Carson City Schools, K-12, will be opening near the end of August and from there it gets really bumpy. Students will be alternating between schools and home – two days in school, two days at home. No school Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
The odd schedule reflects the fact that normally full classrooms would likely become dangerous, if not deadly, by squeezing 30 to 40 students in a classroom. A perfect way to spread the Corona Virus. The tentative school plan is to have one group of students attend Tuesdays and Thursdays – the other group attending Wednesdays and Fridays. Pre-K and kindergarten will be in school a full 5 day week. There will be everyday take-home school work with hopefully some help from mom and/or dad. Videos will also help the students at home with their assignments. Special arrangement will have to be made for students whose families don’t have internet.
Arranging bus rides to school will be a logistical challenge. School officials have to determine which students will ride buses and which students won’t ride buses. But suffice to say, if it takes a bus to get a student back and forth to school, it’ll happen.
Then there’s the issue of child care outside of school. Some will likely wind up at the Boys and Girls Club as well at private facilities around the city. More details yet to follow.
As for lunches, the school district will continue to provide free and reduced cost meals. Mondays there is no school – BUT – families can pick up students lunches on mondays.
The School Board met July 14th with lots of families, teachers and school administrators to hash out what the school schedules will be. The school board meeting helped to outline some of the major elements – but not all of them. School officials are continuing to plan school days straight through December and into January. These and other plan refinements should be finalized at the next School Board Meeting on July 28th, 7-10pm, 1402 W. King, Carson City.