Carson City Schools: ‘We’re doing everything we can not to walk away’ | Carson City Nevada News

As COVID-19 cases have risen and continue to rise across the region, the Carson City School District is committed to keeping students in class.

“The best way for teachers to teach and students to learn has always been in an in-person, face-to-face environment,” said Dan Davis of the Carson City School District. “We are doing everything we can to not find ourselves in a situation where we would need to revert to full remote or remote learning.”

However, this does not mean that there are not current challenges facing administration, teachers and students.

For example, there were several days in January when all school district bus services were suspended due to too many bus drivers being sick with COVID-19.

Teachers and administrators have had to replace each other on several occasions, whether that means teachers giving up their prep periods in order to stand in for a class of colleagues or lend a hand in the kitchen; even Superintendent Richard Stokes had to fill in for lunch.

“Our principals and teachers have really stepped up during these trying times,” Davis said. “We have amazing people working in this school district.”

Despite these challenges, however, the school district is working to keep its doors open. While there are no current statistical data on student performance during remote/hybrid periods versus in-class lessons due to the inability to obtain the usual measures of academic performance, Davis states that distance/blended learning was challenging for teachers and students.

In order to keep schools open during this surge in cases, classrooms with high levels of cases or absences are being quarantined on a case-by-case basis.

“The district is working closely with health and human services to determine when a classroom quarantine is warranted,” Davis said.

Some classrooms have already been quarantined for a 5-day quarantine due to COVID-19 cases and exposures.

Teachers are encouraged to come up with contingency lesson plans in case a 5-day quarantine is warranted, whether that means sending students home with chrome books, pre-made lesson packages or other means of distance learning.

“We certainly don’t want teachers working when they’re sick, even at home,” Davis said.

At this time, the district has no intention of moving away.

“These are not ideal situations, and hopefully the circumstances are temporary,” Davis said. “But we make it work. Our teachers and staff are the real heroes of it all.”

Norma A. Roth