Reopening Schools: Here are the preliminary plans for RI, Southeastern Mass. districts

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As fall approaches, school districts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts have been busy putting together their plans for the upcoming academic year.

Rhode Island districts submitted drafts of their plans to the state by July 17, and the finalized plans were to be made public by July 31. A formal decision from health officials on whether schools will reopen in-person fully, partially, or not at all is not expected until mid-August. The school year starts on August 31.

Note: The R.I. Department of Education has granted extensions to some districts that were still working to revise their plans, so some may not be posted by July 31.

In Massachusetts, districts have been directed to submit their draft plans by July 31, which must be finalized by August 14. The state released reopening guidance for schools back in June, and more recently, it was announced the school year will be delayed by 10 days to give educators more time to plan.

Below is an overview of the preliminary plans for each district in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. This page will be updated as new information is released, so be sure to check back for the latest.
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Rhode Island

Barrington: In Barrington Public Schools’ draft re-entry plan, they say their key priorities are social distancing, cleaning, and screening and illness response. Read the full proposal here.

Bristol-Warren: The Bristol Warren District plan says, “at the middle and high school level, the full in-person model will not be adopted,” only elementary school students will likely be in person full time. Read the full district plan.

Burrillville: A survey showed at least 50% of parents in Burillville want to see students back in school in the fall. The district submitted a plan, which consists of a full return to in-person classes four days and one virtual day each week. Here’s a letter from the superintendent and director of curriculum.

Central Falls: Central Falls Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Toledo held forums to answer questions about the upcoming school year. The district has not yet posted its draft plan for the fall. Check the website for more information.

Chariho: The Chariho Regional School District says more than 75% of parents are comfortable or leaning towards have students return to school in the fall. Read the full plan here.

Coventry: Target 12 has learned at least 50% of Coventry parents want to see students back in the classroom this fall. Coventry signed a joint cover letter with eight other districts to coordinate hybrid plans that would keep schools at 50% capacity. They have not yet released their plan, but more information can be found on their website.

Cranston: Cranston Superintendent Jeannine Nota-Masse says they are looking at a hybrid model, which would have half of the student population in-person on certain days of the week and the other half on different days. A survey showed at least 50% of Cranston parents want to see students back in school in the fall. More information on Cranston’s plan can be found here. They are asking you fill out a form notifying the school district on distance learning or in-person for the first semester.

Cumberland: The Cumberland School Department’s reopening task force says their three priorities are health and safety, teaching and learning, and fiscal responsibility. Read a recent update.

East Greenwich: The East Greenwich Public School District is proposing schools use a partial or limited in-person model with 50% of students attending at one time, on alternating two-day schedules. Read the full plan.

East Providence: “The district, through the efforts of the above committees and an educational staff devoted to serving East Providence students, anticipates it will be ready to begin educating those students on August 31 in whatever scenario is most appropriate for that time,” Superintendent Kathryn M. Crowley said. Read through the plan for each scenario.

Exeter-West Greenwich: A little more than 40% of parents surveyed in the district said they would like to see their kids back to school this fall. There is a survey to be filled out for each child enrolled for the upcoming school year. View the draft plan here.

Foster-Glocester: Ponaganset students in grades 6-12 will be able to attend a virtual academy if they do not feel comfortable returning to in-person learning. Students will have the option to return to in-person learning at each quarter break. Find more information on the district’s website.

Jamestown: The Jamestown School District released a presentation with an overview of reopening scenarios and health and safety plans. See the full presentation.

Johnston: Johnston signed a joint cover letter with eight other districts to coordinate hybrid plans that would keep schools at 50% capacity. Read their draft plan for the fall.

Lincoln: Lincoln also signed a joint cover letter with eight other districts to coordinate hybrid plans that would keep schools at 50% capacity. See their plan for the fall.

Little Compton: “During this global pandemic, it is clear that we cannot plan for a ‘normal’ school year,” Superintendent Laurie Dias-Mitchell said. Their plan can be found on their homepage.

