LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — UPDATE: 10 P.M.: The Clark County School Board members traded jabs at each other Tuesday evening while discussing a controversial hybrid plan which could return students to classrooms as early as January 2021.
The plan is 205 pages and details nearly every aspect of a return to in-person classroom instruction from buses to lunches.
"The elephant in the room, there are several elephants, but it is simply that I don't think this model is doable as it is right now," said Trustee Linda Cavazos.
District leadership put the plan on pause just days after Gov. Steve Sisolak pleaded with people to stay home for the next two weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The governor made it clear the COVID crisis is getting worse and not better.
"We are in the midst of a mental health, health crisis, and an academic crisis that will have lasting implications for decades to come," said Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara.
Some school district trustees signaled they wanted to move forward with the plan, fearing inaction is making the mental health and academic crisis worse.
"I am very disappointed that this board is not willing to start by putting their name on it saying 'we know it's not perfect, we know it may not happen and that things can change, but we're not going to stand in the middle of the road looking both ways waiting for a car to hit us because we're too afraid to make a decision,'" said Trustee Chris Garvey during the virtual meeting.
The governor revealed on Tuesday a 9-year-old Clark County student recently took their own life.
The American Academy of Pediatrics revealed earlier this year that prolonged isolation can have lasting social and emotional impacts on children leading to depression and even suicide.
"I fear that we have basically committed all of our children to be in isolation for the rest of the school year no matter what comes through," said Trustee Garvey.
Trustees made more recommendations for the plan but for now, most Clark County School District classrooms remain closed.
It is unclear when the board may bring the plan to a vote again.
The Clark County School District Board of Trustees discussed during a Thursday meeting whether or not schools should change to a hybrid plan this school year.
Several of the trustees shared their thoughts on the proposed hybrid plan and moved to delay their vote on the plan amid the rising coronavirus cases in Southern Nevada.
CCSD Board of Trustee Chris Garvey said she was disappointed no action was going to be taken on Thursday and fellow Trustee Linda Young said she supports a pause on the hybrid vote but thanked staff and parents for their responses regarding the proposed plan.
Earlier on Thursday, Trustee-elect Katie Williams told 13 Action News that she is all about the kids and doesn't want anyone to get COVID-19. She also said she believes getting kids back in the classroom outweighs the potential risks.