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Governor Sisolak lays it out – “Racism is a public health crisis across the United States.”

Governor Sisolak
“Racism is a public health crisis nationwide.”

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued a proclamation this week to formally declare “Racism is a public health crisis nationwide.”

Nevada’s chief executive said “Given Nevada’s diverse population as a minority, majority state, this call to action raises awareness so Nevada does not perpetuate poor health outcomes due to systemic racism during and after the pandemic.

“Institutional and systemic racism has gone on far too long in this country and in this State. Based on research, we are taking a proactive approach in joining fellow leaders around the country to declare racism as a public health crisis, “ said Gov. Sisolak. “I am grateful to be joined by the Nevada Legislature in recognizing that racism manifests in measurable ways, including public health. I look forward to working with Nevada leaders and the Office of Minority Health and Equity on this critical issue.”

Experts and studies have shown that negative social determinants, with racism being at the forefront, have adversely affected the health of minority communities. This has also been demonstrated in many forms including unequal access to mental health services and a lack of educational and career opportunities, among many others.

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the challenges caused by racial disparities within Nevada’s communities, especially in the form of virus and environmental exposure risks, and through all major stages of health care.

With this proclamation, Nevada joins other state and local governments that have passed or are considering similar declarations to raise awareness and with the goal of instigating long-term change across all sectors of government, including education, housing, and criminal justice. Importantly, this proclamation also enhances work already being done by the State’s Office of Minority Health and Equity, which was initially created by the Nevada Legislature in 2005 and expanded in 2017.

The Office of Minority Health and Equity engages communities statewide to promote health equity and combat health disparities through advocacy and education. For example, the Office is supporting important legislation signed by Governor Sisolak during the 2019 Session which addresses the results of systemic racism and requires cultural competency training for health care providers.

CC Supervisors covered a lot of ground Thursday…

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Carson City Supervisors were all over the map Thursday working with Carson Tahoe Hospital on plans to construct an enclosed walkway from the hospital’s main building, across Eagle Creek and into CTH’s surgical center. The plan was approved. The Supervisors also approved the layout of catch basins to reduce the likelihood of any major flooding up or downstream from the surgical center. The addition of the new enclosed walkway will make patient transfers from the main hospital building to the surgical center much easier. Nearby wetlands will also be better protected with carefully regulated water flows through the downstream area. The hospital is paying for the improvements.

The Supervisors were quite pleased to acknowledge the arrival of what amounts to a huge check from Washington DC. Nevada state officials notified Carson City that there is over $10 Million available to be split between the city, the Carson City School District as well as Carson Tahoe Hospital and Eagle Valley Care Center, all under the umbrella of coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

And finally, the Supervisors were convinced that instead of buying new they can pay half-price for what will be the rebuilding of the city’s main landfill trash compactor. It’s got a lot of miles on it. Landfill employees were given permission to rebuild their Al-Jon 500 trash compactor that arrived in Carson City back in 2012. 11,000 work hours later it needs an over-haul. The restoration of the compactor will be handled by Tri-County Equipment and Repair and is a sole source for Factory Certified Re-manufactured Al-Jon compactors in the United States. The over-haul will run the city just under a half-million dollars. A totally new unit would run well over one million dollars.

Smart Suggestions Coming From Western Nevada College


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A group of seasoned professors at Western Nevada College have some sage advice for new and returning students: Enroll in Strategies for Academic Success (EPY 150) class this fall.

You can thank them later when you have completed your college education and are a happily employed professional.

Essentially, what the course will do for students is set them up for success in higher education. It will help them learn how to learn.

But some may say, “We’ve had 13 years of elementary and secondary education before coming to college so we know what it takes to learn.”

Yes, but in EPY 150 there is an opportunity to gain more insight into what it takes to be successful in college courses and the chance to become more self-aware of what will make you a better learner.

“I like to think of it as a course that is designed to assist students in their personal journey, whether it is their academic journey or their own intrapersonal journey and to help them engage in the process of reaching their own individual potentials — wherever those potentials lie,” said History Professor Kim DesRoches, who has also served as the college’s interim Liberal Arts director.

Listen to those who have taken the course.

Nayelli Lara-Gutierrez said she was apprehensive heading into her freshman year at WNC, but fortunately registered for EPY 150 her first semester.

