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Free meals are available to all Clark County School district students again during the 2022-2023 academic year.

It is the first week of classes for CCSD students and teachers, and it is good to know that no child will go hungry.

According to the CCSD website,  the “Child Nutrition Program” will be serving “nutritious, appetizing and affordable meals to students” throughout the 2022-2023 school year. These “nutritionally balanced low-cost or free lunches” are provided through the National School Lunch Program. Here in Clark County, this program is supported and assisted by federal funds. The state of Nevada has also pitched in to the free lunch program with $75 million dollars. These funds are shared by all counties in the state.

These free or reduced-cost meal programs are being offered to all students, regardless of eligibility, as long as they are officially enrolled in a Clark County School District school. Menus are posted in all cafeterias. Breakfast and lunch menus can also be found here.

Our county’s school children have gone through some tough times since the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020. School closings, virtual classrooms, canceled team and individual sports have all contributed to a major change in how our kids learn. With this free meal program, there is one less thing for our kids to worry about. They won’t be going hungry. It is very tough to concentrate when you are feeling hunger.

If your family is finding it difficult to make ends meet, there is no shame at all in participating in this program. Take advantage of it. It is there for all students.


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


First Week Of School: What Clark County Parents Need To Know

Well, the time has finally come for Clark County School District. It’s a day filled with emotions, tears and anxiety: The first day of school in Las Vegas.

For some parents, it’s a celebratory occasion. It’s the day that marks the start of some parents gaining their freedom back.

But for others, it’s an emotional day that’s riddled with fear. And this isn’t an irrational fear.

Going to school looks gravely different amid this era of school shootings, COVID-19 and — now — monkeypoxs.

Sending our children back to school isn’t the same jubilee fanfare compared to a few years ago.

If you’re a parent who can’t shake your own first-day jitters, we have some tips to alleviate your stress. compiled a list of tricks that can help any parent relax during the first few days of school.

The first tip is to have a conversation about first-week expectations with your child. Another tip is to “prepare kids psychologically for what the morning routine will be like.”

More tips include:

  • Teach your child how to make friends fast
  • Open up to your kids about your own experience during school
  • Reassure your child that you love and care about them
  • Transitions take time so be kind and patient to yourself
  • If this is your first day alone, stay busy!
  • It’s OK to cry — it really is

However, Clark County School District has spent this summer gearing up for this school year. There have been certain changes and added amenities within the district that aim to improve the wellbeing of Clark County’s school children. From increased security, free meals to even altered bell schedules, this year has changes and even some challenges for families and school faculty.

Check out the list below to see changes and information about this upcoming school year that every parent must know. We hope everyone has a safe and amazing school year!

  • Some Schools Are Changing Their Bell Schedules Due To A Lack Of Bus Drivers

    Some CCSD families prepare for earlier start time due to bus driver shortage, experts share a warning

    Several Clark County schools are preparing for big changes to their bell schedules this upcoming school year, and with one week until classes start, experts encourage parents to get their students acclimated now to their new sleep schedule. However, experts share a stern warning with district leaders that sleep deprivation is possible with a 7 a.m.

  • Make Sure You're Up To "Speed" When It Comes To School Zones and Traffic Safety

  • There is a COVID-19 Hotline In Case Your Child Contracts The Virus

    COVID-19 Information | Risk Management | CCSD

    Facility Use COVID-19 Guidelines ( Facility Use Permit - CCF-410) CDC Guidelines on how to safely put on and take off personal protective equipment. CDC Cloth Face Covering Poster Additional safety posters and stickers can be ordered directly from Graphics.

  • School Faculty Must Complete An Online Check-In That Monitors Their Daily Symptoms

    CCSD updates its COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming school year

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - The first day of school is just 25 days out and CCSD is gearing up for another year of class during another COVID surge. There will be a major change this year - distance learning will no longer be a fallback if cases climb.

