Watch: The Washoe County School DIstrict wasn’t happy with the April Fool’s joke on students having to repeat a grade. Reno Gazette Journal
The Washoe County School District didn’t think it was funny when families were duped into believing students would have to repeat the school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The school district sent voice messages and emails Thursday morning to parents to debunk a viral April Fool’s joke: Nevada students won’t be forced to repeat the school year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“This is the last thing our families need to worry about at this point in time,” WCSD Interim Superintendent Kristen McNeill told the RGJ.
The joke circulated on social media on Wednesday, April 1. It displayed an image of a mocked-up news headline: “Sisolak: All Nevada Students Will Repeat School Year.” The image’s link redirected to a website noting that it was an April Fool’s joke.
McNeill sent out messages at 11 a.m. Thursday to debunk the rumor:
Good morning, this is Interim Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill from the Washoe County School District;
I have been made aware of a report circulating on social media regarding the possibility that our students will not move to the next grade level in the coming school year, but will remain in their current grade for another year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
This is false. Our educational team is working hard via distance learning to reinforce our students’ knowledge and skills and prepare them for the next grade level they are ready to advance in the fall.
Once again, reports that all students will be forced to remain at their current grade level and repeat the school year beginning in August are absolutely false.
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