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ENMU-R to resume some classroom teaching Monday

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Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell plans to return to on-campus classes for some skills-based courses and to have essential office functions working on abbreviated schedules starting Monday.

A 9 a.m. Facebook Live forum today with ENMU-R President Shawn Powell will provide information about plans to resume whatever classes and office functions the school can, while still abiding by state executive orders intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

On March 15, in response to earlier executive orders, ENMU-R extended its original spring break, due to occur March 16 to March 20, for an additional week through March 27.

Essential faculty and staff were expected back on campus by March 23 to begin preparing a transition to remote instruction starting March 30. Other steps intended to stop the spread of COVID-19 were announced on March 15, and the school later announced the closing of all buildings to the general public.

While the campus still will be closed to the public, ENMU-R plans to have essential school functions operating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for faculty, staff and students, with most instruction occurring online or by some other remote manner for both college students and Early College High School students.

The Learning Center and the Student Success Center will be open to current students on a “limited basis” from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The campus will be closed Fridays.

Faculty are developing schedules to allow small groups of students to meet for skills-based courses that require hands-on learning.

“We are monitoring this rapidly changing situation and planning accordingly,” Powell wrote in Thursday statement, “keeping health and safety at the forefront of our decision-making.”