BWRSD Community Update 2/12/21

Message from Jonathan Brice, Superintendent of Schools

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Wishing our BWRSD community a wonderful February break! Stay healthy, happy and warm!

Contents of this Update:

  1. Student Shout Outs!

  2. February Vacation Week and Travel Guidance

  3. Free STEAM Virtual Hands-On Program with RIMOSA through George Hail Library

  4. Thrive Outside: Upcoming Events

1. Student Shout Outs!

  • Congratulations to our All-Eastern Honors Musicians!

Congratulations to Emily Marino and Rachel Ouellette for their acceptance to the 2021 NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All-Eastern Honor Ensembles. This is a huge honor awarded to only the finest musicians throughout New England! Congratulations also to Mr. Christopher Lambert and Mr. David Lauria on the success of their ensemble members. We are so proud of the great accomplishments of these two Mt. Hope High School musicians! 2021 NAfME All-Eastern Honor Ensembles Press Release


  • Congratulations to 6th Grader, Hazel Bradley

A 6th grade student at KMS, Hazel Bradley, has been working hard to raise awareness about animals in need of a home. She has been selected to write the "Pet Feature" in the local newspaper to help animals find their forever home. Her writing is making a difference.


2. February Vacation Week and Travel Guidance

As a reminder, there is no school for the upcoming week of February 15-19, 2021. Our regular schedule will resume on Monday, February 22. We hope all our students and staff enjoy their break and are able to get outside and have some fun!


Please be reminded of the following guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) regarding out of state travel. Your support in following these guidelines is essential to the health and safety of our students and staff.


The following has been taken from the RIDOH Outbreak Response Protocols: Pre K-12 Playbook (version 2.0 - Update January 6, 2021_English version) (Spanish version) (Portuguese version). Information on COVID-19 Testing Sites can be found here.


Frequently Asked Questions - Travel (pgs. 38 - 43)

1. Quarantine - International Travelers (pg. 39)

  • What are the quarantine options for someone returning to RI after traveling internationally?

    • Anyone coming to RI from outside the United States is required to quarantine for 14 days after their arrival.

    • There is no option to test out of quarantine.


2. Quarantine - Domestic Travelers (pg. 40)

  • What are the quarantine options for someone returning to RI after traveling to a US state where >5% of COVID tests are positive? (click for list of states)

    • Quarantine for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms

      • As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to your arrival

    • Travelers who receive a COVID-19 test during their quarantine period in RI and get a negative result (antigen or PCR) can stop quarantining

      • However, they still need to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days, wear a mask while near people who they don’t live, and follow physical distancing guidelines


3. Preferred Quarantine Option for Students/Staff Who Travel (pg. 41)

  • The preferred method is to quarantine for 14 days after returning to RI from travel to a US state where > 5% of COVID tests are positive

    • COVID-19 can develop any time between 2-14 days after exposure

    • A single negative test only indicates that you are negative at that point in time, but you could become infectious any time through day 14

    • Quarantining for 14 days before returning to school is the best way to reduce the chance of exposing the school community to COVID-19

NOTE: These guidelines have NOT been updated. The Executive Order regarding quarantine after returning from domestic and international travel remains in place. Learn more at health.ri.gov/covid/travel.


4. Common Travel Questions (pgs. 42-43)

  • A family went from their home in RI to their home in a high incidence state for the long weekend. They did not go out anywhere or see anyone while in the high incidence state. Do they have to quarantine?

    • No, since they went from house to house and had no exposure to people or places in the high incidence state, they do not need to follow quarantine guidance

  • A family went from their home in RI to their home in a high incidence state for the long weekend. They went skiing while in high incidence state. Do they have to quarantine?

    • Yes, since they went skiing and had potential exposures while at the ski resort they do need to follow the quarantine guidance

  • A family went to a high incidence state for the weekend. When they went last week, the state was NOT on the list of states with greater than 5% positivity. Today the list was updated and now that state is on the list. Does this family need to quarantine?

    • No, since the state was not on the list when they went to that state nor while they were there, then they do not need to quarantine.

3. Free STEAM Virtual Hands-On Program with RIMOSA through George Hail Library

Plan for your family's Winter Vacation with this free STEAM Virtual Hands-on Program with Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) through the George Hail Library.


The date of the program is Wednesday, February 17th at 11am, during Bristol-Warren's winter break.


Registration is limited to 10 students, ages 8-14. They are still accepting registration until all spots are filled. Registration will give you access to your own kit and hands-on participant instruction with RIMOSA in order to create a unique sculpture!


To register, call the Children’s Librarian at 401-245-7686 x102. For more information, visit the website here: https://georgehail.org/library-events/2021/01/11/steam-virtual-hands-program

4. Thrive Outside: Upcoming Events

Below are links for two upcoming events being hosted by Thrive Outside:

BWRSD Back To School

Please visit our Back to School 2020-21 web page for important updates and links to our reopening plan and resources.