“I was a nervous new college student with no real idea of what college had in store,” said Lara-Gutierrez, who recently graduated with an Associate of Arts degree. “But this class taught me how to handle my stress, how to take good notes and what learning style best fit me. I use all these habits now and this class made me a better student. I highly recommend taking this class; it gave me the confidence to succeed.” (more…)

Covid-19 Update, August 6

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Quad-County COVID-19 Update: One Death, Six New Cases, and Fifteen Recoveries

(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting an additional death due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. The individual was a female Lyon County resident in her 80’s with underlying conditions. There are also six new cases and fifteen additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 746, with 615 recoveries, and fourteen deaths, 117 cases remain active.

The new cases are:

  • A female Carson City resident in her 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • An adult male Lyon County resident in his teens with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Douglas County resident in her 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Douglas County resident in his 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Carson City resident in her 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Douglas County resident in his 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.

Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.

County Total Cases Active Cases Recovered Deaths
Carson City 330 41 281 8
Douglas County 194

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Lyon County 218 38 174 6
Storey County 4 0 4 0
TOTAL 746 117 615 14

 

Gender and age break down of the cases by county as well as the cases by zip code is available at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/.Statewide numbers can be found at the Nevada Health Response website (nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/).

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing for Quad-County Residents

There is one drive-thru COVID-19 testing event for Quad-County residents this week. Testing is free of charge; first come, first served, no appointments or reservations.

  • August 7, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • New Yerington City Hall (14 Joe Parr Way, Yerington)

For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 283-4789.

 

They’re finally building the BIG traffic roundabout on South Carson @ Stewart

Nothing but progress as far as the eye can see on South Carson Street.  Not only are lanes being added but there’s a HUGE roundabout that’s already made an impressive footprint there at South Carson and Stewart. The underground work on storm water, sewer and water utilities have been completed making it possible to start building a very large circular intersection which is completely devoid of traffic lights.  You just get into the circle and drive – and you exit when it suits you!

The Stewart Street portion of the intersection at South Carson is closed until the middle of next month when there will be some sort of gala opening of the roundabout – the first since Carson City Public Works installed the first roundabout at 5th and Edmonds over ten years ago.

The mid-September opening of the east side of the roundabout will provide northbound movements on Carson Street and northbound movements to Stewart Street.  City public works expects to fully open the new roundabout in early to mid-October.

In the meantime detour signs will direct drivers to Roop Street and to Fairview Drive.  Curry Street won’t be marked as a detour and will no doubt provide easier north-south driving until the roundabout is fully functional.

Public Works sent out a brochure in utility bills and has posted a video on how-to safely navigate the new roundabout.  It’s on the “Carson Proud” web site at http://carsonproud.com/southcarsonstreet/, and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/swV_kY6ovH0.

Sierra Nevada Construction will resume repaving the week of Aug. 10, starting from Sonoma to Stewart streets, which should be finished that week.  Northbound lanes between Stewart and 5th streets should be done by mid-September and the southbound lanes by early October. The stretch from Sonoma Street south to Appion Way will be repaved by mid-October.

One nice this about this very large round-about is that by being larger there is less tire wear as drivers navigate the wider circle.  It’s much larger than the roundabout at Edmonds and 5th.

Trump takes aim at Nevada’s voters – Making it harder to get their ballots counted….

Democrats protest new rules that have slowed the delivery of absentee ballots

Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill told President Trump that preserving funding for the U.S. Postal Service and removing new rules that have slowed down the mail already, are essential components to a new coronavirus relief bill – especially in a year when millions of Americans plan to vote by mail rather than stand in long lines for hours just to vote – not to mention the Covid-19 Virus being carried everywhere on the winds.

 

“Elections are sacred,” Senator Schumer told reporters after a meeting with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “To hold  back the mail when all ballots have to be counted we can’t say, “Oh, we’ll get 94 percent of them!”  Schumer reminded everyone “In this country we count ALL the ballots – not just some of them.”

But Trump has shot back with an ominous threat.  Click here.

Walmart – not just for shoppinig anymore…

Walmart is expanding it’s “atmospheric attractions” by setting up drive-in movies in their expansive parking lots.  The first movie showings here at the Carson City Walmart runs August 14th, 7:30pm with “Spy Kids.”  Other movies include Marooned and Spiderman into the Spider-verse.   Drive-in parking starts at 6pm with the main movie event beginning at 7:30pm.  By the way NO ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IS ALLOWED.  By the way, tickets are free but you have to pick them up inside the store well in advance of the movie.

Before each movie, Walmart previously said that it should show “one of a number of short films, including ‘Bilby,’ ‘Bird Karma,’ ‘Brooklyn Breeze,’ ‘CROW: The Legend,’ ‘Fire in Cardboard City,’ ‘INVASION!,’ ‘Looney Tunes’ Boo! Appetweet’ and ‘Marooned.”

