March 14, 2020
This is a message from Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus F. Jara.
The safety of our students, staff and community continues to remain my top priority. This morning, I met with a coalition of partners, including our health officials, regarding measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in our communities.
At this time, we are opening CCSD schools as normally scheduled this coming Monday, March 16. However, I have not ruled out a short-term closure and will continue working with the Board of School Trustees, and our state and local partners, especially our health experts, to evaluate next steps.
I will keep our parents, employees, and school communities up to date on any decisions or information impacting our schools.
Thank you once more for your patience as we all adapt to respond to the changing environment created by this pandemic.
March 12, 2020
The Clark County School District (CCSD) continues evaluating and responding to the evolving nature of coronavirus (COVID-19) with a coalition of partners, including the Office of the Governor, Clark County Government, the Southern Nevada Health District, and other agencies, on a cohesive community response to protect the health and well-being of our students and staff. It is important to remember that, at this time, most Nevada residents are at low risk of contracting coronavirus.
For the moment, there are no planned school closures. However, should the need arise, contingency plans have been developed and continue to be refined daily. The goal of CCSD is to remain open and educate our children to provide a sense of stability for our students, employees, and families.
CCSD is taking the following actions out of an abundance of caution:
All school, district, and non-district sponsored athletics, extra-curricular activities, assemblies, practices, and events are suspended effective immediately until further notice.
Activities and events scheduled toward the end of the school year, including graduation ceremonies, will be evaluated as we progress through this situation.
Restrictions on international and out-of-state student travel remain.
At this time, Safekey, After-School All-Stars, Communities in Schools, and other programs that provide support for after-school care will continue operating to support students and families.
Salad bars will be removed from all schools, effective immediately, until further notice.
Students will continue to have numerous menu options meeting federal guidelines.
Employees should remain at their assigned work locations, and avoid unnecessary travel to other schools and district buildings, except essential personnel servicing our students.
All out-of-district consultants, including professional learning facilitators, are restricted from providing in-person services in CCSD effective immediately until further notice.
CCSD has increased the cleaning of all surfaces, as a proactive approach to preventing the possible spread of COVID-19.
At this time, Thursday, March 12, 2020 Board of School Trustees meeting will continue as planned.
Staff has thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the board room.
Only essential personnel presenting items will attend the meeting.
The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the open public meeting law.
Live streaming of the meeting will be available on CCSD.net
We continue to refine the coronavirus response plan with all departments.
We would like to remind you of the simple actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
Cover cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
As always, we ask that you keep your child at home from school if they may be sick, and we are asking employees who are sick to stay home.
Please visit ccsd.net for regular updates. Should a case impact a school directly, we will update parents, staff, and the community regarding next steps.