It’s still not safe for students to return to school, Warwick superintendent says

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) ─ While the majority of Rhode Island’s schools are back in session, Superintendent Philip Thornton argues that it is still unsafe for students in Warwick to return to the classroom in person.

The Warwick School Committee, which opted to begin the school year virtually, was considering switching to a hybrid learning plan for all of its students, but Thornton said the district needs to address the ventilation concerns flagged by walkthrough teams in all of the city’s 20 school buildings.

“I don’t believe it is safe to bring students in and open a window and just put a fan in,” Thornton said. “To me, I think that’s inherently unsafe.”

The district has already said it plans to purchase 600 air purifiers using CARES Act funding and estimates that both the purchase and installation, as well as the electrical upgrades needed to support them, will take roughly two

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