Updated: March 13, 2020 01:15 PM
Created: March 12, 2020 05:49 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- All New Mexico public schools have been canceled, starting Monday, for three weeks.
The governor's office said in a news release that the closure of K-12 public schools is in response to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.
“This is a proactive measure to limit the potential community spread of COVID-19,” said Education Secretary Ryan Stewart. “We have seen other states take this measure after they have experienced community spread of this virus. New Mexico is going to be proactive and do everything we can to prevent the potential spread of the virus. I have been in communication with all of our superintendents about this proactive step, and we are all going to work together to address this public health challenge.”
The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) said that schools and district will not need to make these days up at the end of the year. They are also working to continue meal services for all students. Albuquerque Public Schools will be offering Grab & Go meals at over 80 locations.
NMPED is encouraging schools that have online teaching to continue, but they are not requiring it. Schools will be paying employees as if there was no closure.
NMPED will be pushing back the assessment window for state standardized tests and working with the NMAA to shift schedules for spring sports as well.
Gov. Lujan Grisham is urging New Mexicans who believe they have coronavirus to call the New Mexico Department of Health hotline at (855) 600-3453. If you need help with child care, food, supplies or loss of income due to COVID-19 closures, call (833) 551-0518.
What does presumptive positive mean?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, a presumptive positive result is when a patient has tested positive by a public health laboratory, but results are pending confirmation at CDC.
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