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Pre-K to Grade 3 Students Begin Hybrid Instruction

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) announced the timeline for all students to return to face-to-face instruction at a press conference on Feb. 24, 2021. The safety and wellbeing of students and staff is top priority. Comprehensive Health and Safety procedures are outlined in CCSD’s Hybrid Instructional Model Implementation Guide available online in English and Spanish at reconnect.ccsd.net.

“As I’ve stated for many months now, I want schools open. It’s important for our students, staff and our entire community,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “I have been very vocal about this with the staff, parents and the community and in the media. This is why we have been working with our employee bargaining units for months.”

Governor Steve Sisolak’s easing of restrictions last week has provided an expedited route to reopen our schools and that is how CCSD is proceeding. District staff have been busy working to figure out what the change in restrictions means for our students, to include a date for each grade level to return to schools, along with logistics such as bus routing, food service, COVID-19 testing, and contact tracing.

CCSD opening timeline

  • March 1 – All Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 students return to face-to-face instruction under the hybrid instructional model

  • March 22 – Grades 6, 9, and 12 can return to face-to-face instruction under the hybrid instructional model

  • April 6 – Grades 7, 8, 10 and 11 can return to face-to-face instruction under the hybrid instructional model

  • April 6 – Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 will return to five days a week for face-to-face instruction

CCSD will continue to offer a full-time distance education option to our families who feel more comfortable keeping their children at home.

Athletics & Extracurricular Activities

The District is also working to allow students to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities.

  • Spring Sports

    • Practices to begin April 3, 2021

    • Competition to begin April 16, 2021

    • The following sports: boys and girls track, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls diving, baseball, softball, boys golf and boys volleyball

  • Intramural Fall sports

    • April 5 – May 1, 2021

      • Football

      • Full-contact competition

      • 20 days of practice culminating in a one-hour intrasquad competition

      • Football Intramural window is earlier to allow for the yearly helmets and pads to be reconditioned in time for the regular 2021-22 fall season

    • May 3 – 22, 2021

      • Sports include: boys and girls tennis, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country and girls volleyball

      • Staggered to avoid forcing students to choose a single sport

      • These intramural/intrasquad sports will have a 20-day practice/competition window

  • No spectators will be allowed at any CCSD athletics events

  • School athletics will follow all guidelines from CCSD, the state, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA)

  • All coaches and adults associated with the team will have to have a negative test before activities begin

  • Performing Arts

    • Students will be able to engage in live learning and traditional rehearsals

  • Safety protocols will be implemented to ensure the safest possible return to face-to-face instruction
  • Similar to athletics, students will be permitted to engage in outside of class activities and rehearsals like, marching band, drill team and theater 
  • To ensure continued safety of our community, performing arts classes will have the option of engaging in streamed concerts for the immediate future

 

Reopening schools, bringing back staff and students, and continuing a distance education model requires a lot of logistics and consideration. The District asks for the community’s patience as CCSD works to bring back all students and staff to face-to-face instruction safely.

As additional information becomes available, details will be shared with parents via ParentLink, and with all CCSD staff by email. Updated information will also be available online at reconnect.ccsd.net.


El CCSD proporciona información actualizada sobre los planes de apertura para todos los niveles de grado

El 1 de marzo comienza el calendario para todos los estudiantes que regresan al salón de clase

El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark (CCSD) anunció hoy en una conferencia de prensa el calendario para todos los estudiantes que regresan a la enseñanza presencial. La seguridad, el bienestar de los estudiantes y el personal son la máxima prioridad. Los procedimientos integrales de salud y seguridad se describen en la Guía de Implementación del Modelo para la Enseñanza Híbrida del CCSD, disponible en inglés y español en reconnect.ccsd.net.

“Como he dicho durante muchos meses, quiero las escuelas abiertas. Es importante para nuestros estudiantes, el personal y para toda nuestra comunidad,” dijo el Superintendente del CCSD, Dr. Jesús F. Jara. “He hablado mucho sobre esto con el personal, los padres, la comunidad y los medios de comunicación. Es por esto que hemos estado trabajando con nuestras unidades de negociación de empleados por meses “.

La flexibilización de las restricciones por parte del gobernador Steve Sisolak la semana pasada ha proporcionado una ruta acelerada para reabrir nuestras escuelas y así es como está procediendo el CCSD. El personal del distrito ha estado ocupado trabajando para determinar qué significa el cambio en las restricciones para nuestros estudiantes, incluir una fecha para que cada nivel de grado regrese a las escuelas, junto con la logística, como ruta del autobús, el servicio de alimentos, las pruebas de COVID-19 y la localización de contactos.

