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Area schools to start classes Tuesday

September 4, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — School in Burrillville will be open for all grade levels this Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Preschool students will follow the same schedule on Sept. 6 as was scheduled for Aug. 31. But they should not ride the bus on Sept. 6.
Kindergarteners will follow the same schedule on Sept. 6 as was scheduled for Aug. 31. Thye, too, should not ride the bus on Sept. 6.
The following is the schedule of open houses/orientations:
*Pre-school - Thursday, Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m.
*Kindergarten - Tuesday, Sept. 6, 6-8 p.m.
*Grade 1 - Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6- 8 p.m.
*Grades 2 through 5, Thursday, Sept.8, 6-8 p.m.
*Grades 6, 7 and 8 - Wednesday, Sept. 7.
*Grades 9 through 12 - Thursday, Oct. 14.
In North Smithfield, faculty and staff reported back on Friday, while students in kindergarten through grade 12 will report to school on Sept. 6.
Preschool children will start Sept. 12. Buses will roll and have functioning radios.
The instrument rental night for all 6th Grade Beginning Band students will take place Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 in the middle school cafeteria.
"These are difficulty times and I would ask that you have good thoughts for so many across our fine country that are suffering through pretty severe devastation," School Supt. Stephen Lindberg said in a statement to parents. "I appreciate your patience, civility and kindness these past days and ask that we have the same for the opening days; even though we work hard at being as prepared as possible, there are always a few rough edges."
In Cumberland, the first day of school for all students, Pre-K through Grade 12, will be Tuesday, Sept. 6. Also, Sept. 16 will be a professional day and schools will be closed.
As of Thursday, three Cumberland schools — Garvin, McCourt and Ashton — were without power due to last week's storm. In addition, many residents in town were still wihtout power, and several roads were impassable and/or unsafe for bus and student travel.
Foster-Glocester Regional school students also report back to class on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
As of Thursday afternoon, the high school, middle school, and West Glocester had power, while the Fogarty and Paine schools were still waiting for electricity to be restored.
Teacher orientation day was held Friday.
“After consulting with our local officials to learn the extent of the damage, driving the roads, and discussing the start of school with the superintendents of the elementary districts this (school postponement) was made to ensure the roads can be cleared for the safe passage of the buses, power is restored to our schools and your homes, and our families and staff can prepare for the start of a productive school year," district officials said. "We look forward to starting the school year so we can continue providing the children of our communities with a high-quality education."

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