Some Warwick special needs students still not offered in-person option

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Like many parents of special needs students, Sarah Salisbury said the spring season of remote learning didn’t go so well for her daughter Kaitlyn, who has autism.

“She just started to regress almost immediately” when school buildings closed in March, Salisbury said. “She started going backward.”

She was hopeful that Kaitlyn, who receives special services through an individualized education plan (IEP) in Warwick, would be able to go to 1st grade in person at Norwood Elementary School this fall.

Despite urging from state leaders to reopen, Warwick school leaders determined it was not yet safe and the district would do remote learning. But in late August the district sent an email to parents that career and technical students, pre-K and special needs students would be able to return in person using a hybrid model at three school buildings deemed safe: Drum Rock Early Childhood Center, Warwick

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