Governor Provided Executive Order with Guidelines for Schools

Governor Sisolak provided an updated Executive Order with guidelines for reopening schools as WCSD Board of Trustees online board meeting deliberates scenarios. Click here for to read the recent Governor Sisolak’s Emergency Directive on July 27, 2020.

The Washoe County Health District Officer recommended starting school utilizing a distance learning platform due to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Washoe County in the past two weeks. Click here to read the Washoe County Health Dept. 7.27.20 Recommendations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Washoe County Health District recommend schools open as the number of cases decreases below 100 new cases per day with a declining trend for 14 consecutive days.  Click here for to access the CDC guidelines https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/reopening-schools.html .

The Washoe County School District approved a plan for a combination of face-to-face instruction, distance learning, and a hybrid of both options. Please note the Governor and/or Health Department could mandate full distance learning at any time during the pandemic based on the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 cases.

The SNACS board and admin team developed a similar plan to prepare for current and potential mandates. This includes an instructional plan with choice options for families regarding student learning. This allows parents to determine which options meet the needs of their family circumstances and beliefs surrounding COVID-19. Families will be contacted to determine their preferences as we return to school.

Students in grades K-5 will be offered a choice in full distance learning and face-to-face learning for K-5 students. Families will be permitted to choose which model best suits their family circumstances. They will also have the option of switching between options as circumstances warrant to accommodate for changing family circumstances such as quarantine under COVID-19 guidelines. We are researching the need for and availability of a hybrid model involving an A/B day schedule of alternating face-to-face and distance learning to determine if there is a need. All options follow Phase 2 COVID-19 guidelines as designated under Governor Sisolak.

Students in grades 6-9 will be offered a choice in full distance learning, a hybrid model involving an A/B day schedule of alternating face-to-face and distance learning to leverage a flipped classroom model. Families will be permitted to choose which model best suits their family circumstances. They will also have the option of switching between options as warranted accommodating for changing family circumstances such as quarantine under COVID-19 guidelines. All options follow Phase 2 COVID-19 guidelines as designated under Governor Sisolak.

The COVID-19 pandemic remains fluid and changes may be declared by the Governor with future Emergency Directives that could alter or prohibit face-to-face learning and require distance learning during times of increase COVID-19 cases and/or risks.  As we move toward face-to-face instruction, increasing incidents of COVID-19 cases could cause the Washoe County Health Department to call for distance learning amid a temporary quarantine of a specific area. Communication between families and the administration staff will be crucial to monitor absences.  All families are requested to ensure their personal contact information is up to date in Infinite Campus to receive phone calls, texts, and emails as new information arises. The website and social media challenges will be updated as information is available.

The SNACS staff is excited to welcome back all students and families in the coming weeks. All students will be provided with social-emotional learning opportunities, instruction based on new standards, digital citizenship, and physical activities. All students will engage in MAP and Renaissance Assessments. Data will be used to develop Personal Learning Plans where goals will be tailored for individual students to ensure growth.  Students will have opportunities to work with their peers in whole and small groups and in individual instruction. All students will receive instruction as identified under IDEA, 504, and other specialized programs through all available formats.  All students will engage in Google classrooms, regardless of the chosen platform. Teachers will provide students with flipped classroom experiences and ensure students are prepared to navigate digital platforms in the event of a distance learning mandate.