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Today, Governor Raimondo announced during her COVID-19 press briefing that almost every school district in the state—with two exceptions: Providence and Central Falls—has achieved 5 reopening metrics and has the green light to begin to reopen for full in-person learning on September 14th.

The Governor said that every school has a plan to support students and staff if they become sick. Between detailed mitigation protocols schools are putting in place and the expertise the state’s teams have developed around outbreak response, she says the state is confident that we can slow and prevent outbreaks.

Every school district has a mandatory mask-wearing and social-distancing requirement, according to the Governor.

Providence and Central Falls will start school year with partial in-person learning. In one month, the percent positive rate in those communities will be reviewed to see if the schools can transition to full in-person.

Late in today’s press briefing, Governor Raimondo announced that schools can stagger their reopening/ take up to four weeks to phase all students into school.

Private/religious schools have also been given the green light to reopen for in-person learning.

The Governor will hold a 15-minute press briefing every weekday this week to discuss a different topic regarding schools reopening.

More information and video of the announcement here –Live on WUN: Governor Raimondo COVID-19 Press Briefing (Aug. 31)

Superintendent Reaction

Colleen Burns Jermain, Superintendent of Newport Public Schools, will join us for a live video interview at 3:30 pm today to react to the school opening news and to provide us the latest information for Newport Public Schools. Watch live here – WUN-ON-ONE: A conversation with Colleen Burns Jermain, Superintendent of Newport Public Schools

This story is developing and will be updated.

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