RING THE BELL, New Mexico!
Yesterday, alongside the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), the Public Education Department (NMPED) announced plans to support the increased and expedited return for in-person learning across New Mexico’s schools. All New Mexico educators will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine before the end of March as a gateway to further expanding safe in-person learning with a goal of reaching full reentry as quickly as possible. Under the PED Reentry Guidance Document for full reentry, all students are eligible to return to the building each day. COVID-safe practices as outlined in the updated NMPED Toolkit are still in effect, and schools must practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible. In addition, music, choir, band, school sports, extracurricular programming, and other NMAA-sanctioned activities may resume at all schools, in accordance with COVID-safe practices and NMAA guidelines. As your school works to finalize plans, please know that you and your family may elect to keep your child(ren) in remote learning for the duration of the school year, if you so choose. Please visit the FAQs and our school reentry page for additional information.
Canvas Resource Center for Parents & Families
Has your child been using an online learning platform this year? Is it Canvas (aka the PED’s “LMS” or Learning Management System)? If so, and if you’re interested in learning more about it, check out the newly launched Family Resource Center! This Resource Center provides families with an introduction to Canvas, directions on how to create an account as a parent/guardian so you can ‘co-enroll’ in a course as an observer, and how to download and use the parent app to track students’ progress.
Know Your Rights
The PED recently published a guide for families and parents receiving special education services. As we prepare for an expansion of in-person learning, it is critical that you’re informed of what you can expect regarding your child’s educational needs – please review this information (en Español). If you have any additional questions, there are several points of contact listed on the final page or you can visit our special education parent portal.
NMPED 2021 Legislative Priorities
The 2021 Legislative Session is underway! Secretary Stewart recently presented the executive request for public school support to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. Check out this high-level overview of our agency budget priorities, which include expanding the use of K-5 Plus and ELTP funds, eliminating the Impact Aid credit, and the new Family Income Index, which would provide additional funds to schools serving large populations of economically disadvantaged students. Additionally, you can read more about the Family Income Index here and review the resources in this toolkit to stay engaged throughout the legislative session.
Family Wellness Toolkit
In a year unlike any other, it is especially important that we do our best to care for ourselves and our loved ones. The community engagement team recently distributed a family Winter Wellness packet (en Español) – we hope these resources are helpful. This packet includes information about self-care, child development, COVID-19, child care, and more!
School Reentry Resources
As the PED continues to update school reentry guidance, we advise visitors to check back daily for updates. Resources are available on the Reentry District and School Guidance page.
College Connect New Mexico, the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation (NMEAF), and its partners, kicked off Fund Your Future FAFSA and College Application Completion Campaign. Fund Your Future offers resources and assistance in completing the FAFSA, which is the first step a student needs in order to qualify for grants, scholarships and loans to go to college.
Please enjoy the YouTube videos from various education leaders in New Mexico, as well as students from around the state who have benefited from the resources provided by College Connect New Mexico and its partners.
Also, remember that the first of the FAFSA and financial aid help workshops, called Money Mondays, is Oct. 5 from 3-5 p.m. Money Mondays will be the first Monday of every month through June 2021.
Attached is the informational flyer. Financial aid experts from most of our state colleges and universities will be on hand to speak directly to students.
Please share the YouTube video and the flyer with your students, co-workers and on your social media platforms to help us get the word out on the importance of helping our New Mexico students get financial aid assistance.
For more information, please contact:
Family Engagement Guidance
This document was shared with educators and educational leaders to offer suggestions for engaging with families during remote and hybrid learning models.
Family Education Survey
The key findings and demographics from our June 2020 family education survey are now available.
A detailed analysis of the results from our June 2020 family education survey is also available. This report include information about survey content and methodology, an analysis of results by grade level, survey trends across student groups, a qualitative analysis of narrative responses, findings, recommendations, and an appendix with all survey items.
View our Family Education Survey FAQs (PDF) for background information.
ENGAGE New Mexico
For many students, going from a traditional classroom to learning from home can be a real challenge. New Mexico’s Public Education Department has partnered with Graduation Alliance to provide an extra layer of support for students in grades k-12 and their families who might be struggling with these changes.
Students will get an academic coach to work with them to answer questions, connect them with resources, and develop a plan to get on track and finish the school year strong.
ENGAGE New Mexico is completely free to students. To get started, sign up here or call us at 505-340-3250.