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Clark County School District does extra cleaning as students enjoy their Monday off

Posted at 11:46 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 14:48:16-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — As students enjoy their Monday off, Clark County School District will do some extra cleaning.

CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara sent a notice to all parents about it. He says the district is also actively monitoring the corona virus spread.

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CCSD also canceled all out-of-state and international student travel until further notice.

Read the full notice from Dr. Jara below:

I know that many of you are concerned regarding the recent developments on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. Let me reassure you that the district continues to work closely 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.

As mentioned in previous messages, at this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus within CCSD. However, we are taking additional precautions to ensure our schools are clean and disinfected regularly in order for our buildings to remain conducive to learning. On Monday, March 9, we will provide additional cleaning to all schools in an abundance of caution. It is important to note that Monday was designated as a pre-planned day off for students and teachers, and has been on the CCSD master calendar for months.

I ask that you help CCSD in preventing the spread of germs by reminding children of everyday 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

A few things you can do at home to prevent the spread of germs include disinfecting surfaces that your child touches often such as their backpacks, doorknobs, and light switches.

As always, we ask that you keep your child at home from school if they may be sick. Please reassure your children and keep them positive as they may be worried about current events. Keep them energized about learning and excited about attending school as we begin the 4th quarter.

Additionally, as mentioned yesterday, I have made the difficult decision to cancel all out-of-state and international student travel until further notice. Please know that the decision did not come lightly. It was made not only to safeguard the students who were scheduled to travel, but also to protect their fellow classmates who were staying in-state. I know that there are concerns related to the financial impact of cancelling field trips. Please know that my team is working with individual schools on a case-by-case basis to determine what options may be possible. We will continue evaluating travel and informing you on any developments.

Please know that CCSD is collaborating with the Southern Nevada Health District on a regular basis. The health district has activated an information phone line for those who may have questions about coronavirus. Currently, the phone line is staffed Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be reached by calling (702) 759-INFO (4636).

As superintendent, I am committed to keeping our parents and staff informed. The district will continue to provide updates to parents via ParentLink and by email for staff. Additionally, information related to coronavirus will continue to be posted online at ccsd.net.

We are all learning how to respond to the spread of this virus. Thank you for your patience and continued support for CCSD.

Dr. Jesus F. Jara


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