Middletown: Middletown Public Schools has an opt-out option for parents who would not like their child to go to in-person school for a trimester or semester. See the full presentation outlining their plan. Read and respond to their transportation survey.

Narragansett: The Narragansett School System has a page that will be updated with resources as they continue to develop their plan. View it here.

Newport: Town Hall meetings are being organized as part of Newport Public Schools’ effort to share their reopening plan, hear comments, and address questions and concerns. View the meeting dates and agendas on their website. Also available is a summary of their reopening plans and the full report.

New Shoreham: The Block Island school plan says “most students are known well by multiple teachers and it is clear that there is a strong sense of community. It will be important to emphasize with the school community the expectations of returning to school clearly, consistently and often.” View their full draft plan.

North Kingstown: The North Kingstown School District has four potential scenarios that include full in-person, hybrid plans, limited in-person, and full distance learning. See their presentation explaining their plan or read their full plan on the district’s website.

North Providence: Nearly 28% of parents surveyed in North Providence said they were comfortable with sending their child back to school this fall. North Providence signed a joint cover letter with eight other districts to coordinate hybrid plans that would keep schools at 50% capacity. View a presentation on their plan.

North Smithfield: North Smithfield Public Schools say their goal is to reopen with the full in-person model. View a breakdown of their plans.

Pawtucket: Pawtucket signed a joint cover letter with eight other districts to coordinate hybrid plans that would keep schools at 50% capacity. The district has a two-part video series on their reopening plans on their website. View their reopening plan, also available in Portuguese and Spanish on their website.

Portsmouth: In Portsmouth Schools’ plan, both their full and partial reopening scenarios have students in pre-kindergarten to grade 6 attending in-person instruction every day, while grades 7–12 would alternate between in-person and distance learning in their partial return. See a slideshow that explains their reopening plans.

Providence: Providence Superintendent Harrison Peters says they are planning to bring students back, but a virtual learning academy is also being organized and may be available to all families who choose it. Previously, Peters announced the academy would be created so immunocompromised students and teachers to be at home. Visit the district’s website for the latest information.

Scituate: Scituate Public Schools created four plans: full in-person, partial, limited, and fully remote. “We’ve learned lessons from last spring. We’ve been really reflective about what went well, what didn’t go well, and we’ve tried to adjust some of those aspects,” Superintendent Carol Blanchette said in a video explaining their plans for reopening schools. Read their reopening plan.

Smithfield: At the elementary level at Smithfield Public Schools, the partial and full in-person schedules are the same and have students attending school daily. The middle and high schools are also the same for partial and in-person, running on a 10-day schedule, but will transition to 50% of students in-person every other day if needed. Read the full Smithfield Public Schools’ reopening plan. Email with any questions on the return to school plan.

South Kingstown: Superintendent Linda Savastano has said it is her goal to reopen schools for all students. Read her full letter on reopening.

Tiverton: Tiverton Public Schools have a feedback form that parents can anonymously fill out with concerns on reopening school. View their presentation on reopening Tiverton schools.

Warwick: Warwick signed a joint cover letter with eight other districts to coordinate hybrid plans that would keep schools at 50% capacity. There is also a strong possibility that city students who rely on buses may have to find a different mode of transportation this coming year, according to Warwick School Committee Chairwoman Karen Bacchus. View their presentation on reopening or their full reopening plan that was submitted to RIDE.

Westerly: “Our principals, teachers, support staff, students and families all want to see schools open and they hope to see this happen for all kinds of reasons,” Superintendent Mark Garceau said. View a presentation on Westerly Public Schools’ full draft reopening plan. They ask that parents fill out a declaration of intent for their children.

West Warwick: West Warwick Public Schools will share more details on potential scenarios after July 31. Read a letter to parents.

Related: West Warwick students created face shields for healthcare workers »

Woonsocket: Woonsocket signed a joint cover letter with eight other districts to coordinate hybrid plans that would keep schools at 50% capacity. Read the full Woonsocket Education Department’s reopening plans.

