District News and Announcements

Student Awards

Posted April 29, 2022

The Board recognized six students for their achievements at a recent Board meeting.

Above, three students received CT Council of Language Teachers (COLT) awards for their winning submissions in the COLT 3-D and Digital Poster Contest. Pictured left to right: BOE Chair Doug Foyle, Nadja Bergen, Max Bulbandsen, Katie Thompson, and Director of World Languages Rita Oleksak

Above, three students were honored with CT Regional Scholastic Art Gold Key Awards. Pictured left to right are Director of Art Holly Constantine, Cindy Chen, Sofia Brummitte, Ruby Toolan, and BOE Chair Doug Foyle.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Posted April 22, 2022

Glastonbury Public Schools is actively working to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in our schools. Please visit our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion website for more information, including steps we are taking to promote our district’s EDI work. The next meeting of the school district's EDI Council is March 17, 2022 at 4:30 pm via Zoom. This meeting is open to the public. Meeting access information is posted on the EDI website.

Naubuc School Renovation

Posted April 8, 2022

In March 2022 the Glastonbury Town Council approved the renovation of Naubuc School's second floor as part of the town's Capital Improvement Project budget. Click here to learn about the project and track its progress.

GHS Pops Concert

Posted April 4, 2022

Friday, May 6, 2022, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

The GHS Pops Concert, featuring the GHS Band, Chorus and Orchestra is Back! Open to the Public. Click here to purchase a ticket online. Table Seats are $15 and Bleachers Seats are $10.

Girls Indoor Track & Field Champions

Posted April 1, 2022

Members of the 2022 Girls Track & Field Team were recently honored at a Board of Education meeting. They are the reigning CT Class LL Champions!

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Art Month and World Art Day!

Posted April 1, 2022

This year, to celebrate Youth Art Month & UNESCO World Art Day (April 15), the Glastonbury Public Schools Art Department is hosting both a Youth Art Virtual Gallery and a UNESCO World Art Day Celebration Raffle.

Please visit our Virtual Gallery! Students are also encouraged to participate in our celebration by creating art or finding it in their world. It can be Visual Arts, Applied Arts/Design, or STEAM-based art. Click here to Upload Art and Enter the Raffle.

Students who submit images will be entered into our art-themed raffle. Prizes include 2 tickets to a local museum.

Board Votes on Final 2022-2023 School Budget

Posted March 29, 2022

On March 28, 2022, the Board of Education finalized the school budget for next year. The Board requested a 3.25% budget increase. The Town Council reduced this by $300,000. Budget lines were also adjusted to fund eight more high school teaching positions than previously anticipated.

The most significant reduction was to the district's health reserve balance. The fund has a healthy surplus. The reduction benefits staff members and taxpayers who share the burden of health insurance premiums.

The increase in faculty is due to several factors. First, more students will be attending GHS next year than assumed in the original budget. Second, GHS students are now required by the state to take 25 rather than 21 credits. Lastly, the new GHS block schedule provides a guaranteed lunch period so significantly more students scheduled 7.5 or 8 courses next year instead of 6 or 7, which was more common in the past.

By far, the extra courses students are enrolling in are electives, including STEAM courses such as technology, art, and computer science, as well as business and agricultural science classes. The breadth of course offerings is one of the many strengths of GHS. We are excited to provide these classes for interested and motivated students next year. To view budget documents, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

Town Council Reduces Education Budget

Posted March 17, 2022

The Glastonbury Town Council voted on March 16, 2022 to reduce next year's school budget by $300,000. The Board of Education will meet in the coming weeks to determine what budget lines to adjust. The Town Council also approved the renovation of Naubuc School's second floor as part of the town's Capital Improvement Project budget. Construction at Naubuc will not begin until after next school year. To view budget documents and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

Summer Camps 2022

Posted March 1, 2022

Please visit the Summer Camps page of our website to learn about the camps and to register. Because these camps are tuition-based, there is no cost to the Board of Education.

