CCSD teachers getting retention bonuses amid Covid-19 spike

District began a 5-day pause in classes on Friday
A look down a dimly lit hallway of school lockers
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Las Vegas, NV (AP) – The Clark County School District is responding to staffing shortages by offering retention bonuses of up to $2,000 for full-time employees who remain at work during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Clark County School District board members also were briefed Thursday about a “test to stay” program that administrators plan to implement next Wednesday. That’s when in-person classes resume after a five-day “pause” that has schools closed Friday and Tuesday to bracket the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Of CCSD’s nearly 19,000 licensed staff members, about 11.4% were absent at one point last week, or more than 2,100.

Other Nevada school districts have also seen their calendar disrupted by virus surges

In Reno, a high school became the first to shut its doors Friday and temporarily return to distance learning.

Hug High planned to resume in-person learning on Tuesday, but district officials warned remote teaching may have to be implemented at other schools on a spot basis if hundreds of teachers continue to call out sick. More than 350 teachers were absent at one point this week.

In Carson City, administrators cancelled school Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with plans to resume classes on Tuesday.