Block Island Times

School Committee gently re-opens school

With pressure coming from those who want to keep the school closed and those who want to keep it open, the School Committee, on the recommendation of Supt. Mike Convery, came to a compromise by allowing three grades to return to in-person learning on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
The three grades — kindergarten, and grades one and four — are returning to a building that has undergone a deep clean ing after two students tested positive for Covid-19 a couple of weeks ago, and after one student came in contact with a person who tested positive and had to quarantine, as well as another student who tested positive. Convery said high school students aren’t returning because there is an “additional need for contact tracing.” The number of students in the three returning grades is 38, according to Principal Kristine Monje.
The committee members were aware they were stepping into uncharted territory, but Convery, while acknowledging that some parents were unhappy with the decision, and with a teacher’s union that wanted to continue online learning until the end of the month, nonetheless felt this was the best decision for all. After the school initially closed the plan was to not

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