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Breakthrough Compact

News & Announcements

Why Breakthrough Magnet School South?

**Still accepting applications for the 22-23 school year (deadline extended to Feb. 28, 2022)!!! Go here to apply: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/School-Choice/RSCO/Regional-School-Choice-Office-Home-Page/Apply-to-RSCO-Open-Choice-or-Magnet-School

Virtual Open House for Prospective Families - Monday, Jan. 24 at 6 pm on Zoom!

Why Breakthrough Magnet School South?

#1 Magnet School in the Nation in 2015 & Annual School of Excellence!

PreK3-8th grade - Stay at one school until High School

A Global School for Students of Character & Leadership

Tuition-Free PreK and Full-day PreK4!

STEM, Robotics, Music & Arts, & Mindfulness!



Virtual Open House Dates (Mondays at 6 pm):

**Register on Zoom to attend:

https://hartfordschools-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcodOCrqT8rGtNPbSx_-T276IznnwmMLQdQ


Reminders for week of Jan. 24-28, 2022

Monday, Jan. 24 is the start on marking period 3.

Wed, Jan. 26 is a 12:30 pm Early Dismissal & PTO Dress Down Day.

Thur, Jan. 27 Is our Virtual SGC meeting at 6 pm on Zoom


Middle School Basketball practice: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:00-5:30 pm

Virtual Town Hall for Families (Substance Abuse Awareness & Prevention) - Tues, Jan. 25 at 5:30 pm

Please join Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez and our Partners from Hartford Healthcare,

CT Children’s, and the Hartford Police Department for a Town Hall conversation about Substance Abuse Awareness and prevention on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation.

You will learn about:

  • Substance and opioid identification, awareness and prevention

  • How to have behaviorally-appropriate conversations

  • How to support children and youth

CLICK HERE to register and submit a question in advance.

Watch the Livestream at: hartfordschools.org/TownHall

The Town Hall will be conducted again Saturday, 1/29/22: time t/b/d

NEW - Marking Period 2 Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences (Week of Feb. 7-11)

SAVE the date! Homeroom teachers will be reaching out soon so you can sign up for a virtual parent/teacher conference for your child based on marking period 2 and the report card (this will be shared with families via ParentSquare). We will be scheduling virtual parent/teacher conferences the week of Feb. 7-11. The evening conferences will be on Tuesday, Feb. 8 and Wednesday, Feb 9 will be 12:30 pm Early Dismissal for afternoon conferences between 1-4 pm.

NEW - COVID Home Test Kits:

COVID-19 test kits are now available to pick up if your child is home exhibiting symptoms and needs to be screened for COVID-19 or has had a direct exposure to an individual with COVID-19. Please contact the Family Community Student Support Provider (FCSSP), Madeline Gardner at telephone 860-695-5748 or email at GOMEM003@hartfordschools.org to arrange to come to school to pick up a test kit between 9-11 am. If the results are positive, please Submit Test Results to School Nurse in ParentSquare or by Email: STLAL001@hartfordschools.org. Parents and guardians may send a direct message (with a picture of the test results attached) to your school nurse Laurie St. Laurent through ParentSquare or you may send an email (with a picture of the test results attached) to STLAL001@hartfordschools.org.


NEW - Staying Home When Sick, COVID-19 Symptom Checklist

It is critical that families keep their children home if they exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms and inform their child's school immediately in the event their child is tested for COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or if they have been contacted by the health department regarding a potential exposure. COVID-19 symptoms to monitor daily can be found here


N95 Masks for Students

Dear Families, The health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff are our highest priorities. Schools are considered to be safe environments as long as we continue to adhere to our mitigation strategies.

In response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout our community and region, we will be providing Grades 7-12 students with N95 masks, providing Grades PreK-6 with additional disposable masks and KN95 masks (once delivery is received), and will continue with the distribution of N95 masks to staff (two N95 masks were already distributed to all HPS staff members on Monday, January 3). N95 and KN95 masks provide an additional level of protection against COVID-19.

Please note:

  • Masks can be reused for 2 to 5 days as long as they are not soiled.

