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Nevada Department of Education forms school reopening committee

Posted at 5:23 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 23:34:04-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Nevada Department of Education is establishing a reopening committee to create plans for in-person instruction.

The reopening committee is made up of state education leaders, but there's concern that teachers are not part of the group.

"All of this will be informed by evidence-based public health and education emergency operations planning best practiced," said State Superintendent Jhone Ebert.

The group also includes superintendents, administrators, and public health officials. However, there are no teachers or support staff and that's a concern for second-grade teacher Vicki Kriedel.

"There's definitely no teacher voice there for sure, and the amount of people from CCSD is minimal," she said.

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Kriedel feels their voice should have a say on any proposals considered by the committee.

"I just want to make sure whoever is putting these directives into place is giving us things that are feasible to actually do," she said.

The CCEA says it understands the makeup of the committee, seeing it as a body of experts for a statewide response. It believes stakeholders like teachers and parents should be part of the reopening committee at a local district level.

"We've been assured at that level there will be teacher and educator participation, parent participation, and support staff participation," John Vellardita, executive director of the CCEA, said.

The reopening committee will begin meeting May 1.