UPDATE APRIL 1: Gov. Sisolak extended his "stay at home" directive through April 30, meaning CCSD schools will stay closed until then.
ORIGINAL STORY: According to a letter sent home to parents, Clark County School District could extend school closures past April 14.
The schools were closed in an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
Read the letter below:
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 [sites.google.com].
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 [ccsd.net] and ensure your children are reading daily.
Dr. Jara also sent the following to employees about their pay:
This is a message from Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara.
As I mentioned yesterday, CCSD is only operating essential functions at this time in order to minimize the impact of COVID-19. This includes ensuring our staff members continue to receive pay.
We ask for your patience as we work to ensure compensation is received.
- Employees who currently receive pay through direct deposit will continue to receive payment through direct deposit on regular designated days for your pay group.
- Employees who currently receive paper paychecks will have their checks mailed out on regular designated days for your pay group. Employees who have requested and have an approved one-time financial assistance request, because of previous HCM issues, will have a paper check mailed out.
- Employees may cash their checks at a Bank of America branch for immediate cash availability if there is concern that your bank may place a “hold” on the loan check. This is available for employees with no-fee even if they are not Bank of America account holders.
- Employees who receive an off-cycle check for previous HCM issues will have a paper check mailed out.
Once again, thank you to all CCSD employees for your dedication.