New CCSD policy aims to combat sexual misconduct Policy pulled from agenda due to public feedback

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Earlier this year, Clark County School District officials drafted a policy that would restrict communication between students and CCSD employees. However, negative feedback from the public has prodded CCSD to pull the policy from the agenda.

“The policy will be back in September,” Trustee Carolyn Edwards said. “We are currently discussing with the state legislative council bureau and waiting for clarification on how strictly they intended for these laws to be interpreted so that we can make the proper modifications.”

Intending to protect minors from sexual misconduct, part of the policy would prohibit messages between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless an emergency or urgent situation calls for it.

“I feel like it’s impossible to think that any teacher that advises or even coaches for that matter couldn’t communicate with students without the use of an application,” National Honors Society adviser Laura Penrod said. “I understand the problem with texting, but I do feel that there are applications that will log the activities that show the communication between students and teachers. I’m hoping they would keep applications like Crew and Remind that will at least help us still communicate with students.”

Under this policy, education-related group chats for classes and clubs like Journalism and Video Production would need to use CCSD approved platforms, which are still currently being reviewed by the Chief Technology Officer.

“In Video Production, this policy would make it especially harder to communicate with each other to make sure our daily deadlines are met,” senior Francisco Reyes said. “If this policy actually sees light, we may face troubles with productivity.”

This policy also incorporates the Nevada’s new state law (SB287) that requires any volunteer who “is likely to have unsupervised or regular contact with pupils” to undergo background checks. Regular school volunteers would need to file an application and pay a $60 fee for a background check every five years before they are allowed to participate in any CCSD related activities like school dances or helping at the library.

“This rule would affect Key Club negatively in the future because it is already difficult enough as it is to get chaperones for events like RTC,” junior Izabella Guiao said. “Some parents or guardians may not be willing to pay that much.”

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