First day of school in Hartford starts Monday, encouraging attendance with raffle prizes

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford Public Schools will be welcoming local students back to classrooms Monday for the first day of the school year.

There are more than 17,000 students enrolled in Hartford Public Schools, but it is unclear how many of them are gearing up for the first day.

Classes will be in-person, and to encourage attendance, the school system will be holding a raffle for the first week of school.

“Thirty-four percent of our students have been vaccinated. We continue those efforts again, right to get as many of our students as possible, and also with our staff. We know that 85 percent of our teachers have been vaccinated and that’s a great way to start the year,” said. Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez.

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School officials said students who attend school every day for the first week will be entered into a raffle to win prizes.

Kids will be masked up, but the superintendent admits some families aren’t ready to risk heading back into classrooms amid a pandemic. And, the long-term effects of so many interruptions have yet to be fully understood.

“Priority is that we re-establish and deepen relationships. Relationships with students, relationships with ourselves, with our adult peers, with our families and our community,” said Hartford Schools Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez.

Any parent that has questions about preparing their child for school can call the Hartford Public Schools Welcome Center at 860-695-8440.

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