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August 4, 2020

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Oregonians will continue to receive increased food benefits in August

The Oregon Department of Human Services has received approval by the federal Food and Nutrition Service to continue in August to provide increased food benefits and waive the interview requirement for new applicants – making it faster and easier for Oregonians to access benefits.

This will result in an additional $30 million to eligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in August 2020.

“As the pandemic continues, access to food has worsened greatly,” said Self-Sufficiency Programs Deputy Director Claire Seguin. “Providing another month of emergency assistance will help ease the threat of chronic hunger in Oregon.”

SNAP households will automatically receive the additional allotment in the same way they receive their current benefits. For most customers this is an EBT card. The additional benefit amount will be disbursed on the schedule below to all eligible SNAP households.

Description of household receiving emergency allotmentNo additional action is needed from Oregonians already enrolled in SNAP. The increase brings all households to the maximum SNAP benefit. Households that already receive the maximum benefit will not receive any additional benefits.

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Governor Sisolak rolls out the heavy artillery against the Corona-19 Virus

Gov. Steve Sisolak
Monitoring Covid 19 situation

Governor Steve Sisolak, finding out there’s no nice way to politely get rid of the Corona Virus, has launched a very targeted strategy against people who walk around like they’re not going to get the disease and yet they come down with it – and spread it around more.

Governor Sisolak apparently got tired of playing the “nice guy governor” and instead brought out the heavy artillery. The Governor has assembled a team of health related experts and applied lessons learned from around the country that there’s no nice way to slap down the virus.  It takes strong discipline.

Governor Sisolak has formed teams of health and virus experts to fan out across Nevada to track down where the virus is replicating itself. If there’s only a little bit of virus, they track down who’s got it and send them home and tell them to stay there and then get tested again.  Where cases are more common or more severe they send them home for up to two weeks to ensure they’re not spreading the virus even further. And then they also get tested.  Keep in mind we still don’t have a vaccine to stop the spread. From the ‘get-go’ it’s all about testing-testing-testing. And it’s going on more and more – truly the only way we can track down the human sources of the virus.

Casinos, movie theaters, restaurants and family gatherings where there’s not a facemask in sight will be “dealt with accordingly” according to state officials. Most of the time they’re being ordered to hunker-down at home for 14 days to see what happens. Again, medical treatment-mixes work on most Covid-19 victims. Only a small fraction of those infected die.

Again, the central strategy of Governor Sisolak’s “Strike-Team-Covid” is to fan out across the state, assess the spread of the pandemic, put communities and business owners on notice that they must follow the rules on wearing facemasks, even in public, stay six feet away from the nearest human, wash their hands frequently throughout the day and stay away from crowds – ANY CROWDS.

Scientists say developing a vaccine to fight the virus is a giant horse-race around the globe. Something like 30+ vaccine operations are racing to see who can get an effective vaccine to market the quickest. We expect the first vaccine to hit the market sometime before Christmas. Only those that are medically vulnerable will get the first vaccinations. Those without troublesome medical conditions will likely get their inoculations starting in March or April. But some medical sources say it could be sooner depending on how fast the new vaccines are created and distributed.

It’s official: Anyone can vote in Nevada with mail-in ballots

It’s official.  Anyone who is eligible to vote in Nevada now has the right to vote with a “mail in” ballot.  Despite bitter opposition from a number of Republican lawmakers, the Democrats shoved Assembly Bill 4 through the process and on its way to the Governor’s desk for signing.

A number of Republican lawmakers supported President Trump’s claim that mail-in ballots invite ballot corruption although they produced no proof that such behavior is widespread.  Democrats maintain that the Republicans know they’re going to get a shellacking at the polls this fall due to President Trump’s plunge in voter confidence.

All registered voters can count on getting mail-in ballots for the November election much to the relief of many voters who don’t want to stand in crowded lines on election day waiting to vote – while also being exposed to asymmetrically infected voters who don’t even know they’re carrying and spreading the Covid-19 virus.

Federal judge opens the door for immigrant worker access to medical care in the U.S. during Covid-19 pandemic

A federal judge issued new injunctions this week blocking the public charge immigration rule during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow immigrant communities across Nevada and the rest of the country to access critical health care and public benefits during the current health crisis.