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Governor Lamont Visits GHS

Posted March 1, 2022

Glastonbury High School students were surprised by a visit from Governor Lamont recently. He greeted students during dismissal to mark the occasion of masks becoming optional in our schools.

Elementary STEAM Celebration

Posted February 28, 2022

Our Elementary STEAM Celebration will take place throughout the month of March. There are STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) for your children to participate in every day. There is plenty to explore, question, research, and discover! Click below to learn more.

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Student Support Centers

Posted February 25, 2022

The PTSO recently hosted a zoom webinar with School Counseling staff to help parents learn about this important resource for our students.


Posted February 22, 2022

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Kaleidoscope of Cultures

Posted January 31, 2022

We have prepared an engaging collection of activities for you to sample during the month of February. It is all part of our "Lead with Languages Month." Many of the activities highlight our own school community's kaleidoscope of international students and staff members. We encourage your family to try one or try them all! Just click below.

Congressman Larson Visits GHS Coding Club to Present Award

Posted January 31, 2022

Congressman John B. Larson recently visited the Glastonbury High School Coding Club to present an award to the 2021 Congressional App Challenge winners. GHS students Jude Ramanan, Niteesh Kalangi, and Rahul Jayachandran (pictured here left to right) developed an app called "Mentality" which provides mental health tips and resources. Congressman Larson also discussed the students and their app during a recent U.S. Ways and Means Committee Hearing on America's Mental Health Crisis.

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CTE Month/Coding Challenge

Posted January 28, 2022

The Association for Career & Technical Education® promotes CTE Month during February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. As part of the celebration, students are invited to participate in the Lt. Governor's Computing Challenge. This is a statewide coding competition for Connecticut students. The "Coding for Good - Inspiring Health and Wellness For All" challenge is open to all students who can enter on their own or as a team through their schools and through informal education partners. Please visit the Challenge website for details.

Virtual Calendar Art Exhibit

Posted January 27, 2022

At their January 24, 2022 meeting, the Board of Education celebrated our student artists who contributed to this year's district art calendar. Click here to enjoy the Virtual Calendar Art Gallery.

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Posted January 25, 2022

Glastonbury Public Schools is actively working to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in our schools. Please visit our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion website for more information, including steps we are taking to promote our district’s EDI work. The next meeting of the school district's EDI Council is February 3, 2022 at 4:30 pm via Zoom. This meeting is open to the public. Meeting access information is posted on the EDI website.

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Board Approves Next Year's Budget

Posted January 11, 2022

At their January 10, 2022 meeting, the Board of Education voted to adopt a $117,237,381 education budget for the 2022-2023 school year. It is an increase of 3.25% to the current operating budget. This is less than half the current annualized rate of inflation. Board members reduced Superintendent Bookman's proposed budget by $623,500. Reduced accounts include supplies across most departments, equipment, professional learning and curriculum development, athletic uniforms, non-certified staff retirement, fringe benefits, technology, and staff turnover.

The Board budget will be presented, along with the Town of Glastonbury budget, during the Town's Annual Meeting (date/time to be announced, probably late January). Then the Board of Education will meet with the Board of Finance and the Town Council to discuss the education budget. The Town Council will vote on the final budget later in March.

To view budget documents and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website. To view meeting access information, visit the BOE Meetings page.

Kindergarten Registration

Posted January 3, 2022

Any child who will be five years of age on or before January 1, 2023 and meets all residency requirements is eligible to begin kindergarten at the start of the 2022-2023 school year. The registration process is now fully online. Please complete the registration for your child(ren) as soon as possible by visiting our Kindergarten Registration website.

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FFA Winter Sale

Posted November 29, 2021

Wreaths, Holiday Boxes, Candle Centerpieces.

November 27 through December 9, 2021

Pick up on December 3rd and December 10th.

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Posted November 17, 2021

District Awards

Posted November 17, 2021

In the fall of 2021, Glastonbury Public Schools was recognized with a number of awards by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE). The Board of Distinction Award honors our volunteer Board members. It is based on several criteria that include: supporting the appropriate use of technology in education, incorporating professional development into policy, and working closely with local legislators to improve schools.

