Relief for masked students during hot weather
JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Some school district officials across Rhode Island are making changes to the school day with the state on the verge of a heat wave on Monday.
Johnston public schools, for example, are allowing students more breaks outside, where they’re allowed to take off their masks, which cover their faces and prohibit some air flow.
Students in Rhode Island are still required to wear masks in classrooms per state health department guidelines.
Johnston parents tell ABC6 they’re grading the school district with an A+ for following state guidelines, while also helping students stay cool.
“They’re taking care of kids the best way that they can,” parent Bill Holton said.
Some school districts, like Providence, tell ABC6 there are no changes being made to the school day in connection to the hot weather.