Birchwood Middle School

10 Birchwood Drive, North Providence, RI 02904
Phone: (401) 233-1120 | Fax: (401 353-6903

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News & Events

Stay up-to-date on events, clubs, sports, activities, celebrations and more through our calendars and notices.

Emergency Preparedness

Fire/Evacuation/Lockdown Drills

In accordance with Rhode Island State Law, fifteen (15) drills are conducted during the school year. Two (2) of the fifteen will be lockdown drills (conducted in September & January) and two (2) will be evacuation drills. At least one emergency drill be conducted within each month during the school year (2 within the first 30 days of school). Fire/evacuation drill instructions are posted in each room. Students are familiarized with fire drill procedures at the beginning of the school year.

Megan’s Law [Rhode Island Sexual Offender Law]

The Rhode Island Sexual Offender Law (Title 11, Chapter 37.1) is a system for registration of sexual offenders and for notification to the public that a sexual offender lives or may soon live in the community. If requested by the North Providence Police Department, school principals or designee of the School Department are required to provide the police department with a directory of the names and addresses of all parent(s)/guardian(s) who have children in school. The police department will use this information to provide you with sexual offender notification. The notification will include the name, photograph, and address of the sexual offender. Unless you choose otherwise, as parents/guardians of a child attending public school, your name and address will be sent to the police department and you will receive sexual offender notification from the police department. You have the right to have your name and address excluded from the directory now or at any time your child attends school by simply writing to the school with your request or opting out on the Student Information Form

Announcements, Cancellations & Delayed Openings


When inclement weather causes the cancellation, delay or early dismissal of school, announcements can be heard on the following local stations:

AM Radio WPRO 630; WHJJ 920
FM Radio WPRO 92; WPJB 101
Television WJAR Channel 10; WPRI Channel 12

Cancellation of School

Each year the Superintendent’s Office publishes and distributes complete information related to cancellations, delays, and early dismissals. What follows is a summary.

The weather and road conditions are often quite different in several parts of town. The decision to hold school is based upon the general conditions. Some isolated areas may experience much worse weather, and parents must use their own judgment before putting a child on a dangerous road to walk or wait for a school bus. The methods of notification for school cancellation, delays and early release are: 1) Broadcast on Channels 10 and 12, as well as radio stations WPRO and WPJB; 2) Posted on the school web page; 3) Send a message using Skylert Parent Notification System.

Delayed Opening

All school opening schedules may be delayed up to 1 hour for inclement weather. This means all bus pick-ups will occur 1 hour later than usual. Parents who drop off children should drop them off at school 1 hour later for a 1 hour delay.

Early Release
An early release means that the North Providence Middle School would begin dismissal early.

If it becomes necessary to release students early due to approaching or impending inclement weather, notification will be made by 12 noon.

Family Emergency Plan. Parents/Guardians should make arrangements to have someone meet their child at home or at their stop if they are unable to be there or make “emergency” arrangements for their child to go directly to an alternate location. It is imperative that parents/guardians have a plan in place for your child’s safety should an early release occur.

Emergency Closing

An individual school may be closed while the rest of the schools in the district are in session due to an emergency situation at that particular school (for example, no heat, broken water pipe, electricity problem.)
Methods of notification for school cancellation are:

Broadcast on Channels 10 and 12, as well as radio stations WPRO and WPJB;

Posted on the school web page

Skylert Parent Notification System will send out a message.

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10 Birchwood Drive
North Providence, RI 02904
Phone: (401) 233-1120
Fax: (401) 353.6903



Brian Gilmore

 Assistant Principal

Joseph Palazzo

School Nurse
Mrs. Kelly Nesbitt, M .Ed, R.N., CSNT


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