The district also received several Bonnie B. Carney Awards of Excellence for Educational Communications. We were recognized with the Website Award for the district’s Early Learning Center website, the Newsletter Award for our internal staff newsletter, and a Special Project Award for our Agricultural Science recruiting posters.

Board of Education Budget Workshops

Posted November 12, 2021

Glastonbury citizens are encouraged to attend the Board of Education’s upcoming budget workshops and learn about the budget process. Budget workshops will be held on January 3, 4, and 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm.

The Board plans to vote on the education budget at their January 10, 2022 meeting at 7 pm. To view budget documents and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

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Veterans Day

Posted November 11, 2021

We are proud of the meaningful Veterans Day activities that take place in each of our schools every year. The video here was created by the CT Association of Schools/CIAC in conjunction with the Glastonbury Public Schools AV Department to highlight how Glastonbury High School honors veterans.

Help Wanted

Posted October 12, 2021

Glastonbury Public Schools is looking to hire. We are particularly looking for day-to-day substitute teachers, part-time paraprofessionals, tutors, bus/van drivers, part-time custodians, and food services staff. If you have good interpersonal and communication skills and interact well with students, staff and the public, please consider applying. Click the Human Resources button below to learn more.

Tech Help Desk

Posted September 27, 2021

Wireless Issues? Missing an App? Forgot your Password? Something Else?

Students, parents, and staff members can create a support ticket for any school tech issue they may be experiencing. Visit the Technology and Information Systems Help Desk page for more information.

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Glastonbury Public Schools Excels in Rankings

Posted September 24, 2021

Niche ranked Glastonbury Public Schools highly again this year. The rankings compare our school district regionally, across the state, and nationally.

There are many data points that can be used in evaluating a school system and this is just one source for measuring our success. We are proud of how Glastonbury Public Schools prepares our students for the futures that await them. And we are happy to be recognized for the hard work of staff across our district.

Please click here for all Glastonbury Public Schools Niche rankings.

Support the GHS Guardians

Posted September 1, 2021

Let's do all we can to keep our community safe and our athletes playing. Please visit the GHS Athletics website for the latest COVID-19 practices to keep our students, staff, parents, and community safe.

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Teacher of the Year 2021–2022

Posted August 23, 2021

Glastonbury Public Schools is proud to announce our Teacher of the Year 2021-2022: Dr. Ethan Nash. Dr. Nash has served as the Glastonbury High School Choral Director for the past 14 years. He has instilled both confidence and a passion for beautiful music in countless students over the years.

Congratulations, Dr. Nash!

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Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year

Posted August 19, 2021

As much as we hoped we would be “back to normal”—how it was before the pandemic ran through our country and world—many of the same health and safety practices will be in place from last year. Once again this year, we will be flexible, adaptive, and resilient. We will work together to make this year as safe and productive as possible. The Glastonbury Public Schools Community will continue to rise to the occasion. Below are welcome letters from the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education Chair.

Superintendent's Back to School Letter

Board of Education Chair Back to School Letter

Free School Meals

Posted August 19, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended approval for school districts to continue providing free meals during the 2021-2022 school year. Just like last year, all student meals will be available at no charge. There is no action required (no registration) to receive the free meals.

More information is available on our Foods Services website.

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CONGRATULATIONS GHS STATE CHAMPS!

Posted June 18, 2021


FREE Summer Meals

Updated June 14, 2021

We will offer free Grab & Go summer meals during June and July. Pick up will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 12 noon at the Gideon Welles School side entrance. We will continue providing 5 days of breakfasts and lunches. Please complete the Summer Meals Form if you plan to participate. More information is available on our Foods Services website.

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Summer Learning

Posted June 8, 2021

We encourage parents and guardians to support their children’s learning and exploration during the summer months. Our Summer Learning website provides a range of suggested activities. We hope you find this a helpful resource.

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Congratulations GHS Class of 2021!

