FROM CARSON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Before any student steps on a school bus or enters a school campus, parents are asked to perform a health and wellness assessment. In the Daily Self-Screening tool available on CarsonCitySchools.com in the “Return to School 2021” tab. These daily health and wellness checks focus on specific symptoms students or family members may have experienced within the last 24 hours. It also characterizes those symptoms as “new” and “different” from on-going health issues such as asthma, allergies, reflux, COPD, etc. These symptoms would be “Not Normal” to the parent or the student.
COVID-19 RELATED DATA AND IDENTIFIED ACTIVE CASES
Carson City School District continues to monitor data concerning the current COVID-19 conditions in the Quad County area and individual school sites. A COVID-19 School Dashboard is available at the State of Nevada Department of Health & Human Services Office of Analytics website.
The school district continues to work in close cooperation with a dedicated school investigator at the health department to identify active cases and close contacts. This data is reported to the Office of Analytics. Investigations are supported by Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid test kits being administered in school health offices. The tests may be performed on students and staff who become symptomatic during the school day and their close contacts. Tests are only administered on student and staff who have symptoms or are identified as close contacts of a school related case. For information on asymptomatic testing, please visit the health department’s website for the current calendar of testing sites.
PLEASE NOTE, a positive case reported by the Carson City School District does not mean that individuals contracted COVID-19 at a district school or any other district facility.
In accordance with the State of Nevada Emergency Declaration 048, COVID-19 testing will be required for unvaccinated students, staff and volunteers participating in activities that involve travelling to schools outside of the county. Testing will also be required for all unvaccinated participants in NIAA sponsored full-contact and close-contact sports.
The district will implement a weekly scheduled COVID-19 testing program for students and staff or volunteers, including but not limited to coaches, leaders and advisors, who are not fully vaccinated and who are involved in travelling to other schools or venues outside of the county for athletics and activities such as games, tournaments, competitions, concerts, meets or similar events. Testing for these program participants will be offered on a scheduled basis at Carson High School. No test will be performed during school hours for school travel or athletics programs. The calendar of testing dates and times will be published separately.
Random screening of unvaccinated persons is not currently anticipated in the testing program but may be introduced if necessary to keep schools open. Click here for more information.
ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE REGARDING SCHOOL CLOSURES
As poor air quality may return to the area, we have provided additional guidance regarding school closures. At the beginning of each school day, the superintendent will review the AirNow.gov Air Quality Index (AQI) and the day’s weather forecast. If the AQI is reported at or above 400 by AirNow.gov for the 89701 zip code by 5:30 a.m. and the weather forecast predicts that conditions are not expected to improve, all employees, students and families will be notified that school will be cancelled. Additionally, if the school day begins and the AQI reaches or exceeds 400, school will remain in session for the day and students and staff will remain indoors.
If schools are closed because of a natural disaster, inclement weather, accident or any other extraordinary circumstance, per instruction from the Nevada Department of Education, those days including Smoke Days are not considered “days in school” regardless of the digital ability to provide remote instruction. Consequently, neither teachers nor students are expected to participate in remote learning activities during a canceled school day. No student activities, schoolwork or programs will occur, and homework should not be assigned. Any canceled school days will need to be made up at the end of the school year in June.
EVACUATED FIRE FAMILIES IN CARSON CITY INVITED TO ENROLL STUDENTS
The ravaging toll of wildfires caused thousands of residences and families in Lake Tahoe communities to evacuate their homes and were displaced to shelters throughout northern Nevada. The Carson City School District invited all evacuated families in Carson City with school-aged children to enroll their students through the McKinney-Vento Students in Transition program.
The district is seeking to return a sense of normalcy to the lives of these students and families impacted by the fire. Students can be enrolled in school immediately, where they can receive free breakfast and lunch, as well as assistance with clothing needs and school supplies. Counselors, peers and other resources are also available to assist. For more information, please contact Christie Perkins, 775-283-1537, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
STILL SEEKING TO FILL VACANCIES IN JOB OPENINGS
We are still looking to fill some positions as the new school year begins. There are still 18 teachers to hire, including seven classroom teachers, six special education teachers and five teacher-on-special-assignment (TOSA) interventionist positions offered through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to address learning loss. For classified vacancies, 18 educational support personnel openings were available as of Aug. 10 as well, with approximately 9 SPED paraprofessionals, three bus drivers, two regular education paraprofessionals, one custodian, one safety officer, one library media technician and one bus attendant. The district brought on several custodians at the beginning of hiring season.
Because of the staffing shortage, additional opportunities are now available. If you are a retired educator or former employee, you are encouraged to check with Human Resources. To search and apply for jobs, please click here.