In-Depth Coverage: School Updates »


Attleboro: The Attleboro School Committee voted to approve the Attleboro Public Schools reopening plans of a hybrid learning model at all schools and to return on September 14. Check their website for more updates. View the results of their fall reopening survey.

Bridgewater-Raynham: The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District has not yet released their plans, but did release a video of Assistant Superintendent Ryan Powers explaining them.

Dartmouth: Dartmouth Public Schools do not have a plan available yet. Visit the district’s website for more information.

Dighton-Rehoboth: The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District does not have their plan available, but they have a website where they will post updates.

Fairhaven: The Fairhaven Public School District has not released reopening plans, but has a page dedicated to coronavirus updates. Watch the most recent school committee meeting here.

Fall River: Fall River Public Schools say their goal is to open with as many students as they safely can in school. Read the first draft of their reopening plan.

Foxboro: Foxboro Public Schools say they believe they can “make significant changes to make a partial return to in-person learning both safe and successful.” Read the first draft of their reopening plan.

Freetown-Lakeville: In a presentation by Freetown-Lakeville schools, they said 45% of parents prefer a full return to school with three-foot distancing. The survey also showed 66.5% of parents do not think there will be issues with their child complying with the face mask requirement. See the full presentation.

New Bedford: New Bedford Mayor Mitchell announced during his state of the city address that schools will not fully reopen in the fall because of the potential risk of an outbreak. Read New Bedford’s fall reopening overview.

North Attleboro: North Attleboro Public Schools are looking at two models, both with two cohorts: one model with one week on and one week off, and another model of two days in person and three days remote. Read the full letter from the superintendent and assistant superintendent.

Norton: Norton Public Schools are planning a hybrid learning model, meaning that their K-12 population would be divided into cohorts, A and B. Each cohort would consist of about 50% of their student population and each group would alternate in-person and remote learning. Read their plan here.

Seekonk: Seekonk schools’ plan is not yet available, but they have a coronavirus page which is expected to be updated.

Somerset: Somerset Public Schools do not have their plan available yet, but have a page with the most recent communication on COVID-19.

Swansea: Swansea Superintendent John Robidoux confirmed to Eyewitness News that they will be using a hybrid model to start off the school year. He says he has not posted the plan on their website but said it will look like this: Students will be placed in Cohorts A and B. On Monday and Tuesday: Cohort A; Thursday and Friday: Cohort B; Wednesday will be remote for all students.

Taunton: Taunton Public Schools have a website dedicated to coronavirus updates. Watch the superintendent’s reopening plan PSA. They ask parents and guardians fill out this survey.

Westport: Westport Community Schools have said further surveys will be sent out to gauge parent/guardian opinions, on top of the initial survey sent in June. They’ve formed a reentry committee of almost 60 people including students, parents, school committee members, educators and administrators. Visit their website for more information.

Private Schools

Bishop Feehan: Bishop Feehan has released their final return-to-learn plan. They also have a video explaining their plan. Check their most recent updates.

Bishop Hendricken: Bishop Hendricken’s full reopening plan and slides are available on their website. The full reopening plan is their current goal, according to the website. Visit their reopening page to find frequently asked questions on reopening.

Bishop Stang: Bishop Stang has not yet announced their reopening plans. See their most recent updates on their website.

Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Providence: “Full, in-person enrollment is the plan for the fall,” Superintendent Daniel Ferris said. Read the full statement here.

La Salle Academy: La Salle Academy has a page they are updating with their most recent information, find it here. View the plan they submitted to the state.

Moses Brown School: Moses Brown has an official guide to reopening, find it here.

St. Mary Academy – Bay View: Bay View says they will establish stable groups as often as possible. View their full reopening guide.

Saint Raphael Academy: Saint Raphael Academy say they will prepare a virtual orientation for families to prepare for school changes. View a presentation of their reopening plan.

Tabor Academy: Tabor Academy is reminding returning students of Governor Baker’s new travel order. See their page devoted to reopening.

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