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Belen school officials say they’re ready to transition to hybrid learning model

Kai Porter
Updated: September 07, 2020 05:11 PM
Created: September 07, 2020 03:34 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some New Mexico students will head back to the classroom Tuesday to begin hybrid learning.

In Belen, school officials said they’re prepared for the transition, which will begin with elementary students.

"We are bringing in approximately a hundred kids a day to each school site,” said Diane Vallejos, superintendent of Belen Consolidated Schools. “We have seven elementary schools."

Superintendent Vallejos said about two thirds of elementary students opted for the hybrid model while the rest remain remote.

The returning students will be divided into two groups. One group will be in the classroom Mondays and Tuesdays and the other group will be in on Thursdays and Fridays.

Vallejos said the decision was made based on COVID-19 case data in Valencia County.

"Our numbers of new cases have been very low. We did do something about a month ago that made this decision a little bit different as well and that is we delayed our start of school by two weeks,” she said.

Vallejos said safety will be the top priority. On Friday the district received a supply of personal protective equipment from the county which includes surgical masks for students and staff and gowns for teachers to wear.

"We also have provided face shields along with the masks for our screeners. We do have thermometers at each of our school sites,” she said. “We will require that everybody have their temperature taken before entering the school building. Students will be required to have their temperature taken before they step on the school bus. If they have a temperature they will not be allowed to come to school, so we've taken every measure we possibly can."

For more information about Belen’s reentry plan, click here.

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