CCSD looks to potentially reopen Zoom access after banning app

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Lamar Elementary School principal Erin Honeycutt sets up a “Zoom” class for first through fifth graders to learn art from Holly Triplett in Meridian, Miss., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The COVID-19 and coronavirus has forced area schools to close and use technology for online teaching and learning. At this time Lamar is closed until April 13th and will then re-evaluate as to continue their closure. (Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star via AP)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County School District is reportedly looking at different security options to potentially reinstate access to Zoom after banning the app. Earlier, the district alerted teachers the video teleconferencing service could no longer be used for distance learning because of security issues.

CCSD sent the following statement to 8 News Now Thursday afternoon:

“The safety and well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority. CCSD made the decision to disable access to Zoom out of an abundance of caution due to instances of hacking that created unsafe environments for teachers and students.

Understanding that Zoom is a valuable tool utilized by our school communities, we are looking at options to strengthen security precautions to potentially reopen access. CCSD is also developing additional tutorial materials for all platforms currently recommended for distance learning.”

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The district is currently advising teachers to use Google Hangouts//Meet to contact students for distance learning. It also has other approved sites on this list.

Zoom has become widely popular since social distancing and distance learning started with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the product is undergoing some scrutiny over privacy and security issues.

There have been complaints of people being able to hijack Zoom calls and put up images and videos that are inappropriate.

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