The LEAP Program Will Help Address Student Absenteeism and Disengagement

New State Program to Help Absent and Disengaged Students and Their Families

Governor Ned Lamont and his administration are launching a new state program for K-12 students struggling with absenteeism and disengagement during the 2020-21 school year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Learner Engagement and Attendance Program (LEAP), will target 15 school districts across Connecticut. Through the program, support personnel will go directly to homes, to engage with families and students, help return them to a more regular form of school attendance, and assist with placement in upcoming summer camps and learning programs.

Home visits will also enable officials to help other critical student needs, including behavioral and mental health issues, housing, childcare, lack of technology, and other educational needs.

$10.7 million of Connecticut’s federal COVID-19 recovery fund will be used for the initiative.

The 15 participating school districts will include:

  • Bridgeport
  • The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)
  • Danbury
  • East Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • Meriden
  • New Britain
  • New Haven
  • New London
  • Norwich Stamford
  • Torrington
  • Waterbury
  • Windham

For more information on how LEAP will combat the educational, domestic, and logistic challenges associated with the COVID pandemic please visit the chronic absence page.