Nevada Department of EducationNevada Department of Education

    District and Charter Reopening Plan Guidance

    2021-2022 School Year

    For the 2021-22 School Year, the Nevada Department of Educationissued Guidance Memorandum 21-02: Guidancefor 2021-22 School Year Reopening Plans  in alignment with Emergency Directive 044.

    County school districts and the State Public CharterSchool Authority (collectively known as local education agencies or LEAs)receiving American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Elementary and SecondarySchool Emergency Federal Relief funding were required to create Plans for SafeReturn to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services in alignmentwith federal guidance. Guidance Memo #21-02 instructed LEAs to include references to thedistance education options being offered to students in their federallyrequired plans. The ARP Act further required that the LEA seek public commenton the plan and take those comments into account in the development of theplan. The plans must be made publicly available on each LEA's website and weredue on July 14, 2021. LEAs are required to revisit their plans at least everysix months. 

      2020-2021 School Year

      For the 2020-21 School Year, the Nevada Department of Educationdeveloped the PathForward Plan, leading to a Statewide Reopening of Schools Committee which wenton to develop Nevada’sPath Forward: A Framework for a Safe, Efficient, and Equitable Return to SchoolBuildings. EmergencyDirective 022 required that school districts and charter schools developplans for reopening school buildings and providing instruction based on the Frameworkand subsequent guidance from the Department. The Department then released Guidance Memorandum 20-05 PathForward Programs of Distance Education Guidance. Schools anddistricts subsequently developed reopening plans and submitted them forapproval to their board of trustees and/or charter sponsor no fewer than 20days before the first day of the 2020-21 school year. Significant additionalguidance was provided throughout the course of the school year related tonumerous policies and procedures and may be found on our COVID-19 page. 

        2019-2020 School Year

        On March 15, 2020 of the 2019-2020 School Year, Emergency Directive 001 was issued, closing all K-12school buildings  due to the emerging COVID-19 crisis. Emergency Directive 005 required the Department to provide guidance and minimum requirements regarding EmergencyPrograms of Distance Education, as school building closures were extended (inDirectives 005, 014, and 015). Significant additional guidance was providedthroughout the course of the school year related to numerous policies andprocedures and may be found on our COVID-19 page.