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Clark County (Nev.) district boosts distance learning numbers

May 8, 2020
For the week of April 27, the district reached about 240,000 of its 325,000 students—an increase of 30,000 from the previous week.

The Clark County (Nev.) School District improved its distance learning attendance numbers for the week of April 20—about 30,000 more students reached by teachers than the week prior.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the school board was told Thursday night that the district reached 241,555 of its 325,081 students during the week of April 20.

Another 9,376 students were not able to access distance learning because they lacked a computer or transportation to packet distribution sites.

For the week of April 13, the first week that the district tracked two-way contact between teachers and students, it reached 211,438 students, with 11,451 reporting documented exemptions.

[FROM APRIL: More than 100,000 students in Clark County (Nev.) district miss out on distance learning]

School buildings in Clark County, the nation's fifth-largest public district, are closed for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Deputy Superintendent Brenda Larsen-Mitchell told board members that the district will send out messages to students with documented exemptions to inform them that devices are available for them to pick up.

The district has given out about 85,000 Chromebooks to date, and has 157,000 more awaiting deployment.

Attendance officers and social workers going door-to-door to find absent students reached 1,280 students out of 2,362 targeted for the initiative, with many reporting incorrect contact information or lost login information, according to Mike Barton, the district’s chief college, career and equity officer.

Superintendent Jesus Jara says it’s unlikely schools will be allowed to have graduation ceremonies in May without approval from Gov. Steve Sisolak.

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