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The North Providence Breeze 06-24-2020

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4 THE VALLEY JUNE 24-30, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION NORTH PROVIDENCE – As soon as the school year came to a close last week, officials began plan- ning for the fall. Gov. Gina Raimondo had announced plans to reopen all of the state's schools on Aug. 31, prompting local school leaders to start outlin- ing the return to in-person teaching after the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in March. Supt. Joseph Goho said the North Providence School Department has begun gathering input and planning to ensure a safe return to school in late August. The state will require three plans over the next several weeks, to be submitted by July 17. The Rhode Island Department of Education will then give feedback to each district through the end of July. Schools must plan for three out- comes: full distance learning for all, limited or partial in-person learning, and full in-person learning for all. Planning for each scenario will need to incorporate some distance learning, whether it's widespread use or only used by students who are home sick or in quarantine. Local school districts must publicly post their plans on their school web- sites no later than July 31. When schools do reopen in the fall, state leaders say things will be "funda- mentally different." "Class sizes may be reduced, oppor- tunities for students to socialize will be more limited, and new health mea- sures and cleaning protocols will need to be implemented," states RIDE's guidance document on reopening. Elementary and middle school students will be limited to consistent groups of 30, including staff, and must socially distance to the greatest extent possible. Each class will be expected to distance at least 14 feet from other classes. The approach for high schools will be more varied, but stable groups are recommended whenever possible to help mitigate the spread of the virus. If stable groups are not possible, R.I. high schools must maintain six feet of physical distance between students and require the wearing of masks if maintaining a six-foot distance is not possible. For all in-person reopening sce- narios, the state is recommending that face coverings be used by students and staff. The state is also requiring that screening protocols be devel- oped, adding that parents must screen students at home using a form or an app. In a partial in-person scenario, if high schools can't maintain stable groups, only about half of the school's students can be present in school at any given time. Lunch will likely be held in the classroom for elementary and middle school students, while high school lunch rooms will be limited to the maximum allowable statewide gather- ing size. When possible, students will be socially distanced during lunch, and groups may be separated by barriers or partitions. Field trips will not be allowed dur- ing the initial reopening field trips, and virtual trips are being encouraged instead. Band and chorus activities are recommended to be suspended or occur virtually. Further information on fall athletics will be announced soon. Goho said North Providence's plans will be discussed in detail at tonight's School Committee meeting, which will be held on Zoom. The district also announced its intent to send a survey to receive input from each local family this week. Families will also receive a copy of next year's statewide school calendar. Goho said the district's goal is to be "fully transparent with the public about health and safety expectations for school in the fall," and to gather input from families to better steer the district in its planning. North Providence starts planning for school reopening By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Adrienne Marchetti says she doesn't think of her role as executive director of the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen as a job, but rather as a part of her life. "This is how it is every day for these people. A lot of these folks have been disappointed," said Marchetti, of North Providence, who's been in her current position for 11 years. "If they need me, I'm here seven days a week." For the work that she does for the Pawtucket community, Marchetti will be one of six women hon- ored by U.S. Congressman David Cicilline as a "Female Hero" at his annual Women's Luncheon. The event will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 30, at 1 p.m. via Zoom. "She's so deserving of (the rec- ognition)," Laureen Grebien, vice president of the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen Board of Directors and wife of Mayor Donald Grebien, told The Breeze. "She's such a giving, selfless individual." While board members beg her to take time off, she always finds a way to help out somewhere even if the kitchen is closed, said Grebien, who's worked with Marchetti for the past 11 years. Being recognized by Cicilline "speaks volumes" since he sees so many women in the state excelling, she added. In addition to Marchetti, actresses Debra Messing and Alyssa Milano are among the six women being honored. A portion of the event's proceeds will support the R.I. COVID-19 Respond Fund and the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen. Marchetti was serving lunch down- town when Cicilline called her to tell her about the honor, adding that she's still processing it. "I feel humbled and honored," she said. "I couldn't believe it. … I said 'you must have made a mistake. I'm just a cook.' … It's such an honor to be among all those women doing great things." When asked if she considers her- self a hero, Marchetti said, "No, not at all. I just do what I do … to make the world a little better than it was the day before." Marchetti, who used to work in construction where she said she saw a lot of folks abusing substances, began working at Amos House in Providence, a social service agency that today manages the largest soup kitchen in the state. Everything she needed to know how to do in her current role she learned at Amos House, she said. She's now been working in this industry for more than 30 years, "which is sinful if you think about it," she said. "I want (people) to not need a place like this." "Here we see such misery and heartache," she added. "Every day you get your heart broken. I hope before I die I get to see an improve- Marchetti recognized as hero for work at Pawtucket Soup Kitchen By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY MELANIE THIBEAULT ADRIENNE MARCHETTI, execu- tive director of the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, located at 195 Walcott St., will be recognized later this month by U.S. Congressman David Cicilline as a "Female Hero" at his annual Women's Luncheon. Continues on next page Request for Professional Services e Woonsocket Housing Authority, Woonsocket, RI will receive proposals for "Professional Services for Pest Control" for all seven properties for up to a three-year period. e submission date is ursday, July 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm. at the Woonsocket Housing Authority at 679 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895. e RFP package will be available on line at www.woonsockethousing.org in Bid Opportunities under the Procurement heading. 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