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CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT
OF NEW BRITAIN

In partnership with family and community, the Consolidated School District of New Britain works to provide the best personalized and comprehensive whole-child education at every level so students will be prepared for, and positively contribute to, a profoundly different future. The Consolidated School District of New Britain strives to pursue excellence one student at a time.

Consolidated School District of New Britain
CSDNB Back to School 2020: Everything you need to know


CSDNB Back to School Guide: Everything You Need to Know

The first day of school in New Britain will be on Wednesday, September 1 - is your student all set to begin school?! Below is information that can help you as we get ready to begin the school year. If your question is related specifically to your child's school, or if it hasn't been answered in the tabs below, please reach out to your child's school. A full directory of schools, along with emails and phone numbers, can be found here.

Dear CSDNB Families, Staff, and Community Members,

It’s hard to believe that we are only a few weeks away from a full, in-person return to school. I hope you found time to connect with friends and family and are ready for the fall. We have been hard at work on our Reopen/Recovery Plan and are excited to have all of our students back to the schools full time for the 2021-2022 school year.  

Click here for the Arabic translation >>
Click here for the Spanish translation >>

To help prepare for the school year, we have drafted a comprehensive plan in accordance with the guidelines from the CT State Department of Education on reopening schools that puts our students’ and staff’s health, safety, and well-being as our highest priority.

Click here to view a draft of the Reopening Plan >>

Our charge, to date, from the Governor’s office and the State Department of Education, is to prepare for a full reopening with 100% of students in the classroom for the fall. To help guide school districts with this mandate, the Connecticut State Departments of Education and Public Health published Interim Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Connecticut’s PreK-12 Schools. The details of those recommendations, along with our guidance, are laid out in the following pages.

It is all of our responsibility to follow the guidelines and requirements outlined in the plan to keep our students, staff, and family members safe. But remember - vaccination is the number one prevention strategy currently for children 12 and older.  We encourage all who are able to get the vaccination as soon as possible.  

Because all of our students are not currently eligible to be vaccinated or have not yet received the vaccine, all students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face masks while in the school building in accordance with the requirements and guidelines set forth by the State of Connecticut. We know we can count on you to ensure your child practices the procedures outlined to keep everyone safe and healthy.   

As we get closer to the first day of school, we understand that many of you may have questions. To help answer those questions and provide more information, we will be scheduling public forums on August 18, 24, and September 1 at 4 PM to discuss our plan for the 2021-2022 school year, the latest guidance from the State Departments of Education and Public Health, and more. These can be viewed on our websiteFacebook page, or our YouTube channel

We anticipate that these guidelines and requirements will be revised throughout the school year and keep you updated when that information is received. Our team looks forward to working with you to provide the best educational experience for our students.

In Partnership,
Nancy Sarra, Superintendent of Schools

Click here to view a draft of the Reopening Plan >>


If your child will be entering kindergarten, middle school, or high school (9th grade) in the fall, please note that the State of Connecticut requires that all children entering these grades must have an up to date physical exam (“check up”) and up to date immunizations. 

All students need to have an up to date immunization record (“shot/vaccination record”) on file with the school nurse.

If your child had a Physical exam on or after March 1, 2019, they do not need a new physical. Just ask your child’s doctor or clinic to complete the blue physical form, which is available here. This form can be sent by email, fax, mail, dropped off at your child’s elementary, middle, or high school OR you can take a picture of the form with your phone and send it to the Jacqui Maddy, CSDNB Nursing Supervisor via email. If you email or scan the form, please turn the original completed form into your child’s school nurse on the first day of school. 

No cost (“free”) physicals and immunizations will be available from our school-based health centers located at Pulaski Middle School, Gaffney Elementary School, Smalley Elementary School, and New Britain High School.

These school-based health centers are now open, and you can make appointments for your child's physical by calling 860-852-0871.All who show up for an appointment will be screened for COVID symptoms before they enter the clinic.

The New Britain Public Health Department is currently open Monday through Friday and provides free immunizations to all children in New Britain who are under the age of 19. If your child needs immunizations, you can make an appointment with the Health Department at 860-826-3464. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the nurse on duty at the Central Registration Office. They can be reached at 860-223-5501.


Our PowerSchool Parent Portal is available for students in grades 6-12 and their parents and guardians of ALL grade levels. It is a confidential, web-based application that allows students and parents to view current and historical grades as well as class assignments and attendance. The purpose of this tool is to improve communication between students, teachers, and parents.

To access the parent portal, parents and guardians will need to create a registered account using AccessID and AccessPassword assigned to each student. Multiple students can be added to one PowerSchool Parent Portal  account.  All guardians can create separate PowerSchool Parent portal accounts for their students using the same AccessID and AccessPassword.

