NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — North Kingstown High School is moving to full distance learning for the week, according to a letter sent by the district to parents.

The letter said that the school “has experienced a significant number of COVID positive cases among the high school students” last week. Superintendent Phil Auger said the school was notified by the R.I. Department of Health about eight positive cases.

According to the letter, the R.I. Department of Health said, “several of the students were in attendance at school while contagious.”

School officials say the school nurse has already worked to identify all possible close contacts of those students, but it is difficult to know many close contacts have since spread the virus to other students.

“While it is good that the cases are not within one classroom, bus, or team, this also means that the contact tracing and the number of close proximity students and staff who need to quarantine is at over 100,” Auger said.

With an already planned professional day on Monday, along with four distance learning days to finish out the week, the district hopes to stop the spread by having all students out of the building for nine to ten days.

“We believe a pause this week by moving to distance learning will cover the quarantine time needed to bring our students and staff safely by Monday the 22nd,” Auger said.

Here is the schedule that is in place for the week:

  • Monday, March 15:
    Professional Development Day. All students have asynchronous distance learning.
  • Tuesday, March 16 – Friday, March 17:
    All students synchronously distance learn from 7:15 a.m to 12:50 p.m.
  • Academic Resource Center (ARC)
    The ARC will be accepting distance learning appointments this week.
  • Athletics
    Mr. Cobain will be sending out information regarding athletic practices this week.