School District Prepared for Worst; Hopes for Best

  • 2020-11-09, 11:29 AM (update 2020-11-12, 07:47 AM)
  • Rachel Dahl
School District Prepared for Worst; Hopes for Best Studenst at the high school wearing masks, must practice social distancing

The Churchill County School District reported this week several positive cases of COVID throughout the district. All students and staff who have been identified through contact tracing as having been exposed, have been contacted. The district determined on Wednesday that two classrooms at Lahontan Elementary School will be quarantined and will be fully remote over the next two weeks.

On November 5th, the district reported a Churchill County High School student has tested positive as well as two staff members at Lahontan Elementary School.

On November 4th the positive cases were identified as three staff members at Lahontan Elementary School.

On November 3rd the district announced there were two students testing positive at Numa Elementary, and one EC Best Elementary student has tested positive.

On November 2nd the district reported four positive student cases at Churchill County High School and one positive student at the middle school.

Superintendent Summer Stephens has asked staff to ensure families and students know what is expected from them should the district have to transition into a remote learning format. As the number of COVID cases increase, staff has been asked to prepare for any situation that the district may encounter.

“We have to be ready to go virtual at any moment,” she said. “We know cases across the county are increasing and our cases are increasing as well, and the reality is we only have 32 substitute teachers right now.”

Stephens said every person who lives in this community who has a child or teaches at school needs to know what to do if at the last minute a decision needs to be made to take the district completely remote. “It pains me to think we may have to do that, but we need to remain agile, transparent, and make sure everyone is safe. And then we can keep learning,” she said.

To be clear, Stephens said, “The school wants to be ready should something occur that we don’t have any control over so we can ensure that we can keep learning with kids, that’s the most important part for us that we make sure we can transition should we need to.” She compared the preparation teachers are making to make sure their classrooms can transition to a remote plan, as being similar to knowing where the hurricane bag or the bug-out bag are located.

In addition, Stephens reminds families to please continue to be diligent about the use of face coverings, physical distancing, good hygiene, and follow the guidelines provided by the state.

At this time, the District will continue to remain open as it currently is for those enrolled in the AM/PM model. Stephens urges anyont who may have any questions, should please feel free to reach out to the District Office (775) 423-5184.




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