The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.
Clark County School District Board of Trustees
What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The CCSD Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.
How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Thursdays) at 5pm at the Edward A. Greer Education Center (Board Room): 2832 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121.
Can community members engage at Trustee Meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Community members can sign up to speak after the agenda has been posted– by calling the Board Office at (702) 799-1072 at least 3 hours before the scheduled meeting, or signing up in-person at the beginning of the meeting. Prior to each agenda item being voted on, speakers can share their perspective after the Board’s discussion and prior to the vote.
Thursday, July 6, 2020
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Special Meeting
What happened at this meeting?
Members of the public submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, and rather an oral summary of each comment was provided to Trustees. Over 300 comments were submitted by members of the public on Clark County School District’s Proposed Reopening Schools Plan. Members of the public expressed concerns related to: childcare, employee safety, mask requirements, special education services, remote learning for ELL students, and adequate access to technology.
Trustees Discussed Details of CCSD 2020-2021 School Year Draft Reopening Plan
CCSD’s Deputy Superintendent and members of the executive team provided a follow-up to the June 25th Trustee Meeting presentation outlining additional information on the plan for reopening CCSD schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
CCSD staff outlined guidance from the Nevada Department of Education, which requires districts to submit reopening plans that assume schools will open under Phase 2 of Nevada’s reopening no less than 20 days before the first day of school. Schools and districts must draft a plan that includes three scenarios: full-time distance education for all students, in person instruction with social distancing protocols, and a hybrid model. Guidance on reopening also stipulates:
- All students must be able to access and participate in distance education.
- Students must be able to reach teachers during instructional days.
- All licensed educators must engage in professional learning.
- Students must still receive access to nutrition services.
- Parents must be provided with weekly updates of the district’s implementation of distance education.
- 50% fire code capacity for any single space, including classrooms
- 50% bus capacity
In response to Trustee and community requests, CCSD staff also outlined several options that were explored for reopening. These options did not meet necessary criteria, and therefore were not incorporated into the plan:
- Half-Day Sessions (Not able to clean between cohorts)
- Students Attend Certain Weeks (Instructional & social-emotional concerns)
- Delayed Start to the School Year (Fails to meet requirements)
- Year Round School (Fails to meet requirements & high cost)
- Quarter-based course (Overly complex)
- Online-only for secondary students (Instructional & social-emotional concerns)
Additional updates and clarity on the plan were provided to trustees. Highlights include:
- Air filters will be replaced before students return to in-person class.
- Classroom desks will be configured for social distancing. Students will be assigned seats in their classrooms in order to limit potential cross-exposure. Student passing periods will be structured to limit interaction on campus.
- Special Populations:
- English Language Learners (ELL), families, and teachers will receive additional supports to ensure students are accessing quality distance learning. Additionally, under the regular school schedule, ELL students had to give up electives or remain after school in order to receive additional instruction. The new schedule of 8 classes per year, or 4 classes per semester, provides space within the school day for ELL students to receive support and participate in electives.
- Students with disabilities will receive differentiated supports based on their needs. Teachers will be provided with professional development and support in delivering specially designed instruction.
- Access to technology:
- A survey to families will be released on July 10th to identify device and internet connectivity needs. Families with an immediate need will be prioritized to receive devices. 87,000 devices are still needed.
- Plans are still in development, however CCSD anticipates that students will be provided meals for days they are not in a school building.
Trustees will vote on the final plan at the July 9th board meeting.
Click here to view the presentation
Click here to read about this in The Nevada Independent
Click here to read about this in The Las Vegas Review-Journal