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K-12 In-School vs. Remote Learning At A Glance

By state statute, school-age children must be enrolled in some kind of formal education. New Britain families may opt for their child to come to school or access remote learning on a daily basis. For example, a student may go to school on Monday, access remote learning on Tuesday and Wednesday, then return to school on Thursday and Friday.

Options for full remote learning, as well as a full-in model are also available (full-in model may be changed to a hybrid or full remote model at any time based on recommendation from local, state or federal health officials). Full bus routes will run as though all children are coming to school. Attendance will be taken whether students are accessing remote learning from home or are present in the classroom

Devices for all in-school and remote students who do not currently have a district device will be distributed at the student's home school. Individual schools will be communicating time and dates for pick up. Please communicate to your child(ren)’s school if the device given to you in the spring is no longer working. Daily breakfast and lunch will be served to all students.

For a snapshot and description of how each day is going to look in the traditional and remote learning model, click the appropriate tab below.


Note: Students will not be allowed to carry a backpack in grades PK - 5. No decision has been made yet regarding backpacks for secondary students. That decision is forthcoming and will be communicated in the coming weeks.

School Supplies Needed Daily

  • District-issued device in its case.
  • District-issued device must be charged nightly and fully charged for beginning of the next school day.
  • Caregiver-provided 2 face masks/coverings: one to be worn and one additional face mask kept in the computer case.
  • Caregivers must clean face masks nightly Caregivers must clean face shield, provided by the district, nightly (washed with soap and water).
  • Caregiver-provided headphones
  • Caregiver-provided water bottle filled daily
  • Caregiver-provided lunch (if applicable).

Before School (Home) Procedures

  • Screen your child(ren)’s health,
  • Keep your child at home if they are exhibiting any of the following symptoms: Fever(of 100.5 or higher) or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, or Diarrhea
  • The following are emergency warning signs for COVID-19.  Seek immediate medical attention if they have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and/or bluish lips or face. 
  • If a student will not be engaging in either on-site learning from school or remote learning from home, families must call in their child’s absence to their school office.

Student Bus Transportation

  • Students must wear a clean face covering and a clean face shield to enter the bus.
  • Siblings should be seated together.
  • Students must board the bus from back to front and exit the bus from front to back.
  • It is recommended that caregivers provide their own transportation whenever possible.

Arrival Procedure (May vary by building)

  • Students are required to wear a face covering and a face shield upon entering the building 
  • Students with medical exemptions must present a signed letter from a licensed medical provider outlining why the student is unable to wear a face covering
  • Greeted by staff member when exiting the bus or being dropped off by caregiver
  • Traffic flow patterns and drop off procedures are being established by building leaders and the New Britain Police Department to ensure safe, efficient drop off
  • Students will be escorted (socially-distanced) to classrooms

Daily Routine

  • All students will be in classroom spaces with a minimum of three foot social distancing separation
  • All students will have ongoing teaching of routines and rules while in the classroom, in the hallways
  • Upon entering the school building, students and staff will wash/sanitize their hands 
  • Breakfast will be eaten at individual student desks.  A CSDNB Staff member will be present while students are eating breakfast.
  • Students will wash/sanitize hands / workspace following breakfast
  • Teacher takes attendance and enters it into powerschool 
  • Students and staff will have face covering breaks routinely scheduled by the building administrator and teacher throughout the school day outside whenever possible.  When outside is not an option, students will have face covering breaks in large areas of each building (cafeteria, gymnasium)
  • Lunch will be eaten at individual student desks.  A CSDNB staff member will be present while students are eating lunch.
  • Students will wash/sanitize hands / workspace following lunch
  • Students are expected to fully participate virtually while in class or at home including the completion of all assignments. Ongoing feedback and grading will be given to all students to ensure students are working to their fullest potential.

School Supplies Needed Daily

  • District-issued device in its case.
  • District-issued device must be charged fully charged.
  • Caregiver-provided headphones.
  • Lunch (if applicable).

Home Procedures

  • Caregivers may pick up breakfast and lunch for that school day from their school at designated areas.
  • Screen your child(ren)’s health daily.
  • Contact your child(ren)'s physician if they are exhibiting any of the following symptoms: Fever(of 100.5 or higher) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
  • The following are emergency warning signs for COVID-19. Seek immediate medical attention if they have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and/or bluish lips or face. 
  • If a student will not be engaging in either on-site learning from school or remote learning from home, families must call in their child’s absence to their school office.

Daily Routine

  • Student logs into their district device, per classroom teacher’s instruction, to mark their attendance in the remote classroom. This is how your child will be marked present for attendance
  • Students are expected to take breakfast and lunch breaks away from the computer at the designated times as their in-school cohort in order to reduce screen time
  • Students are expected to follow the in-school schedule of their peers.

    • Breakfast, lunch & face covering breaks - students should disconnect from the computer at this time
    • Students will be notified by their teacher when it is time to work independently offline and what time they will need to reconnect in order to reduce screen time
  • Teacher takes attendance and enters it into powerschool 
  • Students are expected to fully participate virtually while in class or at home including the completion of all assignments. Ongoing feedback, assessments and grading will be given to all students to ensure students are working to their fullest potential.

If a family opts to homeschool their children, families must complete paperwork to this effect. Information on homeschooling may be accessed by emailing Evelyn Meza at meza@csdnb.org.

Homeschooling is different from remote learning. In remote learning, the curriculum is developed by the Consolidated School District of New Britain. In homeschooling, parents are required to develop and choose their own curriculum. They are also required to submit evidence that their child(ren) is/are being assessed and showing educational growth.  All caregivers have the right to homeschool their children.