yellow school bus parked in front of school playground
The state Department of
Education has formed a Re-Opening of Schools Committee to help develop a plan
for districts and charter schools to safely reopen Nevada’s K-12 public
Superintendent Jhone Ebert
said the committee will include state health officials, the 17 superintendents
and staff, charter school leaders, safety experts and others. Plans are to
begin meetings in May.
Gov. Steve Sisolak has
directed that schools won’t reopen this school year but will continue
operations by providing distance learning to the roughly 500,000 students in
Ebert said that raises
challenges including access to technology, training for the nearly 30,000
teachers in the state’s 700 schools and quality instruction materials.
The ACLU has already issued a
statement saying failure to provide all students with access to the necessary
technology would be a serious violation of their rights.
The department has also
created the Nevada Distance Learning Collaborative to support educators and
families to ensure participation in distance learning across the state.
She said that collaborative
will leverage resources anticipated through the federal Coronavirus Relief and
Economic Security Act to increase the ability to successfully teach at a
“In addition to planning for
the reopening of school buildings, we must continue to strengthen our capacity
— both in resources and talent — to address the needs of every student, regardless
of their access to technology, home support, ability or means,” said Ebert.