Superintendent Update 3/9/2021
Dear North Smithfield Families,
Friday, March 12th will be a Distance Learning Day as our district employees, bus drivers and monitors, kitchen workers, coaches, and everyone that works with our children, has the opportunity to receive vaccinations at the joint North Smithfield/Woonsocket vaccination clinic this Friday. Friday will be a synchronous day of instruction, meaning classes will still take place online. Teachers receiving their vaccination on Friday will arrange alternate assignments during the period their vaccination appointment is scheduled.
Ending Hybrid Instruction starting with Grade 7:
We will be returning our remaining hybrid grade levels (7, 8, 10, 11) to four days a week in-person instruction beginning with Grade 7 which will return to four days a week instruction starting Tuesday March 16th.
We will shortly announce a schedule for grades 8, 10, and 11 to end Hybrid scheduling.
In order to do this, we will need everyone’s help and cooperation. For the remainder of this school year, we have to carefully manage our spacing and transportation.
Buses are currently limited to 50% capacity, up to 36 students. At NSES, with so many students returning from at-home instruction, several of our buses have reached the 36 student limit. We will continue to monitor and may have to adjust a few routes.
For the MS/HS buses, we have some space on the buses to begin phasing out the hybrid schedule. We can’t do it all at once, but can ease into it and monitor our counts and make adjustments as needed.
There is also a strong possibility that in the coming weeks the CDC and RIDOH will be issuing new bus guidance and raise the limits allowable on the bus.
What expanding in-person learning will mean (as of this writing)
Here’s to looking at the light at the end of the tunnel and finishing this year strong and together.
Michael St. Jean, Superintendent
Michael St. Jean,