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Virtual Instructional Day Laws and Guidance

In 2017, Governor Raimondo signed a bill into law requiring that the Rhode Island Department of Education (“RIDE”) establish a policy that allows districts to submit detailed plans if their schools intend to conduct instruction through virtual education when schools have been closed due to inclement weather or other emergency. This guidance contains information about the process a Local Education Agency (“LEA”) should use to submit a plan, the components that should be included in the plan, and a rubric establishing criteria as to how the plan will be evaluated. Read the full legislation.

Please submit plans via email to info@ride.ri.gov

What are the components of a Virtual Instructional Day Plan?

There are three main components to a Virtual Instructional Day Plan including:

  1. Culture and Management
  2. Curriculum and Instruction
  3. Technology and Supports

LEA's may use the Virtual Instructional Day Plan Template to help ensure that all components of the plan are included. Supporting documents and links may also be included. Be sure to title and label corresponding evidence for clarity. (1a, 1b, 1c, etc.)


What is the process for submitting a Virtual Instructional Day Plan?

There are four steps to the process;

  1. The Local Education Authority (LEA) completes a plan including all components described in the accompanying guidance. Plans may be submitted to RIDE at any time during the year to info@ride.ri.gov.
  2. RIDE provides confirmation of receipt of the plan and will notify the LEA of any additional information needed prior to review of the application.
  3. The RIDE team reviews the application and provides feedback regarding the status of the application.
  4. Approved applications are placed on the next available Council agenda for final approval.

The maximum number of virtual instructional days approved is limited to three per school year.

How are Virtual Instructional Day Plans evaluated?

The Application Review Rubric will be used to review plans. LEA plans must receive five out of six possible points on the rubric to be considered for approval by the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education.