Updates on the Return to School 

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NEARI and RIFTHP standing together say a perfect solution does not exist. A safe one does. Distance learning only.

NEARI and RIFTHP in a joint letter, are calling on the governor, RIDE, & RIDOH to begin the school year with distance learning. And that should start no earlier than September 9 to allow the necessary preparation for distance learning to be successful. 

Additionally: NEARI and RIFTHP educators and support professionals cannot return to unsafe school buildings for face-to-face instruction until districts and the state can meet these eight necessary criteria to protect all students, families, and educators:

  • A statewide Covid-19 R-value that indicates the virus is under control and will stop spreading
  • Rapid testing and response are proven and widely accessible
  • Successful air quality inspections of every classroom and workspace prior to school opening as required by law and regulation
  • Masks required for all students, staff, and visitors
  • Social distancing and desks spaced at least six feet apart
  • True stable groups of 15 in alignment with current RI social gathering requirements
  • Health precautions such as daily temperature checks for students, staff, and visitors
  • An adequate and safe means of transportation for all students entering and leaving our schools as required


Read the full letter

Watch the NEARI/RIFTHP joint press conference carried live by WPRI Ch. 12.

Ask Larry and Bob

Have a question? Larry and Bob have answers. Submit your questions to bit.ly/asklarryandbob and NEARI President Larry Purtill and Executive Director Bob Walsh will answer them amid a recorded weekly discussion on education topics of the day. 

Ask Larry and Bob is recorded weekly on Mondays. View episodes on our YouTube Channel Playlist. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel! 


RIDE creates "Back to School Rhode Island website

back2schoolri.com will apparently house all the LEA return plans and future updates on health and safety as well as the metrics put in place to decide which plans will be implemented. 

Go to backtoschoolri.com 

Reopening RI Back to School Guidance 

Governor Raimondo and Commissioner Infante-Green announced on June 19, 2020 reopening guidance for the 2020-21 school year.

Districts are expected to submit multiple plans - a full return, full distance learning, and a hybrid plan - by July 17, 2020. 

Unified Calendar

Rhode Island schools will have a unified calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Statewide calendar

COVID-19 is tough, but we're tougher

NEA has put together a website with advice for engaging students online, strategies for maintaining support for the most vulnerable, words of encouragement, ways to alleviate stress and avoid burnout, and more.


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