The wave of suicides among Las Vegas students is prompting schools to reopen as 18 are committing suicide
Schools in Las Vegas reopen to vulnerable students after 18 students committed suicide during the nine months that schools were closed during the Nevada state lockdown.
The increase in student suicides during the last nine months of 2020 has led the Clark County School District Board to vote unanimously to approve the return of some elementary school grades and struggling students for personal learning.
According to Clark County Superintendent Jesus Jara, the youngest student to commit suicide in the county was nine years old.
“ When we started to see kids taking their lives, we knew it wasn’t just the Covid numbers we needed to look at, ” he said. The New York Times.
Las Vegas schools reopen to vulnerable students after 18 students commit suicide during the last nine months of 2020. Pictured: Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara (right) visits teacher Dana Dyer during a Zoom class at Walter Johnson Junior High School in Las Vegas
The increase in student suicides during the last nine months of 2020 has led the Clark County School District Board to vote unanimously to approve the return of some elementary school grades and struggling students for personal learning. Pictured: Dana Dyer teaches online from her empty Las Vegas classroom
“We have to find a way to lay our hands on our children, to see them, to look at them. They need to see some movement, some hope. ‘
Jara says the suicide rate of 18 students in the nine months that schools were closed due to increasing coronavirus cases is double the number recorded in the school district in 2019.
In response, the Clark County School Board has approved small group voluntary learning, allowing schools to begin providing personalized instruction to students who need more support.
But the board did not provide a timeline for the implementation, even if the clients can be expected to submit their location-specific plans for a limited return.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on students’ mental health, and many feel socially isolated as they attend classes remotely.
According to Clark County Superintendent Jesus Jara, the youngest student to commit suicide in the county was nine years old. Pictured: Teacher Kellie Goodall teaches an eighth grade online class of English from her empty Las Vegas classroom
Clark County, which includes the city of Las Vegas, has invested in GoGuardian Beacon’s suicide after last year’s sixth suicide, the paper reports. More than 3,100 reports were made between June and October.
“I can’t get these warnings anymore,” Jara said. ‘I have no more words to say to these families. I believe in God, but I wonder, Am I doing everything I can to open our schools? ‘
“I feel responsible,” Jara said. “They are all my children.”
In response to the high rate of student suicides and the mental health problems of young people in Nevada, charity Hope Means Nevada held a webinar with students across the state on Sunday, reports 8 News Now.
“Just not having physical contact with people is difficult,” said teenager Lauren Edgeworth.
‘I know since two days ago that CCSD canceled all of its sports, so not being able to have our season has a really negative impact on us. I think a lot of the escapes we used to have are just being taken from us. ‘
“We don’t interact socially and feel like we’re missing out on rites of passage – things like prom and homecoming,” said another teen.
Nevada Senator Marilyn Dondero Loop joined the conversation and announced a mental health bill.
Clark County, which includes the city of Las Vegas, has invested in GoGuardian Beacon’s suicide after the sixth suicide of a student last year. Pictured: Teacher Kellie Goodhall (left) introduces Jesus Jara (center) and CCSD School Board Trustee Lola Brooks (right) to students at Zoom in Las Vegas
The legislation would allow students to take time off from school if they were struggling with their mental health.
The percentage of children under the age of 18 attending emergency rooms for mental health problems has risen during the pandemic, according to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
With schools moving towards reopening amid mounting coronavirus cases, Jara claimed that the health and safety of students and staff is a ‘top priority’ as the district continues to face challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Clark County School Board also approved an agreement with the Clark County Education Association that establishes health and safety guidelines for teachers returning to schools on the hybrid learning model.
The agreement states that teachers will participate in mandatory monthly COVID-19 testing, symptom screening, and contact tracking, while the district will provide personal protective equipment.
Nevada continues to face a high number of coronavirus cases and related deaths. It reported 1,101 new cases and ten deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday. The latest figures from Nevada health officials put the state at 271,000 confirmed cases and 4,027 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
People who have suicidal thoughts or urges can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for more information.