Reopening Plan Fall 2020

Holiday Pause Announcement

The RINI Board of Directors has recommended a “holiday pause” whereby in-person instruction will not be held at the school and only distance learning will be provided. In-person attendance has been dwindling over the past few weeks as parents are choosing to keep students home because of the rising number of COVID cases and the cold temperatures in the classrooms due to the requirement to keep all windows open. There is also concern that travel and increased social contacts during the holiday season will increase potential exposure to the virus. It is with safety as our highest priority and in the best interest of the school community to discontinue all in-person instruction through the holiday season.

We have been working extensively with the building owners to ensure that we are meeting health and safety guidelines related to the pandemic. Over the next few weeks, there will be additional improvements made to the HVAC system and we are soon expecting the delivery of and installation of HEPA filters, which will allow us to maintain the recommended number of air exchanges and allow us to close the windows for a more comfortable and conducive learning environment. When we return to the building in January, we anticipate a greater number of students will access in-person instruction.

We remain fully committed to delivering the best Nursing College and Career Preparation program possible and we will continue to offer our rigorous academic program while ensuring that all students have the tools and support that they need to be successful.

Sincerely,

Colleen A. Hitchings, B.S., M.Ed., C.A.G.S.

 

Holiday Pause Announcement

La Junta Directiva de RINI ha recomendado una “pausa de feriados” por la cual la instrucción en persona no se llevará a cabo en la escuela y solo se brindará educación a distancia. La asistencia en persona ha disminuido en las últimas semanas debido a que los padres eligen mantener a los estudiantes en casa debido al número creciente de casos de COVID y las bajas temperaturas en las aulas debido al requisito de mantener todas las ventanas abiertas. También existe la preocupación de que los viajes y el aumento de los contactos sociales durante la temporada navideña aumenten la exposición potencial al virus. Es con la seguridad como nuestra máxima prioridad y en el mejor interés de la comunidad escolar interrumpir toda la instrucción en persona durante la temporada navideña.

Hemos trabajado extensamente con los propietarios de los edificios para asegurarnos de que cumplimos con las pautas de salud y seguridad relacionadas con la pandemia. Durante las próximas semanas, se realizarán mejoras adicionales en el sistema HVAC y pronto esperamos la entrega y instalación de filtros HEPA, lo que nos permitirá mantener la cantidad recomendada de intercambios de aire y cerrar las ventanas para un entorno de aprendizaje más cómodo y propicio. Cuando regresemos al edificio en enero, anticipamos que un mayor número de estudiantes accederá a la instrucción en persona.

Seguimos totalmente comprometidos con ofrecer el mejor programa de preparación para la carrera y la universidad de enfermería posible y continuaremos ofreciendo nuestro riguroso programa académico mientras nos aseguramos de que todos los estudiantes tengan las herramientas y el apoyo que necesitan para tener éxito.

Sincerely,

Colleen A. Hitchings, B.S., M.Ed., C.A.G.S.

 

Message from the CEO

Dear RINI Community, 

In 2019 the World Health Organization declared 2020 as the year of the Nurse. At that time no one truly understood how much that would define this year. As a collective community, we all knew the importance of our school mission and vision, and now it is quite clear, the world does too.

In early spring, during the height of the pandemic, where much was unknown, I spoke with many RINI students, including members of the graduating class of 2020, who confirmed to me their commitment to pursue a career in nursing and health care. 

We the administration, faculty, staff, and Board of Directors are steadfast in continuing our students’ academic preparation this fall to pursue their chosen career path.  We will continue to provide all students the rigor and support for academic success, the authentic workforce experiences, and the unique opportunities offered only to RINI Middle College students. We will also strive to enhance our school community of caring and nurturing each other guided by  the RINI Pillars of Nursing; Scholarship, Compassion and; Empathy, Professionalism, and Character. We will do this to the extent possible with health and safety guided by science and medicine as the top priority for all members of the RINI Community. 

As required by the RI Dept of Education and the RI Department of Health, this plan consists of detailed operational procedures for three separate scenarios that could be implemented in the fall, dependent on the latest information regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in RI.  These scenarios include;

  • Full In-Person Reopening
  • Partial In-Person Reopening
  • Limited In-Person Reopening

I thank all the RINI Community members who assisted in the development of this plan through participation in surveys, virtual meetings, phone calls and emails. Your input has been essential and will continue to be as we move into the fall and implement these plans. 

Sincerely, 

Pamela McCue, PhD, RN