June 4, 2021
Dear Students, Staff, and Families,
I hope this email finds you well and like me, you are feeling some relief that things are increasingly getting back to normal. I have just a few things to share with you in this communication.
As of Monday, June 7th, all students in grades PreK through twelve will be in for five days of in-person learning. This will be the first time since March of 2020 that everyone, with the exception of distance learners, will be physically back in school every day. It has been a long haul and it feels good that things are getting back to normal.
There are lots of activities planned for the end of the year that will allow students, staff, and families to get together. Promotional activities are being planned at the elementary and middle schools. Your principals will be sharing those plans with you.
We have received guidance from the Governor and Rhode Island Department of Health on what is allowed for gatherings as we approach the end of the school year. We are pleased to hear that for all outdoor activities, no one is required to wear a mask and three feet of social distancing is not required.
Masks and three feet of social distancing are still required for any activities held indoors.
I attended a nice ceremony at the high school this morning. I was invited by Jessica Delaney, one of our highly regarded teachers, to a white coat ceremony. Ms. Delaney is a teacher in the BioMedical Pathways program. Seniors who have successfully completed this rigorous pathway, were rewarded with a white coat that was presented by Ms. Delaney. These impressive students will be continuing their education in a medical field. As the superintendent, I am very pleased that we have this and other pathways available to our students. They have an opportunity to explore a potential career choice while in high school.
Congratulations to the forty seniors who were recognized on Tuesday for earning the title of Distinguished Scholar. These students have distinguished themselves in many ways including academics, athletics, music, fundraising, community service and more. The ceremony was held in the high school auditorium and attended by many local and state dignitaries.
Thanks to our students, staff, and families for persevering through what has been perhaps the biggest challenge of our lives. Enjoy the weekend.
Robert A. Mitchell
Superintendent of Schools