Posted June 7, 2021


GHS Yearbook Incident

Posted June 3, 2021

Glastonbury Public Schools has received numerous inquiries from members of our community and the local media regarding the recent Glastonbury High School yearbook incident. In response, we are posting this text of the email sent to the GHS community on March 26. There is no place for hateful acts like this in our school system. We are committed to the ongoing work needed to address their root causes.

GHS Art Show

Posted May 27, 2021

Join us in celebrating our high school student artists by viewing the 2021 Virtual GHS Student Art Show. The slideshow is posted on the Art Department home page. Just click the image above.

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2021 End of the Year Dismissal Schedule.pdf

End of School Year Dismissal

Posted May 14, 2021

The 2020-2021 school year will soon come to an end. Please see the dismissal schedule here for the last days of school.


GHS STEAM Lab

Posted May 7, 2021

The Glastonbury High School STEAM Lab is a bold vision to prepare the next generation for careers and colleges in 2030 and beyond.

It will provide a flexible, modern space with state-of-the-art equipment for students to develop the skills employers and colleges are looking for today and in the future. This exciting project will transform not only classroom space, but our curriculum as well. STEAM courses will be truly multidisciplinary, encompassing the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

Click here to learn more about the GHS STEAM Lab and how you can support it.

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Leadership Award

Posted April 27, 2021

Congratulations to Director of World Languages Rita A. Oleksak, recipient of the Nelson H. Brooks Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Profession. The annual award is given by NECTFL, the Northeast conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. It is just one of the many awards this outstanding administrator has received over the years!

Support the FFA!

Posted April 19, 2021

The plants in our two fundraisers were grown by GHS FFA students. Visit the AgSci Website for more information.

FFA Spring Sale. Bedding plants, herbs and vegetables. Online ordering from April 30–May 13. (Link will be added.) Contactless pick up May 7, 8, 14 & 15.

FFA Mother's Day Plant Sale. May 8 from 9 am to 1 pm. In-person sales at St. Paul's Church, 2577 Main Street. Four inch pots are $5 and six inch pots are $10 or 2 for $15.

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Board Votes on Final 2021-22 Budget

Posted April 6, 2021

On April 5, 2021, the Board of Education voted on the final education budget for the 2021-2022 school year. The Board's originally projected budget from January was reduced by the Town Council in March and several accounts were adjusted to reflect updated cost projections. The final budget of $113,549,684 is a 1.61% increase over the current year's education budget.

The Board reduced areas that would not directly impact student instruction. The most significant budget adjustments were made in the areas of the health insurance reserve fund, utilities, and elementary and secondary supplies.

The Board monitors class sizes throughout the spring and summer. They will make any necessary staffing adjustments to accommodate enrollment. More information about the school budget can be found on the BOE Budget page.

Town Council Adopts Final Education Budget

Posted March 24, 2021

On March 23rd the Town Council voted to adopt the final education budget for the coming year. We will need to identify $517,721 in reductions to the Board of Education budget that was approved in January. In addition, the Board will need to cut additional funds to cover $182,279 in revised pension obligations. We will look for areas to reduce that least impact student learning. Reductions to the budget will be on a future Board of Education agenda. The BOE Budget webpage provides budget documents and additional information on the budget process.

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Student Travel Protocols

Updated March 23, 2021 Posted November 5, 2020

Our student travel protocols remain in place (this includes all out of state and international travel). Prior notice of student travel is required and proof of a negative test upon return will also be required.

Please refer to the following information regarding Glastonbury Public School protocols for student travel.

Glastonbury Schools Travel Protocols

Student Travel Notice Form

Change in GWS, SMS and GHS School Operations

Posted March 10, 2021

We are TENTATIVELY planning to return students in grades 6–12 to full-time in-building learning 5 days a week at Gideon Welles, Smith Middle and Glastonbury High School starting immediately after Spring Recess on Monday, April 19, 2021. Parents will have the option to commit to either in-building learning or all eLearning (Plan A) for their grade 6–12 children. There will no longer be a 2-day in-building option. Parents will commit for the remainder of the school year. There will be no switching between in-building and eLearning for the remainder of the year. Elementary schools will continue operating under Plan A as they have been all school year.

