The COVID 19 health crisis has impacted us all. Your primary concern is the health and safety of your children. Beyond that you want the best education possible under these extraordinary circumstances.
Please let me assure you that health and safety of students and staff is also our primary concern. We will be starting the school year on August 11th with a fully remote stay-at-home model until September 3rd. Starting September 8th, we plan to offer two models for students starting on September:
Model 1 - a combination of in-school (2 days) and remote learning at home (2 days).
Model 2 - fully remote, stay-at-home learning program.
Please do not feel you have to dis-enroll your children and home-school them, as we will support you and your children with a fully remote, stay-at-home learning program (Model 2). If you choose to home-school, your children will not be eligible for essential services that we can provide. In addition, the loss of enrollment will have a negative financial impact on your district in the future. The funds we receive next year to support your children when you return, will be based on our enrollment this school year.
We have trained and will continue to train teachers to support their online teaching and will offer a variety of materials for learning at home.
We will support families that do not have internet access at home.
We will continue to follow state guidelines for the safe transportation of your children, the cleaning/disinfecting of school spaces, as well as food service.
All staff and students will be screened daily and will be required to wear a mask. We have purchased masks for your children, as well as our staff.
Class sizes will be reduced to recommended levels, and the occupancy of any building will be well below 50% in keeping with the health guidelines issued by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Public Education Department.
The impact that COVID 19 has on our lives is changing daily. We will keep up with the information and share it with you. The decisions we make will take into consideration the health and safety of students and staff above all else. We hope the cases statewide and, in our area, will decrease. If they do not, we must be prepared to re-visit our plan.
Please remember that a change in human behaviors will change the course of the virus.
Please be safe. Stay home, or at last six feet apart and mask up when you are out. It will save lives.
Superintendent Lisa Hamilton