Parents & teachers protest Henderson school’s temporary return to distance learning after high number of COVID-19 cases cited

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HENDERSON (KLAS) – Parents, teachers, and students took to the streets Friday to protest one school’s return to distance learning, amid a rise in COVID-19 on campus. 

Frank Lamping Elementary School, located near Eastern Avenue and Anthem Parkway, transitioned to distance learning Monday, citing a high number of positive cases. 

“Don’t keep doing something that’s not working,” Lamping Elementary parent Beau Bentling said of the decision. 

Parents and teachers protest the decision to close Henderson’s Lamping Elementary due to COVID-19 cases.

“Kids all want to be in school,” parent Troy Foster added. “This has gone on long enough.”

Though students without symptoms are set to return to campus on August 30, second-grade teacher Jeff Rapp called the disruption detrimental. 

“I am really worried about what happens long term,” Rapp told 8 News Now during Friday’s protest. “When kids spend most of their day sitting in front of a computer screen.”

Others are asking the district for more transparency when it comes to COVID-19 numbers. 
“We want to know how many it takes,” Foster explained. “To shut down the school.”

The Clark County School District COVID dashboard listed zero positive cases at Lamping Elementary as of Thursday, August 19. 

For a look at the CCSD COVID Dashboard, click HERE. 

District officials told 8 News Now while information like this is updated regularly, it is not changed in real time to allow for verification. 

However, those who spoke with 8 News Now said this is not good enough, and they want answers now. 
“Multiple cases was all we were told.” Lamping Elementary parent Jackie Landy said. “What does that mean? What does that look like?”

Parents and teachers protest the decision to close Henderson’s Lamping Elementary due to COVID-19 cases.

They said they won’t stop until they see change. 

“Parents are no longer going to sit back,” CCSD parent and teacher Brandy Morville concluded. “And just let CCSD make the decision for our children.”

Frank Lamping Elementary is the first campus to close over COVID-19 concerns since the start of the current school year. 

CCSD told 8 News Now it does work closely with the Southern Nevada Health District regarding decisions like this, and they are made on a school-by-school basis. 

The CDC does recommend in-person learning for students with prevention strategies in place. 

For more information on CDC classroom guidance, click HERE.

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