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NMMI halts campus classes until April

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Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, president and superintendent of the New Mexico Military Institute, issued the following statement Friday:

“Acting from an abundance of caution due to the significant changes and challenges regarding the health risks associated with COVID-19, New Mexico Military Institute will begin our scheduled spring break from Monday, March 16, 2020, through Sunday, March 22, 2020.

“In addition, classes will be taught through alternative means or online instruction for two weeks beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. All classroom instruction is expected to resume on Monday, April 6, 2020.

“These measures are in keeping with the Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s decision to close New Mexico public schools for the same time period. Officials at New Mexico Military Institute will continue to monitor the situation.

“Cadets should remain in contact with the Commandant’s Office for instructions on returning to the Institute and reporting of travel. Staff and faculty should maintain in contact with their supervisors for the latest information regarding their work status. During this period, you should refer to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and NM DOHs (New Mexico Department of Health) websites for the most current guidance regarding protecting yourself from the virus.

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“NMMI officials continue planning for delivering classroom learning via the internet. Cadets have been instructed to take all books and their computers with them as they depart for this extended spring break. Cadets and parents should check the NMMI website regularly for updates.

“New Mexico Military Institute will be temporarily closed to visitors … until further notice.”