CCSD Supt. Jara, other officials tout ‘very positive feedback’ and ‘smiles’ on kids faces for first week of hybrid learning

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The “kids have smiles on their faces,” and the “teachers are excited” were just some of the words Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara used to describe how the first week of hybrid learning went.

The briefing was held Friday, March 5, outside of Elise Wolff Elementary School in Henderson.

Superintendent Jara was joined by Rep. Susie Lee when he discussed Pre-K through 3rd-grade students’ return to campuses under CCSD’s current hybrid instruction plan.

Linnea Pagulayan Westwood, the principal of Elise Wolff Elementary School in Henderson, said, “Our children tolerated the protocol much better than expected. And I think tolerated really isn’t a good word. They were fine, and they enjoyed themselves. I feel that it’s been a real great success.”

Westood also said that some parents are even contacting her because they have changed their mind and they now want their students to participate in the hybrid model.

When asked how they will choose which kids can attend hybrid learning on April 6, Dr. Brenda Larsen Mitchell, CCSD’s Deputy Superintendent. said: “The students already engaged in the hybrid structure model will have priority.” 

She went on to say, CCSD is also going to keep an order of who has been contacting the school about their kids coming back via time stamps on when they requested to come back.

Supt. Jara said they have been receiving “a lot of positive feedback.” said He said there are some minor tweaks that they are going to look at, but the overall feedback has been “very positive.” The “kids have smiles on their faces,” and the “teachers are excited.”

He also gave the following stats: 

  • There were 330,000 meals served in the community
  • Bus routes ran over 98% on-time.

“I’m so proud of all of our teachers who are in our schools doing the great work of teachers,” Dr. Jara said.

Congresswoman Susie Lee, D-NV, was also at the news conference.

“I am proud to vote for the ‘American Rescue plan’ to get the necessary resources they need for the classroom so they can open schools safely and keep schools open safely,” Lee said.

Although most of the feedback has been in favor of kids returning to school, CCSD did face a few hiccups this week as well.

CCSD’s deputy superintendent said a total of eight staff members tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Some who tested positive were working remotely, some working in the hybrid model. 

First week of CCSD hybrid learning complete; 8 staff members test positive for COVID-19 districtwide

According to Mitchell, said CCSD has a protocol in place, and they kept communications open with the families, but in an abundance of caution there were students and staff who came in contact with the eight who contracted the coronavirus that had to be quarantined.

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