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Around 100 people gather to protest Clark County School District sports decision

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Posted at 6:23 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 09:14:15-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Upset parents are protesting at Clark County School District headquarters on the same night district leaders are holding a virtual meeting to discuss plans to bring some students back to classrooms.

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Organized by the Facebook group "Let Them Play NV," parents gathered to call on the district to bring back sports. At the height of the demonstration, there were around 100 people in attendance.

Last week, the school district announced the decision to cancel the CCSD fall sports season, which had already been postponed to this coming spring.

The decision impacts cross country, football, girls golf, soccer, tennis, girls volleyball and middle school basketball.

Several parents say their students are suffering because they can't play sports, especially athletes who are gunning for college scholarships.

The school district leadership says it was a difficult decision made due to the still-raging COVID-19 pandemic that has sickened and killed hundreds of thousands of Americans., including 4,100 Nevadans.

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Still, parents say the consequences of not playing sports are heartbreaking.

"We are very upset," said Deeandrea Casaus, who wants her son to play football. "Heartbroken is not an understatement. He was looking forward to it more than anything else."

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"He's been in touch with colleges he does have another year, but this is very important," she said. "For all the senior friends and for him."

Just days ago CCSD Supt. Dr. Jesus Jara said kids in classrooms are the first priority, then comes extracurricular activities like sports and arts.