Plans for a Safe Reopening

The public Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in Rhode Island include public school districts, charter schools/collaboratives, and state-run schools. The LEAs, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) have been working hard with our communities across the state to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

While the goal is to have all students return to school in-person on the first day, 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. The decision on which scenario we use will be based on the latest health and safety considerations as we approach the start of school. The mental, social, physical, and intellectual health of all students has been and will continue to be the foremost consideration in every decision we make.

As of August 31, all LEAs have been given a green light – based on our statewide reopening metrics – for full reopening, except Central Falls and Providence. Learn more below.