Account information (AccessID and AccessPassword) is included on all high school report cards and progress reports.  This information was also sent in the letter mailed to all students after schools closure in March.  Please contact your child’s school secretary if you don’t have AccessID and AccessPassword for your child so you can set up a PowerSchool Parent Portal account.   

Click on this link and follow the directions to set up your account: For quick access, you may wish to add this link to your "favorites" on your home computer. 

Please remember the importance of privacy and security when accessing grades via the portal. Usernames and passwords should not be shared. Below, you will find more detailed information, including instructions for accessing the parent portal and answers to frequently asked questions.

If, after reviewing this material, you are still experiencing problems registering or accessing your account, please contact our IT Help Desk between 8 AM - 4 PM (Monday-Friday) at 860-832-4692 or 860-801-1223 (English/Spanish). Additionally, you can fill out our form requesting technical assistance at any time and someone will follow up with you as soon as possible.

There is an app one can download for the iPhone. However, you MUST FIRST create an account through the website and connect the student's access id and password there before you can connect the app to your account. There is a separate access id and password for every child. The district code is WDFH.

> Click here for more information and resources regarding the PowerSchool Parent Portal
> Click here for a video on how to create a parent account
> Click here for the PowerSchool Parent and Student Resource Center


All students entering the Consolidated School District of New Britain need to submit all information to the Central Registration Office. The only exception are students entering New Britain High School as they will need to register at the school, located at 110 Mill Street. For more information on how to register your child at New Britain High School, please click here.

Please note that when a student enrolls in a school in a new school district, the new school district shall provide written notification of such enrollment to the school district in which the student previously attended school. The school district in which the student previously attended school (1) shall transfer the student's education records to the new school district no later than ten days after receipt of such notification, and (2) if the student's parent or guardian did not give written authorization for the transfer of such records, shall send notification of the transfer to the parent or guardian at the same time that it transfers the records.

Central Registration is open from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday - Friday.  A Spanish translator is available during office hours.  Translators for Polish or Arabic are available by arrangement with the Central Registration Registrar. For further information, contact the New Britain Central Registration Office at 860-223-5501 or visit the Central Registration webpage.


The Consolidated School District of New Britain is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of the National School Lunch Program for the 2021 - 2022 school year. Under this provision, participating districts and schools provide free breakfast and lunch to all students at all times.

All students enrolled in the New Britain Public School District may participate in the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program at no charge. Household income applications are no longer required to determine eligibility for free or reduced-price meals at schools participating in the CEP.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to all students who attend a school within the New Britain Public School District.

For additional information please contact Ann Alfano, Accounting Manager, Consolidated School District of New Britain, 272 Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051, or at 860-827-2255.


Here are the school schedules for the 2021-2022 school year. Please note that there are four schedules listed - regular day, early dismissal, early dismissal due to bad weather, and a 2-hour delay.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN


School
Full Day Pre-K (Gaffney, RELC)
Morning Pre-K (Gaffney, RELC)
Afternoon Pre-K (Gaffney, RELC)
Regular School Day
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Early Dismissal
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
Bad Weather Dismissal
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
No School
2-Hour Delay
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
No School
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS


School
​Elementary (except Smalley and DiLoreto)
DiLoreto Elementary & Middle School
Pulaski and Slade Middle Schools
Smalley Elementary School
HALS Academy
NB Transitional Center
Brookside School
Regular School Day
8:55 AM - 3:35 PM
8:10 AM - 2:50 PM
8:10 AM - 2:50 PM
8:10 AM - 2:50 PM
7:30 AM - 2:15 PM
7:50 AM - 1:30 PM
7:50 AM - 1:30 PM
Early Dismissal
8:55 AM - 1:15 PM
8:10 AM - 12:30 PM
8:10 AM - 12:30 PM
8:10 AM - 12:30 PM
7:30 AM - 11:45 PM
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
7:50 AM - 12:30 PM
Bad Weather Dismissal
8:55 AM - 12:15 PM
8:10 AM - 11:30 AM
8:10 AM - 11:30 AM 
8:10 AM - 11:30 AM 
7:30 AM - 10:45 AM 
7:50 AM - 11:30 AM 
7:50 AM - 11:30 AM
2-Hour Delay
10:55 AM - 3:35 PM
10:10 AM - 2:50 PM
10:10 AM - 2:50 PM
10:10 AM - 2:50 PM
9:30 AM - 2:15 PM
9:50 AM - 1:30 PM
9:50 AM - 1:30 PM

HIGH SCHOOL


School
New Britain High School
NBHS SCA (Early Release)
​NBHS SCA (Late Release)
Regular School Day
7:30 AM - 2:15 PM
7:30 AM - 1:55 PM
7:30 AM - 3:05 PM
Early Dismissal
7:30 AM - 11:45 PM
7:30 AM - 11:45 PM
7:30 AM - 11:45 PM 
Bad Weather Dismissal
7:30 AM - 10:45 AM 
7:30 AM - 10:45 AM 
7:30 AM - 10:45 AM
2-Hour Delay
9:30 AM - 2:15 PM
9:30 AM - 1:55 PM
9:30 AM - 3:05 PM 

To help guide you as you shop for your student, we've put together a universal supply list for each grade level. Please note that these are recommendations only - further guidance will be coming from your child's school and teacher in the first week of school. If you have any questions related specifically to your child's school, please call the main office. A full directory of schools, along with emails and phone numbers, can be found here.

