Digital days bill fails to pass in Nevada legislature

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RENO, NV (KOLO) Friday’s deadline came and went, and AB314 failed to pass in the Nevada legislature.

“At this point we are not going to be able to move forward with digital school days,” says Katy Simon Holland, President of the Washoe County School Board.

The bill would have made it part of state law for students to stay home and study on their computers during days the weather is too bad to get to school.

“We believed we could do it and the state said no, you can't,” the school board president adds.

“Graduations get impacted,” she continued. “Kids that are leaving for boot camp, there are family custody issues, so having snow days and tacking them on at the end of the year isn’t the desirable solution.”

The bill was sponsored by Assemblywoman Jill Tolles (R-District 25).

“Approximately 12 states across the U.S. have looked at innovative ways to address attendance requirements and still addressing those needs,” Tolles said at a previous meeting in Carson City.

The alternative is to do what has been being done, just cancel school completely, and make the days up at the end of the year – which is what will be happening.

“I don’t agree with the digital days,” said local parent Jessica Obregon. “Not everyone is equipped for that. For some demographics it’s very difficult to get on a computer to do their schoolwork.”

Digital days are much more common in northern Nevada, but the majority of the state legislature hails from the south. The question was asked to Katy Simon Holland if that had any impact.

“I wasn’t part of that conversation,” she says. “So it's speculation on our part. I think there was more work that needed to be done be make it understandable for everyone, and the legislature already has so much in front of them, so this issue didn’t rise to the top.”

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