Letter from Head Nurse Diane Wallace 6/4/21

Letter from Head Nurse Diane Wallace 6/4/21 (Portuguese)

Letter from Head Nurse Diane Wallace 6/4/21 (Spanish)

East Providence School Department

Kathryn M. Crowley
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Celeste Bowler, Asst. Supt.
Dr. Sandra Forand, Asst. Supt.

June 4, 2021
Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff,
On June 2, 2021, the CDC released new guidelines concerning mask wearing while outdoors.
The guidance states that schools may allow individuals to remove masks while outdoors.
The CDC announcement was followed by Governor McKee’s Executive Order concerning mask wearing. Vaccinated and unvaccinated Rhode Islanders will no longer be required to wear masks while outdoors. Unvaccinated individuals are still strongly encouraged to wear masks in crowded outdoor settings.
This guidance applies to all ages. In response to this new guidance, the East Providence School District is advising you of changes to our mask wearing policy.

This new guidance applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
1. Masks are no longer required at recess, physical education, athletics or other activities which take place outdoors on school grounds.
2. If your student wants to wear a mask outdoors, they may do so.
3. Students and staff will be expected to continue to wear a mask indoors. Gaiters and vented masks are not acceptable.
4. When students and staff return to classes, hand sanitizer will be required to wash their hands. Masks will
be worn properly, covering both nose and mouth completely.
5. Students, staff, and all visitors are required to wear a mask inside all school buildings across the district.
6. Social distancing practices will continue.

At this time, there are no changes to indoor mask guidance in school settings. Guidance may be revised when/if the CDC/RIDOH releases new information.

Thank you.
Diane M. Wallace, RNBSN
Head Nurse East Providence School District
School Nurse Riverside Middle School

The East Providence School Department, in partnership with families and the community, is committed to provide a comprehensive, inclusive program of academic excellence in a safe, nurturing environment preparing all students to become responsible, life-long learners able to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Telephone 401-383-2224 x 30002 • Fax 401-435-7854 • E-mail: kcrowley@epschoolsri.com • TTY 800-745-5555 • Voice 800-745-6575
The East Providence School Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, color or handicap in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

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Rhode Island State Pre-Kindergarten Classes

Rhode Island State Pre-Kindergarten Classes

Enrollment is now open for the State Pre-K classes. Due to the significant program demands, students must be selected for enrollment through a RIDE supervised lottery.

What you will need to apply:

• An active email address
• Working phone number
• Child’s legal name
• Child’s date of birth (Must be 4 years old by September 1, 2021)
• Child’s address
• Monthly household income (Lottery is not income dependent)

To be eligible for enrollment:

• Your child must turn 4 years of age by September 1, 2021
• Live in the community in which the RI Pre-K program is located
• A copy of the child’s birth certificate
• Proof of residency
• Family total income will be vertified to match what is reported in this application to complete your child’s enrollment

What happens next:

Applications to the statewide lottery are accepted through 11:59 p.m. on July 6, 2021. The lottery will run following General Assembly passage of the state budget. Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirmation.

Please retain this email and confirmation number for your records. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your application has not been submitted to the Pre-K lottery.

For more information or to register, visit http://www3.ride.ri.gov/pklottery.

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Letter from Head Nurse Diane Wallace 5/18/21

East Providence School Department



Kathryn M. Crowley

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Celeste Bowler, Asst. Supt.

Dr. Sandra Forand, Asst. Supt.

May 18, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians, Teachers and Staff,

We have received new information on mask wearing and vaccinations in the past few days.  Beginning today, Governor Daniel McKee has declared that Rhode Islanders may remove their masks in certain situations.  This came after the CDC presented new guidelines on mask wearing.

The East Providence School Department follows CDC guidance.  Students and staff in all East Providence Schools will continue to wear masks indoors and maintain a safe social distance whether vaccinated or not.

May 13, 2021, the CDC updated their guidance for fully vaccinated people:

Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing.

*Except in school settings.  See following guidance:

Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

The science is clear:  if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic.

Over the past few weeks, cases have continued falling dramatically and a growing number of studies have shown three big things:

  1. Our vaccines are working in the real world. Studies show them to be > 90% effective in the real-world

settings in preventing mild and severe disease, hospitalization and death.

  1. Our vaccines have proven to be effective against the SARS-CoV-2 variants currently circulating in the country.
  2.  If you’re vaccinated, you’re less likely to spread the virus. A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and to be able to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others.”

**The CDC still recommends a mask is worn regardless of vaccination status:

If you travel, you will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

**Schools should still continue to follow the CDC school guidance.

This guidance does not apply to healthcare settings (e.g., hospitals, long-term care, doctors’ offices). Guidance for residents and staff of healthcare settings can be found in the Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19


This guidance also does not apply to correctional facilities or homeless shelters.

Fully vaccinated people should still wear well-fitted masks where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance

***If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider.  Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.

To clarify, the East Providence School Department will continue to follow the CDC guidelines for mask wearing.

All students, teachers and staff are required to wear an appropriate mask (No gators, no masks with valves) while in school.


For those who would like to schedule an appointment for you or a family member, the following lists several ways to schedule an appointment.  There will be two clinics for East Providence persons ages 12 and over.

One clinic is scheduled at Martin Middle School on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5:00PM to 8:00PM.

The registration link is: https://www.vaccinateri.org/appointment/en/reg/5901660462

The second clinic is scheduled at Riverside Middle School on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 5:00PM to 8:00PM.  The registration link is: https://www.vaccinateri.org/appointment/en/reg/5126669079

The above links are only for the two dates listed.  If these dates are not convenient for you, you may access Rhode Island’s registration site at Vaccinateri.org or call 844-930-1779 to speak with someone from RIDOH to schedule an appointment for your vaccine

State run vaccination sites for ages 12 and older are at:

Sockanosset Cross Road

Dunkin’ Donuts Center

Other sites are:




Stop & Shop

I hope this information is helpful!  Stay safe and well!


Diane M. Wallace, RNBSN

Head Nurse East Providence School Department

School Nurse Riverside Middle School


401-585 4186

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Letter regarding vaccines for East Providence students and families ages 12 or older

Department of Health

Three Capitol Hill Providence, RI 02908-5097

TTY: 711

The Rhode Island Department of Health partnered with municipalities to establish Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for COVID-19 vaccine administration for schools’ grades level K-12. As Closed PODs, they are only be accessible to specific lists of individuals from these schools.
At this time, we are inviting students and families from your school to register to participate. In order to be vaccinated at these PODs, individuals must register beforehand – walk-ins will not be permitted.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at these PODs. Information on the Pfizer vaccine can be found here: https://www.fda.gov/media/144413/download

In order to be vaccinated at these PODs, individuals must meet the following requirements:
• Be a student or family member of a student that attends school in East Providence (public or private)
• Be 12 years of age or older.
• Have parental consent if less than 16 years of age

Only individuals who meet the above requirements and show corresponding identification will be allowed entry to a POD. Please do not forward these links to anyone. While it may be possible for non-eligible people to complete the registration, they will be turned away at the door an unable to get vaccinated at these events, and they will have delayed vaccination for a priority group member.

K-12 School Students and Families
Date Location Time Registration Link

Friday, May 21, 2021 Martin Middle School
111 Brown Street
East Providence, RI 02914

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Riverside Middle School
179 Forbes Street
East Providence, RI 02915

In addition, anyone age 12 and older can make an appointment at another site or on a different date at: https://www.vaccinateri.org

Internet Explorer does not work to access the registration links. Links must be copied and pasted into another browser. Registration for most events close when full or at midnight two days before the event.

East Providence Emergency Management Agency

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