Students, parents looking forward to in person return in the fall

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Back to school and back to normalcy for Rhode Island students in the fall.

Come this school year, all Rhode Island schools will return to in person learning.

ABC6 spoke with Barrington residents Joseph and Adam Roberts.

Adam is a senior at Barrington High School and Joseph is a professor at Roger Williams University.

Both prefer learning in school over learning through a screen.

“Personally I get way more distracted at home than when I learn in school,” Adam said.

“I’m a firm believer in active learning,” Joseph said. “I like getting¬†students to have rich discussions and move about the classrooms from one side to another, through a computer that’s difficult.”

Currently 90% of Rhode Island teachers, 60% of students ages 16-18, and 40% of students 12-15 are fully vaccinated.

Under the new guidelines, students and staff who are fully vaccinated will not be required to wear a mask in the classroom.

It’ll be up to each school district to set their own policies.

However, Roberts disagrees.

“Parents are always comparing my district to your district and asking why are you doing it different? Is your way better? Is my way better? If you could minimize that, that’s a good thing.”

However, the state is requiring students under the age of 12 to wear masks since that age group is not yet eligible for the COVID vaccine.

Due to Federal Law students will still have to wear a mask on the bus.

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