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Who Is In The State’s Fall Sports Season And Who Is Not?
The final balance will likely be fluid for at least a few more days, but at least 20 of the 160 member schools of the New Mexico Activities Association – or 12.5% - will not participate in fall sports, Sally Marquez, executive director of the NMAA, told the Journal Mondays .
The list (that accompanies this story) consists mostly of smaller schools. The only school on the current list from the Albuquerque metropolitan area is the Native American Community Academy (NACA).
The two most recognizable names on the list are Robertson and West Las Vegas, which are part of different school districts in Las Vegas.
“I know we want to play. I want to play, ”said Robertson soccer coach Leroy Gonzalez. “It is what it is. We’re ready to rock and roll.”
A handful of schools and districts large and small are still trying to develop a model that will pave their athletes’ path to competition. These include the three largest boroughs in the subway area: Albuquerque Public Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools, and Los Lunas Schools.
Before a school in the state can participate in an NMAA sport, it must first be in a hybrid learning model for 14 calendar days. The schools were already entitled to do so on February 8th.
In addition, the state education department must sign a submitted learning model before an individual school or district is eligible to participate in an NMAA sport or activity. Also, the PED and the Ministry of Health have announced that they will monitor the schools for two weeks after they start hybrid personal learning. Any significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases will force a school to resume learning from a distance, making that school ineligible to participate in athletics.
The state recently approved an NMAA calendar, where soccer, volleyball, and cross-country skiing begin training on February 22nd and soccer on March 1st. The first regular seasonal cross-country skiing competitions could start as early as February 27 in some places. for volleyball on March 1st; for football on March 4th, 5th or 6th; and for football, March 6th.
The NMAA has announced that schools will be able to join a season a little late if needed.
Any district starting class next Monday cannot play a soccer game, volleyball game, or host a cross country get-together until Monday, March 8th. To that end, at least some football season openings may be scheduled for that day.
Los Lunas convened a special board meeting on Tuesday. That announcement came less than 48 hours after a board vote on February 2 to keep Los Lunas and Valencia on a distance learning model until the next scheduled board meeting on March 23.
The APS school board will meet on Wednesday. Superintendent Scott Elder told the Journal last week that he expects a new plan to be presented.
Rio Rancho has no board meeting scheduled this week. Last Monday, Rio Rancho announced that sixth graders and seniors would be back to school starting next Monday. However, Cleveland High or Rio Rancho High are not eligible for sports. that would require all of his grades to be included. An RRPS spokeswoman said Monday the district is drafting a plan that it hopes will be acceptable to the PED. Belen is also working on such a plan.
“… The priority is and will remain the safe expansion of personal learning opportunities for New Mexico students,” said Nora Meyers Sackett, spokeswoman for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. “Additional activities such as exercise can only be done safely if a district has ensured that more students can safely return to the classroom.”
The public counties in Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, and Farmington – all cities with multiple high schools – are expected to engage in fall sports.
The 20 Schools That Don’t Have Fall Sports Season According to the New Mexico Activities Association:
Santa Fe Indians
Santa Fe Prep
West Las Vegas
Native American Community Academy
NM School for the Deaf
Santa Fe Waldorf