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.
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.
In other communities, some schools and districts have chosen to stay shuttered rather than risk having students get stuck in a snowy commute home.
Portsmouth Public Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday. East Greenwich school officials have scheduled an early dismissal for Thursday and canceled preschool and afterschool activities. Cumberland school officials canceled a teacher training day that had been scheduled for Thursday. There's a full list of school closures on our website.