LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County School District is announcing today that it is recommending full-time distance education to start the school year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This doesn’t mean that private schools in the Las Vegas valley will be doing the same.
Faith Lutheran Middle and High School is planning to welcome students back Aug. 17.
Faith Lutheran says it consulted Faith families and health and government officials before developing its plan. According to its website, the school believes it can educate students on campus and face to face every day. However, it will also create an option for students who wish to stay home.
All parents and students over the age of 18 will be required to sign a waiver prior to school starting in August.
The school has also enhanced its sanitation measures and added janitorial staff during the day and night.
Additionally, the school is implementing one-way hallways and giving more students time to get to classes, removing unnecessary classroom furniture to maximize distance, suspending large gatherings, and limiting non-essential traffic on campus.
They will also perform daily temperature and health checks for every student, employee and visitor and mandate face coverings except when eating and drinking or participating in high-intensity aerobic activities.
There will also be hand sanitizer stations in every classroom and 4 new food stations around campus to reduce proximity in food lines.
Athletics and after-school activities will be limited in size.
Bishop Gorman High School sent a letter to its families on July 17 about the development of its reopening plan. They are also planning to welcome students back to its campus.
"We now are confident that we will be able to resume school in person with all of our students, five days per week, providing there are no superseding restrictions from the State of Nevada or the Southern Nevada Health District.” READ LETTER
They have also decided to delay their reopening for one week and one day to align with the rest of the Diocese of Las Vegas schools. This means that teachers will return to campus on Aug. 3 and students will return Aug. 18.
DIOCESE OF LAS VEGAS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
The Diocese of Las Vegas Catholic Schools has announced that their elementary schools will resume full-day instruction, 5 days per week on Aug. 17.
Their schools have been reconfigured to maintain the necessary distancing of students and limiting contact between classes during the school day. They are also requiring facial coverings, frequent hand washing, class-level groupings, the expanded use of campus/parish spaces, and temperature checks upon entry.
Some of their schools may see changes to their daily arrival and dismissal procedures and other approaches to accommodate the new protocols.
They will also prepare distance learning plans should they become necessary.
The Meadows School is currently planning to reopen on time in August. According to its website, the school believes than the in-person educational experience offered by on Scholar Lane is central to a Meadows education and that "nothing can replace the experience of learning in a classroom alongside like-minded students with a dedicated and talented teacher.”
The schools has developed several schedules that may be deployed school-wide, or according to the needs of specific academic divisions or programs, depending on the medical realities of the community.
The four models include regular schedule; cohort schedule; half on, half off campus; and online learning.
9TH BRIDGE SCHOOL
9th Bridge School is also pushing forward with in-person learning.
They plan to maintain small class sizes and limit the risk of exposure for children and staff by practicing good hygiene, physical distancing and increasing the frequency of cleaning at its school.
Staff and students will be encouraged to check their temperatures at home and will also have their temperatures checked at school. Any child or staff member with a cough, fever or shortness of breath will be required to stay home for 48 hours or until cleared by a physician.
Non-essential visitors to the campus will be limited and teachers will wear masks. Toddlers will not be required to wear a mask, but the school is awaiting further guidance from Nevada officials about face coverings for pre-K and older.
ADELSON EDUCATION CAMPUS
Students at Adelson Education Campus will begin classes on Aug. 12.
All of the schools listed above have indicated they will change their plans if they are given the mandate to do so.