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School Closed through the end of the year - Please click "Read Full Story" for more information and helpful resources. No Virtual School for Students: June 1.

 

The Block Island School continues to work closely with the Rhode Island Department of Health and to follow their guidance. We will keep you informed as we get updated information.

 

5/19/20

 

Dear Parents,

 

With the Governor's announcement that Virtual Learning will continue until June 19th, we all now know our mutual path. New rules brings new changes,

Uncertainty is really hard for most of us, me included. I think we have all learned that not having definitive answers to burning questions is just the reality to this ever changing situation. So, let's celebrate what we can control, and work from there. One day at a time, is sometimes the best that we can do. This time has been particularly hard for our Seniors and their parents, because their vision of this time is not following the story-line that had been imagined. I am truly sorry for this, but hope that with your patience and understanding we can weather this time together. We all need and appreciate those who continue to do the work and keep our spirits high, when it would be easier to to complain and think only of what we have lost, not what is possible.

Thanks go out to the incredible job that our teachers, parents, staff and community have done for our youngest citizens. Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! I hope you share your kind sentiments with your child's teachers, and I also hope you will be kind to yourself in your new role of parent/school teacher!

 

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - May 25 (Memorial Day), and June 1

 

Professional Development Days for teachers  - June 1

 

 

To support families, below are a few links the governor mentioned to help support you during this time.

 

For parents who need guidance on how to support their kids with distance learning, The Highlander Institute, has expanded their distance learning helpline to support parents and families. Parents can access this service by calling the Helpline at 909-414-4927 or going online at highlanderinstitute.org.

 

Kids Link is a 24/7 hotline that parents can call when their child is feeling excessive anger or sadness, lashing out at siblings, friends, and adults, having severe worries, or hurting himself/herself or others. The number is 1-855-543-5465.

 

 

Please never hesitate to call me directly, I appreciate your feedback, and know we are working hard every day to support you and your children. In addition, please reach out our teachers and our school social worker (Mdonaldonson@bischool.net) if you need support. We will do our best to help you. 

 

 

Best,

 

Kristine Monje

Kmonje@bischool.net

401-742-8462

 

 

 

Below, are some helpful resources to assist you in navigating

Distance Learning and the COVID-19 Pandemic:

 
Educational:
 
Health and Welfare:
 
 
 
 
  • RIDOH COVID-19 Hotline: People with general questions about COVID-19 can call 401-222-8022 RIDOH COVID-19
 
  • MENTAL HEALTH Hotline: People in need of any type of MENTAL HEALTH supports can call  401-414-5465