Public schools in Rhode Island will return to full in-person learning in the fall as the state continues to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Daniel McKee said.
In a press conference, McKee said the move was possible because of the state’s vaccination rate as well as progress in the state’s COVID-19 metrics.
Officials said schools will not be required to implement distance learning in the fall and that fully vaccinated teachers, staff and students will not be required to wear masks. Districts will be responsible for creating and implementing plans for unvaccinated people.
Districts will also responsible for creating distance or electronic learning plans for students with medical issues or who need to quarantine.
Students will be required to wear masks on buses, per federal guidelines.
Earlier this month, McKee signed an executive order that extends Rhode Island’s state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic until July 9.
It first went into effect March 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and was signed by former Gov. Gina Raimondo.
As more state residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the number of new confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths have continued to decrease