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Here are the reopening plans for every Rhode Island school district

Classical High School in Providence.
Classical High School in Providence.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

The only thing anyone can guarantee about Rhode Island schools for the 2020-21 school year is that they’ll look nothing like the schools that students attended last September. Thanks, coronavirus.

Districts across the state have spent the summer planning a wide range of scenarios for reopening, submitting plans to the state that include options for full in-person learning, partial in-person learning, and all-distance learning.

While the Rhode Island Department of Education will have the final say over when districts can reopen – the target date is Aug. 31, but an announcement will be made the week of Aug. 17 – each school system has its own plans. Here’s a breakdown of the key things to know about each district, as well as a link to their proposal.

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*This will be updated as new information comes in.

**N/A = The plan was not clearly stated on the district’s website.

Barrington

Masks: Required

Class size: 15 students (PK-6 could grow to 30)

Transportation: Staggered start times and schedules to limit size

Distance learning: Classes will be recorded for students not in school

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: For PK-6, no transitions between classes

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Bristol-Warren

Masks: Required

Class size: Up to 24 for elementary, up to 26 for middle school, up to 28 for high school

Transportation: Bus service limited for essential need only

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: Working with families on plans

Other: The district is limiting screen time by grade

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Burrillville

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, size not clear

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Buses will be emptied on at a time and students will go straight to class

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Central Falls

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, size not clear

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Transportation: Buses available

Distance learning: Every student will have access to a Chromebook

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: All students must have temperature taken prior to getting on bus

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Chariho

Masks: Required

Class size: If reopening is limited, a maximum of 15 students

Transportation: Assigned seating for siblings

Distance learning: Developing plan for families that want students to stay home

Special education: N/A

Other: Strict visitor policy

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Coventry

Masks: Required

Class size: If reopening is limited, a maximum of 15 students

Transportation: Assigned seating

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: Working with families on plans

Other: Will stagger schedules if it can’t fully reopen

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Cranston

Masks: Required

Class size: If reopening is limited, a maximum of 15 students

Transportation: N/A

Distance learning: Working on plan for students who can’t be in school

Special education: Working with families on plans

Other: It is recommended that activities such as chorus and any group band rehearsal or performance be suspended temporarily or occur virtually

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Cumberland

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, size not clear

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: Working with families on plans

Other: District expects staff absences to be two times higher than normal based on screening protocols

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East Greenwich

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, size not clear

Transportation: 25 students/bus

Distance learning: 1:1 student-device ratio

Special education: N/A

Other: In a survey, 89 percent of parents stated a preference to return to in-person learning

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East Providence

Masks: Required

Class size: If reopening is limited, a maximum of 15 students

Transportation: Minimum mileage from school increasing

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: Co-teaching will be in place both in person and distance learning environments

Other: Each school has a team dedicated to students’ mental health

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Exeter-West Greenwich

Masks: Strongly encouraged

Class size: Stable groups

Transportation: Available, students must be screened

Distance learning: N/A

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Visitors must wear masks

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Foster

Masks: Encouraged

Class size: 12-15 for partial in-person learning

Transportation: 68 percent of families plan to use bus services

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Students will be allowed to eat lunch outside

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Foster-Glocester

Masks: N/A

Class size: N/A

Transportation: Families must opt-in

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: N/A

Other: N/A

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Jamestown

Masks: Required

Class size: Between 18 and 25

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Students in grades 3-8 will be assigned their own technology device to use in the classroom.

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Johnston

Masks: Required at times, recommended at others

Class size: 12-15 for partial in-person learning

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: No option for families to choose to keep students out of school

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Virtual field trips only

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Lincoln

Masks: Encouraged

Class size: N/A

Transportation: Parents will be encouraged to provide transportation to school to the extent possible

Distance learning: Working on plan to offer remote learning/live instruction for families

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Students and staff will be asked to self-screen for symptoms

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Little Compton

Masks: Required

Class size: Average size is 13 students

Transportation: No more than 23 students on a bus

Distance learning: No option for families to choose to keep students out of school

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Wilbur McMahon School will commit to ensuring each grade level will experience 10 outdoor, on-site instructional days prior to Thanksgiving.

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Middletown

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups

Transportation: Families must opt-in

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: N/A

Other: Meals will be eaten in classrooms

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Narragansett

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: District has 1:1 student-device ratio

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: District has procured more than 18,000 masks

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Newport

Masks: Strongly encouraged

Class size: N/A

Transportation: Families must opt-in

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Wednesdays will be remote learning

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New Shoreham (Block Island)

Masks: Required

Class size: N/A

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: N/A

Special education: N/A

Other: District will be advertising for an additional custodian to help with daily cleaning needs

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North Kingstown

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

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Transportation: Available

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: High school will dismiss at 11:50 a.m.

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North Providence

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely for medical reasons

Special education: N/A

Other: There will be no night events allowed at any of the schools

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North Smithfield

Masks: Recommended Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: N/A

Other: In full reopening, Monday’s will still be distance learning

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Pawtucket

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

Transportation: Available, assigned seats

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Families will screen students at home

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Portsmouth

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: District has 1:1 student-device ratio

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Students will eat lunch in classrooms

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Providence

Masks: Required

Class size: If reopening is limited, a maximum of 15 students

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Students will be screened by bus monitors

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Scituate

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

Transportation: Families must opt-in

Distance learning: N/A

Special education: Working closely with families

Other: 42.5 percent of faculty/staff stated that either they did have a medical condition that put them in a higher risk group or were unsure if their medical condition did put them in a higher risk group

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Smithfield

Masks: Recommended

Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

Transportation: Available, assigned seating

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely for medical reasons

Special education: N/A

Other: Families will be expected to screen students

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South Kingstown

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: In-person and remote learning options will available. Families will have a choice.

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Students can’t check out books in the library

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Tiverton

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: N/A

Special education: N/A

Other: Families must screen students

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Warwick

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

Transportation: Families must opt-in

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: N/A

Other: In limited return, half of students will attend Tuesday/Thursday and half will attend Wednesday/Friday. Mondays will be distance learning

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Westerly

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

Transportation: Families must opt-in

Distance learning: N/A

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: District wants Ocean Community YMCA to run before school/after school programming

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West Warwick

Masks: Required

Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: Families can choose to learn remotely

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: The only district that is making it clear full in-person return is not possible

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Woonsocket

Masks: N/A

Class size: Stable groups, staggered schedules

Transportation: Available

Distance learning: N/A

Special education: In-person preferred

Other: Lunch will be in class

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Dan McGowan can be reached at dan.mcgowan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @danmcgowan.