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Published on Friday, January 07, 2022
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Dan McKee, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Rhode Island Department of Education today announced new COVID-19 guidance for Pre-K-12 schools which adopts the latest CDC guidance and will protect the health of school communities while keeping students in school.
“My Administration has been committed to keeping students in the classroom where they are safest and where they learn best, and we’re taking steps to make sure that continues,” said Governor McKee. “We’re following the CDC and making changes to our school guidance that uses the existing capacities in schools, while prioritizing approaches based on data and the evolving surge in cases. Every student deserves a full, in-person education, and these new guidelines will help us ensure that COVID-19 does not disrupt their learning.”
When students return to school Monday, January 10, the following guidelines will be effective:
“This new guidance for schools aligns with the latest recommendations from national health experts at the CDC,” said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. “We know our kids learn best in school. It is critical that we minimize disruptions to school communities, while doing everything we can to limit transmission of COVID-19.”
“We’ve heard from families across the state that want their children in school, and we’re taking action,” said RIDE Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. “These new guidelines will ensure students benefit from the academic and social-emotional supports of in-person learning while protecting their health and safety. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with school leaders in each district to support them in providing the high-quality education their students deserve.”