Warwick to send kindergartners back to classroom

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — After defying the governor’s request and beginning the school year remotely, the Warwick School Committee is now shifting gears, hoping to send it’s youngest students back to the classroom.

The school committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to send the district’s kindergartners back to school 2 days a week, utilizing a hybrid learning model.

“These are our youngest learners and it really made sense to have them in school,” said Superintendent of Warwick Schools, Dr. Phillip Thornton.

The district will send its kindergartners to Veterans Middle School, because it has a brand-new HVAC system that can provide adequate amounts of clean air.

Director of Elementary Education in the district, Lynn Dambruch, thinks moving kindergartners back to the classroom will be beneficial.

“These are brand new students to our teachers,” Dambruch said. “They don’t know the students yet, they don’t know their needs academically or socially.”

Superintendent Phil Thornton says it will cost roughly $50,000 to get Veterans Middle School cleaned and prepared for a return to the classroom.

The Warwick School District does not have an exact timeline for when the hybrid model will begin for it’s kindergartners. 

The district says it’s also working on getting portable air filters for every classroom, so kids of all grades can return safely to school in the near future.

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