Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on 09/21/2020
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Dear Bloomfield Public Schools family: 

The safety of our children, staff and families remains the district’s highest priority as we protect our community from this evolving global health crisis, known as COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

Here is our update, as of Monday, September 21.

We are entering the third week of school. The first two weeks we focused on getting staff, students and families acclimated to an unprecedented re-entry – one which featured new health and safety protocols, plus two distinct learning options for families.

Our school communities have adapted to Hybrid learning and Enhanced Distance Learning. Our principals and school leaders have been monitoring the consistency and quality of engagement in the online platforms and within the classrooms.

We are ensuring there is rigorous curriculum embedded in both the Hybrid and Enhanced Distance Learning models, including implementation of successful instruction and assessment tools. From talking with our families and students, we heard their suggestions and expectations for more face-to-face engagement with teachers and “live” virtual learning with our Enhanced Distance Learning Plan.

While the way we are delivering instruction is changing, we are steadfast in our mission to prepare students for college and meaningful careers with high-quality and intellectually challenging learning experiences.

We have also improved the quality of internet access for families who needed technology support at home.

Bloomfield Public Schools values ethnic diversity, inclusion and respect for all cultures. 

To our Jewish community, we recognize the recent celebration of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year.

As noted last week, we are in week one of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15.

As we transition into October over the coming weeks, there will be an important change to our October 12 holiday. Bloomfield Public Schools, as other districts in Connecticut and across the country are doing, will no longer be recognizing Christopher Columbus Day.

Instead, the holiday has been renamed “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” giving proper respect and honor to those in the Americas and Caribbean who were colonized by Columbus’ expeditions.

Our Grab & Go summer meal program has been extended through December. All students 18 and under are eligible to pick up free breakfast and lunch at Carmen Arace school Monday and Wednesday from 9.a.m. to 11 a.m. Face masks are required for pick-up

With flu season upon us, we will be continuing to monitor health data in town and the region.

Governor Lamont last Thursday noted a slight increase in positive cases for COVID-19 in Connecticut. The state’s latest infection rate is 1.6% -- among the lowest in the country, but the highest percentage in a given day in Connecticut since late June.

It is important that families and staff stay vigilant in adhering to health and safety protocols. Here is how we can keep each other safe:

  • Sign up for one of the free COVID-19 testing sites in the area. The locations are listed on our web site – bloomfieldschools.org - under Daily Coronavirus Updates.

  • Daily Health Screening – You have been provided with questions and guidelines on protocols to follow if you have a temperature over 100.4 degrees or are feeling sick. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Remember the three W’s:

  • Wear a face mask at all times.

  • Watch your distance. Practice physical distancing (six feet of separation where feasible).

  • Wash your hands often. Cover your coughs. (Hand sanitizers are available throughout the school buildings).

I will update you again, as needed.

Dr. James Thompson, Jr.
Superintendent, Bloomfield Public Schools


Food Resources for Bloomfield Families

Bloomfield Congregational Church

Community Kitchen

10 Wintonbury Avenue – Bloomfield, CT

(860) 242-0776

Serving Hot Meals To Go Every Saturday from 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

First Come, First Served

All Are Welcome!


Bloomfield Public Schools

Free Grab ‘n’ Go Bagged Breakfast & Lunch For All Youth!

Pick-Up Location: Carmen Arace Middle School – 390 Park Avenue, Bloomfield

Mondays thru Fridays 8:00 am – 9:00 am or 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Both meals can be picked up at the same time


Bloomfield Senior Services

330 Park Avenue – (860) 243-8361

FOODSHARE Distribution Scheduled for Tuesday, 4/7/20 & 4/21/20

Numbers will be distributed at 12:15 pm

FoodShare Truck arrives at 12:45 pm

New procedure is “Grab-n-Go” because no one may enter the building. When

you arrive, you will receive a paper number and be asked to wait within earshot

until your number is called. Please wait in your car.


Meals On Wheels

Senior Services will continue to deliver meals to those enrolled in the program

Bloomfield Social & Youth Services


The Bloomfield Food Bank

330 Park Avenue - (860) 242-1895

The Bloomfield Food Bank will provide Grab-n-Go for “curbside” pick-up for

Bloomfield residents in need.

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm or Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

First Come, First Served


Friday food donations are provided by:

Bloomfield Backpack Food Distribution Program

This program is sponsored by: Bloomfield Congregational Church,

First Cathedral and Rehoboth Church of God Flyer


Social and Emotional Supports

State of Connecticut COVID-19 Resources for Families and Educators

A Message from the Department of Children and Families

New “Talk It Out Line”, which is a Department of Children and Families’ initiative created to provide support and services to help parents and caretakers with the stress and increased needs resulting from caring for their children during the COVID-19 crisis.  Parents and caregivers are invited to call 833-258-5011 and/or visitwww.talkitoutct.com to speak with trained professionals (in both English and Spanish) who will listen and discuss their concerns and, if additional help is needed, refer them to responsive services. The "Talk It Out Line" is available Monday-Friday from 8am to 8pm; and on weekends from 1 pm to 8 pm.



Free Webinar for Parents / TIps for How to approach Homeschooling During COVID-19

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/homeschooling-during-covid-19/


National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for more details.

Announcement from the Governor for families with no Internet access.

Families experiencing a current housing crisis should dial 2-1-1 to get connected to supports that may be available statewide. Connecticut 2-1-1 can also help connect people with other services such as food, clothing, household goods, healthcare, and more. 



