Providence reminds parents of important school resources

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Students in Rhode Island’s largest school district will head back to the classroom Sept. 2, meaning parents have one more week to get prepared.

The Providence School Department sent out some important reminders for parents Wednesday as the new academic year looms.

Students whose registrations are complete should have been notified by now, but parents who still need to register their children should call or visit the registration center on Ocean Street, which will be open through Friday, Sept. 11. The number is (401) 456-9297.

If you have questions about your child’s placement, you can either contact the registration center or look it up on the district’s website. You’ll just need the child’s date of birth and student ID number.

Any elementary or middle school students who ride yellow buses to school should have already received their bus passes.

High schoolers who take RIPTA will get their passes at school. RIPTA does not require bus passes for the first two days of school.

If you have a question about bus passes, contact the Providence Schools Transportation office at (401) 456-9269.

Superintendent Christopher Maher said the district is doing everything it can to avoid any problems on the first day of school.

“We’ve got a large district with 41 schools, tens of thousands of children, we’re doing everything we can to become completely prepared and open on time and open well,” he said.

The district also reminded parents of school hours. Elementary schools start at 9 a.m., with the exception of Fortes, Lima, Leviton, Pleasant View and Veazie Elementary Schools, which start at 8 a.m.

Middle schools start at 8 a.m., and high schools vary. Most schools have a Friday early dismissal, though five high schools (Alvarez, Classical, Evolutions, Juanita Sanchez and Mt. Pleasant) report late on Wednesdays instead.

Parents with other questions or concerns can visit the Office of Family and Community Engagement at 379 Washington Street, or call the office at (401) 456-0686.

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