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A Message From EASTCONN Executive Director Gary S. Mala

 

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As our region, state and nation face the unprecedented challenges that the COVID-19 virus has created, EASTCONN has joined its generous neighbors in responding as responsibly and as quickly as possible to support our region’s students, staff and families. 

Closing our schools and administrative offices was just a first step in our efforts to curtail the rapid spread of this new virus and keep our community safe. We continue to communicate with students, families and staff about our current plans, and have provided access to a variety of health and distance-learning resources on our website landing-page. We are offering free professional learning resources to our staff and districts, and have programmed and delivered dozens of Chromebooks and technical support to EASTCONN students who must learn at home, but lack devices and Wi-Fi.

We are also providing thousands of free student meals each week, for those who need them. Our K-12 Pupil Services group is providing continuous psychological, behavioral, and educational support to our students with special needs. And these are only a few examples of the many ways EASTCONN is working to help its schools, students and communities as we face this crisis together. We are poised and ready to respond to our community’s needs as they arise and change. 

EASTCONN will continue to coordinate with state agencies and partner organizations, as well as educators and legislators statewide, to track advisories and developments, and to offer fresh resources as they become available. Visit www.eastconn.org for a pop-up that lists the latest information about student-food deliveries, student and staff distance-learning and COVID-19.

In this newsletter, please also see page 2 for a comprehensive list of EASTCONN contacts that you may need, representing many, but not all, of EASTCONN’s programs and services. I also invite you to reach out to me at any time for assistance (gmala@eastconn.org), or to simply inquire about the support services that are available. 

I am proud to lead an agency whose staff members so willingly choose to devote their time to helping members of our community as we together face the difficult days ahead. 

Stay safe and be well.

Sincerely,
Gary S. Mala
Executive Director