Schools, families prepare for at least two weeks of distance learning
PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Governor Gina Raimondo announced an extended school closure Wednesday, shuttering public schools in Rhode Island until at least April 3.
This week, leading up to the Governor’s order, school districts had been preparing, handing out Chrome Books to students so they’re able to complete coursework at home.
In Providence, Superintendent Harrison Peters said almost all students have picked up their Chrome Books, and he’s asked the city to open up hot spots for kids without internet access to log on.
“School may look a little different, but we expect high levels of learning,” Peters said.
At Martin Middle School in East Providence, families practiced social distancing while waiting in line to pick up their Chrome Books.
Nichelle German, parent to an elementary and middle school student, said she’s grateful for the resource.
“I have one computer which I primarily use for work. So in order for me to get them their lessons, it’s like, I have a two hour time limit and I can’t go to the library, so this is wonderful for me.”
German said she’s running out of ideas to keep her kids busy.
“We’ve played every single game we got for Christmas. All the clothes are washed, my house is clean. I sent them outside to do yard work. I’m just like, I don’t know what else to do with them!”
The East Providence School District has purchased hotspots that will be set up across the city, and in Rumford and Riverside, for students who don’t have access to internet.
Superintendent Kathryn Crowley said her teachers are up for the challenge.
“We’ve been doing google classroom so it’s not new to East Providence, and we’re following our regular curriculum.”
A spokesperson from RIDE said, “as of this afternoon, RIDE has received distance learning plans from two-thirds of local education agencies (LEAs) in Rhode Island. We are confident that they will all meet our March 19 deadline. We consider these plans a starting point for the challenging work of implementing them starting next Monday. Our team is now working to review the plans and work with LEAs to prepare for implementation.”