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RISD board to consider hybrid model Tuesday

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The Roswell Independent School District Board of Education will have a special meeting Tuesday to consider starting in-person instruction and extracurricular activities.

In her state-of-the-state address Tuesday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said all public schools would be allowed Feb. 8 to shift to hybrid learning no matter what level their counties are in according to the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment system. The decision to do so is up to local districts, however.

The board will discuss and vote on two items on the agenda — a possible hybrid instructional model and restarting some extracurricular activities and sports. The board will also review the health and safety requirements for each.

In the hybrid model recommended by the Public Education Department, half of a school’s students would be in the classrooms two days a week, while the other half learns remotely at home. The two groups would switch in the latter part of the week, with buildings being cleaned and sanitized on Wednesdays.

Sports and other activities could get underway Feb. 22. The New Mexico Activities Association will meet Monday to consider approving a proposed sports calendar.

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Health and safety guidelines for schools include elementary students and teachers remaining in groups that stay together and social distancing and face coverings for all students and teachers except while eating or drinking. Limited exceptions to wearing masks will be allowed for students and staff. Schools will also be required to conduct daily staff health screenings and surveillance testing. All buildings will require inspections by the fire marshal and a PED representative.

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom of the Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky Ave.

Due to the public health order, only board members and support staff will be allowed to attend the meeting in person. The meeting will be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel.

Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting will need to contact the Superintendent’s Office at 575-627-2511 by 4 p.m. Monday. Individuals asking to speak will receive a phone call during the meeting and will have three minutes to speak.

The district is also taking a survey of parents on a possible hybrid model. A link to the survey can be found on the RISD website or Facebook page.

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

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