10 New RI Coronavirus Cases, Total Now 33: Raimondo Announces 2 Weeks Remote Learning for Schools

Thursday, March 19, 2020

 

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Raimondo made the schools announcement on Wednesday.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday that there were ten additional cases of coronavirus confirmed in the state overnight, bringing the total to 33 — and that she is instructing remote learning for two weeks for public schools following this week's break. 

“After a great deal of consideration and collaboration with teachers, superintendents, we have made a decision,” said Raimondo. “March 23 thorough Friday April 3 will be distance learning.”

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“After 2 weeks we will evaluate how it’s going and will determine what we will do for remainder of school year,” said Raimondo of the directive to K-12 public schools. 

Raimondo said that while multiple states have canceled school for the remainder of the year, she was not ready to take that step. 

“I’m not willing to throw in the towel — I think that some learning is better than no learning,” she said. 

“It’s never been done before in America, not just RI - but I think we’re ready to do it,” said Raimondo 

Raimondo had a special message for students. 

“Students — this is not two weeks of extended vacation. This is learning from home — with as much effort as if you were in school.”

Utilities and Unemployment

"All regulated utilities - electric, gas, water and swear cannot be terminated for any reason as we deal with this crisis, other than dealing with safety," announced Raimondo.

Of the TDI and unemployment claims pending, Raimondo said, "We will pay them all."

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday that there were ten additional cases of coronavirus confirmed in the state overnight, bringing the total to 33 — and that she is instructing remote learning for two weeks for public schools following this week's break. 

 
 

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