  • There's No Mandatory Mask Mandate, But You Can Still Wear One

    Mask on school chair

    [sengchoy] via Getty Images

  • Clark County School District Beefs Up Security Measures

    Newsroom | CCSD focuses on school safety

    Clark County School District (CCSD) leaders highlighted a number of security enhancements being added to District campuses for the 2022-23 school year. Click here to watch a school safety video from CCSD's Police Department on tips heading back to the school year.

  • Back-To-School Assistance Is Still Available

    If you need help with purchasing school supplies or other family-service assistance, click the link below.

    The Salvation Army Family Services

    Because of the generosity of our commmunity, we are grateful to offer assistance and case management to low-income individuals and families in need.

  • CCSD Will Offer Free Or Reduced Lunch To Students

    Free/Reduced Meal Program | Food Service Department | CCSD

    The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in the Clark County School District, which provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to students. The goal of the CCSD Child Nutrition Program is to serve nutritious, appetizing, and affordable meals to students.

  • COX is offering low-cost internet option for children in K-12

    Cox Connect2Compete | Affordable Home Internet

    Access to technology at home is critical to the quality of a student's education, yet many students in America lack internet access. That's why we're working to provide opportunities for families and students by offering low-cost internet to qualified households with the Cox Connect2Compete program.

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    The Best Las Vegas High Schools Ranked 2022

    One of the most important takeaways from education is that it helps individuals develop critical thinking skills. Personal growth comes from learning which intake helps with gaining more confidence, financial wealth and literary skills.

    Nevada is an ever-growing city with a population of just over three million. More people are moving to Las Vegas to give their families a better life. With the American dream in mind, where does education fit into the equation? Education is important to families who want to offer the best for their children and generations to come. conducted a comprehensive analysis to find out where states rank in educational opportunities and performance. Their data was configured over three categories which included Chance for Success (January), School Finance (June) and K-12 Achievement (September). The overall grade is the average of the three separate scores.

    Nevada finished 50 amongst all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The state scoring earned 68.6 out of 100 possible points. That is the equivalent of a D plus grade average. The country ranked at a C grade average. Find out more about their education research within each category.

    Let’s be honest, Nevada does not have a great education system ranking but that does not mean that all Vegas schools are bad. Vegas has the 5 largest school district in the United States with the Los Angeles Unified School District taking first place. is a leading non-profit when it comes to research insights and parenting resources. The non-profit gives an insight on “school quality” based on a rating from one to 10. Top-rated schools are considered 10’s. Ratings between one to four are looked at as below average. Ratings between five to six indicate average. Ratings seven to 10 are considered above average.

    Let’s see how Vegas high schools, public and private, are ranked from 10 to one.

    • 10/10 West Career & Technical Academy

      West Career & Technical Academy

      West Career & Technical Academy Our mission is to inspire our students to compete successfully in the 21st century by providing a college preparatory education that utilizes project-based learning, real-world applications, and innovative technology.

    • 10/10 Las Vegas Academy Of Arts

      About LVA | Lvaschool

      Dance Music Center Stage Maverick Hiu LVA Graduate 2016 ​ Biography: In his second national Broadway tour, Maverick Hiu performs in "Tootsie" May 24 - 29 at The Smith Center. Moving to Las Vegas at the age of 10, he began his interest in Theater.

    • 10/10 Advanced Technologies Academy

      Advanced Technologies Academy - Home of the Mavericks

      Advanced Technologies Academy is a magnet public high school in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. It focuses on integrating technology with academics for students in grades 9-12.

    • 10/10 College Of Southern Nevada High School West

      College of Southern Nevada High School

      College of Southern Nevada High School

    • 10/10 Northwest Career and Technical Academy

      Northwest Career And Technical Academy

      The mission of the Northwest Career and Technical Academy is to boldly educate today's learners for tomorrow's challenges by developing advanced skills through unique hands-on experiences in a professional setting, utilizing community partnerships, innovative ideas, and contemporary technologies.

