For children who need digital devices for E-Learning at home, Hartford Public Schools have begun distributing Chromebooks to students. On Monday, March 23rd, devices will be available at the 16 new meal distribution locations (listed below). Additional information regarding technology support will be communicated in the coming days and also added to the HPS website.
A student must be present to obtain a device.
If your family doesn’t have internet access, you can obtain it for free from Comcast. Instructions are available on our websites (https://www.hartfordschools.org/helpful-information-about-comcasts-free-internet-access-offer/).
Student Meal Pick-up Locations
For more information go to: https://www.hartfordschools.org/understanding-coronavirus/
We remain committed to providing nutrition to students who need meals during the school closures. We are also mindful of our collective need for social distancing. We have added eight additional meal distribution locations throughout the city for a total of 16. Any student 18 years old or younger can pick up a lunch and breakfast at any of our 16 school locations listed below. Please be aware that locations have changed.
For the safety of all, we ask that families practice social distancing at meal sites, avoid close contact, and wash hands upon returning home.
Starting on Monday, March 23, we will implement the following changes to student meal delivery:
- Meals will be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
- On Mondays and Wednesdays, two days of meals will be provided. On Fridays, three days of meals will be provided.
- Distribution will occur at 16 school locations in Hartford. The full list of locations is below.
- Meals will be distributed frozen with heating instructions in English and Spanish. They should be taken home and cooked or refrigerated quickly.
The following no/low-cost internet options are now available. Please check out the list below:
Spectrum is offering free Wi-Fi to students for 60 days call 1.844.488.8395
Comcast is also offering free Wi-Fi for 60 days to new low-income families as well as opening their Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots to everyone for free.
Altice through Optimum and Suddenlink is offering free internet connectivity for 60 days.
Optimum is also offering access though their special Wi-Fi hotspots SSID: optimumwifiemergency.
Call the numbers below for further information on getting internet at your home
866.200.9522 to enroll in Optimum region
888.633.0030 to enroll in Suddenlink region
AT&T is also offering public access to their Wi-Fi Hotspots for free. There are also offering internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program.
Mobile Foodshare is a pantry-on-wheels that brings fresh produce and other food to our neighbors in need at community sites throughout Hartford and Tolland counties. The program increases access to healthy food and nutrition throughout the region serving an average of more than 15,000 visitors each month. Most sites are open once every two weeks. Food choices vary from week to week but usually include several types of fresh produce. Please remember to bring a bag or box with you to carry your food. You can also call our 24-hour phone line at 860-856-4321 to find out where the Mobile Foodshare truck will be. To receive the Mobile Foodshare schedule on your cell phone text FOODSHARE to 85511. See the link below for an up-to-date Mobile Foodshare schedule.
Brainpop.com is offering free access to families affected by school closures. BrainPOP features many topics from Science to Arts and Music, and more! Click on the link below to explore BrainPOP.