The public charge rule has worsened health disparities, especially for the Latino community, at a time when they are most hard hit by the lethal coronavirus. Here in Nevada many immigrant families decided not to access public benefits, even leaving their children without health insurance.  The judge’s ruling makes it easier for them to get health care for their families.

Governor Sisolak monitoring the virus, maximum customer numbers in bars, restaurants and casinos

Gov. Steve Sisolak
Monitoring Covid 19 behavior – still enforcing strict rules

From the Governor’s Office

In line with his recent announcement, Governor Steve Sisolak announced he signed Emergency Directive 029 extending previously issued directives that were set to expire on July 31.

This includes continuing statewide standards limiting business occupancy to 50 percent of fire code capacity and limiting gatherings to no more than 50 people. As announced earlier, bars, pubs and taverns in certain Nevada counties identified as having an elevated transmission risk will continue to remain closed as set forth in the directive until it is cancelled.

The directive also allows public agencies to continue their operations safely by extending the state Open Meeting Law providing alternative ways for boards, commissions, and agencies to allow public participation either over the phone or via the internet.

The State will transition to a long-term mitigation strategy for the state of Nevada which will be rolled out this week. The plan will utilize updated criteria based on trends to minimize the week-to-week or day-to-day Covid-19 fluctuations. This will identify which counties are getting better or worse revealing which counties should tighten up or loosen regulatory controls.

A state advisory group of public health, hospital, business enforcement and local government representatives will closely analyze the data for state-wide and local recommendations. They’ll monitor Nevada businesses in order to have advanced notice and understanding on what direction their county could be heading based on updated criteria. This group will work directly with local county officials on enhanced enforcement and other effective tactics to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

South Carson Street Update…

SNC made great strides on the South Carson Street project! Carson Street between 5th and Stewart underwent major improvements on the storm drainage system. Crews have already started the curb and gutter work on the roundabout and the roundabout is taking shape. Much of the surrounding roadways are nearly ready for paving. October is drawing near and it’s clear based on the construction milestones. For construction updates and to view the construction map visit carsonproud.com.

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Do you know who this young man is? …or where he lives or works??

Forging a check

From the Carson City Sheriff’s Office

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division is asking for assistance in identifying an unknown suspect alleged to have forged checks and fraudulently cashed them.

In June of 2020 a male suspect entered a bank in Carson City, on two separate occasions and cashed checks he had forged. The checks are believed to have been collected from mail, washed, and then re-written for fraudulent use.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch (775) 887-2677, Investigation Division, Detective Darin Riggin (775)283-7853, Investigations Lieutenant Daniel Gonzales (775)283-7850 or Secret Witness (775)322-4900.

Corona Virus
Update…

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting two additional deaths due to COVID-19 in the four country region: Carson City, Lyon, Storey and Douglas Counties.

The individuals were a male Lyon County resident in his 80’s with underlying conditions and a female Lyon County resident in her 80’s with underlying conditions. CCHHS is also reporting thirteen new cases and twenty-two additional recoveries. This brings the total number of cases to 665, with 526 recoveries and twelve deaths. 127 cases remain active.

Latest cases of Covid-19:

• A female Douglas County resident in her 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A female Lyon County resident in her 70’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Douglas County resident in his 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Lyon County resident in his 70’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Lyon County resident in his 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Carson City resident in his 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A female Douglas County resident in her 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A female Douglas County resident in her 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A female Lyon County resident in her 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Douglas County resident in his 70’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A female Lyon County resident in her 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Lyon County resident in his 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Carson City resident in his 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.

Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease.

TOTAL
-665 Total Cases (+13 from 7/29)
-127 Active (-11 from 7/29)
-526 Recovered (+22 from 7/29)
-12 Deaths (+2 from 7/29)
-10 Hospitalizations (-2 from 7/29)

Gender and age break down of the cases by county as well as the cases by zip code is available at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/. Statewide numbers can be found at the Nevada Health Response website (nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/).

For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 283-4789

How to “tool” around Carson….

How to Visit Carson City…Safely

It’s an interesting time in the travel industry. A divide between safety and sanity leaves us all feeling torn. Visit Carson City can help navigate the waters. If you decide to get out and about we can guide you on how to safely explore the capital city. We’ve compiled a list of all things that have changed due to COVID and how you can visit Carson City safely. Click the link below to learn more.

What’s New in Carson City

Railbikes Come to Carson City

There’s a new ride in Carson City other than this roller coaster ride we’ve been on since COVID hit in March. You can now hop on a Carson Canyon Railbike Tour starting August 8th! This stunning tour for all ages and fitness levels takes you into the Carson River Canyon all while learning about the history and culture of the area. Don’t worry, there’s a motor-assist to help you back up the canyon. Click below to purchase tickets and for all the details of the experience and the safety precautions that will take place before each ride.

