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Breakthrough Compact

News & Announcements

Community Meeting 9.10.21

2021-2022 BMSS School Calendar


BMSS family calendar 2021-2022.doc

COVID positive staff case 9/17/21

September 17, 2021


Dear Families and Staff,


The health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff are our highest priorities. We have learned that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. They have been advised to self-quarantine. As soon as we were notified of the positive case, our School Level Response Team began collaborating closely with the District Health & Safety Team to follow our positive case protocol. The last day the staff member was at Breakthrough South was September 16. Per CDC guidelines and HPS protocol, we have determined there is no need for students or staff to self-quarantine. Hartford Public Schools’ custodial staff will follow protocols for cleaning and disinfecting the building.


These protocols follow state and federal guidelines for preventing the spread of illness. Teachers, staff, and district administration are working closely with the school to implement protocol and provide support where needed. As a reminder, it is critical that parents or guardians 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 your family has been contacted by the health department regarding a potential exposure.


Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms to monitor in family members: ❑ Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher)

❑ Chills or shaking chills

❑ Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

❑ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❑ New loss of taste or smell Additional COVID-19 symptoms include muscle pain, fatigue, rash, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, severe headache, especially with a fever.

Students and staff exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital. COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person.


As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge students and staff to follow these preventive measures:

● Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.

● Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.

● As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

● Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you will be in the presence of others.

● Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others to the maximum extent possible.


Thank you for your partnership in keeping everyone in our community healthy and safe. Vaccination is considered one of the best ways to stop the spread of Covid-19. The District Health & Safety Team strongly encourages all staff and students (those 12 and older) to be vaccinated. If you would like assistance in making an appointment for you or your child to be vaccinated or have any questions, please contact one of our school nurses directly or call the HPS Health Services Hotline at 860-695-8760.

Getting Involved at Breakthrough South!

Thank you to those who were able to attend our virtual Back-to-School Night last week. If you missed it, we posted the grade level presentations in ParentSquare for your reference. We will be sending home 2 flyers this week - 1 for School Governance Council and 1 for our Virtual Parenting Course that will be starting in October. We will also be rescheduling the PTO meeting that was scheduled for Sept. 15. Please be on the lookout for those flyers and reach out to Mrs. Gardner with any questions at 860-695-5748.

HPS Virtual Learning Session for Parents: Thurs, Sept. 23 from 5:30-6:30 pm

Please join us on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM for a free, virtual Family Learning Session about Learning with ACE: Attendance, Culture, and Engagement (in English with simultaneous Spanish Interpretation.) REGISTER TODAY to receive the Zoom Webinar link. All Family Learning Sessions can also be viewed via livestream at WWW.HARTFORDSCHOOLS.ORG/FAMILYINSTITUTE and at FACEBOOK.COM/HARTFORDPUBLICSCHOOLSCT/.

HPS Culture & Climate Survey for Families - We Need Your Feedback!

As we begin this new school year we are asking that all our parents or guardians submit our HPS Fall 2021: Culture and Climate Survey by October 8, 2021. Your contribution matters! Your feedback will help highlight positive examples of welcoming and nurturing experiences in our schools, identify areas where growth is needed, and together inform our planning for the future. Your responses will remain anonymous. The survey should take about 7-10 minutes to complete.

You will need your child’s school ID (lunch number) to submit your survey. When you are ready, click here to submit! https://hartfordschools.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6tC6PDdzVZmuTI2?Q_CHL=qr If you have any questions, please contact your school directly. Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

HPS Health & Safety Update: Updates to Student Quarantine Requirements for Close Contacts

Dismissal & Bus Transportation

Thank you families for your patience during the first week of dismissal procedures. Our pick-up procedures have been improving each day, and thank you for understanding that with so many students getting picked up, you may have to wait a little longer than you have had to in past years. We have also been experiencing some delayed bus pick-ups (specifically CREC buses), and Mr. Gaffney has been working with CREC Transportation and our district to help to ensure that this improves. Please reach out with any questions or concerns as we know that this can be very frustrating.


Bus companies:

Hartford: 860-695-8547

Autumn Transportation: 860-461-7913


CREC (suburban):
860-524-4077

K-4 Arrival Change Starts Monday, Sept. 20!

In order to limit the number of adults on the patio in the morning for safety, as well as to increase the independence of our Gr. K-4 students, we will only be allowing PreK parents on the patio for arrival starting Monday, Sept. 20. If you would like to park your car and stand by the parent loop and watch your child enter the classroom, that is fine. If you arrive after 9 am, please park and walk your child to the front doors and ring the buzzer. We do not have staff stationed on the patio after 9 am. Thanks for your parent partnership!

August & September 2021 Lunch Menu