Calendario de reapertura del CCSD

  • 1 de marzo: todos los estudiantes de preescolar a tercer grado regresan a la enseñanza presencial bajo el modelo de enseñanza híbrida.
  • 22 de marzo: los grados 6.°, 9.° y 12.° pueden regresar a la enseñanza presencial bajo el modelo de enseñanza híbrida.
  • 6 de abril: los grados 7.°, 8.°, 10.° y 11.° pueden regresar a la enseñanza presencial bajo el modelo de enseñanza híbrida.
  • 6 de abril – de preescolar al 5. ° grado volverán cinco días a la semana para la instrucción presencial.

 

El CCSD continuará ofreciendo una opción de educación a distancia de tiempo completo para nuestras familias que se sientan más cómodas manteniendo a sus hijos en casa.

Deportes y Actividades Extracurriculares

El distrito también está trabajando para permitir que los estudiantes participen en deportes y actividades extracurriculares.

  • Deportes de primavera
    • Las prácticas comenzarán el 3 de abril de 2021
    • La competencia comenzará el 16 de abril de 2021
    • Los siguientes deportes: atletismo para niños y niñas, natación para niños y niñas, buceo para niños y niñas, béisbol, softbol, golf para niños y voleibol para niños.
  • Deportes intramurales de otoño
    • Del 5 de abril al 1 de mayo de 2021
      • Fútbol
      • Competición de full-contact (contacto total).
  • 20 días de práctica que culminan en una competencia interescuadras de una hora.
  • El periodo de fútbol intramural es más pronto para permitir que el reacondicionamiento requerido del casco y las almohadillas se complete a tiempo para la temporada de otoño regular 2021-22.
  • Del 3 al 22 de mayo de 2021
    • Los deportes incluyen: tenis para niños y niñas, fútbol para niños y niñas, carrera a campo traviesa para niños y niñas y voleibol para niñas.
    • Escalonado para evitar obligar a los estudiantes a elegir un solo deporte.
    • Estos deportes intramurales/interescuadras tendrán un periodo de práctica/competencia de 20 días.
  • No se permitirán espectadores en ningún evento deportivo del CCSD.
  • Los deportes escolares seguirán todas las directrices del CCSD, el estado, el Centro para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades y la Asociación de Actividades Interescolares de Nevada (NIAA).
  • Todos los entrenadores y adultos asociados con el equipo deberán tener una prueba negativa antes de que comiencen las actividades.
  • Las artes escénicas
    • Los estudiantes podrán participar en el aprendizaje en vivo y los ensayos tradicionales.
    • Se implementarán los protocolos de seguridad para garantizar el retorno más seguro posible a la enseñanza presencial.
    • De manera similar a los deportes, a los estudiantes se les permitirá participar en actividades y ensayos fuera de la clase como, banda de música, equipo de prácticas, teatro.
    • Para garantizar la seguridad continua de nuestra comunidad, las clases de artes escénicas tendrán la opción de participar en conciertos transmitidos en el futuro inmediato.

 

Reabrir escuelas, traer de regreso al personal y estudiantes, y continuar con un modelo de educación a distancia requiere mucha logística y consideración. El distrito solicita la paciencia de la comunidad mientras el CCSD trabaja para traer a todos los estudiantes y al personal a la instrucción presencial de manera segura.

A medida que haya información adicional disponible, los detalles se compartirán con los padres a través de ParentLink y con todo el personal del CCSD por correo electrónico. La información actualizada también estará disponible en línea en reconnect.ccsd.net.

CCSD Celebrates Librarians Day

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CCSD recognizes our school librarians, in honor of CCSD Librarians Day.

Teacher-librarians are information literacy and technology teachers, reading advocates, leaders and collaborators, and library program managers. Teacher-librarians guide our students to be critical users and producers of information and ideas.

They help our students find the resources they need to continue learning, and are dedicated to creating an environment where students learn every day.

Watch Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara’s video, highlighting CCSD’s school librarians.

For more information on school libraries, visit the American Association of School Librarians website.

Pictured are Hummel Elementary School Teacher, Librarian Jennifer Hill and Librarian, Aide Debbie Witt.

CCSD Provides One-Stop Website For Hybrid Instructional Model Information

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) has launched reconnect.ccsd.net, a one-stop website for helpful information about the District’s hybrid instructional model.

The website is a handy resource for all information related to hybrid instruction, which begins March 1 for pre-kindergarten to Grade 3 students whose families choose for them to return to the classroom. Information on the website includes topics related to health and safety, food service, transportation, and technology, as well as information about hybrid instruction and full-time distance education.

