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List: How school districts are handling remote learning, device pickups

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — With school buildings shut down in an effort to contain the coronavirus, districts are scrambling to get students set up for remote learning.

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday that schools will remain closed and all instruction will be conducted online through at least April 3.

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Below, you’ll find what we know so far about what each individual district is doing. This will be updated as we learn about each district’s plan.

(Use Ctrl-F to search for your school district.)

Cranston

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that this letter finds you and your family well. I want to first thank you for being patient and extremely supportive of our efforts to get distance learning up and running for all of our 11,000 students. As you may know, Governor Raimondo has announced that beginning on Monday, March 23 and continuing through Friday, April 3, instruction for all public school students will be taking place virtually, or through a computer.

We submitted our Virtual Learning Plans to the RI Department of Education (RIDE) and have received the “green light” to begin. Our administrators and our educators are ready to begin this initiative on Monday, and we ask for your support. We know that there will be some bumps as we begin.

That is to be expected with any new initiative, even when we have been many months to prepare, let alone doing it in a week! We are confident in our plan and in our educators’ abilities to communicate with your children virtually, but this is a huge change in how we “do school.”

Virtual Learning will require your support from home as well, and we thank you in advance for your help and patience. We know that many of you may also be working from home, or that your circumstances may be changing in a variety of ways, and we recognize that this will not be easy for anyone. There will be challenges. However, we all want this to work in order to continue to keep everyone healthy and to continue to deliver instruction as best we can. We are proud of the work that we do and our ability as a city and school district to work together in times of need. There is no greater time to teach our children how to share, be patient, work on time management skills and problem solve. Admittedly, this is easier said than done, especially with our little ones.

You will be receiving a separate letter from your principal with ​specific instructions regarding how to access the online curriculum as well as resources for offline support. We do not expect all students to be on their computers from 9:00 am-2:00 pm every day. We understand there needs to be flexible with students in getting their assignments done. Our building administrators stand ready to help answer questions and to help support this new initiative any way possible and we are working to support them as well. Below you will find Virtual Learning FAQs, a list of building administrators/email addresses, and directions on how to connect a Chromebook to your wi-fi.

Please accept my humble gratitude for all you have done over the past week to assist us in our efforts. I ask that you continue to follow the guidelines from the RIDOH regarding social distancing and when appropriate, the guidelines for quarantines. The health and safety of our community are important to us and we wish you all continued good health.

Jeannine Nota-Masse – Superintendent, Cranston Public Schools

EAST PROVIDENCE

The district has been preparing to enable teachers and students to continue instruction during school closure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additional information will be released by principals and teachers on how to receive, perform, and submit assignments in the coming days if the closure is extended past this week.

Many of the assignments will include online components that can be done from most computers, laptops, or tablets with internet access.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Chromebooks will be issued to K-12 students who do not have devices available to them at home.

An individual picking up a device must be on the approved pickup/emergency pickup ist for the student in the student information system (Skyward). Individuals picking up for the student must show a government-issued photo ID.

The family will be required to return the device to the designated location after school resumes.

For everyone’s safety, please follow these rules for pickup:

  • Only come at the allotted time for your school (see below). If you have children in multiple schools, you may pick up at the same time
  • Police and School Resource Officers will be present to allow no more than 10 people to enter the building at a time.
  • If you see a line forming, please stay in your car until the queue is gone. If the parking lot is full, please wait for a resource officer to direct you to an open parking spot. Do not park and walk over.
  • Have your ID ready when you enter the building

PICKUP TIMES:

Wednesday

  • Myron J Francis, Kent Heights and Silver Spring — 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Waddington, Orlo and Whiteknact — 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Above schools who are unable to come during the day — 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday

  • Hennessey and Riverside Middle School — 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Martin Middle School — 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • All schools who are unable to come during the day — 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday

  • East Providence High School — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

NEWPORT

On Thursday and Friday, Chromebooks will be issued to all grade 2-8 students who do not have access to a device so they can continue learning online during the school closures.

As a parent/guardian, you will need to know your child’s homeroom teacher, have a picture ID just in case a volunteer does not recognize you and sign a paper that you have received the Chromebook. Additional information will be provided if you wish to purchase it, which is not required and you will get information on how to get onto WiFi.

Chromebooks will need to be returned to school once schools reopen. These are on loan to all children at this time.

There will also be a Help Desk set up for you and your child during this time starting next week for you to email or call in for any assistance you may need. Anyone who has questions should contact your school principal.

PICKUP TIMES:

Pell School students and families:

Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Grades 2-3 should go to the After School Entrance Door and Grade 4 should go to the Main Entrance Door. Both doors are located on Dexter Street in front of the building.

There will be social distancing requirements so if you see more than five people in line you are asked to please wait in your car.

TMS students and families:

Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Families of 5th-grade students may pick up their Chromebooks from the rear entrance door on Central Street right on the sidewalk.
  • Families of 6th-grade students may pick up their Chromebooks in the courtyard by the entrance leading out to the parking lot at the back of the TMS building on Central Street. 
  • Families of 7th-grade students can pick up their Chromebooks at the Main entrance at the front of the building on Broadway Avenue.
  • Families of 8th-grade students can pick up their Chromebooks from the side entrance down the alleyway between Thompson Middle School and City Hall. This is off of Broadway on the right side of the building. 
  • Families of students that usually get their Chromebooks from rooms 107, 111, 201, 202C, 404, and 406 at the beginning of each day may pick up their Chromebooks in the courtyard by the entrance leading out to the parking lot at the back of the TMS building on Central Street.

WARWICK

Warwick Public Schools announced Wednesday that they’re “actively working on a “Distance Learning Plan.”

“We will be sharing more details throughout the week,” the school district said in an email to parents. “For elementary parents, it will be very important that you check your email regularly for communication from the schools. Secondary students should be checking their email regularly as distance classes will resume on Monday, March 23.”

The school district said they are creating a plan for students to pick up Chromebooks and other necessities for remote learning.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact administration at (401) 734-3100.

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