Clovis Municipal Schools received final approval from the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) on Friday to begin instruction in Hybrid Learning Mode for preschool through fifth grades. With this approval, elementary students enrolled in Cohorts A and B will begin attending in-person on Monday, September 28, 2020.
Hybrid Mode instruction will alternate days, with Cohort A students attending in person on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Cohort B attending on Thursdays and Fridays. During remote days, students will work on assignments independently.
Students enrolled in Cohort C will receive instruction remotely a minimum of two days per week, with varying schedules depending on grade level and assigned teachers. On the remaining days, students will work on assignments independently.
To assist families with the transition to Hybrid Learning Mode, the District has prepared a 2020-2021 Comprehensive Reentry Guide for Hybrid Learning, which can be found online at www.clovisschools.org/COVID-19.html. This guide has been revised to reflect changes in procedures and requirements that have taken place since it was first released in July. Families are encouraged to review these guidelines prior to school reentry to help them know what to expect. Additionally, 2020-2021 school supply lists are available online at www.clovisschools.org/Supply_lists.html.
Important highlights from the 2020-2021 Comprehensive Reentry Guide for Hybrid Learning include:
- Face Masks – Public health orders regarding facial coverings in schools have been changed to allow only face masks constructed of two or more layers. Neck gaiters and shields are no longer permitted. Schools will work with students to ensure face masks are worn consistently. Two warnings will be given prior to the student being sent home. If a student chooses not to keep his/her face mask on, the alternative is fully remote learning.
- Water Bottles – Water fountain bubblers in schools have been disabled due to COVID-19. Students should bring a personal water bottle to ensure they have access to water throughout the day.
- Surveillance Testing of Staff – The state has added a requirement that surveillance testing for COVID-19 be conducted weekly on 5 percent of all staff working in public schools.
- Daily Screening of Staff & Students – Screening of staff and students for symptoms of COVID-19 is expected to be done at home, prior to attending school or reporting to work. Parents and staff will be provided with instructions on how to conduct self-screenings.
- Student Meal Programs – The District is participating in a limited-time program which provides free meals to all students until the end of December or until funds are exhausted. When the program ends, Barry, Mesa, and Zia Elementary schools, and Clovis High School families will be notified if their child needs to begin paying for lunch at school. Grab & Go Meal distribution hours have been extended to 8 a.m.- noon.
- Teacher Cohort Responsibilities – Areas in the document which refer to teacher responsibilities for cohort instruction have been clarified to reflect that teachers will not be responsible for teaching all three cohorts simultaneously. It is possible, however, for teachers to be assigned to teach Cohort A or B, and Cohort C.
- iAcademy Cohort Elementary & DAEP Cohort Schedules – Elementary Cohort A, Monday and Tuesday: Second, fourth and fifth grade students. Elementary Cohort B, Thursday and Friday: Third, fourth and fifth grade students. DAEP Cohort A & B: 9 a.m.-2p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.