NOTICE: Coronavirus Guidance for School Districts: Per Governor’s executive order, in-school class cancellations remain in effect through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Emergency Meal Programs: The State Department of Education is authorizing two distinct categories of COVID-19 Emergency Meal Programs in accordance with federal requirements: 1) COVID-19 Emergency Meal Program Limited to Students Attending School in Specific Districts. School districts on this list are only authorized to serve meals to students attending their schools, and any other child age 18 years or younger residing in the same household; 2) COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Program for Children. Any child age 18 years or younger can receive meal(s) at any meal service and distribution sites in these towns/cities. They do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns/cities. Check these links often as more locations continue to be added.

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) launched its new Learn Together, Grow Together CT initiative to highlight districts addressing common issues and problems through innovative approaches, ideas and strategies that are producing successful outcomes. Learn Together, Grow Together CT will also promote these promising practices in district profiles inventoried on the CSDE website so that other district leaders and educators can connect with fellow districts and borrow, adapt and put to use these proven models in their own districts and schools. The initiative is part of Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona’s major points of focus to leverage the collective capacity and resources already in place around the state in order to better facilitate collaboration toward common goals. 

Learn Together, Grow Together CT consists of a social media campaign and an inventory of district profiles on promising practices they have implemented as well as the results that have been yielded. Learn Together, Grow Together CT will identify and promote the most exceptional strategies and connect district leaders and educators with colleagues around the state to learn what impact these approaches are having on the success of students, educators and district operations. Districts are encouraged to connect with their counterparts and share with CSDE their own promising practices to be highlighted through Learn Together, Grow Together CT.

For questions, comments or to share your own district’s promising practices, please contact us at SDE.LearnGrowCT@ct.gov.