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CCSD Supt. Jesus Jara talks student deaths, mental health during pandemic

Posted at 9:50 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 00:50:25-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — There are new concerns about the impact isolation is having on the mental health of children.

CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara revealed that 11 students have taken their own lives since July.

He says the district has lost more students this semester than in all of last year.

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Jara says distancing learning could be one of many factors in this trend.

"When you really look at the social isolation, when you look at what's happening in the economy at home, there's a lot of factors and kids not being in school, that's the biggest concern that we have and our adults are facing it as well,” Jara said.

The district says it's rolling out intensive mental health programs for 11 schools in the valley.

Jara says these schools are not necessarily connected to the students who have died.

The district is also working with social workers to find ways to bring normalcy back to students' lives.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health you can call National Suicide Prevention at 800-273-8255.