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Information current as of October 6, 2021

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Management structure for school screening

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) works closely with the Department of Education, county health officers, school officials, and school nurses to support the schools in their efforts to reopen and keep students and staff safe. Nevada DHHS provides guidelines for all districts based on CDC guidelines and work with each district to ensure they have the resources they need.

Support provided to school districts

DHHS recommends that testing people who are unvaccinated, both staff and students, occur at least weekly to be effective. In schools where testing all staff and students is not feasible, schools may consider multiple testing strategies. For example, testing a random sample of at least 10% of staff and students who are not fully vaccinated. DHHS closely tracks transmission levels and updates guidance based on evolving transmission rates and CDC guidelines. DHHS staff have been meeting with the schools and are in close and frequent contact with them to address their concerns. The department offers various options that each school can choose to help meet the diversity of different needs of each district. Districts can choose to work with a DHHS-sponsored testing program, PerkinElmer, any of Nevada’s approved all-inclusive vendors, or seek out other testing options.