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Dear NELSD Families,
NELSD students and staff will begin a transition to full-time in-person learning starting February 16, 2021.
Students will continue attending in the hybrid model for the next two weeks, Monday, February 1 through Friday, February 12. Over the first two weeks of February, staff members will prepare for the transition to full-time in-person learning for students in the in-person learning model. Following Presidents Day:
The week of Monday, February 15, all students will attend school on Tuesday, February 16, Thursday, February 18, and Friday, February 19. Wednesday, February 17 will be a virtual learning day.
The week of Monday, February 22, all students will attend school on Monday, February 22, Tuesday, February 23, Thursday, February 25, and Friday, February 26. Wednesday, February 24 will be a virtual learning day.
The week of Monday, March 1, all students will attend school in-person Monday through Friday.
Link to the Return to School - Transition to Full-in Learning Plan - https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQXLQt2_-7lvHgly8vsqMp9s_7KsKGdOQP27Bfa4lVldnkCosKTj8S1qyVh7bSC0UH_VUNSIhLSOr7g/pub
Students in the 100 percent virtual learning option will continue to learn online.
During the transition, the District will work with the Clark County Combined Health District to closely monitor COVID-19 case numbers in the district. The school attendance schedule may be adjusted due to staffing levels, the number of cases in the district or community, and local health circumstances.
In addition to transitioning to full-time in-person learning, the District will adopt new quarantining guidelines introduced by the Clark County Combined Health District. The new guidelines were created based on low transmission rates of COVID-19 in school settings when students and staff are wearing masks and practicing other protocols. Moving forward:
The District will continue to perform contact tracing when there is a case of COVID-19 at school. Students and staff will be identified as a close contact if they are within 6 feet or less for 15 minutes or more of the individual who tested positive for or has a probable case of COVID-19.
Students and staff who are identified as close contacts will continue to receive a close contact letter from the Clark County Combined Health District through the school nurse and will be quarantined for a period of ten (10) days.
In certain circumstances and situations, the students may continue to attend in-person, school learning during their quarantine period, but MUST continue to quarantine while outside the school setting. These circumstances are as follows:
If the exposure occurred within a classroom environment or while on the school bus AND
The person with COVID-19 and the close contacts were wearing face masks that covered their nose and mouth at all times.
If students or staff are exposed to a case of COVID-19 in the cafeteria, during athletics, or at other times when masks are not worn, the student or staff member will not be able to attend school in-person during their quarantine.
The District will continue to notify families of cases of COVID-19 in their child’s school or classroom.
If students or staff are exposed to COVID-19 outside of school, they will not be able to attend school during their quarantine.
The new quarantine guidelines are effective Monday, February 1. With the new quarantine guidelines, we are hopeful that we will be able to maintain educational continuity for students while continuing to keep students, staff, and families safe by following the quarantine practices recommended by health professionals.
This has been a challenging year for everyone. We appreciate the support of our families throughout the year. As we prepare to transition to full-time in-person learning, our partnership with students, staff, and families is more important than ever to keep our schools safe and healthy for everyone.
John Kronour, Ph.D