PROVIDENCE – At Central High School on Monday morning, ninth-grade students wearing facemasks checked in at tables outside the front doors as state Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green and Providence Public Schools Superintendent Harrison Peters spoke to reporters about the district’s historic first day of school in the midst of a global pandemic.

“We’re going to do what’s right by kids and that is have them in person,” Infante-Green said. “And those of you that are virtual, thank you and stay focused. Rhode Island is ready to learn.”

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