Reopening Task Force
The Reopening Task Force (formerly the Recovery Task Force) is a group comprised of WCSD Administration, critical school operating departments, employee association representatives, educators, and parents, as well as stakeholders from the business and public health community.
The primary role of the Reopening Task Force is to provide guidance to staff, families, and the community as the Washoe County School District begins to plan how to safely reopen our buildings and come back to school in the fall. This plan will focus on prevention, response, and recovery strategies to meet the changing conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the Task Force is to create a flexible plan that can be accessed by employees, families, and community members, using the guiding principles from the Centers for Disease Control, the State of Nevada, and national health officials while also addressing the physical, mental, social, and emotional needs of students and staff.
The Reopening Task Force consists of several subcommittees which are looking in-depth at the many different aspects of reopening. These include:
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Committee: Making recommendations on the amount and types of PPE to purchase, including face coverings and cleaning supplies.
- Model Pros/Cons Committee: Making recommendations and weighing pros and cons of a variety of models for reopening schools in the fall. Adding Solutions to the problems as well.
- Contract Considerations Committee: Identifying current collective bargaining agreement language that may need to be modified, added, or deleted to support implementation of the District’s COVID-19 response.
- Health and Safety Committee: Making recommendations about how to keep students and staff safe as they reenter buildings and navigate the school day.
- Vulnerable Populations Committee: Making recommendations to ensure an equitable approach to the needs and accessibility of our vulnerable populations as school reopens.
All plans proposed by the Reopening Task Force will be presented to the Board of Trustees in public meetings over the summer. The public is encouraged to view these meetings and participate by emailing their public comments to the Board.
The Reopening Task Force is just one of several groups that has been working on the District's COVID-19 response. The COVID-19 Response Team, a group comprised of WCSD staff from nearly all departments including Academics, Operations, Human Resources, Communications, and Finance, has been meeting regularly since March. Several task forces have been created from this group, including Teaching and Learning, Summer Learning, Reopening, Information Technology, Food Stability, and Climate in order to discuss in-depth the many ways in which school is changing because of COVID-19 and to provide recommendations and suggestions to the COVID-19 Response Team and District Leadership.
There is crossover in membership among the task forces and regular communication between the groups in order to ensure coordination. Specifically, the ReopeningTask Force and the Teaching and Learning group, which are both working on various aspects of what school will look like in the fall, are coordinating efforts.
Task Force Membership
Leslie Allfree, CPR/AED Trainer, Student Health Services
Natha Anderson, President, Washoe Education Association
Roy Anderson, Emergency Manager
Lana Ball, Secretary, Desert Skies Middle School, President of WESP
Debra Biersdorff, Deputy Superintendent
Kiemmy B. Thai, WCSD Parent
Jeff Brasel, Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Washoe County Health Department
Ruby Burnley, Teacher, Diedrichsen Elementary
Jennifer Caldwell, Executive Assistant, Office of Communications & Community Engagement
Kellie Carney, Administrative Secretary, Billinghurst Middle School
Dina Ciaramella, Elementary Education Director, Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Max Coppes, Chair of Pediatrics UNR Med & Physician-in-Chief Renown Children’s Hospital
Virginia Doran, Director of Labor Relations
Megan Downs, Communications Manager
Nathan DuPree, Pastor, Living Stones Church
Norris DuPree, Clinical Psychologist
Emily Ellison, Chief Human Resources Officer
Pete Etchart, Chief Operating Officer
Kindra Fox, Secondary Education Director, Curriculum & Instruction
Samantha Fredrickson, Public Relations Specialist
Tami Goulden-Bosco, 504 Program Coordinator, Counseling Department
Rick Harris, Special Projects Administrator
Mari Hartmann, Clinical Services Director, Student Health Services
David Hartshorn, Principal, Mendive Middle School
Ben Hayes, Chief Accountability Officer
Dr. Sara Healy, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Renown Children’s Hospital & UNR Med
Raymond Hirschman, Assistant Principal, Spanish Springs High School
Jennifer Hodges, MS, CCC-SLP, MAA, Special Education Administrator, Area 4
Laura Hutchinson, Crisis Counselor, Counseling and Social Work Department
Laurel Iinuma, IT Coordinator
Jackie James, Risk Manager
Susan Kettler, Speech Pathologist, Diedrichsen Elementary
Sharon Kennedy, Principal, Incline Middle School
Laurel Kerr, WCSD Parent
Wayne Kerr, WCSD Parent
Paul LaMarca, Chief Ombudsman & Strategies Officer
Scott Lee, Assistant Director of Transportation
Katherine Loudon, Counseling Coordinator, Counseling Department
Joseph Maez, WCSD Parent
Rick Martin, Director of Transportation
Mark Mathers, Chief Financial Officer
Jeana Miller, Special Education Administrator Area 5, AT, Speech
Sara Montalvo, General Counsel
Tracy Moore, Sergeant, School Police
Jill Murdock, Grant Fiscal Administrator
Grace Ndolo, Mail Clerk
Mathew Ochs, Teacher, Reno High School
Lauren Ohlin, Director of Grants
Troy Parks, Chief Academic Officer
Denise Paxton, Teacher, Shaw Middle School
Irene Payne, Chief Communications & Community Engagement Officer
Christopher Pilat, WCSD School Psychologist
Serena Robb, Local Business Owner and Retired WCSD High School Administrator/Principal
Neil Rombardo, Chief General Counsel
Josh Rosenbloom, Principal, Reed High School
Adam Searcy, Chief Facilities Management Officer
Trish Shaffer, MTSS-SEL Coordinator
Adam Shoda, Teacher, Galena High School
Ann Silver, Chief Executive Officer, Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Vanessa Slots, Chief General Pediatrics, Developmental Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Renown Children’s Hospital & UNR Med
Lianka Soliz, Director, Nutrition Services
Tom Stauss, Executive Director, Washoe Education Association
Veronica Thompson, WCSD Parent
Jason Trevino, Chief of School Police
Chris Turner, Chief Information Officer
Jim Verdi, Principal, Spanish Springs Elementary
Prim Walters, Principal, Diedrichsen Elementary
Maureen Wander, Teacher, Diedrichsen Elementary
Dr. David White DDS, Nevada Dental Association, American Dental Association
Tiffany Young, Equity and Diversity Director