BWRSD COVID-19 Family & Staff Update - January 2, 2022

BWRSD COVID-19 Family & Staff Update - January 2, 2022

Dear BWRSD Community,

Happy New Year!  We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school tomorrow, January 3, 2022.  As we begin the new year, we are awaiting updated COVID-19 guidance for schools from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) based on recent changes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Out of an abundance of caution and with the safety of school communities in mind, the RIDOH has announced they will not immediately adopt the new CDC guidance into our schools. During the upcoming week, RIDOH will work alongside local education leaders, labor representatives, and other stakeholders to update new K-12 guidance that will meet the needs of our schools and families and reflect the new CDC guidance, including shorter quarantine periods for asymptomatic close contacts and shorter isolation periods for individuals with confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

When school reopens on Monday, 1/3/22, we will follow the same guidance that we were following before the holiday break regarding masking, physical distancing, and quarantine as recommended by the RIDOH. We will also continue to offer in school testing for students or staff who become symptomatic in school.  Please note that we must have a current permission slip on file in order to provide testing (permission slips are only valid if they were signed this school year).  If you have not yet completed the BWRSD COVID-19 Testing Parent/Guardian Opt-In Request Form in the Aspen Parent Portal, please complete the form linked below for your child’s school:

Colt Andrews Elementary School Permission to Test for COVID-19 Form

Guiteras Elementary School Permission to Test for COVID-19 Form

Hugh Cole Elementary School Permission to Test for COVID-19 Form

Rockwell Elementary School Permission to Test for COVID-19 Form

Kickemuit Middle School Permission to Test for COVID-19 Form

Mt. Hope High School Permission to Test for COVID-19 Form

Lastly, we continue to advocate that all adults and students who are eligible, get fully vaccinated and receive a booster shot. Vaccination sites can be found at https://covid.ri.gov/vaccination. Vaccination remains the most effective tool we have to minimize the spread and impact of COVID-19, in order to keep schools open and students in person learning. Please notify your school nurse if your child has been fully vaccinated.  We will send additional information as it becomes available. 

With our children in mind, 

Ana C. Riley

Superintendent of Schools