Las Vegas parents turning to private schools to get kids back in classroom

Jul 20, 2020 by

As her 6-year-old son, Bryce, prepares to enter the first grade, Jennifer Shomshor is worried he is going to immediately fall behind if he can’t attend school five days a week.

With the coronavirus surging in Nevada, public schools in Clark County are looking at offering live classroom instruction two days a week and online “distance learning” the other three days.

“To even suggest that distance learning or any version of distance learning is effective, especially for small children or children with special needs, is shortsighted,” Shomshor said.

So her family decided to tap into their savings to send Bryce to a private school where he will be in the classroom every day.

“It’s going to take every last penny that we have,” said Shomshor, who isn’t the only parent willing to pay the price.

A number of private schools are reporting an upswing in enrollment as parents seek to get their children back into a more normal classroom setting.

“Our phone’s been ringing off the hook,” said Matt Boland, director of marketing, at the Adelson Educational Campus, a private Jewish school that offers classes from preschool through 12th grade.

Adelson is opening Aug. 12, nearly two weeks before the public schools, and is offering five days a week of in-person instruction.

Tuition ranges from $18,000 to $24,000 a year. But, as Boland pointed out, “you get what you pay for sometimes.”

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Adelson, which is capped at 450 students, plans to open safely and is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. That includes proper social distancing and face masks for students and staff, Boland said.

“To even suggest that distance learning or any version of distance learning is effective, especially for small children or children with special needs, is shortsighted.”

Source: Las Vegas parents turning to private schools to get kids back in classroom – Las Vegas Sun Newspaper

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