The Public Education Department is committed to keeping our school leaders and communities up to date about Coronavirus in New Mexico (COVID-19). NMPED and New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) are working together on a daily basis to share the most current information as well as to consult on protocols, procedures and best practices.
Rapid Response Contacts List (NMPED, December 9, 2020)
OSERS/OSEP will continue to work with state and local leaders to identify any additional areas where it can provide information to support stakeholders in their important work.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit:
ED COVID-19 Information and Resources
U.S. Government COVID-19 Information and Resources
New Mexico K-12 School COVID-19 Testing Program (NMDOH, April 22, 2021)
COVID-19 Testing in New Mexico Schools Training (NMDOH, April 22, 2021)
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 (NMPED, August 12, 2020)
Memorandum from Deputy Secretary Dr. Gwen Perea Warniment, Teaching, Learning & AssessmentDeputy Secretary Katarina Sandoval, Academic Engagement & Student Success re: K- 5 Plus & Extended Learning Time Program FY21 (NMPED, May 19, 2020)
USDE Response to New Mexico COVID Waiver Request – Fiscal Requirements (USDE, April 21, 2020)
New Mexico Unveils App for Behavioral Health Support (State of New Mexico, April 14, 2020)
The state of New Mexico has launched NMConnect, a new phone app that provides free 24-hour crisis and non-crisis support and access to behavioral health professionals who can text or talk via phone with individuals needing a listening ear or referrals to longer-term support. The app links users to the New Mexico Crisis Access Line (NMCAL), which provides safety net services statewide. NMCAL is still available via phone 24/7 toll-free by calling 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474). More information can be found at NewMexico.gov.
Memorandum from NMPED Secretary Ryan Stewart re: Transportation Staff/Contractor Questions (NMPED, April 7, 2020)
New Mexico COVID Waiver Request – Fiscal Requirements (NMPED, April 9, 2020)
Due to schools closures associated with COVID 19 pandemic, the PED submitted additional waiver applications to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to waive certain fiscal and programmatic requirements pursuant to section 3511 of Division A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Anyone who wishes to submit a public comment can email it to: Covid.Edwaiver@state.nm.us.
Public Health Emergency Order Clarifying Closing of All Businesses and Non-Profit Entities Except for those Deemed Essential and Providing Additional Restrictions on Mass Gatherings Due to COVID-19 (NMDOH, April 6, 2020)
Memorandum from NNMPED Secretary Ryan Stewart re: Frequently Asked Questions About Work and Payment for Work During the Physical Closure of Schools Through the End of 2019-20 School Year (NMPED, April 1, 2020)
Frequently Asked Questions About the Extended Public School Closure ( State of New Mexico, March 27, 2020)
Preguntas Hechas Frecuentemente Sobre el Cierre Escolar Extendido (State of New Mexico, March 27, 2020)
School Closure and Licensure (NMPED: March 27, 2020)
March 27, 2020 Online Press Conference Announcing Extended School Closures (NMPED, ECECD, CYFD, DIA: March 27, 2020)
Frequently Asked Questions About the Extended Public School Closure (NMPED: March 27, 2020)
News Release: New Mexico Closes K-12 Public Schools to Prevent Potential Spread of COVID-19 (Office of the Governor, NMPED, NMDOH: March 13, 2020)
Executive Order Directing the Closure of All Public Schools Until April 6, 2020 (Office of the Governor: March 13, 2020)
New Mexico Schools to Temporarily Close (Office of the Governor: March 12, 2020)
Public Health Emergency Order to Limit Mass Gatherings Due to COVID-19 (NMDOH: March 12, 2020)
FAQs: Mass Gatherings Public Health Order (NMDOH: March 12, 2020)
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (National Association of School Nurses and National Association of School Psychologists: February 29, 2020)
Hable Con Sus Hijos Sobre el COVID-19 (National Association of School Nurses and National Association of School Psychologists: February 29, 2020)
Academic Enrichment Opportunities
Enriquecimiento Académico Para Familias (NMPED: March 25, 2020)
Educators Toolkit (NMPED: April 23, 2020)*
Families Toolkit (NMPED: March 19, 2020)*
Grab n Go Cards for Families (NMPED: March 19, 2020)*
*We know that educators and families alike are looking for resources to keep students entertained and engaged during this time, and so we have put together these tool kits for educators and families. Please note: These resources are meant as suggestions only and will not be required. Completion of activities or digital coursework will not count towards instructional hours. Not every resource may be available in all formats – we encourage you to use the resources that work best for your family’s needs.
