Supporting Your Children in Remote Learning - Webinar on December 8, 5:30-6:30

Do you have questions about remote learning? The Connecticut State Department of Education is hosting a Virtual Town Hall for parents and families to discuss remote learning during COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting incredible challenges not only for schools but also for families. Parents and families are invited to join representatives of the Connecticut State Department of Education, as well as community, education and child development experts to provide tips and best practices for helping your child at home. They will also answer questions and highlight new resources to support students and families in remote learning in Connecticut. .

View the Flyer describing the event.

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Register: https://ctserc.net/townhall

Contact Judy Carson at judy.carson@ct.gov with questions about the Webinar.

Superintendent's Student of the Month-November

Hamden Public Schools is very proud of the work being done by our students across the district, in-person and distance learning, and every month Superintendent Goeler honors wonderful students from each school with the Superintendent's Student of the Month award.

See this month's honored students!

BOE Approves Move to Full Remote Learning Starting Nov 23, Returning Jan 19

At a November 15th special meeting of the Hamden Board of Education, the Board approved a move to full remote teaching and learning, starting November 23rd and returning the day after the Martin Luther King Day holiday, Tuesday, January 19th.

Some of the reasons for the move to full remote learning include the recent spike in infections in Hamden and the difficulty with staffing school buildings due to a large number of staff who have been quarantined or who are home for related reasons. On some days in the past weeks, it has not been possible to find sufficient numbers of substitutes and some of our schools have had to close. These types of closures are expected to happen more and more frequently as area infection rates rise. The dates approved for full remote learning will allow enough time for students, staff, and their families to observe a quarantine period after the holiday season. 

The district is exploring options for providing in-school supervision at the elementary level to assist families that need during-the-day support. We are hoping to make arrangements with the YMCA and Right At School to make this available.

Meals Available During School Closures - New Sites Added

Beginning Monday, 11/23/2020, we will be offering a daily meal pick-up from 9:00AM-12:00PM at each of the schools listed below. There is no sign-up or pre-ordering necessary - just show up! 

  • Alice Peck School
  • Bear Path School
  • Church Street School
  • Dunbar Hill School
  • Helen Street School
  • Hamden Middle School
  • Hamden High School
  • Ridge Hill School
  • Wintergreen School

On the last day of each week we will offer meals for the weekend/holiday weekend. Any students who are in the buildings for Early Learning, Right At School, YMCA and Special Education at these schools will be provided breakfast and lunch before and after the public meal service.

 

CT Public Health Alert: Youth Suicide - A Call to Action

COVID-19 has changed life for all of us, but children, especially those in their teens, may be experiencing particularly great stresses at this time. Feelings of isolation, loss, uncertainty and fear may be heightened.  The CT Department of Public Health has issued a brief list of recommendations and supports to help our youth. Please take a few moments to read Youth Suicide Prevention - Public Health Alert and Call to Action.