pre-opening plan: 
recommendation made to the board in july
There were not enough Trustee votes to approve this plan. An updated "pre-opening plan" will be presented to the board at an upcoming meeting. If you have ideas to reopen equitably and safely, fill out the community planning form.

At the Board Meeting on June 25th, CCSD Trustees were presented with a proposed plan for reopening schools in the fall. Thousands of community members weighed in on their thoughts about the model and it was clear that the current plan to reopen schools does not benefit the majority of our students, staff, and families - and there are great ideas for improvement.

Since calling out for community support, over 650 thoughtful responses have been submitted and provided multiple ideas on how the 2020-2021 school year could be reconsidered. 

CCSD has until July 14th to submit a plan to the Nevada Department of Education. The board is discussing the reopening plan on July 6th and is expected to vote on a plan on July 9th.

Due to time constraints we are providing responses that can be applied to improve the current proposed plan. Possible modifications were formed collaboratively, represent the diverse Clark County community, and would support the ongoing effort to reopen schools safely. The following recommendations are separated in a way that they could easily be picked through and added to the current plan.

Community teams are continuing to research, work through details, and create brand new plans in the event the proposed plan is not approved. We will be closely monitoring the reopening of Clark County schools, providing more recommendations, and are available on request to help the Superintendent and CCSD staff to safely reopen in the best possible ways for the community.
reopening plan triage: 
recommendations to modify "the a/b/c cohort" plan

Distance Education/Expanding Homeschool Options

● Make Cohort C distance learning only and separate from Cohort A and Cohort B. 

● Teachers providing distance education entirely should not be required to work from the school site. Teachers who are in high-risk categories should be provided placement in Cohort C, and they should be given the option to work at the school site or at another location with adequate wifi capabilities.

● Distance education is a full education plan. Options should be provided for self-paced virtual learning as well as plans with real-time instruction. Regardless of the format, for both instructional and socio-emotional reasons, daily interaction between students and teachers is required, whether by video chat, written conversation threads, or work turned in daily.

● Allow for parents to access online homeschool programs while remaining enrolled at their school site, allowing schools to maintain their enrollment and students to remain engaged with their CCSD campus. Many parents have said they plan to un-enroll their children from CCSD. Even before COVID-19, multiple districts have implemented "online home school" programs to increase options for students and families.

● Create a position such as “homeschool advisor” to support parents and students who choose this option.

● Accountability at every level for ensuring that ELLs and Special Education students’ instruction is appropriately structured for their learning needs. 

● ELL students need opportunities for discourse, so all distance education platforms should support students’ development of language skills and afford small group breakout session capacity.  
In-person Education 

● Self-contained special education students should receive priority and have the option to come back full-time:​ We know that some special education students cannot fully participate in virtual instruction, and that their class sizes fall under the limit of 18 students per classroom to accommodate social distancing. Some special education classes would need to be moved to larger spaces such as libraries or multipurpose rooms. 

● Bring back our most vulnerable students first: We know that virtual instruction is more difficult for younger students, especially students learning to read, and they require more child care than older students. CCSD should examine bringing back students in kindergarten through third grade first, while providing quality virtual instruction to older students. 

● Do not hold classes in portables: ​We know that air circulation in portables is already poor.

● Allow schools to make modifications to support their community, with central administration approval: ​For example, some elementary schools already have classrooms with 18 students or less and therefore could run full-time school five days a week as long as they meet the requirements for Phase 2. Busing was a huge consideration in creating the proposed reopening plan, Superintendent Jara has said, but some schools only have students who walk to school. All schools should be able to propose modifications to the reopening plan to best serve their community as long as they are approved by the central office to ensure safety for students and educators, and compliance with state social distancing regulations. More scheduling autonomy should be given to our smaller schools, as well. 
Scheduling Options 

● If possible, consider half-day sessions, five days a week:​ Many districts are offering five half-day sessions for students to reduce class sizes and allow for social distancing while giving students more access to classroom instruction. 

● If possible, consider alternate week long sessions:​ Other districts are considering providing full-day instruction to students in two cohorts, with one cohort attending one week and the other cohort attending on alternate weeks. This also reduces class sizes to allow for social distancing while increasing classroom instruction time.
Ideas for Consideration

● Teacher consistency for students:​ Some parents suggested that all elementary students stay with their teacher from last year, whenever possible, because they have an established relationship with that teacher. This could also be utilized in middle and high school, when possible.

● Keep cohorts of students together when they are in school and have teachers rotate between classrooms to minimize movement and contact between students: This is obviously more difficult in middle and high school, and would limit course options for older students, but could be examined and would significantly decrease the number of people students are in contact with while at school.

next steps:
1. Read through these recommended options to modify the current plan and discuss with your family, friends, and colleagues. 

2. Fill out this form to share your opinion about how we should reopen schools safely.

3. Send your thoughts and recommendations to the Superintendent and Trustees.
      Deanna Wright (A)
      Chris Garvey (B)
      Linda Young (C)
      Irene Cepeda (D)
      Lola Brooks (E)
      Danielle Ford (F)
      Linda Cavasos (G)

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Right now, it's more important than ever for our community to come together to create reopening plans that meet the unique needs of Clark County students, support the economy, and prioritize the health and safety of each and every person.

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