More than 300,000 students in the Clark County School District are returning to class on Monday for a new school year.
The return to school buildings comes as the number of COVID-19 cases rises, spurred by the more contagious delta variant.
In a message to parents last week, the nation’s fifth largest school district said it was “committed to opening schools for all students in the safest way possible for in-person learning for the year. school 2021-2022 “.
The district did not respond to a request for comment before Friday’s deadline on reopening the school.
This is the first time since March 2020 that students of all grade levels will be offered full-time in-person instruction. After about a year of distance learning, the school buildings reopened in three waves in the spring.
As of Aug. 2, the school district had 293,670 students enrolled for this school year, up 39,414 from the same time last year, according to information provided by the district on Friday. But the official number of registrations should be even higher.
“Enrollment figures are only available after the first day of school,” the district said in a statement.
Student enrollment is the highest in at least five years, according to school district data.
Here are eight things to know about this school year:
All students and employees are required to wear a face mask indoors and on school buses, except those with a health or developmental condition that does not allow a mask to be worn.
If a parent requests an exemption for their student, an individualized education program or a Section 504 housing plan meeting should be held “to determine if the face mask exemption is appropriate,” the district said. in a message to parents last week.
In addition to in-person classes, 12 schools in the district offer a full-time distance learning option.
Additionally, the school district’s online school, Nevada Learning Academy at CCSD, is seeing exponential growth in enrollment, according to a Tuesday post from Principal Michael Martin on the school’s website.
School enrollment has increased every day since early July, Martin said.
“We are working extremely hard to process over 2,500 new registration requests in the past 10 days,” he said.
In the message, he said all enrollment requests would not be processed until the start of the school year on Monday.
Unlike previous years, the school does not use an application process and is open to all students in the school district, Martin said.
The school does not have a waiting list and applications will continue to be accepted throughout the school year.
In total, about 1.5% of the district’s students – 3,742 – are enrolled in distance education, the district said.
A new school year will also bring new buildings. Two campuses – Gunderson Middle School in the Mountain’s Edge community and Brown Elementary School in Henderson – will open Monday.
Several replacement school projects have also been completed, meaning aging school buildings have been replaced with new facilities on existing campuses. These include Hoggard, Tate, Harris, Ferron and Sandy Valley Elementary Schools.
As part of the district reopening plan, the capacity limits in school buildings return to the maximum allowed by the fire code. But district officials said social distancing will continue.
The district’s reopening plan says it recommends, where possible, a social distancing of 6 feet in cafeterias, function rooms, auditoriums and “other large common spaces.”
When students can only practice 3 feet apart, they will be seated with their peers throughout the teaching day “to limit additional student exposure,” the plan says.
As in the spring, schools will have sick rooms – which are supposed to be away from the school’s main health unit – for students who show possible symptoms of COVID-19, according to the district’s reopening plan.
All students in the district will receive a mobile computing device. Subsidized Internet access assistance will be available to families who meet the eligibility criteria.
All students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch this school year due to a derogation from the Ministry of Agriculture.
There will be approximately 10 sites where students participating in distance education can have their meals shortly after leaving school on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The district has yet to publicly announce any sites, but more information will be available at ccsd.nutrislice.com.
As of July 21, the district had 612 unfilled classroom teaching positions, according to information obtained by the Review-Journal in connection with a request for public documents.
Of these positions, the largest number of vacancies – 240 – were for primary school, followed by 173 for special education and 77 for mathematics.
The number of vacancies is down slightly compared to the same week of the previous two years. The district had 662 vacant classroom teaching positions on July 20, 2020 and 626 on July 22, 2019.
Contact Julie Wootton-Greener at [email protected] or 702-387-2921. Follow @julieswootton on Twitter.