Bloomfield Update

BPS Update
Posted on 06/17/2021
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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 global health crisis, known as COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Here is our update, as of Thursday, June 17:

Today is our last day of the 2020-2021 school year. I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all in the community for their cooperation, collaboration and resilience over the past year. We have endured unprecedented challenges. Yet, collectively, we have kept the focus on serving our students.


Graduation and promotion ceremonies will conclude today.

Bloomfield High School graduated 125 seniors yesterday. Global Experience Magnet School graduates 24 seniors today. GEMS’ eighth graders were also promoted yesterday. Carmen Arace Middle School held a virtual promotion ceremony this morning and a celebratory parade with over 150 cars participating. In addition, Laurel and Metacomet Elementary school celebrations were also held today.


Despite the challenges, this has been a year of growth for our district. We continued our important discussions and professional development workshops about culturally relevant teaching and learning, systemic racism and bias.

The district is continuing work on our Portrait of a Graduate (POG), developed in collaboration with our greater Bloomfield community. This ongoing initiative and will help to guide the district in shaping its curriculum to provide students with 21st century skills.

This year we also implemented a grant-funded Pre-kindergarten summer enrichment program that will better prepare children for early learning. This is the first time, in at least 10 years, that we have been able to provide summer enrichment for the entire district: Pre-K to grade 12.


We have also been conducting a year-long celebration of the Harlem Renaissance centennial, an iconic 1920’s era that saw the flourishing of Black literature, culture and the arts. The monthly themes and celebrations have been informative and well-received.

The next celebration is next Thursday, June 24, 7:00 p.m., at 1021 Blue Hills Avenue - behind the Bloomfield Fire Department. The live concert, which will also be streamed via Facebook Live, will be performed with music influenced from the Harlem Renaissance era.

The concert, in collaboration with the town, is part of the town’s four-day annual Celebrate Bloomfield festival, running from June 24 to June 27.


Congratulations to teachers Emily Rosenthal from Metacomet and GEMS’ Aileen Hermes. They have been selected 2021 Co-Teachers of the Year by the district’s Teacher of the Year Committee.


A reminder that you can watch 2021 CT Spelling Bee champion Charles Fennell compete in the virtual semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Sunday, June 27. The contest will air on ESPN2, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Charles, an incoming freshman at BHS in the fall, is now one of 30 remaining contestants. The top 12 spellers will travel to Orlando, FL to compete in the Finals on July 8, at the Walt Disney World Resort.


The next free COVID-19 vaccination clinic for those 12 years of age and older is this Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Carmen Arace School, 390 Park Avenue. First dose appointments will be done through walk-in registration. Parents/Guardians will need to accompany their children.

As always, I am reminding you to stay steadfast with health and safety protocols to protect yourself and others. Remember the three Ws:

  • Wear a face mask, when and where appropriate.
  • Watch your distance. Practice physical distancing (up to six feet of separation where feasible)
  • Wash your hands often. Cover your coughs.

I will update you again, as needed. Please enjoy the summer recess!


Dr. James Thompson, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

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


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

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 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

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. 

Health Links

For those of you who missed this week's virtual presentation by Hartford Internal Medicine Specialist Dr Gary Rhule about COVID-19 and the effectiveness of vaccines, we encourage you to view this recording on YouTube of his discussion in which he addresses questions and concerns.

Bloomfield Health and Safety Protocols

Bloomfield - Daily Health Screening

BPS COVID-19 Information Center

Fact Sheet: Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome 

West Hartford- Bloomfield Health District-

CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) info-

Connecticut Department of Health-

American Academy of Pediatrics-

World Health Organization-


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 :



BHS Summer Academy 8-12:


 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.


We will continue to provide resources for families and support on our website -- 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 @

Free COVID-19 Testing

Local COVID-19 Testing Sites*

Please call prior to testing to assure information provided is currently accurate


1. The Urgent Care Center of Connecticut (860)-242-0034

                         669A Cottage Grove Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002

• Appointment not required

• Order from healthcare provider not required

• Testing for all ages

• Hours- M-F 8-8, Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4


2. Saint Francis Hospital COVID-19 Testing Site (drive-up) (888) 786-2790

                        125 Woodland Street, Hartford (testing site in lower level        

                         of employee parking garage)

• Appointment not required

• No walk-ups, car only

• Order from healthcare provider required

• Testing all ages

• Individuals with or without symptoms

• Hours, M-f 9am-12:30pm, Sat 9am-12noon


3. Intercommunity, INC (860)-569-5900

                        16 Coventry Street, Hartford

• Appointments not required

• Order from healthcare provider not required

• Testing all ages

• Individuals with or without symptoms

• Testing is provided regardless of insurance status

• Hours M,W,F 1-3pm, Th 9am-3pm


4. Go Health Urgent Care  

                        336 North Main Street, West Hartford  (860)-200-7701

                         1055 Kennedy Rd., Suite D, Windsor  (860) 787-5786

                        385 West Main Street, Avon  (860) 777-1280

• Appointments not required

• Order from healthcare provider not required

• Testing ages 12 and up, with parent/guardian

• Testing with or without symptoms

• Hours M-F 8am-8pm, Sat, Sun 9am-5pm


5. AFC Urgent Care  (860)-986-6440

           1030 Boulevard, West Hartford

• Appointments not required

• Order from healthcare provider not required

• Testing all ages

• Testing with or without symptoms

• Hours M-F 8am-8pm, Sat, Sun 8am-5pm


6. Wheeler Clinic (860)-793-3500

                        43 Woodland Street, Hartford

• Appointments not required

• Order from healthcare provider not required

• Testing all ages

• Testing with or without symptoms

• Hours M-F 10am-2pm


7. Physician One Urgent Care  (860) 236-3911

                         21 North Main Street, West Hartford

• Virtual appointment is required, must call first

• Drive-up only for testing

• Order from healthcare provider not needed

• Testing all ages

• Testing with symptoms only or essential workers with or without symptoms

• Hours Mon-Sun 9am-1pm



8. Charter Oak Health Center  (860) 550-7500

                        21 Grand Street, Hartford 

• Appointment is required, call first

• Order from healthcare provider not required

• Testing ages 6 months and older

• Testing with or without symptoms

• Hours M-F 8:30am-5:00 pm





Additional resources for COVID-19 testing sites:


Connecticut Department of Public Health


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