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CCSD checking vaccination records for all students

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District is combing through vaccination records after the recent measles outbreak at Disneyland. Letters have been sent to parents whose children don't have the required immunizations.

Students are only exempt if they have a religious or medical exemption on file with the district. The district is giving students a few weeks to update their records or they won't be allowed back in school.


At 3 years old, Santiago is just months away from having to get his next set of vaccinations.

"He cries a lot," said his mother Karen Ponce. "It's a pain, it's a pain."

But it's a pain this mom is willing to endure.

Per sate law, Santiago must have updated shots to attend pre-k or kindergarten

"He doesn't understand, you know, and we know that we have to do it," she said.

The Clark County School District is cracking down on student vaccinations.














Employee no longer with district after 'inappropriate behavior'

LAS VEGAS — An employee with Givens Elementary School is no longer with the Clark County School District after "inappropriate behavior," the school district said on Monday.

The incident was discovered before winter break. 

"CCSD police and school staff immediately conducted an investigation to protect students and staff and took appropriate action," the district said in a statement.

The district noted school police "are confident that this behavior did not impact students."

Details surrounding the incident were not revealed.

Givens Elementary School is located just west of the 215 and north of Charleston Boulevard.

Metro detective found asleep at wheel, arrested for DUI

LAS VEGAS — A detective for Metro Police has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a news release.

Police say Detective Russell Backman was found asleep at the wheel near Hualapai Way and Sahara Avenue around 4 a.m. on Sunday. 

He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and booked at the Clark County Detention Center, police said.

Backman has been with the department since 2000 and works in the organized crime bureau. 

Metro said it has launched an internal investigation into the incident. Because he works undercover, police said Backman's mug shot won't be released.

Majority of parents not signed up for CCSD information

LAS VEGAS -- This year, the Clark County School District took on the largest technology project it's ever attempted. Infinite Campus is an online portal that keeps parents in the loop on student progress.

However, only about one-third of CCSD parents are using the portal that launched five months go.

Parents using Infinite Campus can get updates in real time on their child's grades, test scores, classes and even if they're tardy.

"I really like being able to access my kids grades and see all the missing assignments," said Erica Reynolds, CCSD parent.

For the most part, parents say the system is working.

"I think that's one of the really great things," Reynolds said. "You have instant access to what your kids are doing."

But while parents like Reynolds are logging on regularly, most parents are not using the system.











CCSD draws attention to teacher shortage using Slotzilla

LAS VEGAS -- The superintendent of the Clark County School District took a daring ride on the Slotzilla Wednesday. It was to draw attention to the biggest teacher shortage in the district's history.

There are more than 600 open positions in Clark County, but CCSD says it hopes to hire more than 2,600 new teachers to ease overcrowding.

The district's plan to add teachers to growing classrooms in the valley involves recruiting locally and from across the country. The first way they plan to do this is through their Alternative Route to Licensure course.

Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said with special training anyone with a Bachelor's degree is eligible to become a teacher.

“We will help them change their career and change their life in the process,” Skorkowsky said.

Teachers say it's a constant struggle to make sure each student is getting one-on-one attention.

UPDATE: Red Rock Canyon reopened after fog closure

LAS VEGAS — The Bureau of Land Management has reopened Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to the public.

The conservation area and 13-mile scenic loop were closed for a few hours due to fog which caused "low visibility" Tuesday. 

The BLM said it wanted to address "safety concerns."

When the fog lifted around 1:30 p.m., everything was reopened.

Search and rescue squad shares details on becoming a volunteer

LAS VEGAS --  It's still early in the year, but Red Rock Search and Rescue volunteers said so far, their 2015 has been really busy.

Organizers of the group said they have already responded to a number of new search efforts, along with working on cold cases.

"A lot of what we do involves both old and current cases. But because of the amount of cases we have, we actually need more people,” said David Cummings, Commander, Red Rock Search and Rescue.

Groups like Red Rock Search and Rescue are usually called to help when law enforcement agencies can't continue the search. Whether the mission involves a missing hiker or a missing child, the group works hard to help families find their loved ones.

"If I were to lose him in the desert I would want people like Red Rock out there searching," said Jessica Davis, looking to volunteer with Red Rock.