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Clark County School District getting students 'connected' ahead of school year

Posted at 6:20 PM, Aug 14, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Kids across Clark County are getting ready for the new school year, as the distance learning school year starts a week from Monday.

But not all kids will be ready for class because they don't have a Chromebook or Wi-Fi.

And the school district is working on trying to get every student connected to the internet.

All CCSD students will distance learn full-time to start school year amid COVID-19 concerns

With about 10 days to go before distance learning begins the Clark County School District says it knows it still has a lot of work to do.

The district has launched a new resource to help families with their technology and connectivity needs by partnering with the state COVID-19 task force and Cox Communications.

Clark County School District approves internet program for qualifying students

CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara says the program is meant to address the existing inequities in internet access among students.

“We've been talking that internet is no longer a luxury. It's really a need,” Jara said.

As of Wednesday, the district has been able to reach 70 percent of students about their internet and technology needs, with about 60 percent connected with Chromebooks.

As far as the plan to go back into the classroom, Supt. Jara says every 30 days or so he and the CCSD board members will re-evaluate whether to continue distance learning or bring the kids back on campus.