Plan for return for in‐person learning

Plan for return for in‐person learning

Dear DCCCHS Parents and Staff,

The Public Education Department (PED), alongside the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), announced plans to support an increased and expedited return for in‐person learning across New Mexico’s schools. The plan includes three key updates:

School Staff Vaccination
All New Mexico educators will be offered the COVID‐19 vaccine before the end of March as a way to further expand safe in‐person learning with a goal of reaching full reentry as quickly as possible. If you have not already done so, you can register for the COVID‐19 vaccine with NMDOH here: https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/.

In‐Person Learning
The PED will support school districts and charter schools as they expand as quickly and safely as possible to full in‐person learning.

The expectation is for all schools to move into the third and final stage of the Public Education Department’s COVID‐19 Safe Operating Categories. As outlined in the PED guidance, this allows for full, in‐person learning for all students. High‐risk staff will maintain their accommodations until they reach full efficacy of the vaccine (two weeks after receiving vaccine or being offered) and COVID‐Safe Practices will remain in place, including mask‐wearing, enhanced airflow and social distancing to the greatest extent possible. We will be beginning in‐person learning on March 23, 2021. Attendance will be mandatory for our students and the school hours will change to 8:20‐3:20.

If you have any questions about the PED’S guidance, COVID‐safe practices, or other statewide requirements, the PED has many resources available on its school reentry page.

We are committed to providing a safe and quality‐learning environment and we will have finalized our reentry plans and we are ready to open up. Families will have the choice to remain in virtual learning for the remainder of the year if they choose to do. We are excited about the opportunity to have our students back in school. Our DCCCHS Staff is amazing! Your commitment to our students and their education during these tremulous times is commendable and appreciated. Thank you for all you do!