During these challenging times, the success and health of our 320,000 students continues to remain the focus of our work in CCSD.
The continued change and evolving nature of this pandemic is naturally creating a lot of anxiety and discomfort for all of us. I know things are moving fast, and our families and team members are being asked to do a lot with circumstances that are far from the norm. So, I thank you for your patience and flexibility.
Every day, I am inspired by the professionalism and dedication exhibited by members of our team. Our support professionals have risen to the challenge. Our food service personnel have served over 300,000 meals to address the needs of our communities. Our licensed professionals have created innovative strategies to help our children and have shown great dedication to their students. In just two days since the formal distance education plan was deployed, teachers have made 185,365 contacts with students across the District. Our administrators have demonstrated true leadership, and have responded quickly and efficiently to changing times. Our CCSD police officers and health professionals are working relentlessly with those at the front lines.
In the midst of unprecedented change and uncertainty, our parents have stayed engaged rising to the challenge to support their children’s education while our schools remain closed. Our students have shown resilience and have adapted as best as possible to this new way of receiving instruction.
Our community partners have offered assistance and support, and have deployed resources to help families that need it the most. We are working together with non-profit, government and business entities to address challenges, keep our communities safe, and minimize the impact COVID-19 is having in our state and nation.
I understand many feel overwhelmed by new processes, constant communications, and changing direction, as we all respond to this new reality. Please know that everything possible is being done to take care of our students, families and staff. We are working to address educational inequities, set up efficient systems, and deploy resources, all while adapting quickly to evolving circumstances, facing extremely reduced timelines, and responding to environments out of our control.
In the face of unknowns, the spirit of determination and strength that characterizes our community has come through. I am thankful to be part of this community and to serve our 320,000 students and families. My greatest admiration and respect goes to our licensed professionals, support professionals, administrators, and every member of the CCSD family. I deeply appreciate parents for being active partners in their children’s education, and thank all our community for organizing and deploying resources to help our school communities.
The most important thing for us to do now is to remain safe and healthy, and to continue on through these unprecedented times. Thank you again for your patience and dedication. We will emerge out of this together with a clear focus on our students.
On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, CCSD launched the Learning Line, a service where CCSD personnel provide support for all students via telephone to maximize learning through distance education. Yesterday, we responded to 291 calls to service our students and families.
Parents and students can access the Learning Line by calling 702-799-6644. Educators will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to assist students in both English and Spanish during scheduled school days.
CCSD’s information on the student learning extension opportunities can be found at ccsd.net.
Once more, I want to thank our students, families, and employees for their patience and commitment to continue providing learning opportunities for our students as we move through these unprecedented closures.
We ask parents, guardians, and students to please check the different platforms the District uses to communicate (e.g. email, Canvas, phone) for messages from CCSD educators and check back with them to establish the communication process for students to work with their teachers.
Many educators have already contacted students and families during the school closures. These efforts to connect with our school communities have been impressive and immediate. However, there are still situations at schools, particularly in communities lacking devices or internet connectivity, where ongoing communication protocols between educators, students, and families have not been determined. CCSD wants to reassure you that the District is working to address these issues and have made instructional materials available at the food deployment sites and on our website at ccsd.net.
We are also aware that parents have been attempting to contact staff members via phone during the school closure. As most of the numbers used are school-based, the District is working to transfer school phone numbers to designated staff who are working from home to answer incoming calls and maintain distance education for students. Parents are reminded to please keep their contact information updated on Infinite Campus. Teachers are ready to remotely monitor individual student progress, and we have established methods to track school-by-school contact.
In an effort to provide assistance for our families, CCSD has created the Learning Line, a service where CCSD personnel can provide support for all students via telephone to maximize learning through distance education. Please call 702-799-6644 to access the Learning Line. Educators will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to assist students in both English and Spanish during scheduled school days.
Information on the learning extension opportunities can be found at http://newsroom.ccsd.net/student-learning-extension-opportunities/
CCSD’s goal is to continue to support the learning for all of our students during this closure. We will continue communicating with parents, employees, and our school communities on an ongoing basis.
Thank you for your patience as we move through these unprecedented times.
This is Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara.
I want to start off by saying thank you. Your patience and understanding through this difficult time is extremely important to our staff.
I want parents to know we are working as quickly as possible to answer questions we know are being asked via social media and other avenues. This afternoon, we will post an updated Just the Facts document on CCSD.net addressing some of those frequently asked questions. You can access that document by clicking here.
I understand many parents are wondering how Governor Steve Sisolak’s instructions to close all non-essential businesses impacts the school calendar. We are working closely with the Southern Nevada Health District, the Governor’s Office and the Nevada Department of Education to evaluate the situation and how it impacts the health and safety of our students, employees and the community as a whole.
At this time, we have to continue planning for a return to school on April 14th, with an understanding that the rapidly evolving response to the pandemic could lead to an extended closure. Our team is preparing for both scenarios simultaneously.
I encourage any parents passing by or through one of our food distribution sites to thank the employees ensuring students have the nourishment they need. I often say that every CCSD employee is essential to educating our students, and the employees willingly showing up continue to prove that through these trying times.
We encourage our students to continue learning during this time. Please access the learning materials at ccsd.net and ensure your children are reading daily.