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Reno High School Principal reflects on last two school years

Wednesday is the last day of school for the Washoe County School District.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:45 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Wednesday is the last day of school for the Washoe County School District (WCSD). Reno High School Principal Kris Hackbusch reflected on the last two school years and said its been challenging for everyone.

“The word unprecedented is an understatement,” Hackbusch said. “But I want to applaud both our school district and our school and all my colleagues for getting through a year with students in the building whether its in once capacity or another. There were a lot of sacrifices made to make that happen. We did it. We are here.”

Hackbusch said its been especially tough for incoming freshman and seniors. Those students did not have the traditional experiences at the start and end of high school.

“They were juniors in the spring and most of this year was a struggle in having any in-person activities, but that changed towards the end of the year.” He added, “Freshman, really, it was hard on them because they came out of 8th grade with that time on full distance and then trying to acclimate to high school.”

The switch to remote and hybrid learning has been among the biggest challenges for everyone, but educators are already looking ahead to next school year. “So having increased supervision on the campus so everyone is safe. Making sure students are in the classroom, the safety element and the student engagement piece.”

Hackbusch continued, “And we are looking as a staff to always get better, so we are looking at our grading policies and procedures, so we are reflecting on our practice.”

He said if he could do anything different, it would be to check-in on staff in-person more often.

High school graduation begins this weekend.

Reno High School graduation is Thursday, June 17.

The first day of school is set for August 9.

Principal Kris Hackbusch reflects on the last two school years.
Principal Kris Hackbusch reflects on the last two school years.(KOLO)

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