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17 Sep Connecting Kids Nevada advances forward in reaching students

The Connecting Kids Nevada campaign has made great strides in getting devices and internet connectivity for students of the Clark County School District (CCSD).

Here is the latest breakdown on the progress that has been made as of Nov. 15:

  • 314,360 of CCSD’s 314,584 students (99%) have been reached regarding their technology needs (compared to 66% of students who had been contacted as of Aug. 10)

o   Distance to go: 1%

  • 311,230 CCSD students are connected to the internet (compared to 285,981 students who had connectivity as of Sept. 15)

o   Distance to go: 1%

  • 312,631 CCSD students are either connected to a personal device or a CCSD-issued device (compared to 288,654 students who had devices as of Sept. 15)

o   Distance to go: 1%

The list has been whittled down so significantly, in part due to a recent door-to-door effort to knock on the doors of students who might not have reliable connectivity, that a new phase of the campaign is underway. Now CCSD officials and members of Connecting Kids Nevada will take a closer look at the names of those students they haven’t yet reached and see if those students are making progress in school. If these students are doing well academically, then they likely have a device and are connected to the internet during distance education – it’s just that CCSD and Connecting Kids Nevada have not been able to reach them based on their most recent contact info.

Once it is determined that these students, in fact, are almost certainly connected, then there will be an even greater focus on those remaining students who haven’t been contacted.

It was just three short months ago that the Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief, and Recovery Task Force, in coordination with CCSD and community partners, launched a statewide initiative to connect students with internet service and devices as the District initiated full-time distance education.

CCSD is thankful for the innovative work and dedication of the statewide task force, led by Chairman Jim Murren, Nevada State Board of Education President Elaine Wynn and the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation, The Public Education Foundation, Communities in Schools, and all of the community partners of the Connecting Kids Nevada initiative. Local municipalities, including Clark County and the cities of North Las Vegas and Las Vegas, have also contributed by providing staff members to knock on doors of students who might not have reliable connectivity.  

Click here to see the community partners.