LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara announced a reopening plan that will have all grades returning to schools in the coming weeks.
Surrounded by union leaders and school board trustees, Jara made the following announcement.
- March 15 – All CCSD employees return to their work sites.
- March 22 – Grades 6, 9 and 12 will return to schools on a hybrid model.
- April 6 – Grades 7, 8 10 and 11 will return to school on a hybrid model.
- April 6 – All pre-K through grade 5 will return to school five days a week.
- April 3 – Spring sports will be offered.
- April 16 – Sports meets and games will begin.
“The governor’s easing of the restrictions last week help speed up the process for us,” Jara said.
He added the district chose sixth, ninth and twelfth grades first for a reason.
“You look at our sixth graders that have not been in a school, in their middle schools all year, and our high school ninth graders, as well. It was an opportunity for us to get our kids in for a week to transition into our middle schools and high schools before our upperclassmen show up.”
Jara noted there will be safety protocols in place to ensure the safest possible return to face-to-face instruction. Students will be able to participate in activities outside of the classroom and take part in rehearsals for marching band, drill team and theater.
Schools are reopening on Monday, March 1 for students in pre-K through third grade using a hybrid model.
Jara did say that the district will continue to offer full-time distance learning to families who feel more comfortable with keeping their children at home.
It remains unknown if secondary schools will transition to full-time in-person learning five days a week before the end of the school year. Jara says it depends on how well safety and health strategies are preventing the spread of COVID-19. He encourages families and the community to remain supportive, following a year of distance education.
“I welcome them to stay engaged with us as we bring our kids back because our kids are going to need this entire community to wrap their arms around them to get them to succeed academically,” Jara said, “just as they’re going to succeed athletically, and just as they’re going to succeed in the performing arts.”
The agreement to reopen all the other grade levels is being drafted and reviewed by the unions. It needs final approval from the Board of Trustees.
CCSD will review the results from a previous survey sent to families about choosing hybrid or full-time distance education. The district estimates it’s similar to the lower elementary survey, with roughly 60% of students wanting to go back, and 40% choosing to continue online learning.
Jara said the following spring sports will be offered: Boys and girls track, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls diving, baseball, softball, boys golf and boys volleyball.
He added that intramural fall sports will begin sometime between April 5 and May 1.
- Full-contact competition
- 20 days of practice culminating in a one-hour intrasquad competition
- Football intramural window is earlier to allow for the yearly helmets and pads to be reconditioned in time for the regular 2021-2022 fall season
From May 3 – 22, 2021
- Sports include: Boys and girls tennis, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country and girls volleyball
- Staggered to avoid forcing students to choose a single sport
- These intramural/intrasquad sports will have a 20-day practice/competition
Under the plan, no spectators will be allowed at any CCSD athletics events. The athletics programs will have to follow all guidelines from CCSD, the state, CDC and the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. In addition, all coaches and adults associated with the team will have to test negative prior to activities.
We all understand the role extracurricular activities have in the lives of those young adults. Some at today’s meeting in North Las Vegas mentioned that sports motivate their kids to excel in the classroom. It also gives those kids who can’t afford to be part of the traveling clubs a chance to play sports.