It has been over 8 months since Governor Sisolak ordered the closure of Nevada's schools. It is past time to get our children safely back in the classroom. Clark County School District is one of the largest school districts in the country with over 300,000 students. Out of the 50 largest school districts in the country, 24 have resumed in-person classes for large groups of students, and 11 others plan to in the coming weeks. Four more have opened or plan to open for small groups of students who need extra attention. CCSD is one of just 11 of the 50 largest districts that are fully remote, with no immediate plan to change that.
UNICEF released a study on November 19, 2020 that showed data from 191 countries found no consistent link between school reopening for in-person instruction and increased rates of coronavirus infection. As Nina Schwalbe (Fellow at United Nations University International Institute of Global Health) says, "Keeping kids out of the classroom will make recovering from the pandemic harder in the long term, while not keeping us any safer in the near term."
Our CCSD Trustees have the power to send our kids back to the classroom. They have failed to take action, and most recently at their November meeting, refused to even vote on a plan that would send our kids back to the classroom two days a week starting in January. They need to hear from us now!