HARTFORD, conn. (WNTH) – Syrian Refugee families that come to Hartford, CT will have dedicated assistance in helping them get set up with an education. Hartford Schools Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez announced today she has appointed a high-level team combining staff from Hartford Public Schools and Catholic Charities of Hartford to coordinate assistance for Syrian refugee families to enroll their children in Hartford Public Schools. The team includes instruction, operations, support services, English language acquisition, family and community engagement, and policy staff.
Governor Dannel Malloy plans to receive as many as 1500 Syrian refugees in Connecticut. “Hartford Public Schools is a diverse and welcoming community. We have over 60 languages represented in our schools,” said Dr. Narvaez. “It is our obligation and responsibility to assure that all children under our care receive a quality education and this planning effort will help us make sure that the transition into our schools is as smooth as possible for these children and their families.”
During the last five years, in partnership with Catholic Charities, Hartford Public Schools has welcomed over 1,000 refugees including Somalian, Ugandan, Burmese/Karen, Russian, Tunisian, Congolese, Sudanese, Cuban, Syrian, Nepalese, Iraqi and Afghan families.