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Pandemic Suicides Push School System to Reopen
관리자 2021-02-15 오후 2:31:06 104

Pandemic Suicides Push School System to Reopen



A Nevada school system may soon fast-track reopening for in-class learning amid a spike in suicides during pandemic closures. 

Per the New York Times, the Clark County school district intends to bring some elementary age students back to the classroom, as well as "groups of struggling students" after a rise in suicides coinciding with Covid lockdowns.

Between March, when schools first shuttered, and December, 18 students in the sprawling district that encompasses Las Vegas had reportedly taken their own lives. 

The Las Vegas Sun reported in November that more students were lost to suicide in the first semester of this school year than in the entire school year previous. 

"We are not only in the midst of a health crisis, but we are being challenged with a mental health crisis and an academic crisis," Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara said at the time.

Complicating a response to the suicides is a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Nevada, where 1,200 new cases and 47 additional deaths over the preceding day were reported Thursday. 

Though the state may be coming off a post-holiday spike, the numbers remain high. 

As part of a plan proposed in November to transition to a hybrid instructional model, the Clark County school board this month voted unanimously to approve Jara's recommendation that schools invite individual or small groups of students back to campus on a voluntary basis to participate in social-emotional wellness support and intervention as well as academic screenings, interventions and small-group instruction. 

"I believe that the plan proposed provides the first steps in returning our students and educators to the classroom," Jara said in the statement. 

QUESTIONS:
1) Explain how the increasing suicide cases are to affect the reopening of the in-class learning in the Clark County school district?

2) Break down the COVID-19 cases and suicides in Nevada.

3) How was the proposed hybrid instructional model welcomed as the alternative?

4) Do you find the in-class learning an effective solution to the worsening mental health woes of many students? Why or why not?

5) In your opinion, will the hybrid educational method be better than a single approach? Justify your answer. 

VOCABULARY/EXPRESSION:
fast-track - to speed up the progress of (a project or person) 

 


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