Dear Central Consolidated Schools parents and community,
This week, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) outlined a path for how schools will reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, which limits schools to 50 percent capacity and alternates time for lessons in the classroom and lessons at home (online).
Our Reentry Taskforce has been working on our initial plans, including a survey for parents and a survey for staff. The next step is to seek input from teacher and principal representatives from each of our schools before we seek input from the community, and our Board of Education.
CCSD is aware that safety strategies alone are not sufficient. We need to create a culture of health, safety, and shared responsibility. Reopening schools safely will require changing the culture to a “health-first” mind-set with everyone playing a role. The good news is that we are already practicing a lot of the components that can create a “health-first” culture; washing our hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, disinfecting surfaces, maintaining social distancing, and ensuring the air inside is cleaner using enhanced filters and air purifiers. We also need to be aware that even with these measures there may be outbreaks, but that we are prepared to handle them if they occur.
All of us at CCSD have one goal in mind, which is the safety and learning of our students. To meet that goal we will need the help and input from parents and leaders in our communities. As always, to disseminate any news and information we will use our parent call system, post the information on our website, and our social media channels.
Amanda D. Sutherland
Acting Superintendent of Central Consolidated School District
Daniel P. Benavidez
Incoming Superintendent of Central Consolidated School District