Sat. May 30th, 2020

Area schools gear up to make decisions

CLOVIS (KSMX)- Although Clovis Municipal Schools are on Spring Break, Superintendent Renee Russ has reported that staff are readying for the school schedule to return on April 6, and will share new information and updates with the public as immediately as it is released can.

Towards the end of this week, communication from the New Mexico Public Education Department will guide the next steps as to whether there will need to be a short-term plan for only one additional week of closure after spring break, or whether administration must launch a distance learning program as the primary mode of instruction for a significant period of time.

Portales Municipal School officials have also commented that no decision has been made yet but will know more around April 1 to see if any adjustments need to be made.

Since Monday of this week, teachers have been contacting parents and students on Portales. They have been completing a survey to determine the availability of the internet and computer devices that are available for use in your homes. This information is very important as they plan to move forward with education should students not be allowed to return to school buildings on April 6.

If you have not been contacted, please call the Portales school district at (575) 356-7000 to provide this information.

“This current crisis has been ever-changing, but our district employees will continue to respond with flexibility and creative problem-solving in partnership with our community to move forward in service to our students and their families,” stated Russ. “As a reminder, several helpful resources have been posted on our website at www.clovis-schools.org and this information will be updated regularly.”

Per the release, New Mexico School Districts are all experiencing similar challenges and are working together to learn from and support one another as they navigate uncharted territory.

“As a result, new models for supporting learning are emerging across the entire state. At CMS, we are working to leverage our current technology and other resources to roll out a model of instruction best suited to our local strengths and needs”.