Caring for Classrooms

Student Engagement

Teacher/Staff Recognition

Educational Excursions

Technology

Student Health & Wellness

Washoe County School District students and educators need your help to thrive. Caring for Classrooms holistically addresses the needs of all 100+ WCSD Schools, reaching 62,000 students and 4,200 teachers. Top unfunded areas include student engagement, teacher/staff recognition, educational excursions, technology and student health and wellness. Taking an equitable approach to supporting what schools need the most, principals target funding to their school-specific needs – because every school community is different. Investing in these areas strengthens our schools and fosters students who will become leaders ready to launch their careers here, resulting in a stronger Northern Nevada.

Student Engagement

Washoe County School District is facing a 24% chronic absenteeism rate. Rewarding positive student behavior and academic success through engagement activities motivates them and encourages consistent attendance.

Teacher/Staff Recognition

Teacher and staff shortages are at an all-time high nationwide. Retaining talented and highly-effective staff is critical to student success and the stability of our community. 93% of WCSD Principals identified teacher/staff recognition as a top school need.

Educational Excursions

Getting students out of their zip code illuminates diverse pathways for their future encouraging them to pursue fulfilling careers rather than just getting  a job upon graduation. Additionally, student attendance and behavior improves when a field trip is scheduled.

Technology

42% of WCSD schools do not have adequate technology funding for items such as educational software, outdated copy machines, or interactive classroom display boards, or educational software. Grants and capital funding meet some technology needs, but many schools still struggle with the costs of technology that fall outside of these sources.

Student Health & Wellness

P.E. and nutrition education are not funded in WCSD elementary schools. The pandemic also highlighted the need for increased student mental health resources. Physical activity is proven to promote learning through increased brain function and nourishment, higher energy and concentration levels, increased self-esteem, and better behavior, all which support learning.

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