Amid the concern of the novel coronavirus, the Nevada Association of School Superintendents has released a statement, available here, that all school events are cancelled for the time being. This includes athletics, after-school practices, assemblies, and more. Currently, only essential programs, such as after-school programs at elementary schools, and Spring Break Intersession will continue as normal.
Hitting closer home to the Hawks, this also means that our prom will be cancelled, as well as any Prom King and Queen nominations. Any students who have bought tickets will be refunded.
With this news being released just as spring break starts, many students are concerned about the rest of the school year. Events later in the year, such as the class graduation, will be evaluated as the situation progresses, according to the NASS. For events such as the Hug High Harlequins’ production of Little Shop of Horrors, “the future seems iffy,” remarks Emma George, one of the cast members. “We put a lot of hard work into the show and it would just suck for it to cancel.”
Washoe County schools aren’t the only ones feeling the impact of these pandemic precautions; the University of Nevada, Reno is calling students studying abroad back home, and Truckee Meadows Community College is planning to completely transition to online classes by March 30th. As of March 13th, when this news broke, approximately 20 people in Nevada tested positive for the coronavirus, with a majority being in Clark County.
For the latest updates about Washoe County School District’s response to COVID-19, you can visit their information page at washoeschools.net/covid19. As with any cold or virus, techniques such as practicing good hand-washing methods, avoiding touching your face, and self-isolating when sick are always good precautions to take. If you feel sick returning from spring break, the WCSD recommends that you stay home until you feel better.