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New Mexico K-12 schools to temporarily close

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the New Mexico Public Education Department and the New Mexico Department of Health on Thursday announced the state’s K-12 public schools will close for three weeks beginning Monday, March 16 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The closure will begin at the end of the school day Friday, March 13, according to a press release from the office of the governor.

As of Thursday evening, New Mexico has had six presumptive positive tests for COVID-19.

“This is a proactive measure to limit the potential community spread of COVID-19,” said Education Secretary Ryan Stewart. “We have seen other states take this measure after they have experienced community spread of this virus …”

Lujan Grisham said, “We are advising the public of this forthcoming announcement tonight so that parents and students can prepare for this upcoming change and begin to make arrangements.

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“We will be informing the public of additional measures that the state will be taking to ease the burden on families and educators and ensure that children continue to be fed and cared for.”

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