NMPED Reentry Guidance

Posted on 06/23/2020

We received notice and guidance today from PED that the state will be implementing a hybrid model for reentry in the fall.  The district has been continuously planning for various models of reentry.  Naturally, we are excited about being able to provide our students with a quality education through the PED's guidance; however, we know that the planning for this will require immense attention.  We will ensure that our students and staff members are safe and healthy in accordance with all CDC and DOH guidelines.  The district will continue its efforts in finalizing its plan for reentry.  We will request input from staff, parents, students, and community members.  Our plan will be well thought out, and it will cover all aspects in order to provide the safest means possible in providing the best education possible.

Students in grades 2nd -12th will have assigned chrome books. Students in kindergarten and first grade will have access to I-Pads.  We will establish internet hotspots throughout our communities for access.  We will provide PD for staff and parents to help with the remote teaching/learning portions of the plan.

We will work to meet the guidelines given to us accordingly.  Below are the eight specific guidelines PED has provided in their plan.

In summary the eight minimum requirements for reentry are:

      1.  To begin, all districts and schools across the state will be able to operate strictly according the hybrid guidelines.  The Department  of Health and Medical Advisory Team will regularly assess rates of the spread of COVID-19.  Districts and schools will then follow the appropriate guidelines based on the designated safe reentry category.
      2.  Schools must participate in a surveillance and rapid response testing program for all staff.
      3.  Schools must adhere to the social distancing requirements of their designated category.
      4.  Schools should avoid large group gatherings.
      5.  Face coverings are required for all students and staff except while eating, drinking and exercising, with limited exceptions for students or staff who have medical reasons for not being able to wear a mask or face shield.
      6.  All staff must be screened on a daily basis, including a temperature check and review of potential symptoms.  All sites must work with state and local health officials to have a plan for contact tracing.  While not required, this is also recommended for students.
      7.  For transportation, all staff and students must wear face shields or masks.  In addition:
           a.  A maximum of two students may sit together
                on a bus seat.
           b.  Schools in the yellow category should take
                all reasonable steps to limit bus seats to
                one student to the best of their ability.
      8.  Meals must be provided to students during in-person instruction and remote learning.

You can access the plan below:

NM Public Education Department Re-entry Guide

I will continue to update you frequently regarding the plan as it is developed and finalized.

As always, thank you for your commitment and dedication.

Fred Trujillo, Superintendent

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