Just One Thing
Limiting Circle of Friends
August 7, 2020
During Wednesday’s Press Conference with Governor Raimondo, she and Dr. Alexander Scott reminded us of the importance of limiting our interactions to 15 people, including our families. In limiting our interactions to the same people, we significantly decrease the likelihood of contracting or spreading COVID-19. As we reflected on her message, we thought that today’s edition should serve as a reminder to begin to create our bubble group of family members and friends and to avoid hot spots. As Dr. Chan notes, let’s “agree to be COVID free.”
In taking this step, we will be preparing our students for school re-entry while also increasing the likelihood of in-person learning. We will also be able to better help the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) with Contact Tracing.
Governor Raimondo further discusses the importance of creating a circle of friends and family members in her interview with Dr. Philip Chan, a local infectious disease expert. The conversation also includes the other strategies necessary to keep us safe, the most up to date information that we know about COVID-19 right now, and the Playbook that RIDOH will release the week of August 16, 2020.
Just One Thing Family Edition - Handwashing
August 6, 2020
The Importance of Handwashing
Next to mask-wearing, Barrington Public Schools wants to remind all of our students about the importance of handwashing. We also want to take this opportunity to talk about the difference between washing hands with soap and water and using hand sanitizer.
Throughout the school day, we will be providing handwashing and sanitizing opportunities upon arrival, when moving from one location to another, before and after recess, before and after using the restrooms, before and after snack and lunch, and when exiting the classroom. It is critical that all staff and students take part in these opportunities.
We know from the Centers for Disease Control, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and the American Pediatrics Association that frequent hand washing can decrease the likelihood of contracting COVID, especially if we are very careful about mask-wearing and not touching our face, eyes, nose, and mouth. Frequent handwashing can also prevent the spread of other illnesses, like seasonal flu. Because it is so important to wash our hands frequently and use the best strategies to do so, we have included several resources for you to learn more.
Just One Thing - Family Edition August 5, 2020
Just One Thing for Families
August 5, 2020
Barrington Public Schools recognize the social-emotional challenges children may be faced with returning to school in August. Many of their routines will be different. The school layout, mask-wearing, and social distancing may be different. They may feel isolated from their friends due to the pods and schedules. We would like to remind you that our counselors, teachers, and principals are here to help you and your child transition. Here is a link to the mental health professionals in our District.
During our return, we will focus heavily on rituals, routines, and the social-emotional well-being of students. Our teachers will receive training in mental health first aid and trauma-based instructional strategies. We will increase opportunities for students to connect with trusted adults and advisors.
Also, we want to provide you with some resources to consider as you engage in return to school, distance or in-person, conversations with your children.
Supporting your child’s mental health as they return to school during COVID-19: How parents can help their children navigate their feelings during school reopenings.
Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
Important Update for Families and Staff
RIDE has reviewed Barrington’s Plan, and the plan is available on the District Website. No changes or revisions were required at this time.
The Governor outlined the process for making decisions regarding school re-opening models and dates. The primary deciding factors will be the criteria established by the Rhode Island Department of Health, including access to rapid testing. The requirements are outlined here: https://www.back2schoolri.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/7.29.20_SchoolMetricsSlide_FINAL.pdf
“As with every decision we've made during this crisis, our efforts to reopen our schools will be driven by science and data. We’ve identified a clear, comprehensive set of benchmarks we need to hit in order to be confident we’re ready to fully reopen schools. Those metrics are: statewide readiness, municipal readiness, testing readiness, supply readiness, and operational readiness. And we’ve assembled a team of local and national health experts to guide us during this process. The week of August 16, we’ll make a determination about the start of this school year.
It's our job to work day and night to get to a point where we can say with confidence we check every box on this list. If not, then it means we’re not ready to fully reopen on August 31. Every school district must be prepared with both in-person and remote learning options, and parents will be able to choose the option they’re most comfortable with.” (Governor Gina Raimondo)
Rhode Island will be issuing an updated Health and Safety Playbook for schools. The Playbook will be used to guide all safety decisions, such as contact tracing and quarantine. We anticipate access to the document the week of August 17. We will continue to keep you informed regarding any changes made by the State for re-entry.
