Classroom, parents

● Provide your child with a space to work

● Minimize distractions during work time

● Communicate with teachers if your child needs help with assignments

● Create a schedule for your child that includes time for academics as well as time for physical activity and the arts to provide structure and a routine for learning

Special Education Support

School teams have reviewed services and are working to support student needs under the new distance-learning model. Services include, but are not be limited to: collaboration with classroom teachers, consultation with students and families, and virtual instruction and support activities.