LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Clark County School District Board of Directors discussed dismissing students from class at a meeting Thursday night. In a few weeks, the board of directors could vote to begin a slow transition.
In July, the board decided they wanted to meet certain conditions to return. Of these, there was a positivity rate of 5% or less and a downward trend in cases for 14 days.
Dr Fermin Leguen of the Southern Nevada Health District said those requirements would not be met anytime soon. He said, however, that he would support the board’s decision to return, if they have a plan that includes the capacity change and the implementation of social distancing.
Board members have made it clear that there are no easy answers.
“Would it be safer to keep schools closed or at least partially open? asked an administrator. “I don’t know, I just feel really uncomfortable with all of this. It doesn’t seem like there are a lot of answers, and I really don’t like the answer of just reopening because it’s not going to get any better this year. “
Other administrators pointed out that many other public school districts across the country remain closed, even with positivity rates much lower than Clark County. Many do not plan to reopen for the rest of the year.
As for the CCSD, a vote on a plan that would include in-person instructions is expected to take place at the November 12 meeting.
There is no timetable for a return to class.
It should be noted, however, that two recently published international medical studies show no consistent relationship between in-person K-12 schooling and the spread of COVID-19. A third study conducted in the United States shows no high risk for educators who stay on the job.
Additionally, over 99% of schools across the country that opened two months ago remain open.