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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates and Resources

Updates and resources for the Rhode Island community about the coronavirus.

Friday, October 16, 2020 Updates

Rhode Island Department of Education Operations

As we strive to keep our students and community healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, RIDE's reception area and in-person certification office will be closed, and we will not hold in-person meetings or events. Our RIDE team will continue to be available to you by email or phone:

Resources and Information

We want to ensure you have access to the latest information about COVID-19.

General Information

2020-21 School Year Resources

In this unprecedented time, we recognize the sense of urgency to plan for the safe and sensible reopening of school buildings. RIDE continues to work in partnership with the Governor’s Office, the RI Department of Health (RIDOH), and other national partners to deeply engage in understanding how to safely and purposefully plan for the restart and recovery of our schools. We are committed to providing you with the information we do have at this time:

These documents are intended to support LEAs in planning and instruction for the upcoming school year. All are PDF unless otherwise noted.

Resources for Distance Learning

Resources and Tips for Families

Resources for Education Preparation, Evaluation, & Certification

  • Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) COVID-19 Plans: RIDE has reviewed all RI EPP COVID-19 plans and provided feedback. Based on these reviews, we recognize that all EPP plans have met the expectations that each program established as a Rhode Island approved provider. Thus, candidates put forward as program completers during the COVID-19 pandemic will be recognized as such by RIDE.
  • EPP COVID-19 Plan Update: RIDE has requested that EPPs complete and submit this plan update if unique elements of summer and fall instruction or clinical experience were not explicitly addressed in the initial plan.
  • Testing and Licensure Guidance: Updated COVID-19 guidance on testing--specifically requirements need for certification, program completion, and admission into educator preparation programs.
  • COVID-19 Temporary Initial Certification Guidance Memo: Additional guidance to EPPs and candidates explaining how those candidates who have not yet taken nor passed required tests for certification will be issued a Temporary Initial certificate instead of a full initial certificate. 
  • Educator Evaluation Guidance
  • Temporary Changes to Requirements of Educator Certification Regulations: On June 16, 2020, action was taken by the Council to grant approval to the Commissioner to make temporary changes to some of the requirements of educator certification regulations. This applies to educators who are either seeking certification in RI, or are renewing certificate(s) expiring in July/August of 2020. As a result, Rhode Island is making changes to tests, PLUs, and coursework requirements for a few certification types. These changes will remain in effect only until January 1, 2021, to ensure that they solely affect those Rhode Island educators impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.