Support Services Advisory

Dear Families,  

I hope this communication finds all well and in good health.  As we move into summer this notice is to inform parents of opportunities for continued learning for students with IEPs and 504 plans.  After careful consideration of the guidance put forward from the SDE, Governor’s Office and in consultation with the Bloomfield/West Hartford Health District, Bloomfield has decided to continue with the Distance Learning model for the summer including Extended School Year (ESY) program.  This will happen congruent to the  description of district wide Early Start and BHS Summer Academy programs that are being offered to all students of Bloomfield.  All special education and related services will be staffed and we will continue to be provided in accordance with each student’s  IEP/504 to the greatest extent possible.  

 

Safety for all continues to be the primary criteria driving all decisions.  After careful review of opening guidelines provided by the SDE, the factors informing our decision was based on the complex nature of maintaining a safe and educationally sound on-site environment.  Preparations will require time to plan for the alterations needed to the learning environment to provide the proper social distancing conditions, the market availability of PPEs and sanitizing products, and the implementation of the Governor’s Reopen Connecticut Task Force Draft Recommendations.   These measures will require additional time and careful planning to ensure safety for all.  

 

We will now have the summer to fully prepare facilities as well as the educational program in order to provide a safe beneficial re-entry model in the fall.   As we put these required safety measures in place the district will continue to evaluate the possibility of face to face learning opportunities for our most impacted students over the summer.  Again, we encourage all students to participate in our distance learning program in order to mitigate learning loss.   To register for this Distance Learning Program please use the links below.

 

Early Start Prek-7 :  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrfd93FdkRHiadlLQpZLOwJD2r3ny7Xa5QV_ikXVBojfhA1g/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

BHS Summer Academy 8-12: https://forms.gle/oFRcL3aKTuG9fR7MA

 

 On an additionally important note,  Support Services wants to take a moment  to acknowledge these extraordinary historical times and the stress and trauma that so many are enduring. Heartfelt condolences to our families who have suffered an illness or loss of a loved one among all of the other difficult conditions this pandemic has caused.   We also want to acknowledge the pain and trauma that so many are experiencing in response to current events regarding the tragic passing of George Floyd.  It is with great hope that the world wide response and protest will support to bring about the change we so desperately need. Please know that our School Social Workers and School Psychologists are available  to all to help support you and our students process these events.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to them if there is a need for support or resources.  Below is an article that may help support all parents in how to process these events with their children.

 

https://www.gse.upenn.edu/news/talking-children-after-racial-incidents

 

We will continue to provide resources for families and support on our website -- www.bloomfieldschools.org under Coronavirus Updates. We are here to support and help even during the next few summer months.  Please do not hesitate to reach out. 

 

 

Hope for health and peace for all,

 

Wendy Shepard-Bannish

Director of Student Support Services

wshepard-bannish @ blmfld.org

Free COVID-19 Testing

Local COVID-19 Testing Sites*

Please call prior to testing to assure information provided is currently accurate

 

1. The Urgent Care Center of Connecticut (860)-242-0034

                         669A Cottage Grove Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002

• Appointment not required

• Order from healthcare provider not required

• Testing for all ages

• Hours- M-F 8-8, Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4

 

2. Saint Francis Hospital COVID-19 Testing Site (drive-up) (888) 786-2790

                        125 Woodland Street, Hartford (testing site in lower level        

                         of employee parking garage)

• Appointment not required

• No walk-ups, car only

• Order from healthcare provider required

• Testing all ages

• Individuals with or without symptoms

• Hours, M-f 9am-12:30pm, Sat 9am-12noon

 

3. Intercommunity, INC (860)-569-5900

                        16 Coventry Street, Hartford

• Appointments not required

• Order from healthcare provider not required

• Testing all ages

• Individuals with or without symptoms

• Testing is provided regardless of insurance status

• Hours M,W,F 1-3pm, Th 9am-3pm

 

4. Go Health Urgent Care  

                        336 North Main Street, West Hartford  (860)-200-7701

                         1055 Kennedy Rd., Suite D, Windsor  (860) 787-5786

                        385 West Main Street, Avon  (860) 777-1280

• Appointments not required

• Order from healthcare provider not required

• Testing ages 12 and up, with parent/guardian

• Testing with or without symptoms

• Hours M-F 8am-8pm, Sat, Sun 9am-5pm

            

5. AFC Urgent Care  (860)-986-6440

           1030 Boulevard, West Hartford

• Appointments not required

• Order from healthcare provider not required

• Testing all ages

• Testing with or without symptoms

• Hours M-F 8am-8pm, Sat, Sun 8am-5pm

           

6. Wheeler Clinic (860)-793-3500

                        43 Woodland Street, Hartford

• Appointments not required

• Order from healthcare provider not required

• Testing all ages

• Testing with or without symptoms

• Hours M-F 10am-2pm

 

7. Physician One Urgent Care  (860) 236-3911

                         21 North Main Street, West Hartford

• Virtual appointment is required, must call first

• Drive-up only for testing

• Order from healthcare provider not needed

• Testing all ages

• Testing with symptoms only or essential workers with or without symptoms

• Hours Mon-Sun 9am-1pm

 

 

8. Charter Oak Health Center  (860) 550-7500

                        21 Grand Street, Hartford 

• Appointment is required, call first

• Order from healthcare provider not required

• Testing ages 6 months and older

• Testing with or without symptoms

• Hours M-F 8:30am-5:00 pm

 

 

 

 

Additional resources for COVID-19 testing sites:

 

Connecticut Department of Public Health

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

 

211.ct.org

https://www.211ct.org/search?terms=covid%20testing&page=1&location=Bloomfield%2C%20CT%2006002%2C%20USA&service_area=bloomfield

 

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