Dr. Jara returns to duty and discusses employee vaccination mandate with Clark County Education Association

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara returned to his post after formalizing his intention to remain in the district on Friday.

One of the first items on Monday’s agenda included discussing the mandate to vaccinate employees against COVID-19.

It has been three months since the school board granted Dr. Jara the capacity to develop the terms of reference.

The Clark County Education Association (CCEA) hopes the district is ready to get back on track.

John Vellardita is the executive director of CCEA and tells 8 News Now that the vaccine mandate is complex and not a black and white problem.

“This has all been put on hold, in large part because what we’ve seen unfold. Again, it’s the political chicanery of this school board,” he said. “We would hate to see a policy that forces educators to make career decisions at a time when there are 800 vacancies.”

The vaccine mandate would affect more than 40,000 employees. However, with 305,000 students back in class, Vellardita says discussions shouldn’t just focus on workers, but also on students.

“I think it’s incumbent on leadership to address this issue. This is clearly going to affect what we sit down and negotiate at the table. Okay, we don’t tell them one way or another what to do, but what we say is lead,” adds Vellardita.

The Clark County School Administrators Association says it received an email from SDCC asking to meet and see where they are on the employee vaccination mandate. For the moment, the appointment is not fixed yet.

When the CCDS and the CCEA agree on the mandate, the question will come back to the school board.

SDCC School Board President Linda Cavazos told 8 News Now she had not received an update on the matter.

8 News Now has contacted CCDS for more information and is currently awaiting a response.