Although Clark County School District surveys of parents, students, and staff favored a full-time school schedule, the district revealed a plan consisting of in-person learning two days a week and virtual learning the remaining three days. If needed, some students may opt for virtual learning full time.
Superintendent Jesus Jara understands the criticism that has been posted on social media and in public comments. At the same time, a plan must be proposed to the Nevada Department of Education by July 13 while the state remains in Phase 2 of reopening. That being said, there is little room for the school district to make decisions outside of the current guidelines for health and safety. Social-distancing requirements mean that only 18 students can be in a classroom at a given time, making a full return to school extremely challenging.
One of the biggest obstacles of this type of education lies with parents’ ability to care for their children when children are home for three extra days of the week. Board President Lola Brooks commented on this hardship.
“That’s just the economic reality of our life in America,” she said. “There has to be some kind of solution. We’re going to need to work on that.”
Another concern is the budget for education in Nevada, although it is still unclear how the economic impacts will affect the 2020-2021 school year. A special legislative session regarding the states reduced revenue due to closures will not occur until next month.
The proposed plan gives teachers and administrators a 10 day period for “development” starting Aug. 10 with school resuming Aug. 24