The return to in-building learning is contingent on a continued low rate of infection in our state, town, and schools. We will continue to watch if the new strains of COVID-19 cause an uptick in infections. If necessary, we will change these plans.

GHS Drama Club Presents…a FREE Drive-in Event!

Posted February 19, 2021

March 5 and 6 at 7:00 pm

The GHS Drama Club will present “Thriller on the Air Radio Play” Listen Live programming in the GHS Senior Parking Lot.

On Friday, March 5th you can hear The Hitchhiker and Sorry, Wrong Number both by Lucille Fletcher. On Saturday, March 6th you can hear The 39 Steps by Alfred Hitchcock, adapted by Joe Landry. These shows are FREE and are appropriate for those 13 year old and up. “Doors” open at 6:30 pm both nights. Join us for this drive-in radio experience!

Board of Finance Recommends Education Cut

Posted February 19, 2021

The Board of Finance has recommended a $317,721 cut to the Board of Education approved budget for next school year. This recommendation does not include a recently revised pension increase of approximately $182,279 which will further reduce the Board budget. The Town Council will discuss and vote on the final education budget on March 17 and/or March 23 at 7:00 pm.

To view budget documents and confirm upcoming meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

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Summer Enrichment Camps

Posted February 19, 2021

School staff members will be offering a variety of summer camp programs for students in June, July and August. Because these camps are tuition based, there is no cost to the Board of Education. Please visit the Summer Camps page of our website to learn about the camps and to register.

Virtual Calendar Art Exhibit

Posted January25, 2021

At their January 25, 2021 meeting, the Board of Education celebrated our student artists who contributed to this year's district art calendar. Click here to enjoy the Virtual Calendar Art Gallery.

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Board Approves Next Year's Budget

Posted January 12, 2021

At their January 11, 2021 meeting, the Board of Education voted to adopt a $114,067,405 education budget for the 2021-2022 school year. This is an increase of 2.07% to the current operating budget. It is the lowest percent request in a Board approved budget in 29 years. Board members reduced Superintendent Bookman's proposed budget by $455,225. Reduced areas included athletic uniforms, new and replacement equipment, and fringe benefits.

The Board budget will be presented, along with the Town of Glastonbury budget, during the Annual Town Meeting on January 27 at 7 pm (held via Zoom conference). Next, the Board of Education will meet with the Board of Finance and the Town Council to discuss the education budget. The Town Council will vote on the final budget later in March.

To view budget documents and confirm upcoming meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

Registration for Kindergarten

Posted January 4, 2021

The kindergarten registration process is now fully online. Please complete the registration for your child(ren) as soon as possible by visiting our Kindergarten Registration website.

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BOE Budget Workshops

Posted January 2, 2021

Glastonbury citizens are encouraged to attend the Board of Education’s upcoming budget workshops and learn about the budget process. Budget workshops will be held on January 4, 5, and 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm via Zoom video conference. Access information will be posted on our BOE Meetings webpage.

The Board plans to vote on the education budget at their January 11, 2021 meeting at 7 pm, which will also be held via Zoom conference. To view budget documents and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

Snow Days will alternate between eLearning days and closing schools

Posted January 2, 2021

We recently surveyed parents and staff to determine their preference for snow days during the 2020-2021 school year. The options were to hold eLearning days with all students learning from home on inclement whether days or to cancel school and add days to the end of the school year (except for grade 12).

There was no clear preference so we have decided to alternate the two options.

If there are widespread power/internet outages impacting teachers and students, we will not have a remote learning day. Instead, we will close school for the day and it will be made up at the end of the school year (except for grade 12). In-person extra-curricular activities will be cancelled, unless road conditions improve enough to hold the activity.

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Switch to ALL eLearning for Five Days

Posted December 14. 2020

Due to staffing issues across our district, Glastonbury Public Schools will switch to full eLearning (Plan C) for 5 school days starting Thursday, December 17 through the end of the holiday recess. This applies to all schools, all classes, and all grades.

