6 Warwick schools delay start of year due to incomplete construction projects

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Six schools in Warwick have been forced to delay the first day of school due to construction issues, according an email sent to parents Wednesday.

Citing “multiple material supply chain issues and delays,” Warwick Public Schools said projects at the following schools will not be completed in time for the first day of classes:

  • Greenwood Elementary School
  • Robertson Elementary School
  • Oakland Beach Elementary School
  • Sherman Elementary School
  • Warwick Early Learning Center
  • Warwick Veterans Memorial Middle School

The start date for the six affected schools has been changed to Sept. 8. The delay does not impact other schools in the district, which will start as scheduled on Sept. 1.

Due to the delay, the district plans to add three makeup days to the calendar for the six schools.

The district said it will submit its back-to-school plan to the R.I Department of Education by Friday, adding that it will also be posted online.

“Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate opening our schools,” the district wrote in the email.

The district noted that materials for the projects were ordered back in April and May, but there was a nationwide shortage of lumber, steel, tile, wall finishes and flooring because of the pandemic.

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