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NEW! Virtual Instructional Day Plan Submission Guidance

Virtual Learning Policies - Guidance for Districts

In 2017, Governor Raimondo signed into law a bill that paves the way for districts to implement virtual instruction and learning plans in the event of inclement weather or other emergency circumstances that lead to school closure.

RIDE’s Virtual Instructional Day Guidance is now available to local education agencies (LEAs). This document contains information on the process LEAs should use to submit the plan, the components that should be included in the plan, and a rubric establishing criteria for plan evaluation.

Please submit plans via email to

School Facilities Condition Assessment Report Released

School Facilities Report Page

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)'s 2017 State of Rhode Island Schoolhouses Report, a year-long assessment commissioned by the School Building Authority (SBA) and completed by Jacobs Engineering, forecasts $627.6 million in high-priority construction and repairs needed to keep students and teachers warm, safe, and dry in their classrooms. The statewide cost to bring all school buildings into ideal condition is estimated at $2.2 billion.

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Featured Educator

Meet Kristin Hayes-Leite,
2018 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year

Kristin Hayes-Leite has been a social studies teacher at Narragansett High School for the past 16 years. She is also a member of the Blended Learning Catalyst Team and was recently named to Narragansett High School’s Fuse Architect pilot design team, which is charged with creating and piloting systems to increase personalization and student engagement in learning.

We asked Kristin about how she engages students in her social studies classroom in discussions on difficult topics through strategies to encourage civic discourse.

Read her response in the blog post here, or learn more about our Rhode Island Teacher of the Year on our Teacher of the Year webpage!

Creating Pathways to Opportunity:
2017 State of Education in Rhode Island

Ken Wagner, Ph.D., Commissioner

My standard for success is simple. I’ll support anything that helps teachers teach and students learn. An investment in them is an investment in our future, because a highly-skilled workforce, a growing economy, and vibrant communities are all anchored in education. But our economy has changed, and our students have changed. If we want our children to be competitive – if we want Rhode Island to be competitive – education needs to change, too.

Read the full speech...