Good Evening Warwick Families
As of today, Governor Raimondo announced that distance learning will continue until Friday, May 1st. All school buildings will remain closed during the month of April. Commissioner Infante-Green has designated Friday, April 3rd and Friday, April 17th as non-instructional days for students but as planning, staff meeting, or professional development days for district staff. She has also designated Thursday, April 9th and Friday, April 10th as vacation days for all districts. The Governor is challenging everyone to read every day during the month of April. Additional information about the reading challenge log, ebooks, and pick-up of reading materials will be posted on RIDE’s website shortly. On Thursday, April 2nd, at 1:00 PM, the Governor will hold a press conference for students. Your child’s teacher and/or principal can provide the information on how to submit questions and concerns to the Governor.
If your child’s Chromebook is in need of repair, please call 401-734-3045 or fill out the Chromebook repair form found here….bit.ly/WPSChromebooks. Keep the damaged Chromebook until further notice. A functioning Chromebook will be delivered via First Student Transportation, Tuesdays and Thursdays, between the hours of 8:00 AM and Noon. Once we have delivery information and a schedule is made, you will be called with the day and approximate time of delivery. Please do not make contact with the driver or aide. They will beep the horn and leave the Chromebook at your door.
If your child does not have a Chromebook and is in need of one, please contact your child’s school principal.
WPS K-5 Email
Warwick Public Schools has enabled internal email only to Kindergarten through grade 5 students to allow teachers to communicate assignments using Google Classroom. WPS email is for internal school use only. K-5 students cannot send messages to outside emails and outside senders cannot communicate with them. All emails are readable by administration. Email addresses are as follows:
Year of Graduation (2032-2027)firstname.lastname@example.org
In today’s message from the Governor–all households with cell phones that have the hotspot feature may activate that feature free with no usage fees through May 18th using Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile & Sprint. If you have WIFI in your home, please use that and not the hotspot as service will bog down.
Cox Communications is offering, for those families that qualify, internet service for $9.95 per month with the first 2 free months free. If you do not qualify and are in need of assistance, please call 401-734-3100
For additional information please visit; https://www.ride.ri.gov/InsideRIDE/AdditionalInformation/Covid19.aspx
The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) submitted a request to the United States Department of Education (USED) to waive the requirements for state assessments and accountability as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to cancel all state assessments for the 2019-20 school year.
The following Rhode Island state assessments are canceled for the 2019-20 school year:
RI SAT School Day with Essay
Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) alternate assessments
Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS)
Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA)
As part of the waiver, RIDE is required to gather public comments. An FAQ with additional details on how the waiver impacts assessment, accountability, and school improvement efforts is posted at www.ride.ri.gov/tc. In addition, a short survey asks if you agree with this waiver request and also provides space to share additional comments you feel are important for RIDE to take into consideration. We encourage you to comment.
Link to survey and FAQ (comments due by Friday, April 10, 2020 at 4:00pm)
Kids Link is a hotline that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parents can call 1-855-543-5465 when a child is feeling anger or sadness or has severe worries. You can find more information on the Lifespan website; https://www.lifespan.org/site-search?ss360Query=kids%20link
We want to thank you for your patience and your commitment to the education of your children and our students. On average, we have 87% student participation in all of our elementary and secondary schools. We know there is a lot of hard work ahead of us, but this is an impressive start!