Unvaccinated CCSD staff, those without vaccination proof wait in long lines for COVID testing

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There is much frustration among Clark County School District (CCSD) staff who were forced to stand in long lines after school for COVID-19 testing. The district tells us those in line are subject to mandatory testing because they are either unvaccinated or haven’t shown proof of vaccination.

According to the CCSD testing cycle schedule, “Unvaccinated staff and staff who do not upload their COVID-19 vaccination record card to emocha Health are required to test weekly at any CCSD satellite testing location outside of their contracted hours.”

An employee captured the scene at Mojave High School in North Las Vegas. The campus is one of eight zones that are conducting testing for employees.

“The line wrapped around the building,” described Heidi Camarillo, a second-grade teacher. “I was really hot and tired from being at work all day.”

School district rules say if you’re not vaccinated, you must be tested for the virus weekly. If you don’t comply, then you don’t work.

“It’s very inconvenient, so I feel like I am being punished because I am not getting vaccinated,” fourth-grade teacher Tray Blanks told 8 News Now.

Both teachers were set to get their tests Tuesday but then showed up to an empty parking lot. Officials and police ended up turning people away due to the lack of tests available.

“I found out that there are no more tests, so what do I do now? questioned Camarillo. “Do I have to come back and get it tomorrow until they have more tests? And it’s 107 without shade or water. That’s a bad experience for us as teachers.”

CCSD staff seen waiting in line for COVID-19 testing at Mojave High School in North Las Vegas. (Courtesy: Yvonne Percell)

Blanks added, “I had no idea there are no more tests here. I came here for a test, and I had to drop my kids off, so it took me a lot of work just to get here. It took me 20 minutes to get here. Now, I have to drive back home, and I’m just curious why I didn’t get an email.”

We reached out to the district, and they sent us the following statement:

The District is committed to keeping students and staff safe with a focus on ensuring that schools stay open.

District staff are working to identify additional testing locations and will communicate this to all employees when available.

We are asking for patience and understanding as we continue to work to ensure that our schools are safe for all.”

Clark County School District

As for those in line, 8 News Now was told they were either unvaccinated staff or staff yet to fill out their proper proof of vaccination through the CCSD system. Until they do so, they will be required to get tested weekly.

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