Distance learning begins for Rhode Island students

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Students across Rhode Island are logged in and ready for distance learning.

“We are doing a morning check-in, early in the morning around 8:30 to take attendance cause they’re counting the day as a school day.”

Nayrobi Almonte is juggling two kids at home doing distance learning. Her daughter is a senior in high school and her 7-year-old son is a student at Blackstone Valley Prep.

“We have a schedule that tells us what we’re supposed to do. Every time I’m finished with it, I get to have a break,” said her son, Pedro Rodrigez.

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Rodrigez works on his Ipad all day, and gets a lunch break at 1p.m., but has to log back on at 1:30.

“They said around 11:30 they’re going to be sending us a topic in which Pedro’s gonna need to write down a story about,” said Almonte.

It’s a strict schedule that Almonte said she’s lucky to be home for.

“I was fortunate enough to be able to take time out of work to be here. I feel for those parents who are at work cause I don’t know how the kids are doing it.”

In Riverside, Bryan Denton’s daughter, Madison, is working through her fifth-grade coursework from Waddington Elementary.

“The first subject was math, and they have a problem of the day that they have to do before 3:30, have it submitted. They take attendance just like they do in class, they have to raise their hand.”

Denton said her distance learning is very hands-on, as she can chat with her teacher via video all day.

“She can actually speak to her classmates and she can also speak to her teacher at the same time.”

In Providence, Will Winfield’s son, Will Winfield Jr., a second-grader at St. Thomas Regional School, started his distance learning last week.

“I don’t know some of the second grade math. He’s teaching me!”

Winfield said his son has a less structured day, with assignments, but no schedule. His day starts with a morning prayer from school leaders, which makes it seem like he’s in his regular routine.

“His teacher sends YouTube messages, the kids can write back, sending pictures to each other.”

He said this experience has made him appreciate his son’s teachers even more.

“Just more respect for all the teachers go through. I couldn’t do it having 12 kids, 15 kids, and some teachers have 20 plus kids.”

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