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Trustee calling for Clark County School District to close schools

Posted at 11:21 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 13:46:01-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Clark County School District Board of Trustees member believes the district is mishandling the coronavirus pandemic by keeping schools open.

Her boiling point was reached on Saturday, Danielle Ford says, after she was not able to take part of a meeting to discuss the virus with CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara and health experts.

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Speaking to 13 Action News virtually to avoid direct contact and practice social distancing, Ford said, “I pretty much said I don’t trust that all you people are not carrying the virus."

She says that she wanted to attend the meeting virtually rather than in-person, but was told there was "no possibility" of making that happen.

“I wasn’t able to be part of that conversation," she said.

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Ford says she receive a call from the superintendent after the meeting, and says that Dr. Jara is waiting on a go-ahead from the Department of Health to close schools.

“I absolutely think we are not being responsible as far as action to ensure that our schools are safe,” said Ford.

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The district says school will be open Monday, but Ford wants to be taken now to keep students and staff safe.

“Having 320,000 students come together across the city and disperse back into the homes of everyone is not a good idea,” said Ford.

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