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Despite Green Light to Reopen RI Schools, Concerns Remain

Members of the National Education Association Rhode Island have questions about possibly overcrowded buses and classrooms

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Even though Gov. Gina Raimondo has given most public school districts in Rhode Island the green light for full in-person classes this fall, teachers and administrators still have questions and concerns.

"There is still a great deal of fear and anxiety by many parents and teachers regarding the announcement of a return to in-person schooling," Frank Flynn, president of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals said in a statement to WJAR-TV.

Raimondo made her decision based on five conditions, including on whether the coronavirus is under control.

Every public school in the state will get a walkthrough by experts to make sure they are safe and properly prepared.

"It is our expectation that the state will do comprehensive assessments and provide the resources, materials, logistics, and funding to remediate any deficiencies that are identified and restrict schools which are unsuitable from opening," Flynn added.

Bob Walsh, executive director of National Education Association Rhode Island, said his members have questions about possibly overcrowded buses and classrooms if too many parents decide it’s safe to send their children back to school.

Thomas DiPaola, executive director of the state's School Superintendents Association, said the group's members have questions about funding and whether they will have enough personnel.

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