Sollitto: Burrillville schools must stick with distance learning through January


BURRILLVILLE– While the strategy will still need approval from members of the School Committee, Supt. Michael Sollitto has actually revealed that when Rhode Island schools open next month, Burrillville trainees will likely not be going back to the class.

In a letter to parents on Wednesday, Aug. 19, Sollitto said he plans to advise a full distance learning model, mentioning safety concerns and a shortage in the funding needed for the district to execute full safety standards.

The superintendent pointed to the requirement for additional custodians throughout a meeting with the committee last week. This week, he kept in mind that the centers themselves would also require upgrades for personnel to keep appropriate cleansing and sanitizing, and sufficient ventilation.

“All these locations are un-budgeted,” Sollitto said.

Transport and other staffing requirements, he kept in mind, are likewise an issue, and state allowances, which consist of a big piece of district financing, are presently unidentified.

While the neighboring district has yet to reveal its plans, Supt. Michael St. Jean pointed to many of the exact same challenges to North Smithfield’s resuming in a conference with his school board earlier today.

Sollitto presented the issues to members of the Town Council at their meeting Tuesday night. And on Tuesday, Aug. 25, he’ll ask members of the Burrillville School Committee to approve the full distance discovering design.

“If approved, distance knowing would start on September 14 and run until a minimum of January 1,” he noted.

Sollitto said that during that time, the district can slowly start to transition particular groups back into school structures, beginning with unique needs students.

“Please know that this is not a choice that is taken lightly,” Sollitto stated. “At this point in the summertime time is of the essence– families, students and staff need to plan in advance of the start of the academic year.’

“The health and wellness of our students and personnel is highest concern,” he included. “All choices are made with this in mind.”

Sollitto stated that moms and dads can expect to get extra information in the upcoming weeks, and that he likewise prepares to hold a parents’ forum.