RI Students Preparing for Distance Learning

School districts across the state are submitting their distance learning plans, as students and families prepare to navigate the challenges ahead.

By: Tim Studebaker

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – As the coronavirus spreads across the US, an early vacation week is wrapping up in Rhode Island.  Now, students are getting ready to log in from home to complete their school work.

Jennifer Mays of East Providence has three kids that will be distance learning.

Mays says, “We’re kind of curious as to how this is all going to work.”

Mays is hoping to learn more soon.

Mays says, “Between 9 and 2, they have to be signed on to the computer, and their teachers will assign them work.”

Parents should hear more details soon.  Each school district is submitting their distance learning proposals to the state’s Department of Education on Thursday.

Michael Messore, the Superintendent of Schools in Barrington, laid out his district’s plan in an email to parents.

Messore says, “School will basically look like a 7 hour day, but you will not be on a device for 7 hours.  It’ll be broken up throughout the day by their teachers, but we are going to keep a consistent class schedule.”

Each district’s plan could include live instruction, videos, and chat sessions between teachers and students.

Meanwhile, the state’s Department of Education knows there are going to be issues to work through.

RI Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green says, “It’s not kind of like a triage.  This is more of trying to provide stability in education as we navigate this difficult time.”

Schools will use distance learning for at least the next 2 weeks, after which officials will re-assess the situation and decide how to move forward.

Mays says, “I just hope they keep that line of communication open so if the kids do need help, they have that available to them.”

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