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Student Performers Find New Audiences

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Plays, musicals and other performing arts activities have been canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but CCSD students have found new audiences for their talents through social media.

There have been plenty of cover versions over the decades of Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” – including renditions by Bruce Springsteen, ZZ Top, The Killers and many others.

Click here to watch and listen to a Spring Valley High School student’s impressive take on this classic … using the violin.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the coronavirus pandemic didn’t prevent the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Virtual Wind Symphony from performing recently.

Click here to learn more and watch the performance.

Theatre Teacher Gary Sessa posted a Bonanza High School assembly performance (filmed prior to school closure) from the musical “Mamma Mia.” Click here to watch the performance.

Post your own videos and tag CCSD social media channels!

Read and Share Your Favorite Book: #CCSDReads

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Clark County School District is calling on members of our community to help students continue to engage in learning by reading their favorite book — and uploading a video of them doing so using the hashtag #CCSDReads.

The response to Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara’s call to action has been tremendous. If you haven’t already shared a video of yourself reading a cherished book, we invite you to do so.

Here are just a handful of the uplifting videos posted so far from those in our CCSD family and friends in the community …

Casey Juliano, librarian at Nate Mack Elementary School, brings to life the story of “Bedtime for Batman” in a live-action rendition:

Eric Nepomuceno, senior associate athletics director of compliance at UNLV, entertains us by reading “Dan, the Taxi Man” with his sons Lucas, Aaron and Nolan:

Brianna Cotter, biology teacher at Sierra Vista High School, reads “The Value of Believing in Yourself: The Story of Louis Pasteur”:

Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear reads “Clarence and the Purple Horse Bounce into Town”:

Marta Meana, acting UNLV president, offers us her choice — “The Bossy Gallito / El gallo de bodas” — in Spanish!

UPDATE: CCSD School Closures Extended to April 30

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All CCSD schools will remain closed through April 30. 


Click here to view updates from Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara and information regarding coronavirus.

Click here for information regarding food distribution sites.

Click here for Student Learning Extension Opportunities.

Click here for information regarding Vegas PBS resources.

Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions regarding coronavirus and the CCSD community.

Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions regarding school closures and CCSD employees.

Food Distribution Information

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) will continue providing breakfast and lunch to students during the closure of our schools. Student food distribution pods will be set up at 28 school locations throughout the district from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Parents can also pick up academic resources in the near future at these sites.

In order to comply with federal regulations, a school-age child must be present for food to be distributed. A school ID card is not required. The pickup location will be set up outside of the school sites to facilitate distribution. Food distribution locations and times are being updated online at

Parents can also pick up academic resources at CCSD food distribution sites.

Additionally, CCSD will be working with our government and community partners to set up food distribution options to ensure our students have access to additional food.

Click here for a list of CCSD food distribution sites


El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark (CCSD) continuará brindando desayuno y almuerzo a los estudiantes durante el cierre de nuestras escuelas.

Los grupos de distribución de alimentos para estudiantes se instalarán en 28 ubicaciones escolares en todo el distrito de 8 a.m. a 11 a.m. Los padres también pueden recoger recursos académicos en estos sitios.

Para cumplir con las regulaciones federales, un niño en edad escolar debe estar presente para que se distribuyan los alimentos. No se requiere una tarjeta de identificación escolar. La ubicación de recogida se establecerá fuera de los sitios escolares para facilitar la distribución.

Los lugares y horarios de distribución de alimentos se actualizan en línea en

Click here for a list of CCSD food sitios de distribución

Army Oath of Enlistment to CCSD Recruits from Space

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Veterans Tribute Career & Technical Academy (VTCTA) hosted a U.S Army nationwide live oath of enlistment ceremony from space on Feb. 26.

Col. Andrew Morgan, NASA astronaut and U.S. Army soldier, administered the oath from the International Space Station to more than 900 future soldiers who participate at 130 locations across the country.

VTCTA was chosen to host this event for the Las Vegas Valley due to their strong commitment to the U.S Military. There were roughly 100 future soldiers from our community participating in this national event and two recruits, Fabiana Montino-Villegas and Diana Pacheco, seniors at VTCTA.

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command collaborated with NASA and the Space Center in Houston, Texas to host the first national event.

CCSD Student Receives Prudential Spirit of Community Award

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Thurman White Academy of the Performing Arts 8th grade student, Abigail Panariso was chosen as the nation’s Prudential Spirit of Community Award winner.

Abigail is a member of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada and donated more than $1,300 last year to buy eight new wheelchairs for veterans traveling on free “honor flights” to Washington, D.C., organized a letter-writing campaign that produced more than 500 letters thanking them for their service, and recruited hundreds of people to welcome them back home after their trip. When Abigail’s grandfather returned home from serving in Vietnam, he did not receive the warm welcome that greeted previous generations of soldiers. “It was the opposite,” said Abigail. “This inspired me and I knew I had to do something to show our veterans how we haven’t forgotten and that they are very much respected and appreciated.”

