LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In Nevada, 96.6% of students engaged in distance learning have access to reliable internet, according to Connecting Kids.
The statewide community coalition, formed in partnership with multiple organizations including the Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, announced the milestone on Tuesday.
The coalition also says 96.4% of students have a device, and 94.2% responded to the roll call.
In Clark County, 95% of the roughly 293,000 students contacted are connected to the internet, and 96% have devices.
As of September 9, 2020, there were 489,817 students enrolled in schools across the state.
Connecting Kids says 28,585 have not yet responded to the roll call, the majority of which are in Clark. These are students who are enrolled but have not confirmed if a device or internet access is needed at home.
While this may seem like a lot, it’s a substantial improvement from the 100,000 children missing last month.
Another 15,836 have an expressed need for reliable internet connectivity, and 16,506 have an expressed need for a device.
The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) and the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation & Technology have been working to track technology needs and support solutions in communities across Nevada, Connecting Kids said in a news release.
As a result, ten county school districts have achieved “green status” which indicates that that all students in the district who are participating in distance learning have access to a device and the internet.
Green districts include:
- Carson City,
- Storey, and
- White Pine
Currently, Esmeralda, Eureka, Lincoln, Pershing, and White Pine County School Districts are providing in-person instruction for all students, while the remaining districts are offering hybrid learning models that combine in-person and online education.
‘Connecting Kids’ will continue to work with each school district and community organizations to ensure that all students are accounted for.
Coalition leaders say as the numbers dwindle, the harder it’s becoming to find students.
“The students we’re focused on are those that have not checked in more than three times in the last week,” explained Punam Mathur, executive director of the Elaine P. Wynn and Family Foundation. “They may have checked in once because a neighbor gave them a phone to do it that one day, but that is not sustainable.”
Efforts continue to contact students and their families, including phone calls and even knocking on doors.
Families with students in the Clark County School District should call the Family Support Center — (888) 616-2476 — or their school for help accessing subsidized connectivity or a device.
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