In-person learning allowed to resume Feb. 8; local districts unsure of plans

In-person learning allowed to resume Feb. 8; local districts unsure of plans

From the Las Vegas Optic

By Phil Scherer and Ryan Lowery

Local school districts remain unsure whether they will return to the classroom in early February, following Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s announcement Tuesday that districts would have the option to return to the classroom during her annual State of the State address.

Most schools have been closed across the state since mid-March 2020, when COVID-19 first struck New Mexico. Though some elementary schools around the state temporarily opted to go to a hybrid model last semester, schools in San Miguel and Mora counties have operated remotely for more than 10 months.

As of Feb. 8, school districts across the state will have the option to open all of their schools in a hybrid model, with 50 percent of a school’s population allowed in the classroom at a time.

“We will get this right, and we will move forward, and every school district in the state will be able to welcome all ages of students safely back to the classroom on Feb. 8,” Lujan Grisham said.