school closures en It's a Snow Day <p>Many public and private schools across Rhode Island cancelled classes for today, as the snow storm gathered steam on Tuesday afternoon. In a rare move, many colleges and universities also shut down, including the Rhode Island School of Design and Rhode Island College. One notable exception, Brown University, cancelled only those classes scheduled before 10 a.m.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:47:01 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 27989 at Snow Snarls Return from Winter Break <p>Providence school officials plan to start classes as scheduled Thursday, despite the first flakes of a major winter snowstorm. Like many public schools, Providence reopens for the first time Thursday after winter vacation.</p><p>District officials say they will watch for an afternoon weather update before finalizing a decision about Friday. Families and employees will likely receive notifications from the district on Thursday afternoon.</p><p>In other communities, some schools and districts have chosen to stay shuttered rather than risk having students get stuck in a snowy commute home.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:56:55 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 27101 at Winter Storm 2014, Continuing Coverage And Closings Updates <p>Rhode Islanders are digging out of the first snow storm of 2014. Six to 10 inches of snow fell Thursday into Friday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter chill advisory for the region as wind chills are expected to reach -15, with a high around 14 degrees. Forecasters predict the snow will taper off around 10:00am, winds will pick up reaching 20 mph.</p><p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee said he’s pleased with how the state handled the first snow storm of the year. With crews out keeping roads clear, his concern now is the bitter cold that’s gripped the state.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:40:34 +0000 RIPR Newsroom 27100 at Winter Storm 2014, Continuing Coverage And Closings Updates Students to Protest Closure of Alvarez High School <p>Students plan to testify at the Providence School Board on Tuesday against a proposal to shut down Alvarez High School. The board is considering converting the South Providence building into a middle school, as the city braces for a jump in middle school enrollment.</p><p></p><p>As a high school, Alvarez has struggled with a history of low test scores and is currently undergoing a state-ordered school overhaul. Still, senior Ruth Presendieu says closing it down would damage the one thing the small school has going for it, a strong sense of community.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:05:45 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 24672 at Warwick Considers More School Closures <p>Citing dropping student enrollment, Warwick public school officials are recommending the closure of Veterans High School and two junior high schools, Gorton and Aldrich. If approved, <em>the Providence Journal</em> reports the plan would leave the district with two high schools and two middle schools.</p><p></p><p>Warwick Superintendent Richard D’Agostino says Warwick has seen student population fall from a peak of 19,500 in the late 1960s to just 9,300 students today. The numbers are expected to continue dropping by about 1 percent each year.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:03:05 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 23930 at Schools Hold Classes Despite Snow <p>Public schools in Rhode Island planned to operate under normal schedules today in spite of the winter weather.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:57:15 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 11514 at