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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 2020-04-04T20:01:59-06:00

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.

Continuous Learning Plans

Continuous Learning Plan Support Resources

Continuous Learning Plan Implementation Guide (NMPED: March 27, 2020)

Continuous Learning Assurances & Local Plan (NMPED: March 27, 2020)

School Closures and General Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions About the Extended Public School Closure ( 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)

Press Release: Governor: K-12 school closings must continue to prevent potential spread of COVID-19 (NMPED: March 27, 2020)

Frequently Asked Questions About the Extended Public School Closure (NMPED: March 27, 2020)

United States Department of Agriculture Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs (USDE: March 25, 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: March 19, 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

Federal Communications Commission Guidance on COVID-19 and Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support
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

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)

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)

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.

National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI)

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.

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)

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.

Iris Center

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)

Page last updated April 4, 2020