Here are the reopening plans for every Rhode Island school district . Raimondo outlined an average day, listed below. While the weather is warm, windows will be open, and many will have fans to help increase airflow. The town was prepared to take any of these paths, and DiLullo and his staff had the protocols ready to implement no matter what was chosen. “We would do a disservice to our educational communities if we did not advocate for them by making safe and responsible decisions. 1944 Warwick Avenue, Warwick RI, 02889 • 1-401-732-3100 While the weather is nice, students will eat and learn outside as much as possible, with some districts putting tents outside for this purpose. Warwick, however, is bringing back 500 students with significant special needs. 52°, – A recent increase in COVID-19 cases, especially in large districts. In the absence of firm guidance, we feel it is our responsibility to notify our state leaders that if we, as the district leaders, do not feel that we can confidently and safely meet the metrics above, then schools in our communities will open in a virtual/distance learning environment.“. In September, when Raimondo approved a return to full, in-person learning for every district, save for Providence and Central Falls, DiLullo expected to meet the challenge. Stable groups would be established for … PROVIDENCE, RI — The 2020-21 school year will look a lot different from years past when schools when students return to classrooms Sept. 14. Parents are asked to have their child keep an extra mask at school, in case they forget theirs at home, and encourage their child to find a pattern or style that they really enjoy and reflects their personal style. Philip Thornton said Wednesday only three of his schools meet the standards for air quality. CORRECTIONS: An updated press release corrected the number of superintendents who signed the letter. He recommended marking 6 feet with tape or yarn at home, and telling kids to stay "two jumps" away from others. Check with your local school district to find out your school's drop-off policies. -- A lack of staff to teach in both an in-school and distance learning model simultaneously, including the need for additional medical staff. Johnston, on the other hand, submitted the requested plan to the state that included three separate approaches – full in-person learning, a partial return and distance learning. © 2020 www.providencejournal.com. We’re definitely following those protocols, and hopefully that’s what’s happening in the community as well.”. by: Steph Machado. “We understand that the RIDOH wants the most recent data available to make the decisions on school reopening,” the superintendents wrote. “In school, we’re making sure we’re following masking procedures, following distancing between people, keeping the rooms ventilated appropriately, cleaning pretty extensively. To date, approximately 8,500 Rhode Islanders have downloaded the app, she said. By Dan McGowan Globe Staff, Updated August 7, 2020, 10:30 a.m. Contact us This means talking about the importance of leaving the mask on all day, explaining the importance of not hugging friends and helping kids conceptualize 6-foot distances. Gina Raimondo and said that they are prepared to move to remote learning next month because they don’t have the time to fully prepare to open safely in person. Students who attend the career and technical high school will take their academic classes remotely but attend in person for their technical training. Eight Rhode Island schools superintendents have written Gov. When schools reopened, there were a batch of cases at a few schools, but those with positive results were isolated immediately and classrooms were shut down. During this visit, Bromage, who teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, emphasized four areas of concern: ventilation, filtration, social distancing, and cleaning. “Walk them through the new routines, like lunch, mask-wearing. overcast. Warwick Center for the Arts | Warwick, RI, Edgewood Congregational Church | Cranston, RI, Beacon Communications Posted: Jul 17, 2020 / 06:42 PM EDT / Updated: Jul 17, 2020 / … Bernard DiLullo said the best scenario would be a phased reopening where some students continue to work remotely. Raimondo will announce on Monday whether schools will reopen in person, although she has signaled that this is likely. The governor had expressed dissatisfaction with districts like Warwick, which voted immediately to begin with full virtual learning, even before she made her announcement. While reviews have varied, it’s been the safest approach Johnston can take and the numbers bear that out. Johnston Public Schools. "If we're not willing to learn to live differently during this pandemic, we're doomed to repeat it," McDonald said. The district has struggled a bit to find subs as well, on some days canceling in-person learning to accommodate the vacancy, but it has marched on regardless. Students will also be required to maintain social distancing when waiting at bus stops. “We miss our students and want a safe return to school for everyone,” they wrote. Your efforts and hard work have gotten us to where we are today. Also, the original version of this story stated too definitively that remote learning would take place. Johnston Supt. Reopening RI Schools: What To Expect Day-To-Day - Cranston, RI - The school day will be a lot more structured this year to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Gov. We are not confident a delay will ameliorate these concerns,” the superintendents wrote. -- Transportation continues to be a major concern. Johnston has put its best foot forward thus far during the reopening process, and the figures have remained low. Gina Raimondo said, to help keep groups steady and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. DiLullo is also thinking forward to the winter – a season that will present entirely new obstacles to full, in-person learning as windows will likely remain shut. Pre-K through fifth grade is back full-time. “Basically bring in a few kids at a time,” he said. “Based on Dr. Bromage’s four stated areas of concern, which are specific to the spread of COVID-19, we are unable to safely open our buildings. “Basically bring in a few kids at a time,” he said. According to the Department of Health, for every school in the state for which there is recorded data, none of them have exceeded between 10 and 14 positive coronavirus cases through the first month of in-person learning. School reopenings across the state have largely gone smoothly thus far, and Johnston is no exception. All students and staff would be required to wear washable cloth-based face coverings, with the option to bring their own or receive one from the district at no cost. -- Significant concerns about the ability to ensure safe air quality and environmental conditions within schools, many of which cannot support the ventilation filtration standards. There will also be symptom checks at entrances as students arrive, with some districts, such as Cranston, which will offer grab-and-go breakfasts as students enter to be eaten in classrooms. Students from prekindergarten to grade five will return to school in person, but will have staggered reopening dates. -- The struggle to purchase the necessary amount of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, face coverings, and protective equipment for students and staff. School reopenings across the state have largely gone smoothly thus far, and Johnston is no exception.