Incline Village Schools will extend distance learning for Wednesday, Dec. 15 as winter weather in the Lake Tahoe basin persists.
Washoe County School District officials on Monday evening said it will shift Incline Village schools to distance learning for Tuesday, Dec. 14 due to continued inclement weather. In-person classes are canceled for Tuesday.
Breakfast and lunch distribution for students who need meals will be from 9-11 a.m. at Incline Elementary School.
Nevada Department of Education recently approved a shift to distance learning when in-person learning isn’t possible and all contingency days have been used. The district’s schedule includes three contingency days each school year to cover unanticipated school closures, such as for weather or in the case of Incline schools, this fall’s Caldor Fire.
Incline Village schools have already used their three contingency days, triggering the distance learning option.
Nearly three years ago the school district received backlash from teachers, parents and students about “digital days,” implemented on snow days when schools would otherwise be canceled. Now, after months of digital learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and extensive teacher training–including extra training Monday for Incline Village teachers–digital learning is more widely accepted.
Washoe County School District early Monday canceled school for students in Incline Village for Dec. 13. Hazardous weather and road conditions were cited for the cancellation.
The National Weather Service has a winter storm warning in effect for areas around Lake Tahoe until 10 p.m. Tuesday night. Weather officials are forecasting heavy snow and winds with highs barely breaking above freezing, if at all, along with 2-4 feet of snow accumulation.
“Travel could be very difficult to impossible, especially Monday afternoon and Monday night when major trans-Sierra pass closures are possible,” officials said.
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