Parents, Schools, and Child Care

Pre K-12 COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Find case and vaccination data for children, schools, and districts in Rhode Island at covid.ri.gov/kidsdata.


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Summer Camp 2022

Summer Camp programs in Rhode Island can find updated COVID-19 health and safety recommendations and resources here. We ask all summer camp programs to complete the short survey found here by May 30, 2022. Contact RIDOH with any questions at [email protected].

For the 2021-22 school year, Rhode Island schools are responsible for writing their own health and safety plans to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Schools should follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) for COVID-19 mitigation prevention strategies.

In line with CDC guidance and RIDOH best practice, Rhode Island updated guidance for COVID-19 mitigation in schools which provides recommendations for approaches based on the level of statewide transmission in February 2022.

RIDOH shared updated quarantine and isolation guidance for Pre K-12 schools in January 2022. These updates reflect new data, science, and understanding of COVID-19 and Rhode Island schools and enhance the the Fall 2021 Guidance for Pre K-12 schools which was shared before the start of the year to  help school districts plan for 100% in-person learning.

RIDOH updated its Outbreak Response Protocols Playbook for Pre K-12 in January 2022. 

Child Care Programs

Eligible families can get assistance for equitable access to high-quality, safe, affordable child care. Eligible families can choose their own child care provider. RIDOH updated quarantine and isolation guidance and the outbreak response playbook for child care settings.

Five School and Child Care Safety Tips

  1.  Vaccinate everyone age 5 or older and stay up to date with their vaccinations.
  2. Mask your kids to help stop the spread.
  3. Wash hands frequently.
    • Hand washing is one of the most simple and best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19, flu, and other infectious diseases.
    • Protect your household from COVID-19.
  4.  Keep kids home if they have COVID-19 symptoms. 
  5. Get tested as recommended.

COVID-19 and Children

  • Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or they may have no symptoms at all (“asymptomatic”). Fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults.
  • Babies younger than one and children with certain underlying medical conditions may be more likely to have serious illness from COVID-19.
  • Some children who have had COVID-19 have developed a rare but serious disease called multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). Some doctors think the condition is related to having COVID-19, but the connection is still not clear. Learn more with the MIS-C Fact Sheet.
  • Tips on coping with stress from COVID-19.