Nevada Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – July 21, 2020

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July 21, 2020

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CCSD Trustees Consider Full-Time Online Proposal – The Clark County School Board of Trustees is scheduled to hold a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss district reopening plans and vote on a proposed model. The topic has been considered before the board for several months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the reopening of schools for the fall semester. Several plans have been proposed by the school district, including an in-person model, an online-only model, and a hybrid of the two. Prior to Tuesday’s meeting, a hybrid model was the most likely scenario for the school district, featuring two days of in-person learning per week with the other three reserved for distance learning. However, a document uploaded Monday night details Clark County School District’s final recommendation to begin the 2020-2021 school year with full-time online learning. The hybrid model is the alternative option in the recommendation. The recommendation is based in part on a survey that shows 74-percent of the 11,000 teachers who responded prefer a distance learning model. The proposal to conduct online learning only will present its own array of challenges, including internet connectivity and technology access among students in the district. If the Board of Trustees approves the online model, Clark County School District will join the Los Angeles Unified School District as another one of the nation’s largest school districts to continue virtual education through the start of the fall semester.

WCSD Trustees Consider New Attendance Policy and Budget –The Washoe County School District (WCSD) Board of Trustees will also meet Tuesday to discuss changing factors in upcoming school year, including the new attendance policy introduced by the district. Currently, the district’s board policy on student attendance states that “a student shall not be absent from school 10-percent or more of school days in order to be promoted to the next grade.” This policy may be modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic in anticipation of students requiring more lenient sick days. Additionally, Trustees are expected to discuss the legislative and fiscal impacts related to the special session that wrapped up Sunday and the implications on the district’s budget for Fiscal Year 2021. For K-12 education, $166-million was taken away from categorical grants, however no reduction was made to the per-pupil basic support guarantee. Washoe County School Board Trustees will be tasked with voting on final reopening plans for the fall semester as well.

Culinary Union Drops Lawsuit Against MGM – The Culinary Union, which represents roughly 60,000 hospitality workers in Nevada, has moved to dismiss the lawsuits brought against The Signature at the MGM Grand and Sadelle’s Café at Bellagio and announced expedited arbitration is scheduled to begin this week. The union will continue pursuing the lawsuit against Caesars Entertainments’ Guy Fieri Las Vegas at Harrah’s. The multitude of lawsuits came in response to reports of unsafe working conditions for employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Culinary Union also took part in pushing for worker protections during the special session of the Legislature, signing onto a letter that urges lawmakers not to take up employer liability legislation in fear it will incentivize businesses to ignore health and safety regulations. The newly-formed Nevada Workers Coalition, comprised of 22 organizations, is expected to continue advocating for worker protections ahead of an anticipated second special session.

Rental Assistance Allocation – The program that aims to provide millions in rental assistance to Nevada tenants launched Monday, offering to moderate financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program distributed its funds to be distributed equitably throughout the state, giving the allotted amount to the following areas;

  • $5-million to the Reno Housing Authority
  • $5-million to the Rural Housing Authority
  • $30-million to Clark County
  • $20-million in reserves to backfill excess demand

COVID-19 in Nevada –

Nevada’s daily death toll from COVID-19 reached its highest number Tuesday, as the state reported 27 new fatalities from the virus in 24 hours. The new number brings the total death count in Nevada to 676. Previously, the highest daily record was recorded on May 6 when the state recorded 14 fatalities. Hospitalizations across the state continue to rise, increasing by 10 people since Monday. However, ICU hospitalizations are down by three people. The daily testing positivity rate also rose on Tuesday to 26.4-percent, bringing the cumulative test rate up to 9.47-percnet – a far cry from the World Health Organizations (WHO) recommended positivity rate of 5-percent for 14 days prior to reopening.

Numbers –

New Cases: 720
Total Cases: 37,529
Current Hospitalizations: 1,095
Total Fatalities: 677
Total Recoveries: 24,555

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