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RISD to use summer meal locations during closure

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School-supplied meals will be available for students of Roswell Independent School District during the shutdown of public schools ordered by the governor, but not until after spring break.

Friday morning, Interim Superintendent Mike Gottlieb said meals will be available at summer meal locations after next week.

“It will be the two weeks we are off, unless I get some further information,” he said.

Friday morning, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham offered further information on the school closures, saying plans were underway to distribute meals to students and continue to pay teachers and other staff during the closure.

Gottlieb said he’d had several conference calls with the state following the governor’s initial announcement. The district had been making plans for a possible shutdown prior to Thursday, however.

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“We’ve been preparing all along and then waiting for guidance” from the Department of Health, Public Education Department and the governor’s office, he said.

“On the cleaning and those things, we’ve been preparing and working hard on that already. We had some plans for the cafeteria if we had to do that,” Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb was relieved the PED has made accommodations for assessment testing. RISD was scheduled to begin tests as soon as school resumed after spring break.

“They opened up the testing window longer, so we’ll be in good shape,” he said.

Other school events, including graduation, are expected to stay on schedule, Gottlieb said.

Sports schedules, however, will be affected.

“All practices are canceled by the state for these three weeks,” he said.

The New Mexico Activities Association will have a meeting Monday and will give school districts guidance on makeup games next week, Gottlieb said.

He urged patrons of the school district to pay attention to the web pages of the governor and state health department as well as RISD for further updates.

A spring break program for school-age children at the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center has not been canceled, according to an email from Marcus Gallegos, recreation manager for the city.

Head Start of Chaves and Eddy counties are closed as well, according to Mary Perry, director of the program.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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