HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration is launching a new state program aimed at engaging with K-12 students who struggled with absenteeism and disengagement during the 2020-21 school year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative, known as the Learner Engagement and Attendance Program (LEAP), will include a partnership between the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the six state Regional Education Service Centers (RESCs) that will target 15 school districts throughout Connecticut. Funds will go to increasing people power who will be deployed to homes to directly engage with families and students to provide support. Connecticut’s RESCs will coordinate this work with school district officials, local community organizations, and other state service providers, and will be deployed to homes to engage with families and provide support.
The goal of LEAP is to achieve three important outcomes:
- Bridge students back to their school communities for the final months of the school year.
- Support student enrollment in upcoming summer camps and summer learning programs.
- Facilitate for families in need a seamless transition back into their school communities for the 2021-2022 school year.