From Washoe County Schools
The Washoe County School District (WCSD), in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Education (NDE), has discontinued the use of Digital School Days for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year.
The WCSD was pleased with the decision by the NDE which determined that students and staff will not need to make up the Digital School Days held so far this year. Schools will be dismissed for the year on schedule. For most schools, the last day of classes is Friday, June 7. If inclement weather forces the closure of schools, students will simply observe a “snow day” without school work to perform at home.
“To be clear, the Washoe County School District was never in violation of any state law,” said Superintendent Traci Davis. “It is evident from the feedback we have received that this has been a frustrating process for some of our families and staff members, and we regret that. We are a listening and learning organization first and foremost. Digital School Days represented our attempt to address concerns expressed by our families and staff when we have inclement and dangerous weather conditions and we have to close schools.
We look forward to working with the NDE in coming up with solutions that will work for our students, families, and staff members.”
The District is working with the Legislature on drafting language to be introduced during the current session to allow for a program such as a Digital School Day plan in the future. If approved by state lawmakers and signed into law by Gov. Steve Sisolak, WCSD would work collaboratively to include guidance from the state regarding curriculum for students who are in special education programs and set expectations for high-quality instruction to be provided by teachers.
“We are embracing a new Nevada,” said Superintendent Davis. “We have an opportunity to learn from school districts in at least a dozen other states that have successfully implemented plans during dangerous weather events. We always have the best interests of our students, families and staff at heart, and their safety is our highest priority.
“We look forward to working with the NDE, our families, staff members, and students to find solutions that will work for everyone concerned.”