Suspend WCSD Teacher Overages for SY 2020-2021

Suspend WCSD Teacher Overages for SY 2020-2021

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Lisa Cohen started this petition to WCSD Board of Trustees and

Every year, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) puts forth a process for teacher overages. This occurs when projections for the number of students change. If a school projects more students than the previous year, they will be granted matching allocations for staff, however, if a school projects less students, then they will lose teacher allocations. This process occurs in the spring and fall and can be stressful for those that do not wish to leave their school and surrounding community.  

The fall process looks slightly different as teachers, students and families have already formed relationships and established routines. The fall count day is complicated and leaves an overall sense of uncertainty as teachers continue to teach students they know they likely will not be working with in a few short weeks. If the spring projections were inaccurate, schools will either gain or lose allocations.

As we started the 2020 school year, there was uncertainty as to what students, teachers, support staff and administrators would see on August 17th. Despite many days of smoke interference, we have completed count day for the 20-21 school year and due to historically low enrollment, an unusually high number of allocations are on the line.  

While this is the plan presented by the state, the current conditions do not warrant such physical and emotional upheaval. If mental health is truly a concern of the district and state administration, they should find a way to leave as much of the established consistency untouched by overages as possible.

In light of these concerns, please consider signing this petition to urge the WCSD to suspend the overage process for the 20-21 school year.

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