First Day of School
In an effort to support groups of students transitioning to new buildings or who may struggle with transition, the Task Force has determined the following
August 31st will be an in-person day for the following groups
Students with learning plans who are attending five days a week, regardless of their grade level
August 31st will be a virtual meet and greet, course introduction, and socialization day for all other students
September 1st will be the first in-person day for all other K-5 students and all other students in grades 7-12 with last names starting with A-K
September 3rd will be the first in-person day for all other students in grades 7-12 with last names starting L-Z
In our partial plan for PK-6 and our Hybrid Plan for students in grades 7-12, the Task Force determined that it was critical to keep families together. In an effort to accomplish this, we have divided our students alphabetically Group A Blue Day: A-K and Group B Gold Day: L-Z.
We recognize that some families are blended and have last names that may span A-K and L-Z in the same house. For example, a family may include children with the last name Anderson and Smith. In these instances, the families will have the option to send all their family members who live in the same home to the days designated for A-K.
If you are a blended family in one home and would like your family members to be on the same daily schedule, please complete the linked form.
Re-entry Trial Run
The Barrington Re-entry Task Force has developed a re-entry trial run for each school in the District. A team of teachers, administrators, and parents will run through a modified schedule to determine our protocols’ strengths and opportunities. The event will occur on August 18.
Frequently Asked Questions
As we prepare for our forums, we will update the FAQ form on our website. As a reminder, our PK-6 Forum is on August 12th at 6:00 PM, 7-12 Forum is on August 13th at 6:00 PM, and Staff Forum August 13th at 8:30 AM.
If you have additional questions to add, please do so. Questions and answers will be updated by August 11th.
As you know, the District Task Force on Re-entry has been working since school officially ended. We created and sent surveys to staff and families for feedback. That data has been collected and is used to inform our work. As stated in a previous email I sent on June 23, and there will be an opportunity for families (parents/guardians and students) to participate in a webinar on July 13 at 6 pm during which your feedback on several topics will be solicited. The topics that will be open for feedback include the following:
- Health & Safety
- Instructional strategies and support
- Hybrid Model
As a reminder, this meeting will serve the purpose of gathering information from you; it will not be a meeting to provide concrete answers about re-opening since our model will still be in the planning stage at that time. However, there will be another webinar in August set up for staff after the plan is approved by RIDE. At that point, we will be able to provide answers to your questions.
Please complete this form if you intend to participate. https://forms.gle/mcuAykupCuAQ8QZCA
To see our guidelines, guidance from RIDE and RIDOH, and FAQ, please visit our District Page
It is important to note that we must adhere to the guidance on the RIDOH and RIDE documents for all of our plans.
An email with the link for Zoom was sent to you. If you need the link, please contact Nancy Gladney email@example.com
We will be adding the below opportunities for students to the Summer Learning Page shared earlier.
I am writing to let you know that RWU|UC has Great News! The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) is offering a Summer Academy for Interactive Learning (SAIL). This means that your students can sign up for Roger Williams University|University College courses for FREE! We are offering 17 classes this summer. Four of these courses are offered for college credit. ALL classes are offered ONLINE synchronously (live) on the days and times listed on the RIDE website. Please share with your networks. I am happy to answer questions you, your staff, or your contacts may have. Respectfully, Pamela Pereira
I am writing to let you know that RWU|UC has Great News! The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) is offering a Summer Academy for Interactive Learning (SAIL). This means that you can sign up for Roger Williams University|University College courses for FREE! We are offering 17 classes this summer. Four of these courses are offered for college credit. ALL classes are offered ONLINE synchronously (live) on the days and times listed on the RIDE website.
You can take college credit courses and enrichment courses with RWU|UC. Below are just a few of the 17 courses that we are offering this summer.
