Cranston Schools to switch to distance learning for remainder of week

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE)- Citing staffing shortages and the rising number of COVID-19 cases statewide, the Cranston Public School District announced Wednesday it will switch to distance learning for the remainder of the week.

“The move to distance learning is a result of the abundance of cases of COVID-19 that have been reported to us in recent days and even just today alone,” read a letter sent to parents announcing the change.

Monday had already been scheduled as a statewide remote learning day, according to the school district’s calendar.

While the move has been announced as a temporary shift, school district leadership said it will continue to evaluate the situation in order to make the “best decisions possible for the health and safety of all staff and students.”

The decision was also impacted by a shift in contact tracing, which according to the letter, is now the responsibility of the school districts themselves.

“We are doing our best to keep up with that task,” the letter said. “However, as cases of staff who are positive, quarantined or in the process of being tested have increased greatly, staffing has become difficult to maintain and predict.”

The move comes as other schools in the state, including Coventry High School and West Warwick High School, have also made a temporary switch to distance learning.

Rhode Island continues to see an uptick in the number of coronavirus cases, with a record-setting 919 new cases announced on Wednesday.

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