Updated: October 28, 2020 06:22 PM
Created: October 28, 2020 04:52 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Navajo Nation school district that was supposed to open up a hybrid learning model in September has delayed that start date.
Students from the Central Consolidated School District in Shiprock, New Mexico have been virtual learning since August. School district officials said getting students back to the classroom is not something they are rushing.
"We've been taking a little bit of time with bringing students back in because we want to be very intentional and deliberate about how we bring them in in a very safe manner,” said Cheryl Martinez, assistant superintendent of CCSD.
Martinez said the original start date was pushed back due to COVID concerns.
“At about that time, San Juan County became very hot in terms of positive cases,” she said.
The district considered staying virtual for the rest of the year, but surveys and phone calls from families made them realize that it would not be possible for everyone.
Now, the hybrid model has brought on another set of concerns.
“We had concerns voiced about opening on the Navajo Nation when the restrictions said that we had to stay closed,” Martinez said. “That since has been resolved with the Navajo Nation referring to the local school district and the local criteria to determine whether we should open or not.”
Prekindergarten through fifth grade students will be allowed to return to school on Nov. 2. Before the first day, district officials will make sure every safety protocol is in place.
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