WCSD passes out homework packets to families without access to internet at locations around Reno and Sparks. Reno Gazette Journal
Gone is recess and white boards and grades.
Starting next week and for a least two weeks, the Washoe County School District is rolling out remote education.
On Friday, the district started delivering packets and opened an online portal for lessons for students amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have 64,000 students and our mission is to continue education, it’s just going to look a little different,” said the district’s interim Superintendent Kristen McNeill.
Even the rollout has been a learning experience. The district said its distance learning website was having problems because of the amount of people logging on. Packets being delivered missed at least one school.
10 things you need to know
- Teachers will be in professional development on Monday and Tuesday. School for students will start on Wednesday.
- Students should hear from a staff member or their teacher by phone or email by April 3.
- For elementary school students, packets are between 30 and 40 pages. Packets will be divided up by grades and combined grades: pre-K; kindergarten-second grade; third-fifth grade; and sixth grade
- The middle school packets are about 100 pages double-sided. There will be separate packets for sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
- High school packets are 150 pages double sided. There is only one packet and will include curriculum for students in ninth through 12th grades. Students will use directions to find out what course work needs to be one.
- Work will not be graded. Students will return packets to school when it resumes. Students doing work online can file it directly to teachers.
- Students should spend between 2½ to 4½ hours on school work a day.
- Principals will be tasked with making sure families are OK and that students are provided with basic needs including food if needed.
- The district has designed curriculum through April 17. Additional plans are being worked on if Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak extends school closures beyond his original decree of 30 days.
- Packets for families who do not have access to online coursework will be available again on Monday and Tuesday at various stops around the district.
Pick up locations for packets on Monday and Tuesday
Alice Smith ES: 11 a.m. to noon
Stead ES/Obrien MS: 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Cold Springs MS: 10 to 11 a.m.
Desert Heights ES: 11 a.m. to noon
Matterhorn @ Mailbox’s before Antelope Valley: Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Idaho St at Heartpine St at dirt lot: 1 to 1:30 p .m.
Pine MS: 11 a.m. to noon
Chocolate Factory in Washoe Valley: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Depoali MS: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Brown ES:12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Allen ES: 11 a.m. to noon
Sun Valley ES: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Desert Skies MS: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Peppermill North Parking lot:12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Swope MS: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Vaughn MS: 11 a.m. to noon
Loder ES:12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Dodson ES: 11 a.m. to noon
Donner Springs ES:12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Depoali MS: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Spanish Springs / Pyramid highway
Shaw MS: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Van Gorder ES:12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Sutcliff/Crosby’s Lodge: 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Whiskey Springs Rd @ Sage Flats Rd: 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Ironwood Rd @ dirt lot @ Pyramid Hwy: 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Axe Handle Canyon @ Pyramid, dirt lot: 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Shadow Mt. Park: 11 a.m. to noon
Greenbrae ES: 11 a.m. to noon
Cannan ES: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Mitchell ES: 11 a.m. to noon
Dilworth MS: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Evelyn Mount: 11 a.m. to noon
Traner MS: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Clayton MS: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Billinghurst ES: 11 a.m. to noon
320 Evans/Aces parking lot: 11 a.m. to noon
Reno/Sparks Indian Colony Headstart on Golden Lane at Playground: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Siegel Suites on 7th Parking Lot: 10 to 10:30 a.m.
The following locations will also receive material on Monday
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