LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We are getting a better idea of what returning to school may look like for Clark County students.
The Clark County School District released a 33-page presentation Tuesday of their reopening plan. It is important to note: it has not been approved yet, it just a proposal — and it will be presented at Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting.
CCSD’s proposed reopening plan includes blended learning, which means students would have in-person instruction two times a week and online classes three times a week. Some parents we spoke to in the southwest Las Vegas Valley say that is a good balance.
“I think it’s better than them being at home most of the time, and then being cramped up in the classroom with all the other kids. So for me, it’s fine,” said Nereida Arce, who has three children who are students in CCSD schools.
Documents from the school district show three options for students, with two cohorts following the blended model and a third cohort only doing distance education.
Enhanced cleaning would take place on Wednesdays and Fridays.
“That’s a good way to start, to see if it will actually work, open up the schools,” CCSD parent Mario Arce said. “That’s a great first step.”
The presentation states year-long courses for middle and high school students would be condensed to one semester, and they would only take four courses per semester.
Masks would be required for all students and staff. Social distancing would be in full effect, with a cap of 18 students per classroom. CCSD
Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara says the school district is also working on a contingency plan if schools have to close again.
“We have to be flexible and nimble,” Dr. Jara said.” So if we have to go back into a distance education, there is a possibility that we have to do that, we have to be ready.”
But one hurdle right now is that the district still needs 96,000 more Chromebooks. Still, parents are cautiously optimistic things will work out.
“Look at it week by week to see what else they can do better,” Mario said.
The entire proposal can be viewed here:
Again, it will be discussed at this Thursday’s CCSD Board of Trustees meeting. The board will then vote on a final reopening plan July 9th.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Clark County Education Association, the union representing teachers, laid out its request from CCSD for reopening. That includes COVID-19 testing before returning to class and during the academic year. CCEA also wants PPE available for all students and teachers, as well as proper sanitizing procedures in every school.