Parents, students react to announcement that in person school will happen this fall

With Governor Raimondo's announcement to start in-person learning this fall, some parents are looking forward to getting their kids back into school where they can socialize and learn.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – With Governor Raimondo’s announcement to start in-person learning this fall, some parents are looking forward to getting their kids back into school where they can socialize and learn.

“I’m honestly just looking forward to having him be reincorporated with his classmates,” said Mom Blanca Goetz. “He used to have so much fun when he would go to school.”

Goetz’s 3-year-old son Icarus is in pre-k at Graniteville Elementary School in Johnston.
Because he has an IEP, she says distance learning has been extremely tough on both of them.

“It was just really hard to get him to sit still long enough to pay attention or to focus long enough to learn really anything,” explained Goetz.

Down in South County, third-grader Rowen Chappell Plumb and his mom Kelsi Chappell tell ABC 6, the hardest thing was rearranging their work and school lives so they could work in sync.

“I wanna go back to school because I miss my seeing my friends, my teachers, and well it’s kind of just easier,” said Chappell Plumb.

The education commissioner also announced Wednesday that snow days will be no more. They’ll be moving to distance learning on those days instead.

“Like anything else it will be a struggle, but I almost look at it as – if we can all adapt to what we just went through, then a couple snow days – we’ll figure it out,” said Chappell.

In case of a resurgence of the virus, districts will have to plan to go back to remote learning.

“We’re going to have different scenarios that range from in person to if we have to go back to distance learning,” said Commissioner Angelica Ifante-Green. “So the plans have to be made for all those situations that may arise.”

But Goetz tells ABC 6, as the parent of a child with an IEP, another interruption in learning is what she fears most.

“It worries me to have that much disruption at this young of an age, especially when it’s so pivotal for him to have those extra services, like the speech therapy, like the physical therapy.”

Districts must submit their contingency plans for all kinds of learning to the Department of Education by next Friday.

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