Update on Distance Learning Plans from The Washoe County School District
Contact: Victoria Campbell
Update on Distance Learning Plans from
The Washoe County School District
Reno, NV (March 17, 2020) – The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is currently in the final stages of developing plans for distance learning that best serve the District’s diverse population of 64,000 students. It’s important to remember that the majority of WCSD schools were scheduled for Spring Break from March 16 through March 27, so for most WCSD schools, distance learning will begin the week of Monday, March 30.
Upon notification from Governor Sisolak that schools in the state would be closed, the existing COVID-19 task force subdivided into committees, each led by a senior leadership team member, to work on student nutrition, distance learning, special populations, and employee matters.
Once finalized, WCSD will share full details of remote learning with our community and provide resources to assist families.
This is a complex issue. It is vitally important that educators are fully prepared in order to provide support for each student. During unprecedented times like this, the District must also consider the social and emotional needs of our students, and provide helpful and concise resources for our families who will be assisting students in distance learning.
Special education teachers and related service providers will collaborate with general education teachers to provide specially designed instruction based upon the remote learning provided to all students. Special education teachers who provide students with alternative curricula will receive additional guidance and training based upon District plans. The District’s goal is to make sure members of each family have what they need to support their children during the closure.
Response to this situation is fluid, and WCSD will adjust plans to support students as information and additional guidance from the Nevada Department of Education becomes available.
“Even though buildings are closed, we want the community to be reassured that we are developing thorough plans for learning and instruction to continue during this difficult and unprecedented time,” said WCSD Interim Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill. “We realize that distance learning cannot fully replace the quality of face-to-face instruction, and we are prepared to provide our students with creative opportunities to continue their education while schools are closed. I am very proud of the tremendous and dedicated efforts of all of our employees during this time. From food assistance to our families, to cleaning and maintaining our buildings, to the security efforts of our School Police Officers, everywhere we see what it means to be a family.”
“While there is much anxiety and angst in all of us given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washoe County School District’s focus at this time is supporting each other, families, students, and the community to the best of our ability,” said WCSD Board President Malena Raymond. “The Board of Trustees fully supports District leadership as they work quickly on comprehensive learning plans for all students. We are calling on all of our stakeholders to pull together in this spirit of collaboration to support the children throughout Washoe County.”