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The North Providence Breeze 03-25-2020

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2 NORTH PROVIDENCE MARCH 25-31, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Thank you to our local medical professionals At no time in recent memory have those in the medical and wellness fields been seen as so vital to our lives, and it's not even a question that they'll continue being there for us. In this week's papers is our 10th Annual Health & Wellness Directory, which has traditionally proven to be a valuable resource to our readers as they've searched out the best people to meet their health needs. We want to give a special thank you to all of these professionals and the important work that they're doing in keeping us healthy and safe. Many will need extra patience from those who rely on them. We trust that you'll support these people during this time and when the ongoing health crisis is over. - Ethan Shorey, Valley Breeze Editor Schools plug into virtual learning District, Durham to split busing bill amid school closures NORTH PROVIDENCE – Instead of walking into their classrooms on Monday morning, students in North Providence and across the state turned on their computers to begin virtual learning. Amid the new coronavirus outbreak, students in grades K-12 will attend school online until at least April 3. "We know that distance learning is new for everyone, and there will be many challenges ahead," said Supt. Joseph Goho. "During this time of crisis, we also know that many in our community are faced with stressful issues that go far beyond education. NPSD understands the need to be flex- ible, and we are fully prepared to sup- port all families to ensure success." The district set up a system to pro- vide access to Chromebooks if needed, and Goho said Cox Communications is offering 30 days of free internet through April (email connect@cox.com). For the foreseeable future, educators will be available daily from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to provide sup- port with assignments. Goho said the plan approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education "addresses the academic, social emo- tional and nutritional needs of students, including special populations and multi-lingual learners." While the school buildings are closed to the public, lunch and breakfast (for the following day) will be served grab-and-go style for free for children under age 18. Free lunches will be dis- tributed from 11:30 a.m. to 12:3 p.m. at Whelan and Centredale Elementary Schools, Ricci Middle School and North Providence High School (in the back parking lot). Over the weekend, Goho announced that the district has come to an initial agreement with the district's busing company, Durham School Services, which is not currently transporting students. The district will pay half of its daily charges for transportation beginning this week for a period of time, in keep- ing with the terms of its contract with Durham and aprovision regarding "emergency situations." Goho said the amount "should be sufficient to prevent layoffs of bus driv- ers and monitors at this time, allowing Durham to continue to pay salary and benefits to their employees." He added, "The district deeply values the contributions of the men and women who safely transport our children, as well as the importance of keeping Durham's work force intact so they can seamlessly resume services when schools reopen. We will continue to monitor the situation on a weekly basis and be guided by information from the federal and state govern- ment regarding efforts to support all workers through this crisis, while also remaining mindful of our fiduciary responsibility to taxpayers." By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com GOHO Chartercare Foundation to award $225,000 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town-based Chartercare Foundation has announced its primary areas of focus for grant proposals for 2020. The grants, to total $225,000, focus on nursing and continuing medical education scholarships; wellness/ nutrition education/obesity preven- tion; behavioral and mental health for children and adults; oral health; and emerging health care needs. Grants are open to all R.I. non- profit organizations. For applications, deadlines, and details, visit www. chartercarefoundation.org . NP Fire Department accepting applications NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Fire Department announces its fire- fighter recruitment application period. Applications will be accepted for the position of Firefighter/ EMT from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays through May 1. The deadline to submit applications will be 3:30 p.m. on May 1. Applications must be filled out at www.FireFighterApp.com/ NorthProvidenceFD .

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