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CCSD superintendent speaks on phase one reopening plan

Posted at 5:13 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 07:50:20-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — We’re now learning more on how CCSD schools are preparing when Gov. Sisolak decides to start lifting Nevada’s stay at home directive. It’s all part of the district’s phase one reopening plan.

School campuses are usually bustling with life towards the end of spring, but this time all sit empty amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re now getting a better idea of the plan for local schools once Gov. Sisolak begins lifting stay at home restrictions. CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara released a phase one plan, detailing what the district is doing to eventually reopen campuses. He says that hinges on health and safety.

“The cleaning of our buildings is going to be a priority. We’re also looking to work with the Southern Nevada partners here,” Dr. Jara said.

Partners that will also focus on COVID-19 testing. Dr. Jara says the district is working to give employees access.

“We’re in early conversations right now in how we can partner with local hospitals and Southern Nevada Health district and UMC to provide some of these opportunities for our employees,” he said.

The district also says some employees like custodians and maintenance workers will report back to campus, but others like teachers can continue working from home if it’s “feasible”. Principals will receive guidance on when they can begin reopening school offices.

Kirstan Nigro is a kindergarten teacher at Schorr Elementary School. She says she wants to see educators like herself protected.

“That’s a huge one because there are a lot of educators in our district and many of them have a compromised immune system,” she said.

Nigro says whenever she returns to the classroom, she wants to be sure health doesn’t interfere with student learning.

“This is about the kids; this is about keeping your educators and your students safe,” she said.

CCSD’s phase one plan will only begin once the governor makes a decision to begin lifting his stay at home order. It’s currently set to last until May 15. The last day of school at CCSD is May 20.