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Washoe school board votes to move secondary schools to full distance learning, elementary students to continue learning in person

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 10:59 AM PST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2020 at 12:00 AM PST
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WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE, NOV. 24 The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees voted 5 to 1 to approve moving secondary schools to full distance learning at its meeting on Tuesday. The change comes as Washoe County continues to deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases. The temporary change will go into effect on December 2 and students will return to in-person learning on January 4.

The board of trustees will review the proposed dates to finalize them at its December 8 meeting.

The board also voted 5 to 1 in favor of keeping elementary schools on the in-person learning model. During their discussion, trustees stated that keeping elementary students in schools while having secondary schools on distance learning will help free up resources as needed while the changes are in effect.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Washoe County School District superintendent is recommending to the school board students shift to full distance learning in the coming weeks, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Washoe County.

The recommendation is expected to be presented at the next Washoe County School Board meeting on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

According to the agenda item, the shift would start Monday, December 7, 2020 with a return to in-person and hybrid learning January 19, 2021.

The WCSD Board of Trustees is set to take action on the measure, calling it necessary without the “immediate influx of support in the form of additional contact tracing support and additional testing capacity.”

Also included in the agenda item is a recommendation to “modify the 2020-2021 School Year calendar using some or all of the currently scheduled spring break to offset days of instruction impacted by the shift to distance learning; and to postpone planned winter sports, and possibly all sports for the 2020-2021 School Year.”

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