E-Learning Guidance and Resources
Internet Connectivity Concerns on Tribal Lands: Guidance Document (NMPED, June 25, 2020)
Mechanism (FCC, April 1, 2020)
Internet Service Provider Support for Homework Gap: ISP Emergency Offerings (NMPED: April 1, 2020)
E-Learning and COVID: Resources for Educators and School Leaders (NMPED: March 24, 2020)
Federal Communications Commission Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Confirms That Community Use of ERate-Supported Wi-Fi Networks Is Permitted During School and Library Closure Due to COVID-19 Pandemic (FCC: March 23, 2020)
FCC Waiver of Gift Rules (NMPED: March 20, 2020)
Behavioral Health Guidance and Resources
DOH/PED General Behavioral Health Resources for COVID-19 (NMPED, NMDOH: March 19, 2020)
99 Coping Skills Poster (Boys Town: March 19, 2020)
Psychological First Aid General Provider Self Care (National Child Traumatic Stress Network: March 19, 2020)
Psychological First Aid School Provider Self Care (National Child Traumatic Stress Network: March 19, 2020)
The Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and The Center for Parent Information and Resources developed resources for parents support their children’s social and emotional growth and minimize behavioral disruptions in the home and during distance learning instruction.
Educational Services for Students with Disabilities Guidance and Resources
FAQ Supporting Early Childhood Special Education Programs (619) during COVID-19 School Closures (NMPED, April 28, 2020)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Providing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) through a Distance Learning Platform during a Closure to Normal School Operations due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 2020 (NMPED, April 1, 2020)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act (US Congress, March 27, 2020)
The CARES Act establishes the $30 billion Education Stabilization Fund, which includes the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities (OSEP: March 21, 2020)
Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Student (U.S. Dept. Of Ed’s Office of Civil Rights, March 16, 2020)
COVID-19 Updated Guidance for Students with Disabilities (NMPED: March 13, 2020)
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Students with Disabilities (NMPED: March 4, 2020)
Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak (U.S. Dept. of Ed: March 2020)
OSERS’ technical assistance centers are ready to address your questions regarding the IDEA and best practices and alternate models for providing special education and related services, including through distance instruction. For questions pertaining to Part C of IDEA, States should contact their Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center State Contact. For Part B of IDEA, States should contact the National Center for Systemic Improvement.
The NCSI’s web page provides a resource hub for supporting students with disabilities during the COVID-19 national emergency, including educator resources to support remote learning.
The NTACT hosted a webinar for practitioners and family members on transition planning and intervention resources. Materials are available on the center’s web page.
The IRIS Center offers free professional development modules on various topics, including distance learning.
Spring 2020 Assessments Guidance and Resources
ESEA Waiver Submission Letter (NMPED, March 23, 2020)
Last Friday, the USDE announced it will grant a waiver for states providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements. New Mexico’s waiver has been submitted and can be viewed for public comment. People can submit comment to: PED.Assessment@state.nm.us
- During this time of closure, District Test Coordinators, School Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, or other school staff need not focus on any assessment related activities and focus on local school and community needs.
- During the closure period, any pertinent assessment communications will be streamlined with other PED communications.
- The Assessment Bureau will resume communications with DTCs once schools resume. (NMPED: March 14, 2020)
Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (U.S. Dept. of Ed: March 12, 2020)
Continuous Learning Plans
Continuous Learning Plan Implementation Guide (NMPED: March 27, 2020)
Continuous Learning Assurances & Local Plan (NMPED: March 27, 2020)
American Students, and the State Seal of Bilingualism-Biliteracy (NMPED: April 6, 2020)