LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Clark County School District officials provided new updates on students returning to schools.
Here are the updated timelines:
MARCH 1: Prekindergarten through third grade will return to hybrid.
MARCH 22: Grades six, nine and 12 can return under hybrid model.
APRIL 6: Prekindergarten through grade five can return five days a week face-to-face. Grades seven, eight, 10 and 11 can return to hybrid learning.
Distance education will remain an options for parents should they choose.
COHORT BREAKDOWN IN CCSD
The following is a number breakdown for Pre-K to 3rd Grade students in CCSD and corresponding cohorts:
Cohort A - 21,191 (school Mon-Tues, distance Wed-Fri)
Cohort B - 19,642 (distance Mon-Wed; school Th-Fri)
Cohort C - 51,233 (all virtual learning)
Gov. Steve Sisolak allowed eased restrictions for schools last week, which included loosened capacity for classrooms.
"The Governor's easing of restrictions last week helped ease that process for us," Supt. Jara said.
"We are reviewing that three feet vs. six feet social distancing. When you look at the six feet social distancing at 50% capacity, it doesn't provide you with much more, but with that 75% capacity we will have the ability to bring in more children," Deputy Superintendent Brenda Larson-Mitchell said.
Grades six, nine and 12 return to the hybrid model first so students entering new schools for the first time, and seniors, can be back as soon as possible.
"My goal is we are full in-person instruction when we return to school next year," Jara said.
The announcement comes on the heels of multiple parent and student advocacy groups planning protests this week to ensure students return fully to school in August.
CCSD Supt. Jara also announced a return to sports in the school district.
Here is the updated timeline for spring sports, intramural fall sports and other activities.
SPRING SPORTS: Boys and girls track, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls diving, baseball, softball, boys golf, boys volleyball.
- Practices can begin April 3
- Competition to begin April 16
INTRAMURAL FALL SPORTS
- Football will play April 5 through May 1
May 3 through 22 sports will include boys and girls tennis, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross county and girls volleyball
- Full contact competition will be allowed
- 20 days of practice, culminating in a one-hour intrasquad competition
- Football intramural window is earlier to allow for helmets/pads to be reconditioned in time for the regular season
- Staggered to avoid forcing students to choose just one sport
- These intramural/intrasquad sports will have a 20-day practice/competition window
No spectators will be allowed at any CCSD athletic events. Similar safety protocols to in-person instruction will be followed for athletic performances.
“I missed out on an opportunity with the University of Texas and the University of Hawaii because of the whole COVID thing," said Legacy High School football player Trevor Moser, who won't be able to attend his top college picks due to not playing senior year.
North Las Vegas police on Wednesday said the lack of school sports is causing crime to go up among the city's youth. Carjackings, car burglaries and youth drug overdoses are all on the rise in North Las Vegas, they said.
City manager Ryann Juden emphasized that point:
“If we don’t have kids back in school, and we don’t have them back in the sports field, we’re going to have to build a bigger jail in North Las Vegas. That’s the reality, as police Chief Ojeda said.”
Activities like marching band, drill team and theater will be allowed to do activities and rehearsals. Performances like concerts will have the option of being livestreamed.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.