PCSD School Re-opening Update

July 21, 2020 Update


At the July 20, 2020  Pershing County School District Board Meeting the Board of Trustees voted in support of returning all students to campus for in person learning while following social distancing guidelines as set forth by various National, State and Local Health Agencies.  In order to achieve this, everyone will need to wear a face covering while on PCSD Property when 6 feet of social distancing is not able to be maintained or until such time that the order is lifted.  In addition, to be able to ride a school bus students will be required to have a face mask on at all times, they will have assigned seating and the bus will have to have selected windows open to increase air flow.


The following are the motions that were approved:

Re-Opening Learning Model  Action

That for the Board of Trustees approves the recommendation for an In-Person Learning Model for all levels in which enrolled students attend school Monday through Thursday receiving all instruction within the school; and the temporary use of Distance Learning in the event a student or group of students is excluded, or if a school or the district is temporarily shut down due to an outbreak.


Transportation Recommended Motion

That the Board of Trustees approve student transportation being provided by school buses at equal to or greater than 50% capacity for the Phase 2 Learning Models contingent on receiving State approval for capacity over 50%. Additionally, all occupants on the bus would be required to wear face coverings.


Face Covering Recommended Motion

That the Board of Trustees approves, consistent with the Governor’s Directive 024, including noted exceptions, the required of use of face covering for staff members, visitors, and students age 10 and above while on PCSD buildings and properties. Additionally, administration is recommending the use of face coverings for students 9 years of age and younger.


Should the Directive’s restrictions be lifted, administration would strongly recommend the use of face coverings among all students and staff when practical.




July 2, 2020


Greetings PCSD Students, Families and Faculty,

On June 9, 2020, Governor Sisolak issued Declaration of Emergency Directive 022 requiring that school districts and charter schools develop plans for reopening school buildings, providing instruction, and related activities, based on Nevada’s Path Forward: A Framework for a Safe, Efficient, and Equitable Return to School Buildings and any subsequent guidance issued by the Nevada Department of Education (NDE). 


While it is the expectation that districts plan for face-to-face instruction, social distancing requirements, safety measures and facility limitations will likely require many districts to modify their traditional experience accordingly. Alternative models such as a blended learning model which could involve attending school every-other-day or the limiting of students in some way that allows schools to meet the required 6-ft social distancing mandate must be serious considerations. Additionally, schools were also asked to develop plans that would allow them to pivot quickly to a distance-learning model if it becomes necessary for short-duration off-campus learning.


While we anticipate receiving more direction over the summer from state leaders, this news provided Pershing County School District the information it needed to begin our 2020-21 Reopening Plan and outreach efforts. 


We are asking parents to take a moment to fill out a survey (closed on 7/20/20)  so we can add the results to the significant parent, student and staff input already received regarding the fall as we work to finalize our plans for reopening.


It is important that we continue to remain vigilant as a community regarding our COVID-19 precautions and measures as we work together towards achieving Phase 3 and beyond status for Pershing County and the State of Nevada. Local conditions may greatly dictate our ability to reopen traditionally in the fall.


As I have pledged to all of you since the onset of this pandemic, we will continue to partner closely with our local health experts, engage stakeholders, and communicate as we strive to develop plans to keep our students and faculty safe while providing the best educational opportunities we possibly can given these unique circumstances.



Russell D. Fecht

PCSD Superintendent

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