48°F
weather icon Clear

2 Nye schools still under mask mandate, awaitng evaluation

The Nye County School District was still waiting to hear from the state on whether or not the mask mandate imposed at the end of August could be lifted after an uptick of COVID-19 cases led to the initial action by the state’s health department.

A mask mandate was imposed by the state’s health department at the end of August for Rosemary Clarke Middle School and Pahrump Valley High School, the school district said in an Aug. 26 letter to parents and guardians. The mandate was set to go into effect, due to a COVID-19 outbreak at both schools, on the following day, according to information in the letter.

“We are waiting on the health department’s reassessment and notification regarding masks at the two schools,” Janelle Veloz, school district executive assistant to the superintendent, said in a Wednesday email.

Under Directive 048, signed by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, there is a universal masking requirement for all students and staff until a COVID-19 outbreak at the schools is considered over, according to Shannon Litz, public information officer for the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. The mask requirement during the period is to be enforced whether or not a student or staff member is vaccinated against COVID-19, Litz said in an email.

According to Litz, the outbreak will be assessed and considered over, “based on the volume of school-related cases and results of disease investigation efforts.”

The mask mandate was first reported by the Nye County School District on Aug. 26. According to information from the health department, the requirement would be set into place for a minimum of 28 days, which is two incubation periods, Litz said.

“Outbreak designation will be reevaluated at that time (after 28 days) and a determination will be made related to continued universal mask use as a mandatory mitigation measure under Directive 048,” Litz said. “If the schools continue to experience an outbreak beyond the 28 days, the data will be reevaluated every subsequent incubation period (14 days).”

According to the original letter from Nye’s school district, all staff and students were required to wear masks indoors and on school buses as of Friday, Aug. 27.

“This will be in effect until the State Health Department informs us our cases are low enough that we can then go back to not requiring masks,” the Aug. 26 letter states. “Please understand that we have no choice in this matter. We legally are required to follow the directives from the State Department of Health.”

The original letter from the school district can be read in full on pvtimes.com

Contact Editor Jeffrey Meehan at jmeehan@pvtimes.com

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Nevada Highway Patrol receives $100k public safety grant

By putting in additional efforts to combat drunk and distracted drivers along Silver State roadways, the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol Division has received a grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for targeted DUI enforcement campaigns during the coming year.

Fire restrictions lifted at Humboldt-Toiyabe

The ban and other restrictions, which previously applied only to federal lands such as the Humbldt-Toiyabe National Forest, have been expanded to all public lands in Nevada.

FDA pushes for reduction in salt in packaged foods, restaurants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released guidance on Wednesday in an effort to reduce the amount of salt in food products at restaurants, school cafeterias and packaged and prepared foods. Food makers, however, are not obligated to take action in the voluntary guidance.

Social Security benefits to rise 5.9% in 2022

The Social Security Administration announced a cost-of-living raise of 5.9% starting in 2022, the largest annual increase in 40 years. The rise, however, comes in the face of other increases in food, shelter and other goods.

Solar project discussion riles Pahrump citizens

The Pahrump Public Lands Advisory Committee had what may very well have been the biggest turnout the advisory body has ever seen before during its Tuesday, Oct. 12 meeting.

Pumpkin Days returns to Pahrump next weekend

Fall is in the air and for the town of Pahrump, that means it’s almost time for Pumpkin Days.

Adam Laxalt stumps in Pahrump

U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt made a stop in the valley last week, spending some time at local eatery Mom’s Diner to speak with area residents as he ramps up his campaign for the 2022 election.

Pahrump local’s Kids Costume Car Wash a success

Pahrump resident Shauna “Shay” Dragna and her three youngsters, Cayleigh, Caden and Conner, have spent the last month focusing on their very first public philanthropy project and though they entered into the endeavor without any previous experience and absolutely no idea how it might turn out, the results of their efforts are bearing some very positive fruit.

 
Cegavske won’t allow tax petitions off 2022 ballot

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has told Attorney General Aaron Ford in a letter the state constitution doesn’t allow for petitions to be withdrawn.