It was the first day of school for the hundreds of thousands of Clark County School District students, but for some bright-eyed and excited students ready for school, their experience was far from what they expected. The district recently made changes to the shared housing process through which a family’s proof of residence is verified, particularly when they live in a residence without the parents’ name on the title or lease. An example of this would be when the student lives with a grandparent or aunt and uncle, and they still need to have their enrollment approved for the appropriate zoned school. This year, the district is no longer accepting residential affidavits for shared housing applications. They can only be provided by the Office of Shared Housing, located at 4204 Channel 10 Drive in Las Vegas.
The changes caused confusion and frustration for many families, as they spent the day lined up outside in the heat to try and figure out what prevented their children from being let into school on their first day. According to FOX 5, Superintendent, Jesus Jara, was asked about this on Monday, and he said that the administration has done their due diligence in warning people of the changes. “Parents always wait to register,” Jara said. “We have centralized it, we’ve been communicating. And that’s why that entire division was working Saturday and Sunday, making phone calls to make sure that we get our kids in school… there was a change in process for verification purposes.” But some families spoke out and stated that by the time they were made aware of the changes and applied by Monday, they still had not received a response from the Office of Shared Housing, approving their application.
The district had 291,893 students enrolled on the first day of school, according to Superintendent, Jesus Jara. That number falls below what the district had previously projected, but district spokesman, Tod Story, said families are expected to continue enrolling students throughout the week, and the district doesn’t expect to certify its official enrollment until count day in September.