Rhode Island Federation of Teacher and Health Professionals
356 Smith Street, Providence, Rl 02908
P (401) 273-9800 F (401) 331-8815
info@rifthp.org

Welcome

to the RI Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals The quality of our schools and the availability of affordable health care continue to be two of the most talked about issues in our state. These issues are at the cornerstone of the RIFTHP. The Federation is a diverse organization, representing more than 10,000 members who work as teachers, nurses and other health professionals, school related personnel, higher education faculty and staff, and state and municipal employees.

The Rhode Island Educational Mission

The quality of our schools and the availability of affordable health care continue to be two of the most talked about issues in our state. And these issues are at the cornerstone of the RIFTHP. The Federation is a diverse organization, representing more than 10,000 members who work as teachers, nurses and other health professionals, school related personnel, higher education faculty and staff, and state and municipal employees.

Frank Flynn, President, RIFTHP

Rhode Island Teachers and Education News

  • Press Release - March 2, 2021 - Gov. McKee

    Presidents of Providence Teachers Union and
    Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals
    on Gov. Dan McKee

    PROVIDENCE, R.1.-Statements by Maribeth Calabro, president of the Providence Teachers Union, and Frank Flynn, president ofthe Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, on Dan McKee taking over as governor:

    PTU President Calabro said: "We look forward to working with Gov. McKee to improve and invest in Providence public schools. To say the least, it's been a difficult year, as we've grappled with the state takeover, disrupted education due to COVID-19, and PTU contract negotiations. We appreciate that McKee sees educators as essential workers, worthy of being prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccination. The PTU is anxious to work with McKee as a partner in a committed effort to get our schools, kids and communities on track to really thrive."

    RIFTHP President Flynn said: "We wish Gov. McKee well as he takes on some of the most challenging issues the state has faced in a very long time. Our state's educators and healthcare professionals are heroes on the frontlines and deserve respect and resources to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. We particularly appreciate his position on the urgency to vaccinate teachers and school staff. We are anxious to roll up our sleeves and collaborate with McKee on a host of issues to meet the moment and improve the quality of life for all Rhode Islanders."

     

    (click on title of article for copy of press release)

     

  • RIFTHP Letter On Vaccinating Teachers

  • Call for Pause to In-Person Learning

    RIFTHP and NEARI Call for Pause to In-Person Learning

    Providence, R.I. (November 16, 2020) – Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals (RIFTHP) President Frank Flynn and National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI) President Larry Purtill, and leaders of the unions representing the vast majority of Rhode Island teachers and education support professionals, today called for “a holiday pause” of in-person learning and a move to distance learning for K-12 students statewide by November 23.  

    The Ocean State is amid an alarming rise in community spread of COVID-19. Viral caseloads coupled with a lag in contact tracing, staffing shortages due to quarantines, and the arrival of colder weather negatively impact health, safety, and instruction. The organizations agree a temporary move to statewide distance learning is a common-sense critical step in driving down incidence rates. 

    “Rhode Island is experiencing record high number of cases and an overwhelmed Department of Health, despite their best efforts, is falling behind with the required contact tracing that ensures effective quarantining and overall safety of students and educators,” said Purtill. “Districts already burdened and stretched thin are not equipped, nor do they have the capacity, to take on this duty.”

    “In August, NEARI and RIFTHP came together to call upon Governor Raimondo and the RI Department of Education to meet additional requirements for safety prior to the start of in-person learning and the governor responded,” said Flynn. “Here we are three months later in a COVID landscape that has gone beyond the original parameters put in place for reopening schools in September and has since exceeded nearly every data threshold. We have a renewed sense of urgency to move to distance learning.” 

    RIFTHP and NEARI are calling on Governor Raimondo to announce at her weekly press conference a statewide move to distance learning in order to:

    • Permit the Department of Health to catch up and stay current on contact tracing
    • Monitor the availability of COVID-19 hospital beds
    • Give the Department of Health the time needed to implement a weekly – or biweekly when medically indicated – COVID-19 testing program in all K-12 schools for both students and education professionals 
    • Allow for the delivery and safe installation of the thousands of HEPA air filtration devices ordered earlier in the school year – a welcome investment at a time when windows will need to close to the winter cold
    • Allow for the deep cleaning necessary to protect students, families, and educators upon their return

    “The social and emotional wellbeing of our students is paramount as always, but intermittent school closures put students and families on unsteady ground, disrupt class instruction, and add an undue burden to educators, support professionals and administrators who are already at the breaking point,” added Purtill.

    “Moving to distance learning through the holiday season will allow Rhode Island to get the virus under control, offer desperately-needed continuity in student learning, and equip empty buildings with necessary air filters for the colder months ahead. The conditions are right to take a pause now until we are better prepared to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students, educators and support professionals,” said Flynn.

  • Tech Ed. Prof. Fabricates Face Shields to Slow Spread of Virus

    Personal protective equipment for frontline health-care workers, like face shields, masks, gowns and gloves, has been in short supply around the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Read more.

  • Trauma Informed Instruction

    https://www.abc6.com/story/40890170/teachers-undergo-training-to-help-students-suffering-from-trauma

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  • US Marks Somber 20th Anniversary (Live Updates)

    https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/9-11-attacks-20th-anniversary/h_554fe18d6754bfd0b8d0bf479d837d3c

    Source:cnn.com
  • The Priest and the Rugby Player : Different Lives, A Shared Legacy

    https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/saint-911-hero-flight-93-lived-different-lives-share-legacy-death-rcna1979

    Source:nbcnews.com

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