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Much like the rest of the country, Rhode Island saw record turnout in last night's election. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The final version will be on the school department’s website on Friday. Core elements of the South Kingstown plan are that it would be driven first by health and safety considerations, that it would be able to pivot from in-person to online learning at a moment’s notice, provide innovative and flexible instruction and that it address inequity and biases and provide access for all students to meet and exceed academic and social expectations. “We have various degrees of anxiety from folks, we know kids want to get back to school, and we know teachers want to get back to school, but there are some grave concerns on teachers parts about safety,” Calabro said. You have permission to edit this article. Low around 50F. “We know to be successful, we need each classroom to have a strong foundation in technology,” Savastano said. of Schools Linda Savastano said the administration team has been at work for months on what she calls a “re-entry” plan, rather than a reopening of schools, during the COVID-19 pandemic. “If I’m a teacher and I have a roster of 20 students, we would plan for 20 in the room, but we may not have 20 in the room. Calabro said teachers have already reached out to her about taking leave, and some have decided to leave the profession for good. A clear sky. Schools will provide extra support to a small number of students who are the most vulnerable or need face-to-face learning. 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(WPRI) -- Nathanael Greene Middle School will stay open after a judge denied a temporary restraining order filed by the Providence Teachers Union as part of a lawsuit challenging safety procedures in city schools. In a lengthy meeting July 22, the School Committee reviewed plans to reopen the school buildings in the fall. There will be daily screening for staff and students. “The schools may start at a different time than in past years.”. Supt. Food services would be a “grab and go” model, with students eating in the classroom, in cafeterias in stable groups or even outside. Do you believe your vote mattered in the 2020 General Election? Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ While school districts across the country are making decisions on how to safely resume classes come fall, the countdown is on in Rhode Island with students expected to head back to school next month. SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — A mix of online instruction and in-person classes will be used when students return to school in South Kingstown on Aug. 31. Three additional nurses would “float” around the district, based on need. South Kingstown schools approve plan for in-person, virtual education mix this fall. “We’ve had a lot of retirements this year,” she said. 4th Congressional District Debate. Each school district has to come up with three separate plans for how school will resume by this Friday. “My school has almost 1,000 kids, that’s a lot of bodies,” she said. Winds light and variable. They don’t even understand what it requires,” Calabro said. Schools would start Aug. 31 with a “very restrictive environment, almost like Phase 1,” Savastano said, and eventually loosen up. 12 Responds: Do I need to be collecting in RI to use the state’s back-to-work services? For transportation, Savastano said administrators are working with the bus company and the state to refine plans that will be made final in August, and that parents will be surveyed. Hundreds of new iPads and laptops are on order, although Crawford said the lead time on acquiring them is not encouraging. Calabro said she, as well as dozens of teachers across the state, are concerned about reopening schools on Aug. 31. The purifiers will have HEPA filters and are expected to arrive by the end of November, costing the state $2.4 million, according to Education Department spokesperson Emily Crowell. In a lengthy meeting July 22, the School Committee reviewed plans to reopen the school buildings in the fall. The union had tried to revert the school -- or any school in the district in a similar situation -- to remote learning due to a high number of staff absences and quarantines due to the pandemic. of Schools Linda Savastano said the administration team has been at work for months on what she calls a “re-entry” plan, rather than a reopening of schools… At other times, the CNAs would work with the nurses. Hoping to ease pain, new tools encourage RI restaurant owners to apply for grants, Reed, volunteers thank residents at RI Veterans Home by delivering care packages, Police searching for man who robbed Coventry bank at knifepoint, People are going ‘cuckoo’ for a rare bird in Rhode Island, Live: RNC officials discuss Pennsylvania lawsuit, ‘post-Election Day landscape’. 12 Responds: Is the DMV conducting VIN checks, eye exams during the pandemic? RI Reopening Metrics RIDE updated 2020-2021 Calendar SKSD updated 2020-2021 Calendar Playbook: Outbreak Response Protocols RIDE & RIDOH School-Based Testing & Case Investigation Preparation Guidance 08.24.2020 ... South Kingstown Public Schools. “And we may need to use spaces that we don’t normally use as classrooms – libraries, gyms, the outdoors,” she said. “We’re not the only ones looking for it. PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- In her weekly interview with 12 News, R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green said the state is buying 6,100 air purifiers for every classroom this winter, as temperatures become too cold for schools to keep windows open. “I can’t say that those are coronavirus-specific, but I’ve had a lot of teachers reach out to me who have underlining health conditions who are looking to take a leave of absence because they are afraid to come back.”. 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The college says 13 community members tested positive for the virus, including 12 students and one non-student. “Usually I present budgets, they’re a balanced budget and I can get through them. “Then masking is another concern, making sure kids keep the masks on, and then what about ventilation? All school districts nationwide are looking,” she said. With the results all but official pending any last-minute revisions, voters in Narragansett, North Kingstown and South Kingstown have made their voices heard for their local school committee, town council and General Assembly races. In addition, a CNA would be available at each school in the case that someone needs to be put in isolation. 36 battle, Letter: Susan Cicilline Buonanno is all about people first, Letter: Approving Question 2 puts all of us at risk, The View From Swamptown: Land’s sale is a personal reminder of all that is lost to time, Letter: Costa would get things done at Statehouse. The state released guidance on how districts can reopen schools come fall, but she believes it goes beyond a new set of rules and restrictions. “Even in the most wonderful of situations, you might have someone who is quarantined, and that can last 14 days,” she said. ‘Credibly accused’ former RI priest charged with child molestation, Crashed Cranston voting machine causes delay, prompts paper ballot count. “Ultimately we’ve been grounded in these beliefs and in the plan,” Savastano said. Winds light and variable.. A clear sky. Classes would function as “stable groups” that don’t interact with other classes, schools or groups, Savastano said. Transportation remains the biggest wildcard, Crawford said, and she’s planned for five additional buses. The schools will be receiving $777,000 in federal aid, and will have to determine additional money sources, such as a request for supplemental aid from the town or tapping the $2 million undesignated fund balance. “I’m not sure how we’re going to meet the $3.6 million of additional funding we’re going to need to support the costs associated with COVID,” Crawford said. The schools are exploring a three-tiered bus system to transport students at different times. NORTON, Mass. Calabro’s concerns come on the heels of President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ insistence that kids should return to school nationwide come fall. Savastano called the plan one that is transparent and offers options to simultaneously support in-person and virtual learning. ... SOUTH KINGSTOWN… “Folks will need to be flexible,” she said. Each classroom will be able to provide one-on-one virtual instruction and virtual meetings. But the head of the Providence Teachers Union, Maribeth Calabro, tells Eyewitness News that even just one child contracting COVID-19 after returning to school is too many and the burden being placed on educators is “extremely heavy.”. 307 Curtis Corner Road, Wakefield, RI 02879. Among the changes projected are the need for an additional custodian at each elementary school and two at each of the secondary schools, Crawford said. “Hopefully it won’t happen too much, but when it does we’ll have them available,” Crawford said. The schools were asked to submit a re-entry draft plan to the state Department of Education by July 17. Supplies such as hand sanitizer, face shields, N95 masks and more are factored into the budget, as are facilities changes such as partitions, touchless sinks and sanitizer stations for teachers.
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