By Carla O’Day
Early release days on Wednesdays will end March 1 to make up for instructional time lost to school cancellations because of weather this winter, the Washoe County School District announced Friday.
Students are currently released 45 minutes early on Wednesdays for staff development sessions.
“We have been working in close collaboration with the Nevada Department of Education to create and implement this plan,” Deputy Superintendent Kristen McNeill said in a statement. “As educators, we want to make up the instructional time we’ve lost during inclement weather this year, and this solution will enable us to do that.”
McNeill said the district consulted with unions on the matter and came to the conclusion that ending early-release Wednesdays will have minimal impact on school families. The district is in the process of communicating details to families, she said.
Incline Village schools, which have observed a slightly different schedule, will also no longer release students early on Wednesdays. However, each school day will be extended by 20 minutes for the rest of the school year.
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Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.