According to NMPED, Here’s What School Will Look Like in NM Next Year

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Details for New Mexico schools about school re-entry for the 2020-2021 school year have been released by the NMPED.

You can read all the details here.

As of now, below are some of the highlights.

school re-entry for the 2020-2021 school year have been released by the NMPED

NMPED’s Re-entry Guidance

  • Schools will meet using a hybrid model, which means students will rotate between in-person and online learning
  • Schools should avoid large group gatherings.
  • Face coverings are required for staff and students except while eating, drinking. and exercising (with some medical exceptions).
  • All staff must be screened on a daily basis, including a temperature check and review of potential symptoms
  • A maximum of two students may sit together on a bus seat.
  • Meals must be provided to students during in-person instruction and remote learning.

What’s important to note is that these things aren’t set in stone for eternity. The guidance is meant to be fluid as the virus changes and our ability to treat and vaccinate against it increases.

According NMPED’s guidance, “the state’s goal is to move all schools into a full school schedule as soon as it can be safely accomplished.”

Here's What School Will Look for the 2020-21 Like According to the NMPED

Three categories to re-entry are described in the document: remote, hybrid, and full re-entry. Schools are to be prepared for all three categories, but we will enter in August in the hybrid category.

To create these guidelines, NMPED has been in partnership with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and used the CDC’s guidance as well.

Also included in the document are guidance regarding social emotional learning, addressing community spread, practicing prevention, protecting high risk populations, transportation, entering school buildings, serving meals, transitioning, group gatherings, supporting teaching and learning, supporting at-risk students, and what to do if a student or staff member becomes sick.