Your Community’s Plan

Last summer, our school communities – students, families, teachers, principals, superintendents, and staff – came together like never before to safely reopen schools under unprecedented circumstances. It was no small task, but Rhode Island got it done.

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), and the public Local Education Agencies (LEAs) – which include public school districts, charter schools/collaboratives, and state-run schools (see below) – worked hard to ensure we are delivering on the promise of a high-quality education in the 2020-2021 school year.

RIDE provided the LEAs with planning guidance and asked that each prepare for a full range of scenarios – from full in-person to distance learning. We developed reopening metrics to determine which scenario could be most safely implemented. And we stood up an Education Operations Center to support our school communities in real time as issues arise.

In every decision we made and continue to make, we put the mental, social, physical, and intellectual health of all students first.

On September 14, 2020 our hard work and planning paid off. Rhode Island students were back to learning – with many back in their classrooms.

We would not have made it without the steady leadership of our Governor, the health and safety guidance of our partners at RIDOH, the total commitment of the RIDE team, and the on-the-ground planning by our schools. It took a lot of hard work and planning to get us to that first day of school.