School offices will remain open during this time. (Because inclement weather is forecast for Thursday, it is possible that school buildings could be closed on this particular day.) After-school activities are canceled during this period, unless they take place virtually.

Important notes:

  • We intend to reopen our buildings on Monday, January 4, following the holiday recess. We will be closely following student and staff COVID cases, quarantines, and staffing numbers throughout the break to ensure that it is safe to reopen and that we have the necessary staff. We will send further communication about this as the date approaches.

  • It is critical that parents continue reporting COVID-19 cases and quarantines to their school principals during the coming weeks. We need this information to ensure a safe reopening.

We expect this temporary change in school operations might prompt concern and anxiety for some and, perhaps, relief for others. We understand this may be especially difficult for parents who work outside the home and who have young children in need of supervision. Our decision was made with the health and safety interest of students across the district in mind. We hope that providing a few days notice will help children and parents to plan ahead for the smoothest transition possible

Butterfly Intentions

Posted November 23, 2020

"Renew and Reimagine" is our theme for this school year. We invited art students and staff members in all our buildings to create colorful origami and paper butterflies. The butterflies represent the changes and adaptations of the past year, as well as the resilience we've all needed to help us through.

Participants wrote their positive intentions for the year inside their paper butterflies. Then our art teachers installed the artwork into a stunning display in the breezeway at Glastonbury High School.

The video linked below, created by Director of Art Holly Constantine, highlights the project.

We also invite you to drive under the GHS breezeway (entrance "C") and look up to see the beautiful butterflies inside.

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Butterfly Intentions installation at Glastonbury High School

FREE School Meals

Posted November 10, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended approval for Glastonbury Schools to continue providing FREE meals to all students and residents 18 years or younger through June 30, 2021. We offer these meals in all schools for in-school learners and at the grab-and-go meal sites (Glastonbury High School and Smith Middle School) for remote learners and any other children 18 years or younger. More information is available on our Foods Services website

Districtwide COVID-19 Update

Posted November 9, 2020

At this time we are continuing to operate our schools under the current Hybrid Plan B. There has been a notable uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in our state in the last few weeks. Glastonbury Public Schools also saw an uptick in cases during the last week. Contact tracing continues to indicate that these exposures are occurring outside of our schools. Contact tracing also indicates that these cases are mostly the result of contact with household members as well as extended family members (e.g. uncles, aunts, cousins) and friends visiting the home. A large majority of student quarantines at this time are a result of non-school activities, primarily youth sports groups.

We ask that everyone be prepared in the event we decide to send a school or the entire district home for eLearning. It is possible this decision could be made quickly, with little advance notice. Again, we have no plans to switch to Plan C (all eLearning) at this time. We just wish everyone to be prepared.

We are carefully monitoring the spread of the virus in our state and our community. We remain cautious and urge everyone to please follow state guidelines for health practices including wearing masks, washing hands, keeping socially distant, and limiting gatherings with those outside your household. Student and staff member health and safety remains our priority.

Please visit our COVID-19 Resources/Dashboard page for more information.

Snow Days will be eLearning Days

Posted October 28, 2020

During the 2020-2021 school year, normal "snow days" will now be eLearning days. On inclement weather days, students will connect with their teachers and classes from home, using the internet. We will notify families of an inclement weather eLearning day as soon as possible so that they may be prepared.

If there are widespread power/internet outages impacting teachers and students, we will not have a remote learning day. Instead, we will close school for the day and it will be made up at the end of the school year (except for GHS Seniors). In-person extra-curricular activities will be cancelled, unless road conditions improve enough to hold the activity.

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Glastonbury School District Excels in State and National Niche Rankings

Posted October 22, 2020

Once again this year, Niche has ranked Glastonbury Public Schools highly compared to other school districts in the state of Connecticut and the nation. Please click below to learn more. Congratulations to our school staff for earning these impressive distinctions!

