Putting Health and Safety First

Message from Commissioner Infante-Green

From the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, our state’s response has been, and will continue to be, driven by science and data. Our approach to reopening schools is no different. We will continue to rely on the latest public health information, facts, and science in making the best decisions to keep students learning, while keeping students, families, and educators healthy.

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Our goal is to prepare for students in-person learning on August 31, if the public health situation allows it. But we will also be fully prepared to move to teach our children under the other scenarios, including distance learning, if necessary. Health experts tell us that children learn best and thrive emotionally when physically present in the classroom. Children get much more than academics at school. They learn social and emotional skills, get healthy meals and exercise, receive mental health support, and have access to other services that cannot be easily replicated online.

The mental, social, physical, and intellectual health of our students is the foremost consideration in every decision we make. The health of teachers and other school staff are also driving concerns. Communities will always come first. Rhode Islanders did a great job with distance learning, and we will continue to chart these unfamiliar waters together, with flexibility and patience.

We understand that families, caregivers, students, and educators have questions and reservations. Back2SchoolRI.com is here to provide the information everyone should know about the measures we’re taking to keep students, teachers, and staff safe.

Thank you for taking the time to visit this site and learn more. We encourage you to join one of our many community events and to stay in touch with us. Together, we will get through this.


Angélica Infante-Green
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

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