As a volunteer for Honor Flight of Southern Nevada for four years, Abigail had noticed how the wheelchairs used for transporting elderly veterans in the nation’s capital were breaking and were very heavy. So with $1,250 she had earned from selling Girl Scout cookies, along with donations from friends, she purchased eight lightweight all-terrain wheelchairs. Then she asked teachers at her school for help in getting students to write appreciation letters for the veterans. The most difficult part of her project, Abigail said, was rounding up people to be at the airport when the veterans’ plane landed. Swallowing her fear of public speaking, she made appeals at her school and church, at Boy and Girl Scout gatherings, and at a local congresswoman’s town hall meeting. When the day of the return flight arrived, the veterans disembarked to the cheers and applause of hundreds.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 25th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Each of the 102 State Honorees will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2020.

Read about all of the State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists here.

Southern Nevada Health District Recommendations

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March 6, 2020

District wide parent letter:


I know that many of you are concerned regarding the recent developments on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. Let me reassure you that the district continues to work closely with a coalition of partners, including the Office of the Governor, Clark County Government, the Southern Nevada Health District, and other agencies on a cohesive community response to protect the health and well-being of our students and staff.

As mentioned in previous messages, at this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus within CCSD. However, we are taking additional precautions to ensure our schools are clean and disinfected regularly in order for our buildings to remain conducive to learning. On Monday, March 9, we will provide additional cleaning to all schools in an abundance of caution. It is important to note that Monday was designated as a pre-planned day off for students and teachers, and has been on the CCSD master calendar for months.

I ask that you help CCSD in preventing the spread of germs by reminding children of everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

A few things you can do at home to prevent the spread of germs include disinfecting surfaces that your child touches often such as their backpacks, doorknobs, and light switches.

As always, we ask that you keep your child at home from school if they may be sick. Please reassure your children and keep them positive as they may be worried about current events. Keep them energized about learning and excited about attending school as we begin the 4th quarter.

Additionally, as mentioned yesterday, I have made the difficult decision to cancel all out-of-state and international student travel until further notice. Please know that the decision did not come lightly. It was made not only to safeguard the students who were scheduled to travel, but also to protect their fellow classmates who were staying in-state. I know that there are concerns related to the financial impact of cancelling field trips. Please know that my team is working with individual schools on a case-by-case basis to determine what options may be possible. We will continue evaluating travel and informing you on any developments.

Please know that CCSD is collaborating with the Southern Nevada Health District on a regular basis. The health district has activated an information phone line for those who may have questions about coronavirus. Currently, the phone line is staffed Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be reached by calling (702) 759-INFO (4636).

As superintendent, I am committed to keeping our parents and staff informed. The district will continue to provide updates to parents via ParentLink and by email for staff. Additionally, information related to coronavirus will continue to be posted online at

We are all learning how to respond to the spread of this virus. Thank you for your patience and continued support for CCSD.

Dr. Jesus F. Jara




Sé que muchos de ustedes están preocupados por los recientes acontecimientos en la propagación del coronavirus COVID-19. Permítanme asegurarles que el distrito continúa trabajando en estrecha colaboración con una coalición de socios, incluyendo la Oficina del Gobernador, el Gobierno del Condado de Clark, el Distrito de Salud del Sur de Nevada y otras agencias para tener una respuesta comunitaria coherente para proteger la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y personal.

Como se mencionó en mensajes anteriores, en este momento, no hay casos confirmados de coronavirus dentro de CCSD. Sin embargo, estamos tomando precauciones adicionales para asegurar que nuestras escuelas estén limpias y desinfectadas regularmente para que nuestros edificios sigan siendo propicios para el aprendizaje. El lunes 9 de marzo proporcionaremos limpieza adicional a todas las escuelas como una precaución adicional. Es importante tener en cuenta que el lunes fue designado como un día libre planificado previamente para estudiantes y maestros, y ha estado en el calendario maestro de CCSD durante meses.

Les pido que ayuden a CCSD a prevenir la propagación de gérmenes recordándoles a los niños las acciones cotidianas para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de virus respiratorios:

  • Lávese las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón durante 20 segundos como mínimo. Si no hay agua y jabón disponibles, use un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol.
  • Evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca.
  • Cubra la tos y estornude utilizando un pañuelo de papel, luego bote el pañuelo a la basura.

Algunas cosas que pueden hacer en casa para prevenir la propagación de gérmenes incluyen el desinfectar las superficies que sus hijos tocan con frecuencia, como sus mochilas, perillas de las puertas e interruptores de luz.

Como siempre, les pedimos que mantengan a su hijo en casa fuera de la escuela si puede estar enfermo. Tranquilice a sus hijos y manténgalos con ánimo positivo ya que pueden estar preocupados por los acontecimientos actuales. Manténgalos animados sobre el aprendizaje y entusiasmados por asistir a la escuela al comenzar el cuarto trimestre.

