New Mexico Public Schools will be close for the rest of the year

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The New Mexico Public Education Department announced on Friday that schools will be closed for the remainder of the year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. School closings were announced in an effort to minimize the spread of the virus.

PED reports that the decision to close schools through the end of the year is part of a two-part plan to protect residents from COVID-19 and to make sure students are protected, fed, and educated and that families are supported through this time. While Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham initially ordered that all public schools would be closed for three weeks from March 16 through April 3, she warned at the time that this period could be extended.

On Friday, in a new executive order, the closure was extended through the end of the school year.

“Schools will not be required to make up the missed instructional days between March 16 and April 3, but for the remaining weeks of the school year to be waived, districts must develop both technology-based and non-technology based continuous learning plans,” said PED Secretary Ryan Stewart in a press release.

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