Parents react to Warwick keeping kindergarteners home

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — Kim Hunter has a son in Warwick Public Schools and knows what it’s like to do kindergarten distance learning.

“Obviously putting a kid with ADHD in front of a computer is less than ideal,” she said. “With the special needs, I worry that he’s extra behind.”

So she’s not thrilled with the Warwick School Committee voting today to continue distance learning for kindergarteners — just a week announcing that they would return to the classroom in a hybrid model at the Veterans Middle School building.

Hunter is frustrated by the back-and-forth, and wishing leaders had prepared better.

“They had time to decide these things,” she said. “And then they go back, and now they’re saying we’re going to get ventilation systems. So it just seems disconnected.”

Veterans Middle School is the only Warwick school building with state-approved HVAC systems.

But officials…deciding it’s not worth spending 100 thousand dollars to clean and prepare that school, when elementary schools would have new filters installed in about a month.

Hunter does understand that decision to an extent, saying only going to Vets for a month would complicate an already complicated year.

“It’s a lot of changes for a kindergartener just learning what school’s like,” she said. “No need to add a third layer in there.”

Hunter says she’s trying to keep herself and her family calm…while preparing for the possibility of more changes – especially if cases spike.

“I have no expectations,” she said. “And that keeps it manageable.”


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