See below for an update from the Superintendent sent to families and staff Monday afternoon.
Important School Calendar & Inclement Weather Message 12/14/2020
This afternoon, December 14, 2020, Barrington Public Schools received an important update from Commissioner Infante-Green that we wanted to share with you.
Holiday Break and School Calendar Changes
Commissioner Infante Green wanted to remind us that our behavior over the next two weeks will critically impact a successful and safe return to our classrooms in 2021. As such the following steps will be put in place to allow for staff and student quarantining and to allow administrators to explore on-site COVID testing plans to allow time for quarantining and for school leaders to explore testing:
The decision to go to a temporary period of distance learning was a very difficult one that we have tried to avoid. We acknowledge the social-emotional and academic benefits of being in person. As such, during distance learning, our teachers will encourage opportunities for movement breaks and relationship-building, such as social lunchtime on Zoom and outdoor breaks. Importantly, all of our social-emotional staff will be available to any student or family in need. Please reach out to your counselor or building principal for support. Due to safety and staffing, the District has made this decision with all of the data currently available to us. We understand the challenges that the decision brings with it and appreciate the support that you have offered to our school staff and administration throughout this pandemic.
Inclement Weather Plans
At the same time as we are planning for the holiday break, we are also closely monitoring a potential winter storm. All teachers have developed distance learning work for students in the event of power outages. As such, the following steps should be taken:
Update on Lengths of Quarantine
As you are aware, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) provided organizations with some flexibilities on the length of quarantine. In the message from the Rhode Island Department of Education, it is was shared:
I know the past nine months have not been easy. The recent news of the release of the vaccine has provided us with a glimmer of hope. We need to continue to rally together and be patient as we work together to ensure our students, staff, and families' health and safety.