Providence Public Schools to partially reopen Sept. 14, all Pre K-5 students in-person

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Providence Public School District has revealed their plans for the start of the school year with a partial reopening of schools.

Following Governor Gina Raimondo’s press conference Monday where she announced that the Rhode Island Department of Health has cleared nearly every school district to reopen to full, in-person learning on September 14, Providence Public Schools said it will start the school year with all elementary grades in-person and a combination of in-person and distance learning for other grades.

Providence and Central Falls were not cleared to reopen schools for full, in-person learning as the communities did not meet the five metrics for reopening.

“We are excited to welcome our students back to school, and we are dedicated to getting off to a great start,” said Superintendent Harrison Peters in an emailed statement. “We appreciate that Governor Raimondo and Commissioner Infante-Green relied on science and the latest data to prioritize safety when determining the best reopening scenario for Providence Public Schools this fall.”

The district did give the opportunity to families to choose distance learning, and this decision does not impact the approximately 6,500 students who chose to enroll in the Virtual Learning Academy. Those students will learn remotely through January.

Providence Public Schools shared the following details for the partial reopening:

  • Students from prekindergarten to grade 5 will return to school in person beginning Sept. 14.
  • Students in grades 6 and 9 will start the school year with an alternating schedule that switches daily between distance learning and in-person learning. The schedule repeats every two weeks.
  • At this writing, students in grades 7 and  10 are scheduled to begin the school year with distance learning only and transition to an alternating schedule by Sept. 28.
  • Also at this writing, students in grades 8, 11 and 12 will begin the school year with distance learning only and transition to an alternating schedule by Oct. 13.
  • Certain special populations of 6th-12th graders, such as select multilingual learners and students in self-contained special education programs, will be able to return to school for in-person learning either on a daily or alternating basis, beginning Sept. 14.

Students will be assigned to one of two groups for alternating schedules. Group A will report to school on the days that Group B follows distance learning, and Group B will report to school on the days that Group A follows distance learning.

Families will be notified of their group assignments by Wednesday, Sept. 2.

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