A letter from the President and Executive Director of RISSA shows the State Superintendents are advocating for in-person learning for after the holidays!
Read the letter here:
December 22, 2021
Dear Governor McKee, Commissioner Infante-Green, Dr. Alexander-Scott:
As the holidays are upon us, the Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association (RISSA),
composed of the superintendents of all RI districts, recommends the following circumstances for schools in RI when we return from holiday break.
Our students are experiencing trauma, learning loss and increased time away from school, due
to the circumstances of COVID-19, including quarantining as a “close contact.” Both anecdotally and in data review, we have noticed that most students who have been excluded from school due to being a close contact, have not tested positive during their quarantine. Therefore, hundreds of healthy students have lost countless hours of school, for no reason.
We, as education professionals, know that children being in school ensures their physical and
emotional safety, their continuity of learning, and enables families to continue working to support their financial needs. We want to keep that educational opportunity viable for as many students as possible.
Therefore, given the current status of school infection rates in RI, we want to resume in person
education when we return on or about January 3, 2022. When we return, districts will promote
screen to stay protocols. Screen to stay is defined as: unless students are symptomatic or test
positive, students should attend school in person. Healthy children belong in school.
Of course, if there is a significant increase in the number of positive cases in our staff or students, or if RIDOH or the Governor closes schools statewide, we would of course follow the guidance or directive.
Executive Director RISSA