It’s difficult to quantify how many students are moving forward academically versus existing in a holding pattern or, worse, sliding backward. But a month into the new school year, parents and students alike have discovered just how challenging it is to learn from home.
Nevada has joined a coalition of 18 states and territories in a federal lawsuit to block the U.S. Department of Education's new Title IX mandate, which Attorney General Aaron Ford’s office said could weaken protections for survivors of sexual violence and lead to increased underreporting of sexual harassment and violence on college campuses.
The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents took the unusual step of appointing a former politician to lead UNR on Thursday, unanimously naming ex-Gov. Brian Sandoval as the university’s 17th president and marking a formal end to the months-long search to replace outgoing President Marc Johnson.
Several times this academic year, including on Friday, poor air conditions have forced the Washoe County School District back into distance education mode. But the dense smoke isn’t the only factor causing shifts from in-person to virtual learning.
After two public flare ups between Regent Lisa Levine and Board of Regents Chief of Staff Dean Gould this summer, Board Chair Mark Doubrava quietly approved an expenditure of $9,500 for an outside lawyer to provide “legal advice and counsel to the Regents in anticipation of possible litigation,” according to documents obtained through a public records request by The Nevada Independent.
Clark County Superintendent Jesus Jara said the nation’s fifth-largest school district is eyeing a possible return to in-person instruction for the second semester, but the decision will hinge on local health metrics.
Melody Rose took the reins of the Nevada System of Higher Education as its newest chancellor Tuesday, entering the system’s top job at a time when NSHE and its eight institutions are faced with the deepest budget crisis since the Great Recession and the still-lingering health threats posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter sent to students, faculty and other staff at UNR Thursday, university President Marc Johnson said “troubling reports” of off-campus behavior — including a number of parties and gatherings with frequently un-masked attendees and little social distancing — could warrant the investigation and sanction of students who break the university’s Student Code of Conduct.
Such a threshold wouldn't be "prudent," Dick said in a press call on Wednesday, because of the individual situations of each school and the uncertainty of the virus. The Washoe County School District has reported 17 cases across 14 schools as of Wednesday, and the health district plans to use incoming data to evaluate the safety of in-person schooling day by day.
A part of the new distance-learning daily schedule for Archer, and many other parents and guardians throughout the district, is meal pick-up — a stand-in for the daily cafeteria lunch ritual of in-person schooling. School meals have been shown to be beneficial for health, with research saying students have fewer nutritional inadequacies and consume more fruit, vegetables, and milk when they eat school breakfast and lunch.
Hundreds of thousands of Nevadans are still out of work as the state sustains an unemployment rate of 14 percent, the third highest in the country. Nevada's one-trick economy — with one in every three jobs in the state relying on tourism — is partly to blame, said Zaragoza, who has worked in higher education and workforce development for more than 30 years.
Even if Angela McVicars and her school-age daughters started the day with functioning internet, a sense of foreboding clouded their remote learning. They knew it was a matter of when, not if, the internet connection would suddenly freeze and require a manual reboot — a process that could take a handful of minutes or close to an hour if a call to their service provider was needed.
On Monday, Nevada’s eight higher education institutions, all of which embracing a mix of online, hybrid and in-person instruction, kicked off the fall semester. With it came a new iteration of the back-to-school butterflies.
Most Nevada students have had broad access to meals through school distribution sites since the pandemic began. But as school resumes, they face tighter ID restrictions, the continued hurdle of getting to the distribution site each day, and — for some — the obligation to start paying for the meals once again.
In the latest push to address the deepest cuts to higher education budgets since the Great Recession, the Board of Regents voted 7-4 Friday to approve a second one-time injection of nearly $80 million in operating funds into institutional budgets, a move that will erase an extra $25 million in cuts made by the Legislature during its first special legislative session this summer.