The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a rapidly-evolving issue and we are monitoring it closely. This page serves as a hub for relevant resources and information as they relate to New Mexico Charter Schools and their school communities.
On March 26, 2020, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, by Executive Order, closed all New Mexico schools for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. The order also directed the Secretary of Education to provide students with alternate learning opportunities to the greatest extent practicable.
While we recognize this situation poses challenges to many families, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic – and therefore get back to normal – is by continuing to implement social distancing practices. We are grateful to our school leaders, educators and school staff for their continued commitment to meeting student needs during this unique and difficult time.
Building a Virtual Safety Net for Students
Students and families need educators and school staff members now more than ever. With schools closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, continuing learning is important, and so are the other safety net services that school provides.
Meals for Students
The state has directed public charter schools and district school to continue food service for students during this period of school closure. Please confirm location and services with your specific charter school.
Even though schools are not physically in session, learning continues as charter public schools across the state have transitioned from classroom instruction into distance learning. Each charter public school is implementing distance learning in ways that are both innovative and responsive to their unique school communities.
In the coming days and weeks, schools will continue to provide families with information regarding how grades, graduation, transcripts, scholarships, summer school, and continued distance learning instruction will be handled by their school.
The New Mexico Department of Education has created a website with an extensive number of resources for schools implementing distance learning.
Mental Health and Wellness
We know these COVID-19 safety measures can put a lot of stress and pressure on families. Here are a number of resources that may be helpful to educators and families in providing social emotional support to students.
Talking to Kids about COVID-19 (English) (Spanish) (Video)
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
Countering COVID stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents and Caregivers
Supporting Kids During the COVID-19 Crisis
How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids
Montefiore Medical Center Video: Anxiety & COVID-19
Talking to Kids about Fear and Violence
Supporting Social and Emotional Development in Kids Ages 5-8
How to Talk to Teens About the New Coronavirus
Parent Toolkit: Supporting Social and Emotional Development
COVID-19 Support: Be Strong Families Daily Webinars in English and Spanish (free)
Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019
Mental Health Screenings at Home for Parents
State Resources and Information
Federal Resources and Information
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