WCSD working toward new digital days policy

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE 2/12/19: The Washoe County School District released a statement February 12, indicating a new digital days plan is being contemplated for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year.

Here is the statement:

"The Washoe County School District had a worthwhile and productive meeting with representatives of the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) yesterday to discuss ways in which we can work together regarding Digital School Days and the positive impact on students in northern Nevada.

"WCSD and the NDE are working in partnership with the Nevada State Legislature on possible changes to the law that will clarify what equates to a school day in session when inclement weather creates conditions that do not allow students and staff to safely travel to school.

"We join with the NDE in our commitment to working toward solutions that will benefit all of our students. To that end, WCSD is working on a proposal for a pilot program for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year."

ORIGINAL STORY: The Washoe County School District and Nevada Department of Education met with the Nevada Attorney General Friday to try to find a solution to the school district’s snow day plan, also known as Digital Days.

Nevada Acting Education Superintendent Jonathan Moore issued a statement following the meeting Friday, February 8, 2019. He says they are committed to working with the district on finding a solution that is legal.

February 7, it was revealed that Digital Days are not legal under Nevada state law. Moore says the Department of Education stands by a memo sent to the district in January warning the district the plan did not meet state law, and says the plan was only approved on a case-by-case basis, but not district-wide.

When asked if students will get attendance credit for the four digital days called this school year, Moore said it was too early to tell.

Moore says with the upcoming storms, the NDE hopes the district will not implement Digital Days, but says it is ultimately up to the district to make that decision.

Moore says his message to parents is that the NDE is willing to work with WCSD to find a mutually agreeable solution. He says they will likely meet again in the future, but did not specify when.