Dear Parents, Families and Staff:
Thank you for your patience as we strive to ensure our students’ education continues at home through a variety of ways. The state Commissioner of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona, has appointed a task force that will oversee and facilitate the generous donation of 60,000 laptops to school districts across the state. Based on the information we know at this time, these computers will be distributed to high school students in Alliance Districts of which Waterbury is one of those districts. Over the coming weeks, and once the task force determines how the laptops will be distributed to districts, we will continue to communicate how this will influence online learning in Waterbury Public Schools. We are making every effort to launch a virtual learning platform in a timely manner while assessing our students’ technology needs.
In addition to the donation of the computers for high schools, another generous donation will make it possible to distribute reading materials to over 185,000 Pre-K through 8th grade students in eligible districts of which Waterbury is one. These districts will receive high quality take-home workbooks that will provide excellent reading and writing instruction while learning from home.
When the time comes for distribution, the District, as well as the school Principals, will ensure a safe and efficient pick-up process of these materials such that families and students abide by social distancing at all times. The Commissioner anticipates deliveries may begin in three to six weeks. Please continue to check the website and social media for updates.
Dr. Verna D. Ruffin, Superintendent