CCSD Trustees take small steps toward school reopening, parents call for concrete change

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County School District leaders took small steps toward eventually reopening schools Thursday, after what parents call months of distance learning struggles. 

“I am worried about their education,” CCSD parent Therese Akrivas told 8 News Now. “I worry they are getting cheated.”

“The younger kids, it’s just really hard,” CCSD parent Debra Carroll added. “Not having that teacher or that assistant there just to keep them on track.”

Two votes were passed during Thursday’s first regular board meeting of 2021. 

The first approved a memorandum of agreement with the Clark County Education Association to lay groundwork for an eventual kindergarten through third grade hybrid model. 

“I believe we should really focus on a plan,” CCSD District F Trustee Danielle Ford said during the meeting. “Get a plan in place, and then continue working on distance learning.”

The second vote, which was unanimous, will allow principals to bring small groups of students who need extra support onto separate campuses. This would take place on a limited and voluntary basis. 

Neither plan was given a set timeline or deadline during Thursday’s meeting. 

“There’s no such thing as a comprehensive plan,” CCSD District B Trustee Katie Williams said of moving forward. “And I think as adults we know that, but we need hope.”

However, families told 8 News Now they want to see concrete change so their kids can succeed. 

“I think you are doing them a huge disservice,” Akrivas concluded of CCSD students. “By not letting them get an education at school.”

Experts also shared staggering statistics during Thursday’s meeting, including the fact that 90.4% of CCSD schools assigned more failing grades this academic year, compared to last.  

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