Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on 07/10/2020
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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 Friday, July 10:

Bloomfield’s 2020 Teacher of the Year Cohort is sponsoring a Black Lives Matter march on Thursday, July 23. It starts from the grounds at the community center on Park Ave., at 6:30 p.m., and culminates at the Town Green at 7 p.m. A program is planned, featuring voices from students and teachers, and music. Social distancing protocols will be adhered to – and face masks are required.

Our Grab & Go free meals program will run through Aug. 21 for those 18 years of age and under. Multiple meals can be picked up on each day.

Pick up times at the Carmen Arace Middle/Intermediate school are:

  • Monday and Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Friday – 9 a.m. to noon

As always, I want to encourage you to adhere to self-care protocols to combat this serious virus:

  • Wash your hands often. Cover your coughs.
  •  Practice physical distancing (six feet of separation). Refrain from shaking hands
  • Stay at home

Please stay healthy and take care of one another. Together, we are getting through this and moving forward. I will update you again Monday, July 13.

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

FAQ to Distance Learning

 Frequently Asked Questions Regarding BPS and Distance Learning

1. What is Distance Learning

Distance Learning is defined as a form of education in which instruction is delivered via the internet, or other forms of digital technologies. 

2. Who can I contact for questions about the shared learning activities? 

Please contact your student’s teacher.

3. Who can I contact if I need technology support?

For hardware support with district-provided Chromebooks, please see the Chromebook information on www.bloomfieldschools.org

You will see general information, including a form for submitting a request to have someone contact you.

4. How should I prepare the home environment for school?

We strongly suggest designating a space in the home as a learning area for your child. Consider using a learning schedule so there is a structure to your child’s day. Make sure your child is engaging in the assignments.

5. Are there any internet providers offering free or discounted service during this health crisis?


Yes, here are the company names and contact information:

In addition to the temporary connectivity provisions offered by providers through the Keep Americans Connected Pledge (details and list of providers here), families can continue to connect through the Lifeline program (program details here).

On April 28, 2020, the FCC released an order introducing flexibilities for applicants to prove their income level for Lifeline eligibility. These changes come out of the urgent need to get families — and their school-age children — online for learning, work, and general citizenry. These changes are helpful to be aware of as you assist families in connecting to the Internet and dispelling sometimes mixed messages they receive from Internet service providers. Details follow regarding these changes in proving eligibility:

 

Through June 30, 2020, consumers who do not have three consecutive months of income documentation may provide an official document that confirms their current income information.

This may include a notice of unemployment benefit payments or a notice of a successfully submitted application for unemployment benefits.

To prove a consumer's current household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, as an alternative to acceptable documentation already allowed by the rules, consumers may submit an official document that, at a minimum, includes:

  • The consumer's name, or the name of consumer's benefit qualifying person (BQP);
  • The current income information; and
  • A date within the last 3 months.

 

Program Integrity, Recertification, and Reverification Waiver Extended

Additionally, the Order further extends the temporary program changes to Program Integrity efforts, general de-enrollments, non-usage de-enrollments, recertification, and reverification requirements. The Order notes that all temporary changes to the program will remain in effect through Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

This means that from now until June 30:

  • Temporary changes broaden the way that a consumer can demonstrate income eligibility.
  • Involuntary de-enrollments of existing subscribers should not occur. 
  • There will be no new Lifeline Program Integrity reviews announced. 
  • Recertification is now on hold for the anniversary dates between April 14, 2020 and September 28, 2020. 
  • All reverification activity is on hold. 
  • Consumers will not have to confirm usage of their Lifeline service.

 

No additional changes were made to the implementation of the Representative Accountability Database (RAD).

Anyone needing assistance with the Lifeline program can call (800) 234-9473 or email LifelineProgram@usac.org.

6. Will my student participate in video-conference learning?

No, unless the student has an Individual Education Plan that requires it.

7. How much time should I expect my student to engage in each distance learning day

It will vary, depending on the nature of assignments that need to be completed.( Please review your school’s Distance Learning plan on www.bloomfieldschools.org under Coronavirus Updates)

8. How will juniors take ACT or SAT tests? Are colleges relaxing that requirement?

Education Commissioner Dr. Miguel Cardona has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for all federal standardized tests, including the Smarter Balanced and SAT, this year.

9. How does my child get a Chromebook?

You can contact your child’s teacher or principal and request to borrow a Chromebook. Please

note, if your child has a laptop computer, desktop or tablet he/she will not need a Chromebook.








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

Student Meals

The summer Grab & Go meal program for those 18 and under:

  • Monday – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Friday – 9 a.m. to noon

Participants will receive multiple meals each day – two on Mondays and Wednesdays, three on Fridays - at the Carmen Arace Middle/Intermediate School pick-up location. So far, about 24,500 meals have been picked up.

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