> Click here to view the supply list recommendations for all grade levels


Regular transportation will be available for students who live outside their walk radius. Special transportation will be provided for students who have special transportation identified in their IEP and/or 504 plan. Information regarding transportation for the upcoming school year will be mailed in mid-August. Please make sure your information is up-to-date in PowerSchool by updating it or calling your child's school. A full directory of schools, along with emails and phone numbers, can be found here.


On Monday (August 16), the New Britain Board of Education voted on a revised School Attire policy. After much discussion, the sentiment amongst Board members was that the original draft of the policy would create numerous hardships for families this close to the start of the school year. 

Click here to view the policy in Spanish >>

Below you will find the amended policy (5132.10 - School Attire) that was passed by the Board on Monday, along with the administrative procedures. School Leaders will follow the administrative procedures for the School Attire Policy beginning on September 1 and going forward.

In Partnership,
Superintendent Nancy Sarra

Policy

I. Statement of Purpose

The New Britain Board of Education has determined that reasonable expectations for school attire can further important educational interests by promoting safety in school communities and pride in the school. Furthermore, the Board of Education, in partnership with families, looks to create a safe, engaging, and inclusive school environment. 

II. Clothing Assistance

It is the policy of the Board of Education that no student will be denied an education due to bona fide financial inability to obtain clothing that complies with the Board’s School Attire Policy.

III. Periodic Review of Policy 

The Board shall systematically review and revise or reaffirm this policy a minimum of every three school years, beginning with the 2024-2025 school year. This review should include, to the extent possible, parent, student, and teacher input via survey or focus group. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to preclude the Board from reviewing the policy prior to the required school year.

Administrator Procedures

I. Districtwide Guidelines for Student Attire, PK-12

  • Students are encouraged to dress appropriately that conveys their personality and personal sense of style or expression, whether this means a t-shirt and jeans for some families or a more traditional uniform, such as a polo shirt and khakis, for others.
  • At all times, attire or accessories that contain messages or images that would tend to be offensive or disruptive to the educational process, including racist messages or images; sexist messages or images; messages or images promoting the use of drugs, alcohol, marijuana, or tobacco; profane or pornographic messages or images; messages that incite violence or constitute “fighting words”; attire or accessories that promote or signify gang affiliation; or other messages or images inconsistent with district discrimination and anti-bullying policies are strictly prohibited.
  • Undershirts or underpants may not be worn as outer garments. Clothing may not be worn in such a manner as to expose undergarments.
  • Shoes must be appropriate for the activity in which students are participating. Bare feet, bedroom slippers, any form of wheeled shoe, cleats or spikes, or footwear that creates a safety hazard are not permissible. Certain forms of footwear, such as backless sandals, raised heel shoes, platform shoes, or boots, are allowed, but they may not be appropriate for all school activities, including athletics, shop, physical education, or recess.
  • Head covering of any kind shall not be worn in classrooms or hallways during the school day. However, coverings worn as part of a student’s religious beliefs shall not be prohibited under this policy.
  • No jewelry, clothing, or accessories may be worn that are determined to be a danger to the student, other students, or staff.
  • Electronic devices are permitted for educational purposes. During school hours and instructional time, their use may be limited to approved educational purposes.

II. Religious and Health Accommodations

Where the bona fide religious beliefs or health needs of a student conflict with the school attire policy, the schools will provide reasonable accommodation. Any student desiring accommodation shall notify their school principal in writing of the requested accommodation. Coverings worn as part of a student’s religious practices or beliefs shall not be prohibited under these guidelines.

III. Administrative Review

Any student or family who believes that their school has not reasonably accommodated their religious, health, or financial needs or right of free expression may submit a written objection on their own or through their parents/guardians to the school’s principal. The principal shall respond in writing to the student and their parents/guardians within fourteen (14) days.

Any student or parent/guardian dissatisfied with the principal’s response may submit a written appeal to the New Britain Board of Education. The Board or its designee may request such additional information from the school, the student, and/or the parents/guardians as it deems necessary. The Board or its designee shall issue a written decision on the appeal within twenty-one (21) days.