UPDATE JULY 9 AT 11:45 P.M. Clark County School Board trustees spent several hours trying to figure how to have a school reopening plan and eventually they made a decision.
The board voted 7 to 0 to send the proposed reopening plan to the state education department for approval on a conditional basis to meet state deadlines.
That's with the caveat that the plan must come back to the board for additional input once the state approves.
Earlier in the meeting, trustee Danielle Ford attempted to put forward her own plan involving a pre-opening involving 30 days of distance learning at first with in-person options for vulnerable kids like kindergarteners and special needs students.
That was defeated by a 5-2 vote after she made her motion.
Superintendent Jesus Jara multiple times explained to the board that they were voting on a framework that needed to be approved by the state to provide flexibility if any changes were needed.
The district's tentative plan includes blended learning with most students going to school just 2 days a week and learning online the other 3 days
It also includes an online-only option.
But under this plan, parents and students face several challenges, including childcare, access to computers, and the lack of social interaction.
For now, teachers are expected to report back on Aug. 10 with students coming to class 2 weeks later.
#BREAKING: CCSD trustees vote unanimously to send the proposed plan forward with the caveat that it can come back to the board for fine tuning. Plan would be sent purely to meet state deadlines for its approval. @KTNV— Jeremy Chen (@JeremyChenKTNV) July 10, 2020
ORIGINAL STORY: The Clark County School District Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the district's reopening plans today following weeks of heated debate between the district, parents, and teachers on how to move forward with bringing students safely back to school.
The district's tentative plan includes blended learning with most students going to school just two days a week and learning online the other three days. It also includes an online-only option.
But under this plan, parents and students face several challenges, including childcare, access to computers and the lack of social interaction.
Parents have been voicing their concern about changes due to the spread of COVID-19. They are also concerned their kids may fall behind this upcoming school year.
Meanwhile, the teachers union, Clark County Education Association, said in a statement:
Unless the governor addresses the key issues with resources in reopening the Clark county school district in this upcoming special session, CCEA cannot sign off on CCSD’s current plan as it stands and will support every educator and parent who chooses not to participate in the reopening of CCSD.
The union is calling for three components: safety, choice, which includes an option for a five day school schedule, and resources.
The official vote by the CCSD board is expected at Thursday's meeting, which starts at 6 p.m.
Stay with 13 Action News for developments related to today's board meeting.