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8:50 p.m. update: The Washoe County School District is moving forward with expanding its online school, North Star, and eliminating all other distance learning programs at more than 100 school sites for the 2021-22 school year.  

The district hopes North Star will accommodate those who want to continue distance learning after the  pandemic subsides and a majority of distance learners return to brick-and-mortar schools.

North Star would be able to accommodate about 2,000 students under the district’s plan next school year. 

Currently, 17,200 students are on distance learning and do not attend classes in school buildings.

The rest of the district’s middle and high school students are on a hybrid plan, in which they rotate in the building every other day to adhere to social distancing mandates, and study online when not in schools. The hybrid model is the only way schools can maintain the 6-foot social distancing mandate.

Elementary school students are in schools full time.

The North Star plan, which was approved by the school board in a unanimous decision, now becomes the only option for families who want to remain on a distance learning plan when school starts in August.   

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