Maintaining order in our schools…
At a joint meeting of the Carson City School Board and the Carson City Board of Supervisors they all agreed that School Resource Officers (Sheriff’s Deputies) and the School District will continue to partner resources to keep our school campuses as safe as humanly possible. It appears to be a more compassionate approach to student disruptions. Students having a tough time at school will receive stepped assistance from school counselors who will work with the students’ family to get to the bottom of what’s causing the problem – especially if it’s antagonism from other students. In a dispute, taking students out of school makes it hard on both sides – Sheriff Ken Furlong telling the School Board and City Supervisors that tactics should lean toward more parental involvement rather than subjecting a student to otherwise deep exposure to the criminal justice system.
Revealing the perils of “vaping”
The School Board was clearly concerned about the proliferation of student vaping, often times on school campuses. Vaping is much like using a pipe-or-cigarette type device to inhale exotic gases with various symptomatic effects on the smoker. School Board members said the district aims to step up its campaign of information that clearly reveals that vaping is a health hazard to everyone – regardless of age level – but especially on young people. School officials say they must maintain a campaign in our schools to embrace the world free of chemical dependency – not toxically “fog it up” and hurt their young bodies in the process.
The School Board and Board of Supervisors also discussed ways to get more students to get their vaccinations and flu shots in a more timely manner. And the two boards got an update on school district plans to adjust school attendance boundaries involving Carson City’s two middle schools – Eagle Valley and Carson Middle Schools. For the 2020-2021 school year, it’s proposed that the Eagle Valley attendance zone be modified to accept a quarter of “graduating” 5th grade students from Fremont Elementary and that the remaining three-quarters of “graduating” fifth graders be assigned to Carson Middle School.
And there is an ongoing proposal to use a building at 1600 Snyder Avenue as a new school for the district. Lots of home construction has been going on at the south end of town and families down there need classrooms for their kids.