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Student athletes protest outside Clark County School District, schools

The Clark County School District Headquarters at Sahara and Decatur in Las Vegas as seen in July 2020
Posted at 6:25 AM, Feb 10, 2021

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.

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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.

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.

RELATED: Clark County School District cancels fall sports due to COVID-19

“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.