“Our goal is to provide helpful information to parents and students within one website,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “I invite parents, students, and the community to visit the website for details about what to expect with hybrid instruction and helpful videos. Additionally, the District understands that not all parents are ready to have their children return to school buildings, so we are proud to provide choice for our families with the continuation of a full-time distance education model.”

The District’s instructional model of full-time distance education will continue as well for families. Throughout the second semester, the District will work to transition additional grade levels to the hybrid instructional model; however, there is currently no timeline for this transition.

Pre-K to Grade 3 parents should expect to hear from their child’s school by the end of this week about which cohort their child will be in.

A Spanish version of the website is also available by visiting reconnect.ccsd.net and clicking the language tab at the top left-hand side of the website and clicking “Español.”

To learn more about the Clark County School District, visit ccsd.net.

CCSD Teacher Nominated for NHL Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher Program

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This #TeacherTuesday get out the vote for Sydney Kimble, a 6th Grade Science teacher at Jo Mackey iLead Academy for the Digital Sciences. She is the Vegas Golden Knights nominee for February as part of the NHL Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher Program. You can vote for Sydney and learn more about the program at NHL.com/MVT
The Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher Program is intended to recognize teachers participating in the NHL and NHLPA Future Goals program who use the sport of hockey and the tools of the program to further educate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each month, from January to March, up to twenty (20) teachers will be featured for their use of the program and the public will have an opportunity to vote for the teacher who it thinks should be declared the “Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher of the Year”.

CCSD Celebrates Black History Month

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As part of Black History Month, schools are celebrating the contributions of African-Americans in U.S. history. CCSD schools are doing a variety of activities ranging from studying prominent African-Americans to having events that include song, dance and poetry virtually.

This beautiful collage recognizes some of our school namesakes at CCSD that have contributed to education.

Watch Superintendent Jesus F. Jara’s video, recognizing African-American leaders like Hannah Brown, Helen Anderson Toland and the late Tyrone Thompson who have impacted the lives of CCSD students.

Students Pre-K Through 3rd Grade Invited Back to Campuses

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On January 14, 2021, the Clark County School District Board of Trustees approved a Memorandum of Agreement between the District and the Clark County Education Association to transition students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 into the hybrid instructional model. The implementation of the hybrid instructional model for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 will begin on Monday, March 1, 2021, for students. Throughout the second semester, the District will work to transition additional grade levels to the hybrid instructional model; however, there is currently no timeline for this transition.

As the safety and health of our students and staff is a priority, the District will implement the safety and health protocols in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Southern Nevada Health District.

Next Steps

In order to plan for this transition, the District is requesting that all Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 parents complete the hybrid cohort questionnaire. The three item questionnaire is vital to helping schools plan for staffing and transportation. In order to access the survey, please click here. The deadline to complete the questionnaire is 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021. Parents who have already taken this questionnaire in the last week will have one opportunity to change their response before the deadline.


El 14 de enero de 2021, la Junta de Fideicomisarios del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark aprobó un Memorando de Acuerdo entre el Distrito y la Asociación de Educación del Condado de Clark para hacer la transición de los estudiantes de Pre-Kindergarten al Grado 3 al modelo de instrucción híbrido. La implementación del modelo de instrucción híbrida para estudiantes de Pre-Kindergarten hasta el tercer grado comenzará el lunes 1 de marzo de 2021 para los estudiantes. Durante el segundo semestre, el Distrito trabajará para hacer la transición de niveles de grado adicionales al modelo de instrucción híbrido; sin embargo, actualmente no hay un cronograma para esta transición.

Como la seguridad y salud de nuestros estudiantes y personal es la prioridad, el Distrito implementará los protocolos de seguridad y salud en alineación con los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades y el Distrito de Salud del Sur de Nevada.

Próximos pasos

Para planificar esta transición, el Distrito solicita que todos los padres de Pre-Kindergarten hasta el Grado 3 completen el cuestionario de cohorte híbrido. El cuestionario de tres elementos es vital para ayudar a las escuelas a planificar el personal y el transporte. Para acceder a la encuesta, haga clic aquí. La fecha límite para completar el cuestionario es a las 6:00 p.m. el viernes 29 de enero de 2021. Los padres que ya hayan respondido este cuestionario en la última semana tendrán la oportunidad de cambiar su respuesta antes de la fecha límite.


On Thursday, November 12 the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees received a presentation on the Plan to Transition to the Hybrid Instructional Model (ENG) and Plan para la Transición al Modelo de Educación Híbrida. Following the recommendation of the Board President and the Superintendent, with consideration given to Governor Steve Sisolak’s recent Stay at Home 2.0 order and the raising numbers of COVID-19 cases, the Board of School Trustees did not take action on this item.

