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Carson schools chief: Normal reopening not possible under Phase Two

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Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 6:08 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Like other Nevada schools, those in Carson City ended the spring with campuses closed and students learning at home. Now the challenge is how to plan for the upcoming school year.

The district asked the community and got a huge response with one overwhelming answer.

“Our parents let us know they would prefer to have school start in the fall without restrictions,” says Superintendent Richard Stokes.

Under the governor’s Phase Two reopening guidelines, that’s not going to be possible.

“Unless we get some change from the governor’s office to not follow the restrictions of Phase Two, then we can have school without those restrictions, but otherwise it will be fairly challenging.”>

So, like other school districts Carson City is looking for answers. Stokes says there’s no lack of questions.

“For example if you have to accommodate strict social distancing you’re looking at having to paint a little silo of six feet around every student. That’s pretty difficult in a school setting.”

A committee has been formed to come up with solutions. They don’t have a lot of time. One thing that’s helping is every other district in the state has to some degree the same issues. They’re talking and exchanging ideas.

Stokes says a draft proposal will be ready by the school board’s July 14th meeting. The final plan will be adopted two weeks later. At this point what that will look like isn’t clear.

“We will have school in the fall. It’s likely to be a combination of face-to-face. in-person, on campus schooling with some days of the week students being required to stay home.”>

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