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COVID-19 Updates

Visit Back2SchoolRI.com for resources and information for the 2020-2021 school year.

Visite Back2SchoolRI.com para obtener recursos e información para el 2020-2021 año escolar.

Need a COVID-19 test? Click here for information on the PK-12 student and staff testing program

¿Necesita una prueba de COVID-19? Haga clic aquí para obtener información sobre el programa de pruebas para estudiantes y personal de PK-12.

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

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

  

A Message to the Rhode Island Community/Un mensaje para la comunidad educativa de Rhode Island

Haga clic aquí para ver mi mensaje.

We are now well into the 2020-2021 school year, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on where we are and where we are going.

Let me start with a huge, heartfelt thank you to our school communities – students, families, teachers, principals, superintendents and staff. Your efforts and hard work have gotten us to where we are today. Across Rhode Island, students are learning – with many back in their classrooms.

We are delivering on the promise of a high-quality education under unprecedented circumstances. On September 14, we said “Rhode Island Is Ready to Learn,” and you proved it. Thank you! It took a lot of hard work and planning to get us to that first day of school.

We would not have made it without the steady leadership of Governor Raimondo; the health and safety guidance of our partners at the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDOH); the total commitment of my team at the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE); and the on-the-ground planning by our schools.

As we have these past few months, we will continue to keep you apprised of the latest news and host Events and Q&A forums to address your questions. We will continue to provide our schools communities with resources, including protocols and playbooks. We are making sure schools and families had access to forms and guidance for knowing the rules and keeping everyone safe. We are posting explainer videos so that Rhode Islanders could hear directly from the experts. And we are even providing activities for our youngest learners so they could have fun while making masks.

RIDE, RIDOH, and the Rhode Island National Guard (RING) also stood up our Education Operations Center (EdOC), which is giving real-time support to schools across the state as they navigate the challenges that this year continues to present us. Along with launching this support system, Rhode Island also has a dedicated PK-12 Testing Program.

Our state stands together in a way that is unique to Rhode Island, and we insist that this global pandemic will not stop us from delivering on the promise of a high-quality education to all of our students. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for the work that we have accomplished. I am looking forward to staying united during this school year.


Angélica Infante-Green



El año escolar 2020-21 comienza el 14 de septiembre de 2020. Visite Back2SchoolRI.com para obtener recursos e información.
¿Necesita una prueba de COVID-19? Haga clic aquí para obtener información sobre el programa de pruebas para estudiantes y personal de PK-12.

Statewide School Calendar

One of the key supports for our school communities during the COVID-19 pandemic has been utilizing a statewide school calendar so that all Rhode Island students, educators and families are operating on one shared schedule. A unified school calendar ensures that educators from across the state have the opportunity to prepare and engage in professional development opportunities to better serve students and families.

Here are resources for school communities for the current 2020-21 school year: 

The unified calendar for the 2021-22 school year is now available: 2021-22 School Calendar (PDF). This calendar allows:

  • An earlier school year start for districts and for the inclusion of any religious holidays the school community celebrates.
  • Alignment of vacation weeks and professional learning opportunities. Keeping vacation weeks the same provides consistency for families and staff. Sharing the same Professional Development days allows us to pool our resources and utilize state offered professional learning.
  • Flexibility to LEAs on the last day of school, depending on the year start date and holidays, still requiring 180 days minimum of learning.

Families and staff should check with their local LEAs and schools for specific schedules.

You can also follow RIDE on Twitter (@RIDeptEd), Facebook, and Instagram (@RIDeptEd) to get our latest updates.

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
Commissioner

 

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