It’s okay to feel a little queasy before a big test. But for the students at Wayne N. Tanaka Elementary School near Maule and Quarterhorse in the southwest Las Vegas valley, it wasn’t a test. It was something far worse.
Clark County School District said that last week, a gastrointestinal illness spread through the Las Vegas school like wildfire, leaving several dozen (8 News Now reports it at near 130) kids throwing up in barrels lined up in classrooms and hallways.
In news interviews, some parents recalled their children’s harrowing accounts of the mass sickening. One child said their 20 student class was down to about 10 by the end of the day.
Tanaka Elementary Tony Davis had this to say in a letter to parents:
Dear Tanaka Parents/Guardians,
As always, we want to keep you informed of important issues happening within our school community.
The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is investigating the cause of the gastrointestinal illnesses reported by several of the students at Tanaka. We are currently working with the Clark County School District Health Services Department and SNHD on implementing measures to prevent further illness.
Gastrointestinal viruses are common and easily spread from person-to-person. Symptoms usually develop 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to the virus. Most people will get better within one to three days without medical treatment. Young children, older adults, and people with other medical conditions may be at higher risk for complications, such as dehydration. The most common symptoms include nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Additional symptoms may include fever, headache, and body aches.
Davis went on to describe the best ways to clean surfaces and hands to ensure the spread of the illness doesn’t continue.
The Best Las Vegas High Schools Ranked 2022
One of the most important takeaways from education is that it helps individuals develop critical thinking skills. Personal growth comes from learning which intake helps with gaining more confidence, financial wealth and literary skills.
Nevada is an ever-growing city with a population of just over three million. More people are moving to Las Vegas to give their families a better life. With the American dream in mind, where does education fit into the equation? Education is important to families who want to offer the best for their children and generations to come.
EdWeek.org conducted a comprehensive analysis to find out where states rank in educational opportunities and performance. Their data was configured over three categories which included Chance for Success (January), School Finance (June) and K-12 Achievement (September). The overall grade is the average of the three separate scores.
Nevada finished 50 amongst all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The state scoring earned 68.6 out of 100 possible points. That is the equivalent of a D plus grade average. The country ranked at a C grade average. Find out more about their education research within each category.
Let’s be honest, Nevada does not have a great education system ranking but that does not mean that all Vegas schools are bad. Vegas has the 5 largest school district in the United States with the Los Angeles Unified School District taking first place.
GreatSchools.org is a leading non-profit when it comes to research insights and parenting resources. The non-profit gives an insight on “school quality” based on a rating from one to 10. Top-rated schools are considered 10’s. Ratings between one to four are looked at as below average. Ratings between five to six indicate average. Ratings seven to 10 are considered above average.
Let’s see how Vegas high schools, public and private, are ranked from 10 to one.