CARSON CITY, NV - January 11, 2022
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak issued the following statement in response to the announcement from the Clark County School District regarding a two-day break from in-person learning.
The district will hold a virtual professional development day for staff on Friday and use a contingency day on Tuesday. Monday is a scheduled day off in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Schools will open on time, as scheduled Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
“I know many parents and families will be disappointed with the Clark County School District’s decision. Let me be clear, I am absolutely committed to keeping schools open for in-person learning and keeping our students, educators and staff safe.
There is no substitute for having kids on our campuses, learning in classrooms with their teachers and peers. And I will use every resource I have as Governor of the State of Nevada to keep schools open for in-person learning. I know the School District leadership shares this same goal.
Sadly, we are still dealing with the realities of a global pandemic. But 2022 will not be 2020. We now have the tools, the knowledge, and the resources to keep schools open safely and effectively. There is no going back.
I hope this long weekend will allow staff, students, and our hardworking educators to get healthy so they can return to work ready to provide high-quality instruction for our children. That’s what our educators do best, and that’s what our students and families deserve.
I expect that CCSD leadership will continue to meet and make plans to ensure our students do not fall further behind academically and to make sure schools have and use the tools they need to continue uninterrupted in-person learning going forward. I will be monitoring the situation closely and will assist or intervene whenever necessary and wherever possible.
Finally, I cannot stress the importance of getting vaccinated and boosted enough to those who are eligible. Vaccines provide incredible protection against severe cases of COVID-19, hospitalization, and death. To those who have not yet done so, I hope this window of time will provide the opportunity to visit a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Clinics are up and running across the State and can be found at NVCOVIDFighter.org.
To all those in our communities who have already gotten their vaccine, their boosters and continue to wear their masks, thank you. When we all do our part, we help protect ourselves, our families, our friends, our communities, our economies and our schools.”