CCSD holds virtual town hall with community

Posted at 6:36 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 21:43:51-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — CCSD leaders answered questions from the community Tuesday in its first virtual town hall, touching on topics like school closures and graduation.

As the Clark County School District enters another week of online learning, Superintendent Jesus Jara spoke to parents in a virtual town hall over the phone, touching on topics like school closures and when they might reopen.

“The governor was very clear to say that it would up to the state chief health officer to allow us to come back,” he said.

The district says before spring break, they had made 650,000 contacts with students since they transitioned to online learning. Jara says inequities regarding Chromebook access are being addressed and are allowing teachers to see what best fits for their individual students.

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“They know the kids the best and they have taught the curriculum. We set some parameters but left it to the classroom teachers,” he said.

Graduation was also on the minds of high school seniors and parents, with the superintendent saying the ceremonies are for now postponed and he would be meeting with high school student presidents on how to move forward.

“What it looks like is dependent on how it will look like to follow the CDC guidelines,” Jara said.

He says the welfare of students, especially those ready to move on after high school is a priority.

“We are not going to do anything to harm our kids. We are going to find ways to make sure that they graduate if they meet the graduation requirements,” he said.

This is the first of four virtual town hall teleconferences that will be conducted in this way later this month and next month.