    • 9/10 Southeast Career Technical Academy

      Southeast Career Technical Academy, Las Vegas- SETECH

      Southeast Career Technical Academy, a school for the best and brightest, we pride ourselves on being first: First CTE school in Las Vegas, first in preparing students for the future, and the first & only career tech school in CCSD to offer sports.

    • 9/10 Veterans Tribute Career Technical Academy

      Veterans Tribute Career & Technical Academy

      Sentinels...Parking/Early Release Passes & the DMV 301 Form will be done via Google forms and will be processed within 48 hours of submission. Students will not come to the AP office to complete paper forms & the completed item will be delivered to the student.....Please do not come to the AP office to pick up.

    • 7/10 Palo Verde High School

      Palo Verde High School

      The mission of Palo Verde High School is to prepare students to realize their academic, creative, emotional, physical, social, and career potentials as contributing members of a multicultural society in an international community of mutual respect.

    • 6/10 Arbor View High School

      Arbor View High School

      Arbor View High School is dedicated to inclusion as the foundation of emotional, social and academic growth and support of all individuals. The AVHS community is inclusive of all races, ethnicities, cultures, religions/beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, abilities and living arrangements.

    • 5/10 Silverado High School

      Silverado High School

      Silverado High School

    • 5/10 Centennial High School

      Centennial High School

      We believe that the purpose of education is to provide experiences that will encourage and assist students to achieve their potential and to assume their responsibilities as members of society. It is the obligation of the school to instill in students positive attitudes toward growth, learning, leadership, and creativity, as well as to ensure their full intellectual and character development.

    • 4/10 Durango High School

      Durango High School

      Durango High School

    • 4/10 Shadow Ridge High School

      Shadow Ridge High School

      Shadow Ridge High School places an emphasis on every aspect of our student's growth and development. We take advantage of the natural curiosity students possess. Suitable class sizes and exceptional, qualified teachers allows us to offer an intimate and inclusive educational environment, while also ensuring each student receives the individualized attention and support they need.

    • 4/10 Ed W Clark High School

      Ed W. Clark High School

      Ed W. Clark High School

    • 4/10 Rancho High School

      Rancho High School

      Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location in which people are present. The Clark County School District (CCSD) cannot guarantee that individuals will not be exposed during attendance at a CCSD event. Per state and local guidelines, individuals are strongly recommended to wear a face mask indoors, stay home when an individual is sick, and practice good hand hygiene.

    • 4/10 Desert Oasis High School

      Desert Oasis High School

      Desert Oasis High School

    • 4/10 Las Vegas High School

      Las Vegas High School

      Las Vegas High School

    • 4/10 Sierra Vista High School

      Sierra Vista High School

      Sierra Vista High School

    • 3/10 Chaparral High School

      Chaparral High School

      We strive to empower our students with the tools needed to achieve future success within an environment that promotes life-long learning and mutual respect through rigorous instruction, relevant content, meaningful relationships, and personal responsibility.

    • 3/10 Cimarron Memorial High School

      Cimarron Memorial High School

      Cimarron Memorial High School

    • 2/10 Del Sol Academy Of The Performing Arts

      Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts

      Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts prepares our diverse student population to successfully pursue college and career opportunities in a global community. Rigorous instructional programs facilitate the development of our students' unique skills and talents, as scholars, performers, and athletes which emphasize critical thinking, creativity and self expression.

    • 2/10 Western High School

      Western High School

      Freshman & New Student Orientation Western High School's Freshman & New Student Orientation will be held this Thursday, August 4th from 4 pm-6 pm.

    • 2/10 Sunrise Mountain High School

      Sunrise Mountain High School

      The Sunrise Mountain High School Community will assist ALL of our students achieve the high levels of learning required for success in college or post-secondary opportunities by utilizing collaborative approaches that are Purposeful, Inclusive, and Consistent (PIC).

    • 1/10 Desert Pines High School

      Desert Pines High School

      Desert Pines High School

    • Didn't See Your High School?

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