Además, como se mencionó ayer, tomé la difícil decisión de cancelar todos los viajes fuera del estado e internacionales para estudiantes hasta nuevo aviso. Tengan en cuenta que la decisión no llegó a la ligera. Se tomó esta decisión no solo para proteger a los estudiantes que tenían programado viajar, sino también para proteger a sus compañeros de clase que se quedaban en el estado. Sé que existen preocupaciones relacionadas con el impacto financiero de cancelar las excursiones. Tengan en cuenta que mi equipo está trabajando con escuelas individuales caso por caso para determinar qué opciones pueden estar disponibles. Continuaremos evaluando viajes e informándole sobre cualquier novedad.

Tenga en cuenta que CCSD está colaborando regularmente con el Distrito de Salud del Sur de Nevada. El distrito de salud ha activado una línea telefónica de información para aquellos que puedan tener preguntas sobre el coronavirus. Actualmente, la línea telefónica cuenta con personal de lunes a viernes de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. y puede comunicarse llamando al (702) 759-INFO (4636).

Como superintendente estoy comprometido a mantener informados a nuestros padres y al personal. El distrito continuará proporcionando actualizaciones a los padres a través de ParentLink y por correo electrónico para el personal. Además, la información relacionada con el coronavirus continuará publicándose en línea en

Todos estamos aprendiendo cómo responder a la propagación de este virus. Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo continuo para CCSD.

Dr. Jesús F. Jara


March 5, 2020 5:10 p.m.

District wide parent message:

This is the Clark County School District:

Safety is our number one priority. Due to the recent developments on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Clark County School District is cancelling all out-of-state and international student travel effective immediately and until further notice.

District leadership will work with individual schools to determine potential options for rescheduling.


Este es un mensaje del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark.

La seguridad es nuestra primera prioridad. Debido a los recientes acontecimientos sobre la difusión del virus COVID-19, y actuando con extrema precaución, el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark está cancelando todos los viajes para estudiantes fuera del estado y del país de manera inmediata y hasta previo aviso.

Los líderes del Distrito trabajarán con las escuelas individualmente para determinar opciones para potencialmente agendar otra vez los viajes.



March 5, 2020

District wide parent message:

This is a message from the Clark County School District.

We are aware that there has been a single presumptive positive coronavirus case identified in Clark County. According to the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), the individual is a male in his 50’s who is hospitalized and in airborne isolation.

At this moment, there are no confirmed cases within CCSD. Any individuals who may have been in contact with the identified presumptive case are under monitoring by health authorities. While the first presumptive case of novel coronavirus is concerning, it is important to remember that most Nevada residents are at low risk of contracting COVID-19 at this time.

The school district is in continued contact with SNHD. When we receive up to date information, we will be sharing that information with parents and staff via Additionally, we will periodically send out messaging via Parentlink as needed.

Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through everyday health practices, such as washing hands constantly, is the best way to keep people healthy.

As stated in past communication, CCSD’s emergency operations includes a response plan in the event schools are impacted.

This is all the information we have at this time.


Este es un mensaje del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark.

Somos conscientes de que se ha identificado un solo caso de presunto coronavirus positivo en el condado de Clark. Según el Distrito de Salud del Sur de Nevada (SNHD), el individuo es un hombre de unos 50 años que está hospitalizado y en aislamiento aéreo.

En este momento, no hay casos confirmados dentro de CCSD. Cualquier persona que pueda haber estado en contacto con el presunto caso identificado está bajo supervisión de las autoridades sanitarias. Si bien el primer caso presuntivo de nuevo coronavirus es preocupante, es importante recordar que la mayoría de los residentes de Nevada tienen bajo riesgo de contraer COVID-19 en este momento.

El distrito escolar está en contacto continuo con SNHD. Cuando recibamos información actualizada, compartiremos esa información con los padres y el personal a través de . Además, periódicamente enviaremos mensajes a través de Parentlink según sea necesario.

La mejor manera de mantener a las personas saludables es detener la transmisión (propagación) del virus a través de prácticas de salud cotidianas, como lavarse las manos constantemente.

Como se indicó en comunicaciones anteriores, las operaciones de emergencia de CCSD incluyen un plan de respuesta en caso de que las escuelas se vean afectadas.

Esta es toda la información que tenemos en este momento.

To learn more novel coronavirus, visit To view the community flyer, click here.

Feb. 27, 2020

District wide parent message:

Although there are no known cases of the coronavirus in Clark County, the Clark County School District (CCSD) has collaborated with the Southern Nevada Health District to provide the attached community flyer. CCSD’s emergency operations plan also includes a response plan in the event schools are impacted.

As we always do, with any illness, we ask parents not to send students to school if they may be sick. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of students and staff.

CCSD uses cleaning products year-round that are suitable for disinfecting and wiping down all common areas to stop the spread of germs. Additionally, the Southern Nevada Health District conducts regular emergency exercises with both its public and private response partners. It is currently flu and respiratory season and the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and CDC recommend individuals get a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking antivirals if prescribed.

Additional recommendations from the SNHD include:

·        Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

·        If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

·        Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

·        Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

·        Covering your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

·        Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Additional information and updates are available on the SNHD website at

CCSD continues to work with the Southern Nevada Health District. The health district has activated an information phone line for those who may have questions about coronavirus. Currently, the phone line is staffed Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be reached by calling (702) 759-INFO (4636).