4 schools in Bloomfield go remote due to COVID-19

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FARMINGTON, N.M.- Four schools in Bloomfield will be virtual for the next several days.

"We went ahead and preventively closed the schools because of cases that we’ve had in our lower grade levels," said Dr. Kim Mizell, superintendent of the school district. "This is what usually happens with the trends in the waves of COVID cases. Usually it plays out very similar at the high schools, so we are trying to prevent that so we can have a graduation"

Charlie Y Brown and Bloomfield High Schools are the schools in question. Students will return on May 20. Both of the schools will have a combined ceremony with limited capacity.

Naba Ani Elementary and Central Primary will also be going remote

"When you have literally six cases in one day and one school and five cases in another school, it’s a big red flag and if you don’t address it quickly it will become much larger, so we have to be very proactive in making those decisions," Mizell said. "I know it’s unfortunate, but that’s how the state guidelines determine what we need to do."

Bloomfield is not the only district in the county that’s made the decision to go remote. Aztec and Farmington schools decided to move seniors to remote learning, so they can attend their graduation.