The Board acknowledged the difficulties of transitioning to a hybrid model of instruction during a time when local and national health data indicates concerning trends in COVID-19 positive cases. Trustees continued to express concern for the mental health crisis and the academic crisis associated with students in distance education and stressed the need for additional support in these areas.

District staff presented to the Board of School Trustees health and safety precautions outlined in the Plan to Transition to the Hybrid Instructional Model. These measures included voluntary employee COVID-19 testing through T.I.E.S, improved HVAC strategies and strict cleaning protocols for District schools and buildings, as well as additional mental health support through the Lifeline pilot program and Wellness Check Teams.

The hybrid model provides face-to-face instruction for students in cohorts A and B and online instruction for students in full-time distance education. The hybrid model also allows for transportation for eligible students to and from school and the continuation of food distribution for all students.


The District has launched the COVID-19 Positive Cases Dashboard, which allows students, parents, staff and the public to locate and identify which schools and work locations have had or currently have positive COVID-19 cases. Cases displayed on the dashboard are cumulative cases tracked since March 16, 2020, for staff and students.

It is important to note that data utilized to update the dashboard are based on internally confirmed and self-reported COVID-19 positive lab results. The dashboard does not make a distinction between students who are in distance education, hybrid or face-to-face instruction models.

Nominate a Great Teacher for the Heart of Education Awards

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The deadline to nominate a teacher for the Heart of Education Awards is fast approaching: Nomination forms can be submitted online at theheartofeducation.org with an extended nomination period until Friday, February 12, 2021.

Once a nomination has been submitted, each nominated teacher will receive an email notification to complete a separate online application. Teachers will be asked to write a 500-word-or-less essay describing how they have gone above and beyond to support their students.

Myron Martin, president of The Smith Center, told Channel 3’s Krystal Allan that this year’s awards are an opportunity to recognize the unbelievable ways in which CCSD teachers have gone above and beyond in a virtual school setting.

The Smith Center created The Heart of Education Awards in 2015, and the awards are made possible by a long-term commitment from The Rogers Foundation.

Vegas PBS Kids Writers Contest is Open Until March 26

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Elementary school teachers in the Clark County School District (CCSD) are encouraged to have their students submit entries in the Vegas PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

The contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. It is made possible by local financial support from Janice Allen, empowering children in grades K-5 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.

Students can write about any topic according to PBS Ready To Learn Coordinator Jessica Russell. Students can write about fact, fiction, poetry or prose, but all submissions must be original works. The entries will be judged for originality, creative expression, storytelling technique, illustrations and overall impression.

“We are very excited to hold the writers contest again this year,” said Jessica Russell, Vegas PBS Ready To Learn Coordinator. “We are happy to create an educational environment where children can learn through engaging and unique experiences by using their creativity and letting their imaginations soar.”

Submissions to the VEGAS PBS KIDS Writers Contest must be received by Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. All entries must be accompanied by an official entry form signed by a parent/guardian.

Stories can be mailed to Vegas PBS at:

3050 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121

Entries may also be emailed to jrussell@vegaspbs.org.

A panel of judges will select local winners in the spring of 2021. All local winners will be recognized by Vegas PBS and will receive trophies, a hardcover version of their story, autographed books, and a custom backpack filled with additional reading and writing resources.

Four CCSD Board of School Trustees Take Oath of Office

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LAS VEGAS – The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees welcomed three new members and one returning member during a special board meeting Monday, January 4, 2021. During the ceremony, each newly elected and re-elected Trustee individually took the oath of office.

“We are excited to welcome our newly elected Trustees to the CCSD family, and congratulations to President Brooks for being elected to another term in District E,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “Our future is strong, and we will conquer all obstacles, and triumph together. We have a truly dedicated staff of educators, support professionals and administrators who are committed to student success each and every day. Congratulations and welcome!”

Current Board of School Trustees President Lola Brooks took the oath of office after being elected to a second term. Newly elected Trustees Evelyn Garcia Morales, Lisa Guzmán and Katie Williams all took the oath for the first time.

Lola Brooks – Trustee District E

Lola Brooks first moved to Las Vegas in 2002 and was first elected to the School Board in 2016. She represents District E, which includes Summerlin and parts of northwest Las Vegas. Mrs. Brooks earned her B.A. in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Trustee Brooks currently works as a Student Data Analyst at a local independently operated charter school. She reports student data to the state, manages various technology platforms, and performs other duties related to data collection and analysis. She previously worked as a nonprofit consultant, helping nonprofits improve their data, technology, and operational practices. She was also previously employed as a Project Coordinator at United Way of Southern Nevada, where she focused on education initiatives and data projects.

