NMPED: COVID-19 positivity price down, testing up
COVID cases on and off campus continue to decline
by: KRQE Staff
Posted: Feb 25, 2021 / 8:09 PM MST
Updated: February 25, 2021 / 8:09 PM MST
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NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Department of Public Education in New Mexico says there is little evidence of the spread of COVID-19 in schools. According to NMPED, only nine school facilities were on the COVID-19 watch list on Wednesday and Tuesday. Schools are placed on the watchlist if at least two quick responses are received within a 14-day period.
32 New Mexico public schools make the COVID-19 watchlist
“This is great news for schools in New Mexico. It shows that all of the required protocols that our school communities have worked so hard to implement are actually creating a safer environment for our students, educators and school staff as we expand personal learning, ”said Ryan Stewart, public education secretary, in a press release . “We are fulfilling our commitment to security and the credit goes to the school administrators who put these protocols in place and ensure they are followed.”
In comparison, on November 25, when the districts were virtually learning, 56 school buildings were on the watch list.
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According to the same press release, all New Mexico school districts and charter schools were allowed to expand face-to-face learning starting February 8, and nearly 50% of public schools across the state now offer a hybrid learning model, including 40 of the state’s 89 districts and multiple charter schools. According to the NMPED, around 42,000 students and 9,000 educators were regularly on campus to study in person.
New Mexico public schools have a total of around 330,000 students and around 50,000 employees, according to NMPED. No public school is on the closing list for four or more quick responses.