· Are you interested in Virtual Reality? Take our Virtual Reality course and design and build your own VR-Headset – and get college credit! Virtual Reality Course
· Are you thinking about being a baby sitter? Take our Caregiving of Siblings and Other Young Children course - Caregiver Course
· Are you interested in growing your own food indoors? Take our Introduction to Hydroponics course – you will receive a kit with all the supplies needed - Hydroponics Course
· Are you going to be a senior in the fall? The Adulting 101: What happens next? Is the course for you!! - Adulting 101 Course
· Do you have great ideas and want to learn how to plan events and parties? Check out our Event Planning and Project Management course - Event Planning Course
· Do you want to learn how to sew and make things for yourself and others? Check out our L.I.F.E. course – you will receive a kit with all the supplies needed for the course - LIFE Course
· Are you thinking of starting a group at your school to have a place where your classmates can work out conflicts? Check out our Conflict Management/Resolution course – get college credit! - Conflict Management Course
Go to the following link and search for Roger Williams to see all of our summer offerings: SAIL Summer Courses.
Email or call me if you have questions!
Pamela Pereira, Assistant Director of Retention and Student Services
University College | Roger Williams University
1 Empire Street – 3rd Floor Providence, RI 02903 ☏ 401.254.3582| ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org
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The re-entry task force is hard at work developing an all-in, partial-in, and limited-in plan for our Augst re-entry. We would like to take this time to receive your feedback on important areas to help us build the best possible plans. Please complete this survey by 8 am Monday, June 29th. https://forms.gle/xF8bo6HDonec...
We will also be inviting you to participate in an optional focus group. Please save the Date: Monday July 13th at 6:00PM. The purpose of the focus group is to provide the task force with information that we can use to build our plans. An additional meeting will be provided for Q & A after our plans are accepted by RIDE.
In the meantime, if you would like to submit questions, read our FAQs, or review the guidance we have received from RIDE, please visit our site : https://www.barringtonschools.org/o/barrington-schools/page/reentry-2020-2021.
As yesterday was the last day of school for our students, I would like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize the vital role our families played during the spring in supporting our schools and, most importantly, your children.
What makes Barrington Public Schools an exceptional place for our students to learn and grow is due to our dedicated educators and our supportive families. Your partnership with our educators has enabled us to continue providing our students with educational opportunities. Without the support of our families, our high level of students’ engagement and attendance would not have been possible.
I understand the many challenges and disappointments you, along with your children, may have faced during this pandemic. I have heard and seen the commitment of families to overcome the obstacles you met for the good of your children and the community. Equally important, I celebrate the amazing accomplishments, and successes students and teachers had during this same time.
Ae we look ahead to the 2020-21 school year, we recognize that we face many unknowns. The District has established a reentry task force that includes school and district-level leadership. The task force will draft a reentry plan for three possible scenarios: a traditional start, a hybrid start, and a distance learning start. The District has made a page available to the public to access all up to date information. Also, we have created an opportunity for immediate community feedback and questions regarding school reentry next year. As you may have many questions and ideas, please access this https://forms.gle/mYSCntugF3vSvSDA8, and the reentry task force will review and answer all comments and questions as information becomes available. Over the summer, we will be providing timely and transparent information about our plans as they begin to take shape.
Please note that next week the District will be sending you a critical survey to be complete to assist us in our reentry planning process. Also, please pay attention to District email over the summer as we will provide you with updated reentry information and opportunities to engage in focus groups.
I hope all of you have a chance to take time this summer with your children to relax, get outside, and have fun. As a District and as a school community, we have accomplished much together this year. We look forward to our return to our schools on August 31st.
Michael B. Messore III
Barrington Public Schools
283 County Road
Barrington, R.I. 02806
(401) 245-5000 ex1
(401) 245-5003 fax
Our mission for the 2020-2021 School Year is to Ensure the Health and Safety of all Staff and Students, while ensuring that instruction is not interrupted. Although we are still in the early planning phases, we are confident that we will be able to collectively implement a plan that meets the unique needs of our learning community.
In an effort to answer questions and to keep our community informed, Barrington Public Schools will provide regular updates, surveys, and responses to frequently asked questions on our website. Please follow this link to access all up to date information: https://www.barringtonschools.org/o/barrington-schools/page/reentry-2020-2021
We know that you will have many questions along the way. We will answer questions as the information is made available through our Superintendent’s Task Force. Please use this form to submit questions. https://forms.gle/mYSCntugF3vSvSDA8 We ask for patience, as there are many questions without answers or with answers that are changing rapidly with every new day. In the next few weeks, we will provide opportunities for interactive focus groups. More information to come...