Nevada COVID-19 Task Force, Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation, Communities In Schools, and The Public Education Foundation Launch “Connecting Kids” To Provide All Kids with Equal Access to Virtual Learning
Chair Jim Murren and Elaine Wynn Lead Community Efforts to Close the Technology Gap Among Students Who Currently do not Have Access to the Internet or a Device.
Las Vegas, NV — The Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, The Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation, Communities In Schools Nevada, and The Public Education Foundation have joined forces and announced today the introduction of “Connecting Kids,” a statewide community coalition formed to ensure that all students across the state of Nevada have equal access to virtual learning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
Beginning with the Clark County School District and expanding to all school districts across the state, the community coalition is committed to getting all students online and connected to their school. To achieve this goal and reach all 312,000 students within the district, CCSD has created a brief survey for all families to answer which can be found at www.ccsd.net/survey. Additionally, The Family Support Center through an innovative partnership with Cox Communications and CCSD has been established to connect every qualified CCSD student to the internet, subsidized by CCSD. The Family Support Center can be reached at 888-616-2476 and will have English and Spanish speaking operators available Monday – Saturday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, beginning Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
Services have also been established outside of Clark County to meet this need. Families living in other school districts throughout Nevada are encouraged to contact school administrators or visit ConnectingKidsNV.org to gain additional information regarding how to gain access to virtual learning.
“Every child deserves equal access to virtual learning and as a state it is crucial that we all band together to eliminate the technology gap among students who do not have access to a computer or internet connection,” says Elaine Wynn, President of the Nevada State Board of Education “With the support of every segment of our communities, we can achieve this goal and ensure that every student across the entire state of Nevada is online and connected to their school.”
For those interested in learning more or getting involved in the community coalition, please visit ConnectingKidsNV.org.