Get Ready to Go Back to School
Welcome to the Providence Public School District’s Back to School Hub for the 2022-23 school year. This webpage is designed to help answer the most common questions we hear from parents and guardians, direct you to any resources you may need, and help your students start the school year strong.
We are excited to see your children in our classrooms this fall, and we appreciate all the support you give behind the scenes to help them succeed!
What's New for the 2022-23 School Year
Monthly early dismissal
The 2022-23 school year will have eight days where all schools will have 2-hour early dismissals for teacher professional development. These dates are:
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Families will receive reminders of these 2-hour early dismissal days throughout the year. You can find the full 2022-23 academic calendar here.
D’Abate students and staff at Lauro Elementary
A full renovation of D’Abate Elementary School is underway, which will result in a safe and modern facility equipped with the resources needed for academic success and social and emotional growth.
D’Abate students and staff will be relocated to Lauro Elementary during the 2022-23 school year to ensure a safe and swift completion of the project. Lauro Elementary is located at 99 Kenyon Street. All students who live more than one mile away from Lauro will receive transportation in accordance with District policy. Both schools will maintain separate main offices. D'Abate and Lauro families with any questions about the arrangement for the 2022-23 school year should contact their school's office.
COVID-19 Safety Guidance
Providence Public Schools will have several COVID-19 safety guidelines and mitigation strategies in place to help ensure a healthy return to school. Click here to read full updated guidance for the 2022-23 school year, including asymptomatic testing, air purification, masking recommendations, and additional cleaning. Parents should also note that students who provided consent forms for COVID testing last year do not need to provide another consent form this year. If parents wish to remove testing consent for their student, they can contact their school nurse.
No RIPTA Passes Needed through October 1
Due to a production/supply issue, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will not have WAVE cards available for students in time for the start of school. As a result, RIPTA has agreed to allow all Providence high school students to ride without a pass from 8/29 through 9/30. Providence Public Schools will contact families in the near future with information on loading passes from last year and how to request a new pass prior to October 1st. Families should also look for flyers from RIPTA in each school with RIPTA routes to and from the building.
Beginning this year, Juneteenth (June 19) will be an observed holiday in Providence Public Schools. Find the full academic calendar here.
Celebrating Rosh Hashanah
This school year, Providence Public Schools will observe two days (September 26 and September 27) as holidays for Rosh Hashanah. Find the full academic calendar here.
This year, the Providence Public School District has established a district-wide emergency communications procedure to keep families informed during emergency situations. This way, families know exactly what kind of communication to expect during an emergency. Read the full policy here in English and in Spanish.
Parent Advisory Council Meeting
Click here to watch a video from the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and Providence Public Schools on important back-to-school information and frequently asked questions.
Return to School 2022-23
Regreso a la escuela 2022-23
Q: What day does school start in Providence?
A: Classes for the 2022-23 school year start on Monday, August 29. You can find the full academic calendar for the 2022-23 school year here in multiple languages.
Q: What time does my child need to be at school?
A: Click here for bell times for the 2022-23 school year.
Q: Is it too late to register my child for school?
A: You can still register your child for the 2022-23 school year. Click here to learn more about registration.
Q: What school supplies does my student need?
A: Your student’s school should provide you with a list. Find contact information for your child’s school here if you need a school supply list.
Q: Is there a district cell phone policy?
A: Yes, students are not allowed to use cell phones during the school day: https://www.providenceschools.org/domain/253
Q: My student is anxious to return to school. Are there any social emotional resources available?
A: Yes, please reach out to the guidance team at your child’s school or refer to these helpful resources for helping children deal with anxiety or difficult situations:
School Contact Information
Click here for a list of schools along with contact information, addresses, and building leaders.
Student success starts with attendance. Click here to learn about support available to make sure your student is in the classroom ready to learn.
Health and Safety Guidance
Click here to learn about COVID-19 protocols for the 2022-23 school year.
Click here for details on bus passes, bus routes, conduct policies, and more.
Find school menus and meal assistance information here.
Click here for information about Academics, Discipline and Conduct, Graduation Requirements, Scholarships, Student Affairs, Student email, and tutoring.
Click here to learn about the District’s security policies and procedures to ensure student and staff safety.
Click here to learn how to access Skyward for student grades and schedules.
Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
The FACE team is here to help parents get answers to questions about how to get involved in our schools, using the Skyward parent portal, navigating the website, and help resolve concerns.
Learn more about the Providence School Board, its duties and responsibilities, upcoming meetings, and how to participate.
Stay up to date on what’s happening in Providence Public Schools by reading our district newsletter, available in a number of languages.