Hartford superintendent spreads word about first day of school

Hartford superintendent hits the streets before the first day of school (WFSB)

The first day of school in Hartford is around the corner, and the superintendent took to the streets on Friday to let students know all about it.

It may seem arbitrary to pass out a reminder when school starts, but it’s the thought behind it that they hope will make a difference.

Whether it was the bakery, a bodega, or barbershop, Superintendent of Schools Leslie Torres-Rodriguez was raising awareness not only for back-to-school, but how important attendance is year-round.

“It’s good seeing her around because this is my first time ever seeing her,” said Skyler Martel, who attends Parkville Community School.

On Friday, Torres-Rodriguez was accompanied by the new Parkville Community School principal, a woman who grew up in Hartford.

“It’s my first time doing this and I’m extremely excited,” said Principal Oma Risjournet.

Last year they started canvassing the day before school, but this year they were getting a jump on it early with 1 in 4 students being chronically absent.

They also targeted areas that may be lacking in attendance.

School leaders are also reminding parents that there are plenty of resources and supplies for back to school at their welcome center.

The hope is that everyone has a good start to the school year.

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