Statement from The Nevada Association of School Superintendents on COVID19
March 13, 2020
The Nevada Association of School Superintendents (NASS) continues evaluating and responding to the evolving nature of coronavirus (COVID-19) with a coalition of partners, including local health officials, Nevada Department of Education, Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA), and other agencies, on a cohesive response to protect the health and well-being of our students, staff and families. It is important to remember that, at this time, most Nevada residents are at low risk of contracting coronavirus.
For the moment, there are no planned school closures. However, we continue to engage with the Nevada Department of Education and seek guidance on closure if necessary. At this time individual school districts remain open and are committed to educating our children to provide a sense of stability for our students, employees, and families.
NASS and individual school districts are united in taking the following actions out of an abundance of caution and in an attempt to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases:
- All school, district, and non-district sponsored athletics, extra-curricular activities, assemblies, practices, and events are suspended effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice.
- NASS and district superintendents will work with NIAA officials for future guidance and support.
- Activities and events scheduled later in the school year, including graduation ceremonies, will be evaluated as we progress through this situation.
- Restrictions on student and staff district sponsored travel, separate of the aforementioned activities/events, remain under the discretion of each district superintendent.
- At this time, essential programs that provide for after-school care will continue operating to support students and families as defined by individual school districts.
- Employees should remain at their assigned work locations, and avoid unnecessary travel to other schools and district buildings, except essential personnel servicing our students.
- School districts have increased the cleaning of high touch surfaces, as a proactive approach to preventing the possible spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
- School districts continue to refine their coronavirus response plan with all departments and outside officials.
NASS would like to remind you to visit each individual school district website for the latest update. As always, we ask that you keep your child at home if they may be sick. We also ask employees who are sick to stay home.
Should a case impact a school directly, individual school districts will update parents, staff, and the community regarding next steps.