Las Vegas wants to reopen its schools closed since last March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Authorities fear witnessing a increase in student suicides.
For good reason, the Clark County School District recorded 19 youth suicides since the establishments closed. This is “double the nine cases recorded during the entire previous school year,” our AFP colleagues told the district press service.
Studies have shown that the pandemic has affected many increasingly fragile Americans, including young people out of school. These studies also found a significant increase in psychological disorders after the containment and the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.
“When we started to see a increase in the number of children ending their own lives, we knew that we no longer had to focus solely on Covid numbers, “district official Jesús Jara told New York Times.
Schools reopening: Donald Trump’s workhorse
“We have to find a way to get closer to our children, to see them, to look at them. They need to see that it begins to move, thatthere is hope“, he adds.
the schools reopening I was at the heart of former President Donald Trump’s project, which has increased the pressure in this direction, highlighting the number of suicides among Americans deprived of jobs and classrooms.
Last summer, Las Vegas implemented a alert program try to identify students at risk, by exploring the texts entered on the tablets provided to the students in search of keywords related to suicide or distress.
Setting up a 24-hour surveillance service
More of 3,100 students alerted the district between June and October, and a 24-hour surveillance service has been established.
Today, a date has not yet been formally set for the schools to reopen, but the district has authorized a partial restart. Younger people might find the school benches in a few weeks.