#1 Safest School District in CT (#36 in America)

#1 Best School District for Athletes in CT (#3 in America)

#3 Best Place to Teach in CT (#192 in America)

#7 Best School District in CT (#191 in America)

No Plan to Change Our Current Learning Model

Posted September 28, 2020

We have begun to receive questions regarding future plans for learning. At this time we have no plans to change our current learning model (Hybrid Plan B). Overall our reopening plan appears to have worked well.

We are watching carefully as some local schools have had to close for a few days or a couple of weeks due to the spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, some districts are preparing to open secondary schools five days a week in the coming month. We will continue to monitor these communities, especially those with large high schools like ours, as we regularly evaluate our learning plan. We will also be cautious about changing plans as cooler weather and the flu season approach.

While we have no set date to transition to Plan A (full-time in-school classes for all grades), we would provide parents, students, and staff with 1-2 weeks notice before making such a change. A transition to Plan C (eLearning for all grades), on the other hand, could be made quickly if needed to protect the health and safety of our community.

For more information, please visit our School Reopening and COVID-19 web pages.

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Lieutenant Governor Visits Early Learning Center

Posted September 16, 2020

Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz recently visited the district's Early Learning Center at Eastbury to learn about our successful new program. Our state has lost tens of thousands of childcare slots since the coronavirus pandemic began. The center provides Glastonbury Public Schools teachers and Glastonbury community members with affordable, quality childcare in a safe and engaging center.

The center is self-supporting with no cost to taxpayers. Click here to learn more about the ELC at Eastbury.

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Free School Meals for all Glastonbury Children

Effective Monday, September 14, 2020 through December 31, 2020 subject to USDA funding

Posted September 10, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved an extended waiver making all school meals free for every child that resides in Glastonbury. Glastonbury Public Schools will provide FREE breakfast (at those schools that offer breakfast) and FREE lunch for all children age 18 and under. This includes children who are present in school, children who are eLearning from home, and children not enrolled in our school system but residing in Glastonbury.

For those attending school in-building, there is no action required (no registration) to receive the free meals.

Parents may pick up Grab & Go meals (for children not in-building) on Monday through Friday at Smith Middle School (far left of the building) and Glastonbury High School (entrance D, garage door, far left of the building) between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Both breakfasts and lunches will be available for pick up, but you may only pick up meals for a single day. To help with planning, please complete our eLearning Grab and Go School Meals form to indicate your expected regular pick up schedule.

Lunch options (including Grab and Go) can be found on our Nutrislice site. The Grab & Go hot option will need to be reheated at home. Breakfast options usually consist of a muffin, cereal or bagel with fruit and milk.

Note: At this time, in-school breakfast is available in all schools except Buttonball Lane, Hebron Avenue and Hopewell.

GHS Agriscience Mum Sale!

Posted September 3, 2020

To order mums: Scan the QR code with a QR reader app or your cell phone and visit our online agriscience order site. Or just click here: order online from GHS Agriscience.

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Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

Posted August 21, 2020

The beginning of this year will certainly look and feel much different. It is likely we will all face numerous challenges, but Glastonbury Public Schools will continue to provide the best possible education to our students. Below are welcome letters from the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education Chair.

Superintendent's Back to School Letter

Board of Education Chair Back to School Letter

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New Childcare Program

Posted August 12, 2020

Glastonbury Public Schools has established a new childcare center to support employees in need of quality, affordable care for their young children.

There are a few spots remaining for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and we are now opening up enrollment to the Glastonbury community.

Please visit the center's website to learn about the program, staff members, fees, registration process and more.

New First Days of School

Posted July 28, 2020

The first days of school for 2020-2021 have been changed. This will provide teachers and staff with three additional days for reopening activities, facility and classroom set-up and staff training. Training topics will include new health and safety protocols, classroom teaching strategies, video conferencing, teaching apps, and supporting student social and emotional learning.

2020-2021 First Days of School

Grades 7-12: August 31

Grades preK-6: September 1

Draft School Reopening Plan

Posted July 13, 2020 Updated July 24, 2020

During the summer of 2020 we continue to develop health and safety protocols for the reopening of schools. Our plans remain a work in progress. They are in compliance with the CT State Reopening guidelines. Please click the red button to learn more.

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