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CCSD: Additional students can return to classrooms March 22, April 6

Spring sports set to begin on April 3
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The Clark County School District Headquarters at Sahara and Decatur in Las Vegas as seen in July 2020
Posted at 8:42 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 11:39:32-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County School District leaders provided an update regarding the district's reopening timeline for all grade levels on Wednesday.

Several CCSD trustees attended the 1 p.m. briefing along with Supt. Jesus Jara.

Watch a Livestream of the event below:

Jara announced the timeline for all students to return to face-to-face instruction as follows:

-March 1 - Pre-K to 3rd grade - Hybrid
-March 22 - Grades 6, 9 & 12 - Hybrid
-April 6 - Grades 7, 8, 10 & 11 - Hybrid
-April 6 - Pre-K to 5th grade - Face-to-face 5 days

Distance education will also remain an option for parents.

The CCSD superintendent says spring sports are set to begin on April 3 with competition starting April 16. These sports include track (boys and girls), swimming (boys and girls), diving (boys and girls), baseball, softball, boys golf and boys volleyball.

CCSD announced plans to offer intramural sports to supplement fall seasons that were canceled earlier this year. Intramural football will be in full contact and take place between April 5 through May 1, culminating in one intrasquad game lasting one hour.

All other intramural sports will take place between May 3-22 but no spectators will be allowed at any CCSD athletic event with the district saying it will follow all COVID-19 health protocols in the state.

The district says similar to athletics, students will be permitted to engage in outside of class activities and rehearsals such as marching band, drill team and theater to ensure continued safety.

And performing arts classes will have the option of engaging in streamed concerts for the immediate future.

The entire CCSD school reopening plan is available here.

Previously, the district released a 235-page document detailing the procedures for its hybrid learning plan with pre-K through third-grade students returning to the classroom on March 1.

For Erin Phillips, president of the parent group Power2Parent, it’s a big step.

“I want to give credit where credit is due. I think Dr. Jara heard the parents. Parents should give themselves a lot of credit," she said.

She says parents like herself have been at times frustrated on how slow the return to classrooms has been. With a timeline now set Philips says the focus should be on getting all kids back to full-time face-to-face learning.

“We want to make sure the district continues to show that they’re going to walk forward and make that plan," she said.

When asked if middle or high schoolers would get a chance for full-time instructions this year, Superintendent Jara says that’s still to be determined.

“We’re looking to see how this works out and this is the immediate plan at this point. Certainty looking at it potentially at the end of the year,” he said.

Phillips says her group plans to still hold the district accountable for any developments in the future.

“We don’t want parents to lose their momentum here because parents have really shaken things up when we have united together, worked together,” she said.

Wednesday's press conference was not open to the public.