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Welcome to the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative, a public, non-profit educational institution dedicated to providing special education programs and other educational services to school districts and community partners in northern Rhode Island.

Established in 1987, NRIC is committed to ensuring that students in our community received the best and most comprehensive education available.

Dear NRIC Families,

For those who did not have a chance to watch Governor Raimondo's press conference, she has announced changes through April 30th. The following are the significant items:

1. Distance Learning for all Rhode Island students will continue until April 30th; 

2. All Rhode Island schools will adopt the same school calendar for the month of April. The calendar includes two (2) professional development days on: Friday April 3rd & Friday April 17th. There will be no distance learning on these days. 

3. Also as part of the new RI April calendar, there is no school on April 9th and April 10th (Thursday and Friday). A revised school calendar will be forthcoming;

4. Families in RI now have free hotspots through their cellular device(s) with the four major providers (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile). I would like to echo the Governor’s words that the hotspots should only be used by families who did not already have internet. If too many people are using this at once, it could impact the speed and effectiveness of service; 

5. On Thursday April 2nd at 1:00 the Governor will hold a Q&A for all students in the State. I have advised teachers to provide flexibility in distance learning schedules so students can watch the press conference;

6. Governor Raimondo is challenging all students in Rhode Island to read every single day in the month of April – all 30 days. Later today, RIDE will launch a page on RIDE’s website that includes information about the reading challenge, online literacy resources and book distribution partnerships. There will also be a log on RIDE’s website where families, students, and teachers can input the number of minutes read each day and upload pictures and videos reading. This will allow us to give updates throughout the month on our progress and to promote it on social media.  

I would like to thank all our NRIC families for your collaboration with us. These are unprecedented times, but I am confident that as we work together, we will continue with our goal of providing the educational services our students deserve.    

Thank you,

Brian Quigg

Director of Educational Services, NRIC

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