With an uncertain return to school date, WCSD rolls out distance learning through May 8

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WCSD passes out homework packets to families without access to internet at locations around Reno and Sparks. Reno Gazette Journal

The Washoe County School District released its second set of remote learning plans through May 8 despite uncertainty on when and if schools will reopen this school year.  

In a message to parents, Interim Superintendent Kristen McNeill said the second phase of the district’s distance learning starts Monday. 

The move comes after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said schools will remain closed through April. Originally, the district planned lessons up until April 17.

At a press conference Tuesday Sisolak said he has not decided if schools will remain closed beyond April 30.  He said the decision will be made after he consults with medical experts and not for political reasons or because of what is convenient.

The district will again hand out paper packets beginning Thursday and distributing more on Friday and Saturday.  Locations can be found at www.washoeschools.net/paper 

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Message from WCSD Interim Superintendent Kristen McNeill

Dear Families,

We know that you are all working to best support your child’s distance learning, and we will continue providing you with materials and resources, along with the guidance and support from your child’s teachers.

On Monday, April 20, we will start the second phase and week four of the District’s Distance Learning.  You can access this new phase of Distance Learning materials on our website at www.washoeschools.net/distancelearning.  If you have access to a computer and the internet, we urge you to access the materials online; both paper and online materials are the same. Paper packets will be available at select sites throughout the District on Thursday, April 16, Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18.  Visit https://www.washoeschools.net/paper  or call 2-1-1 for the distribution schedule, that will also be posted on the front doors of all District schools.

We are still scheduled to resume classes in our buildings on May 1, however in case the governor extends the Distance Learning time, we are providing materials from April 20 to May 8.

Expectations for phase two have changed as the period of Distance Learning has been extended.  This second phase will provide students in 3rd grade to 12th grade with an opportunity to raise their 3rd quarter grade by working with their teacher in completing their Distance Learning work.  We want our students to do their very best and will work together to address any challenges.

Students are encouraged to complete the materials from the first three weeks before they start working on the materials for the second phase.

Rest assure that no child will be retained, nor will their 3rd quarter grades be impacted negatively as long as they engage with their teachers or staff members.  If retainment was being considered prior to school closure due to COVID-19, the teacher and principal will continue to collaborate with families about final decisions.

Students will not be penalized if they don’t complete Distance Learning work and will receive the same grade they earned before the school closure due to COVID-19.

We are deeply grateful for your collaboration, understanding, and flexibility as we all navigate this difficult time.  We will come out of this together!

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Distribution sites Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Central Reno

AACT HS – 380 Edison Way 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

North Valleys

Cold Springs MS – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

North Valleys HS – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Northwest Reno

McQueen HS – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Old Southwest

Reno HS – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

South Reno

Galena HS – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Southeast Reno

Damonte Ranch HS – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Wooster HS – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Spanish Springs

Spanish Springs HS – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Sparks

Reed HS – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Sparks HS – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Sun Valley

Hug HS –10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Washoe Valley / Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley ES – 2:45-3:45 p.m.

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