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Carson City’s Newest Restaurant Opens

The spirit of our beloved Adele’s lives on in the newest Carson City restaurant, Piazza. This wine and cocktail bar, inspired by the owner’s European travel, serves some of the most delicious small plates we’ve ever tasted in a cozy, feels-like-home ambiance. The salvaged stained-glass windows from Adele’s restaurant and the warm smiles from the incredible wait staff provide a wonderful dining experience in our McFadden Plaza.

Click below to learn more and to see all food and drink options in Carson City.

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Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum Reopens

Thanks to a generous donation by a local family, the new Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum was able to reopen after a temporary shut-down due to COVID-19. The Stewart Indian School served as the only off-reservation Indian boarding school in Nevada from 1890 through 1980. Its stone buildings are an icon of education and life for many American Indians in the West. In 1985, the school was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District and is currently managed by the State of Nevada. Stewart is a must-see on your trip to Carson City.

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Safely Relax

This is the centerpoint of a true Nevada experience. Our hotels have been diligent in going above and beyond safety and sanitizing standards. Find a hotel to call home for the night.

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All Things Outdoors

We’ve compiled the complete list of all outdoor activities you can do to social distance while still getting out of the house this summer. From trails to historic walking tours, Carson City has you covered.

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Parents and Families Need to Communicate Intent for School by Aug. 5 

 Carson City, Nev. (July 29, 2020) — The Carson City School District School Board of Trustees approved the district’s proposed School Reopening Plan last night by a 4-3 vote. The trustees also voted to update the 2020-2021 Academic School Calendar, moving the official first day of school for students to begin Monday, Aug. 24, a week later than the day previously set for Monday, Aug. 17.  

As part of the approved reopening plan, the district needs all parents and families to communicate their student’s intent for the 2020-2021 school year as soon as possible and no later than Aug. 5. The reopening plan offers parents the opportunity to select whether their student(s) will participate in school via full-time online learning (recommended for students who have known medical issues or family members in high risk categories for COVID-19) or through a hybrid – blended learning model where students will attend in-person twice weekly and participate remotely three days each week.

An online Parent Intent Form (available on the district’s website and in Spanish here) needs to be completed and submitted by the parents or guardians of each student as soon as possible (no later than Wednesday, Aug. 5) so cohorts can be assigned and student schedules finalized. Students will either be assigned by individual school sites to Cohort 1 (in-person attendance: Tuesdays and Thursdays with remote learning Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) or Cohort 2 (in-person attendance: Wednesdays and Fridays with remote learning Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays). 

The school district emphasized that families with multiple students will be assigned to the same cohort, alleviating household scheduling conflicts. Also for ease, the Parent Intent Form allows families to submit one form per household instead of multiple forms for siblings.  

In addition to completing the Parent Intent Form, parents and guardians will still need to complete their annual online registration updates in Infinite Campus (IC) for each of their students. Families who have completed the IC updated for the coming school year will only need to complete the Parent Intent Form. 

The district also said the Parent Intent Form must be submitted electronically using desktop or mobile internet resources. Parents and families without access to internet or electronic mobile device means are asked to contact their school site or the district office for assistance.  

Students will also need to register for transportation (buses) this year, which will be submitted through the Parent Intent Form. As detailed in the reopening plan, buses will not exceed 42 seats (less than 50 percent occupancy).  

“This is obviously not the most ideal situation to face a return to school under these circumstances,” said Superintendent Richard Stokes. “Given the restrictions of social distancing and building occupancy, we understand there is not one plan that will meet everyone’s needs. All people will face some risk to return to school, but we are seeking to minimize risk the best way we can while still fulfilling our mission to empower students with skills, knowledge, values and opportunities for them to thrive and be contributing members of our community.”  

The reopening plan also detailed some additional considerations including  

  • Face masks for all (all students, employees, volunteers, visitors and contractors are required to wear face masks at school) 
  • Health wellness checks at home (conducted by parent or guardians) 
  • Social-distancing 
  • Limited school activities and visitors 
  • Employ cleaning and disinfecting protocols 
  • Follow local health agency guidance 
  • Nutrition Services available 
  • Social and Emotional Learning and Services 

The district has also provided a helpful Frequently Asked Questions document in both English and Spanish that should provide additional information.  

 

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