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CCSD works with Google to fix distance learning issues

Posted at 7:55 AM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 11:00:33-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — After a series of problems that plagued Clark County School District's first week of distance learning, Supt. Dr. Jesus Jara says there's been progress with improving the safety digital classrooms for kids.

Jara said he's been in talks with Google and that CCSD will soon have access to a Google tool. It's designed to help make digital classrooms more secure and safe for students.

Supt. Jara said once it's accessible, that tool will be released to CCSD schools to block social media access and stop others from hacking the system.

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The district's online learning app, Canvas, kept thousands of students from logging on the first day. A hacker interrupted a middle school class, making a violent threat and a mother says her son was exposed to pornography during a PE class.

CCSD is expected to release more details about the Google filtering software next week.

Meanwhile, to address connectivity the school board voted for CCSD to seek state funding next year to ensure students have online access.

Jara also gave an update on distance learning efforts, adding that more than 211,000 Chromebooks have been distributed and more than 103,000 remain in their inventory. He credited the staff working to get Chromebooks in hands of students but said there are still those in need of Chromebooks.

"As of today we have 19,614 students that have expressed the need and our schools are schools have been trying to contact and connect them," says Jara.