  • When not being worn, masks should be stored in a clean and dry environment.

  • To properly manage the mask inventory across all schools, lost or soiled N95 masks will be replaced with disposable masks until the next week’s distribution.

*KN95 masks are youth sized masks which fit children in grades PreK-6. Due to limited availability of youth size masks across the nation, our delivery of KN95 masks has been delayed. Distribution to schools will occur upon receipt from the vendor (current estimated delivery date is January 18). Until the KN95 masks arrive, all PreK-6 grade students will be provided with disposable masks. We will continue to provide the additional protective masks for students and staff while supplies are available and the number of COVID-19 cases in our community and region remain exceptionally high. However, we ask for your patience as our efforts may be disrupted based on mask availability and shipping delays.

NEW - Updates to COVID Protocols

Changes to Quarantining and Isolation Protocols

The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health is advising that school districts may apply a shorter quarantine period, reduced now to five (5) days. Based on this guidance, effective Tuesday, January 4, 2022, we are implementing a 5-day quarantine period (changed from a 10-day quarantine period) for all students and staff members. The specific guidance issued by the State is as follows:

  • Individuals who are even mildly symptomatic with any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 should take the following steps:

    • immediately isolate at home

    • test for the virus that causes COVID-19 with a PCR, antigen, or self-test

    • remain away from activities outside of the home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours and other symptoms are significantly improved.

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate at home for at least 5 days, or longer if symptoms develop and persist. A mask should continue to be worn for an additional 5 days at all times when around others.

  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals who are notified that they have had a close contact with an individual who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should immediately quarantine at home and test for the virus 5 days after their last exposure to the COVID-19 case.

<NEW> HPS Is No Longer Completing Individual-Level Contact Tracing

The Department of Public Health recommends that schools should concentrate their efforts on the identification, early isolation, and clinical management of students and staff with active symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.

Based on this guidance from the State, effective January 4, 2022, HPS will no longer complete individual-level contact tracing for each positive case. HPS will, however, continue to track and monitor individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and send notifications of all positive cases. The COVID case letters will reflect the changes made to the contact tracing process going forward.


NEW - Mindfulness Site!

Here is the link to the mindfulness website that Ms. Jovaisa put together and shared at the mindfulness parent workshop: https://sites.google.com/hartfordschools.org/bmss-mindfulness-room/home


It has resources for students, parents and teachers alike. Check It out!

STEMgirls Winter Workshop- free for Hartford students (Gr. 3-8)

Thanks to this semester’s program partner, Bristol Myers Squibb, girls who reside in the Hartford, CT School District are approved to attend (and receive all supplies) for free. I’m reaching out to you personally to ask you to please help get this news to your students!


The Winter STEMgirls Online Workshop is for girls in 3rd through 8th grade and will begin on January 17th. These once weekly 2-hour classes have synchronous teachers who teach NGSS science, math, literacy and coding (JavaScript) to girls from all over NY and NJ. All girls are also encouraged to attend weekly Coding and STEM Virtual Hangouts to work on extra projects with their teachers. All supplies and project materials are provided for free and shipped to registered students.


Attachments: PROGRAM FLYER


Registration Link: https://www.steampark.org/stemgirls

RSCO Application 2022-23 School Year

2022-23 On-line Application Is open!

https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/School-Choice/RSCO/Regional-School-Choice-Office-Home-Page

Apply from November 8, 2021 through February 28, 2022

Technical High School Early Application Deadline is January 10, 2022


Virtual Open House Dates (Mondays at 6 pm):

**Register on Zoom to attend:

https://hartfordschools-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcodOCrqT8rGtNPbSx_-T276IznnwmMLQdQ

Jan. 24 & Feb. 7


In-Person Tours on Wednesdays (By Appointment Only):

*Call 860-695-5748 to schedule a tour between 1:30 - 3 pm

Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16 & Feb. 23


Go to the RSCO website for more Information:

https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/School-Choice/RSCO/Regional-School-Choice-Office-Home-Page

January 2022 Lunch Menu