As the first member of her family to receive a traditional high school diploma and complete college, Trustee Brooks is passionate about reaching and serving at-risk students. She is also passionate about meaningful stakeholder engagement and amplifying the voices of teachers, parents, and students.

Trustee Brooks has been married to her husband, Steve, since 2002. They have one son attending school in CCSD.

Evelyn Garcia Morales – Trustee District C

Evelyn Garcia Morales was elected to the CCSD Board of Trustees on November 3, 2020 to represent the students, families, and educational community of District C. She is a first-generation American whose parents worked tirelessly and reinforced the long-term value of an education. “¡Échale ganas!” (translated, give it all you’ve got!)  were her mother’s daily reminder, to make the most out of every opportunity.

So she did. Evelyn is a proud graduate from Mojave High School, located in the north part of CCSD’s District C. After high school, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and later a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University in Virginia. She holds certificates from the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy and the Dare to Lead program, based on the research of Dr. Brene Brown.

Evelyn has dedicated her professional career to creating and leading educational opportunities for diverse communities. Early in her career at the YMCA of Southern Nevada, she led outreach programs that provided after school tutoring and drug prevention classes, and managed the Family Resource Center based in District C. Additionally, she spent 11 years managing award-winning national leadership programs for Latino students across the country.

Today, she has the privilege of serving as the Executive Director of the Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas (FFLV), a post-secondary access, and attainment non-profit organization located at Chaparral High School. FFLV’s vision is that all students, regardless of their circumstances, will one day have the opportunity to attend college, graduate, and actively participate in transforming their communities to create a better society. Evelyn has seen this evolution take place in her own life as a first-generation college student which propels her to give back.

Evelyn is an active member of Las Vegas and has continuously advocated for the education of children and adults. She is a founding member of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority,

Inc., UNLV Chapter, an alumnus of the inaugural class of NEW Leadership Nevada, and was selected among 60 leaders to participate in Leadership Las Vegas, Class of 2020.

Evelyn proudly resides in District C with her husband Victor, their son Ezra, and their dog, Spot.

Lisa Guzmán – Trustee District A

As an educator and education advocate, I have supported public education issues since my father had me walk the strike line in Deer Park, New York. I grew up in Stony Brook, New York, went to high school in Gainesville, Georgia, and attended Arizona State University to get away from cold weather. I met my husband of 30 years in Arizona. We have two amazing boys that are now 26 and 20. Our eldest has a degree in political science and English from ASU. Our youngest is pursuing his degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on English as a Second Language at Arizona State University. We have Sun Devil Nation in our home.

My teaching career was in Arizona both in urban and rural districts. My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education with an English as a Second Language emphasis. I have a master’s degree in Educational Technology and Business Leadership. I started advocating for educational issues full time in 2007 when I joined the Arizona Education Association team. I trained educators across the United States in online education when I joined the NEA Member Benefits team in 2013. Now, I advocate for Nevada educators every day. I have been a Henderson resident since I joined the Nevada State Education Association’s team in 2015. I have enjoyed advocating for educators from around the state of Nevada and for the last two years, I worked with the Education Support Professionals in Clark County.

I have confidence that my experience with educators across the county, my education, and my advocacy skills will bring a different perspective to the board. I am certain this is why my community put their trust in me.  I understand the difference between urban and rural schools. As the representative for District A, I want to familiarize myself with all the needs of the students and communities that the Clark County District serves.

Katie Williams – Trustee District B

Katie Williams is a Combat Veteran and Current member of the Nevada Army National Guard. Katie was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1990 and moved to Illinois in 2003 where she graduated High School from Altamont Community High School in 2008.

She joined the Illinois Army National Guard in 2007 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 where she was stationed with Alpha company 634th BSB out of the 33rd Infantry Brigade. Katie returned from Afghanistan and served various positions in the Illinois Army National Guard such as Administration, Joint Operations Center Team Member, and Recruiting and Retention where she first learned to love education.

In 2018, Katie was offered a Master Recruiting position in Las Vegas, Nevada with the Nevada Army National Guard and immediately jumped on this new adventure.

In 2020, Katie was elected to the Clark County School Board for District B in a landslide, bringing an outsider’s voice in education and bringing her military experience to the district.

It is Katie’s hope that we can better serve our students and parents by giving them more opportunities and setting up their path for success, whichever path they choose.