LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Student athletes and parents protested outside of valley schools Wednesday morning. They’re demanding Clark County School District give them a fall sports season after the district decided to cancel it.
Protests were out around 9 a.m. at dozens of CCSD high schools before demonstrators say they were going to rally to CCSD headquarters at 1 p.m.
The protest was organized on social media. The Facebook group Let them Play NV has thousands of members who are pushing for the school district to reverse its decision and allow young athletes to play this year.
Dozens of students and parents are gathered outside Foothill HS in protest. They’re demanding CCSD let students go back to school and play all extracurricular activities. pic.twitter.com/OTCBBFwZhF— Kelsey McFarland (@KelseyMarie_TV) February 10, 2021
Nicole Goughnaur and her husband are behind the Facebook group. She says returning to the field would give kids the hope they need right now.
“I don’t want anyone lost in the fray in this and this breaks my heart for all these kids out here. They’re just our future,” said Goughnaur.
CCSD Supt. Jesus Jara said in a recent panel that he understands the impact this has on students, but bringing back sports before students are back in classrooms sends the wrong message.
“When my reading scores are where they are, when my math scores are where they are, are we saying that athletics are more important than academics? No! But that's the message that would be sent out,” Jara said.
Small groups of students in elementary school will be back in classrooms by March 1 under a hybrid learning model.