LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– The Clark County School District Board of Trustees holds its first regular board meeting of the year Thursday.

The agreement gives all full-time employees employed as of January 1, 2022, a bonus of $1,000.

CCSD will pay an additional $1,000 bonus to employees employed full-time on May 25, 2022, for a total of $2,000.

The district stated in a release that the bonus was a way to support current employees and mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic.

“The pandemic has stressed everyone in our community and across the country. This agreement is another step in showing our support and thanks to employees who continue to provide for the 300,000 students in CCSD,” said Superintendent Jara. “We recognize the hardships born by so many of our employees throughout this pandemic and are committed to providing the resources available to support educators’ needs.”  

CCSD has allocated approximately $80 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds to cover the expected costs of the retention bonuses.

The district announced Tuesday that it is canceling classes on Friday and Tuesday, putting students on an extended break around the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

The board spoke about their plan for a safe return in person and reviewed the district’s distance education plan on the agenda. 

District employees presented a plan to the board of trustees for in-person and distance learning safety. This was initially submitted in Jul. This was after CCSD received federal COVID relief funds.

A student stood up to express his concern about distance learning during the meeting. He asked the trustees to consider better options for students if this were to happen.

Officials said this does not mean schools will return to distance learning.

“Distance learning has detrimentally affected students’ health,” one parent said during the meeting.

Teachers expressed concern about COVID protocols and how they didn’t feel safe in schools.

“The district needs to provide more safety measures and more specific quarantine procedures for staff and students,” one teacher said.

The cancellation comes as a school district dashboard showing a total of 11,954 COVID cases in the school district since July — with 3,609 coming in the first ten days of 2022.

Students are set to return to the classroom on Wednesday, the district said.