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COVID-19 Update

Distance learning for all schools
will take place through the school year.
School buildings will remain closed.

El aprendizaje a distancia para todas las escuelas
continuará a través del año escolar.
Los edificios escolares permanecerán cerrados.

Visit RIDE's COVID-19 web page for additional information.

Click here for technology resources.

Visite la página web COVID-19 de RIDE para
más información.

Haga clic aquí para obtener recursos tecnológicos.

Frequently Asked Questions - RI school closings and updates

Preguntas Frequentes - cierre de escuelas y noticias



In April, RIDE submitted two requests to the United States Department of Education (USED) for additional flexibilities aligned to federal funds and programs:


RIDE requested and received a waiver from requirements included in the Elementary and Secondary Education Action of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These two federal laws include the requirements states must follow to implement their state assessment and accountability systems. Approval of this waiver by USED suspended the parts of these laws that apply to the state assessment, accountability, and school improvement systems.

RI Reads at Home - April Reading Challenge

Governor Raimondo and Commissioner Infante-Green challenged all students in Rhode Island to read for at least 20-60 minutes every single day in the month of April. Here are the schools with the most minutes read during the April Reading Challenge: 

  • Early Education Center: Westerly Inclusion Preschool Program
  • Elementary School: Paul Cuffee Lower School
  • Middle School: Portsmouth Middle School
  • High School: Highlander Charter High School

Congratulations to these schools and their students, as well as all the students who participated from more than 300 schools statewide! We appreciate families and educators getting creative and helping us band together as a community to promote reading as a daily habit for our students. 

You can continue the challenge by using the hashtags #RIReadsAtHome and #ReadTogether on Twitter (@RIDeptEd), Facebook, and Instagram (@RIDeptEd)!

Click to view the April Reading Challenge Video

Find tips and resources on the April Reading Challenge page.

Check out our April Reading Challenge video (closed captioning is available by clicking on the CC button).

Rhode Island rises to the challenge

Commissioner Angélica M. Infante-Green

All across Rhode Island, our teachers, school leaders, families, and especially students are rising to the challenge of making education happen during challenging times. I want to personally thank all of you for going to great lengths to make sure learning goes on in the Ocean State.

I can think of no better way to show the nation that we are committed to “Turning Hope into Results.” Our vision for education in Rhode Island is founded on three core pillars: World-Class Talent, Excellence in Learning, and Engaged Communities. I am incredibly proud of how we are turning that vision into reality, even as we deal with a very real public health threat.

Now more than ever we need your support to ensure we give the best education to students across our state. You can help by donating to the Fund for Rhode Island Public Education. Charitable contributions in any amount will be accepted and used to support initiatives aligned to our vision that benefit the education of our public school students.

You are amazing. Thank you!

Angélica Infante-Green


Read more about Commissioner Infante-Green.