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Your CCSD Questions Answered: Dr. Jara speaks with 8 News Now on the proposed reopening plan for the schools in the valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara spoke with 8 News NOW via Google Meet Wednesday about the reopening plan recommendations being presented to the Clark County Board of School Trustees Thursday night.

During the interview with 8 News NOW Anchors Brian Loftus and Kirsten Joyce, Dr. Jara was asked about CCSD’s plan for the 2020-21 school year which is a mix of students learning in person and doing distance learning.

The proposed plan options are as followed:

  • Students attend school two days a week and distance learn the other three
  • Only distance learning for the entire week

Dr. Jara said this was he and his team’s best thinking while really following the guidelines from the health district and the governor’s Phase 2 plan for strict social distancing guidelines set in place to protect against COVID-19.

“One of the things that we thought about is how do we bring our kids back at least face-to-face,” Jara said. “A way for us to be able to meet the strict guidelines on social distancing, our classroom space, our transportation is that we were able to look at bringing a cohort of students on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday off, on a Thursday and Friday a second cohort, and obviously providing the choice for online distance education for the five days a week.”

Educators will come back on Aug. 10th to better prepare and continue professional development with distance learning. #8NN #BeInformedVegas pic.twitter.com/PpT4EsSe0d

— 8 News NOW (@8NewsNow) June 25, 2020

When it came to coming up with the plan Dr. Jara said they collaborated and consulted with numerous people and organizations such as principals, the National Superintendent Association’s COVID-19 Task Force, his colleagues, etc. He said they also went through a variety of litmus tests for everyone to be able to poke holes in the plane, because he said he knows it’s going to be heavily scrutinized by everyone.

“Some of our biggest hurdles are transportation and daycare,” Dr. Jara said. However, he said he is meeting with and working with community partners to figure that out.

Dr. Jara said they’re also going to bring in the community to provide more input.

The plan is expected to be approved on July 9. To learn more about CCSD’s proposed plan watch the video of the interview above.