Rhode Island announces staggered return to school in January

Strike 'not Off The Table' For Cumberland School Bus Drivers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) announced an update to the state’s school calendar on Monday.

RIDE announced a staggered return of students in January 2021.  Students will return on January 7, and no later than January 15.

“I want to thank the district leaders, teachers, staff and families for their dedication this year and this semester particularly,” said Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. “It has been a challenging year but an incredible display of our school communities’ dedication to our students’ learning. We are working to ensure that our school leaders have the flexibility to respond to their community needs while planning for a safe return to school in January in classrooms across Rhode Island.”

“With the holiday break, behavior over the next two weeks will critically impact a successful and safe return to our classrooms in 2021”, RIDE said in a release.

The state said districts can shift to distance learning for December 21 to 23, if they believe that is the best option for their schools based on impacts such as weather, scheduling, and anticipated decreased staffing.

The state also said they will support schools with testing events or school-based testing plans, as Governor Gina Raimondo announced surveillance testing opportunities for schools in last week’s coronavirus briefing. 

For more information and the updates school schedule, click here.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2020

Categories: News, Regional News, Rhode Island