HARTFORD — Nearly 1,500 students displaced by hurricanes and other recent natural disasters have been admitted into public schools in Connecticut.

While spread among 64 school districts, the bulk of students are located in Hartford, Waterbury, New Britain, New Haven, Bridgeport and Meriden, state officials said Wednesday.

As of Dec. 1, some 136 were in Bridgeport, and 16 in Stamford.

Most of the new students are from Puerto Rico, displaced following Hurricane Maria, but others are from the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Maarten, Fla., following Hurricane Irma.

A few are from Texas, following Hurricane Harvey, and also from Mexico after earthquakes in that country.

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DISTRICT

NUMBER OF DISPLACED STUDENTS

AS OF 12/1/2017

Hartford

291

Waterbury

208

New Britain

160

New Haven

146

Bridgeport

136

Meriden

112

Windham

70

East Hartford

48

New London

37

Bristol

32

Manchester

25

Norwich

32

Stamford

16

Groton

12

Middletown

12

Wallingford

11

Hamden

10

“The department is continuing to be responsive to the needs of districts as they work to enroll and stabilize children and youth in a new school experience,” Charlene Russell-Tucker, chief operating officer for the state.

In September, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell issued gudiance to school districts advising districts to treat students as “unaccompanied homeless youth,” which gives them access to a number of services such as free school meals, health care and other services.

With the students have also come challenges of space, providing adequate language services, and in some cases a lack of academic records.

“I don’t think we were prepared even before the crisis,” Milly Arciniegas, executive director of Hartford Parent University, told the state board. “For these kids coming from Puerto Rico right now there are more needs than just compliance.”

Most districts, she said, don’t have the appropriate funding to provide bilingual education and other services needed.

The state is also hoping for a piece of a federal budget request of $1.235 billion for hurricane education recovery efforts which include funding for school districts receiving displaced students.

Bridgeport started admitting students from Puerto Rico shortly after Hurricane Maria struck the island.

The school district has hosted information sessions, with Schools Superintendent Aresta Johnson saying that money problems aside, the district would open its doors to any student from Puerto Rico who moves in with relatives here.

The city also has established a part-time Hurricane Relief Resource Center to assist families find housing, jobs and social services.