Sun. Jul 12th, 2020

Officials hold off on Phase Two; Hybrid Learning Model for schools

SANTA FE (KSMX)- Today, June 25, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials held a press conference to announce that phase two of New Mexico’s recovery plan will be placed on hold.

The state will continue to evaluate transmission rates and “alarming sustained rise in cases nationally for an additional week” before making decisions such as raising the mass gathering limits and additional limited COVID-Safe reopenings.

Lt. Governor Howie Morales presented information on the state’s plan for school reentry for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Public Education Department released guidance Tuesday that requires schools to start the year in a hybrid learning model. State officials are stating the plan as “a prudent and responsible process.”

A Hybrid Learning Model will consist of:

  • Combination of some in-person days and some online days
  • social distancing strictly enforced
  • The number of students in buildings at any time is capped by the number that can be accommodated by social distancing or 50%of capacity
  • Students not in the building will engage in remote learning

The guidance states, that the state’s goal is to move all schools into a full school schedule as soon as it can be safely accomplished.

The state will assess the impact of school reentry on the rate of spread of the virus statewide in each of the 5 regions. When overall state data indicate that it is safe to move forward to a full school schedule, the regions will be able to do so.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.