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RISD to return to full-time classroom instruction after spring break

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A year ago, spring break was the point that marked when students in Roswell Independent School District were last in classrooms full time. This year, it marks when they will return.

RISD Superintendent Mike Gottlieb (Submitted Photo)

New Mexico Education Secretary Ryan Stewart announced Monday that all schools will return to full-time in-person learning by April 5. Districts were given the news earlier that day.

RISD Superintendent Mike Gottlieb told the school board at its meeting Tuesday night his goal is to have the district return to full-time in-person instruction March 29, the Monday after spring break.

March 19, the Friday before spring break, will be a “back on track” day with no new instruction to allow students a chance to catch up on their work, Gottlieb said.

Elementary schools will return to Wednesday early-release schedules the week of March 29, Gottlieb said.

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The district has already met some of the new requirements issued by the PED to return to full reentry, Gottlieb said, including air filtration, cleaning and supplies, fire marshal inspections and surveillance testing of staff.

“We’ve spent a tremendous amount of money. Board, you’ve seen this in the staff — $80,000 to $100,000 — making sure we had all the things, supplies and materials available,” he said.

The district will still have to develop plans for lunch breaks, Gottlieb said.

Staffing in the cafeterias has been an issue, he said, but the staff has been working on plans to adjust for that.

Families can elect to keep their students in remote learning, and that will create some challenges for how to balance in-class instruction with remote instruction, Gottlieb and board members said.

He cautioned the board, however, everything is subject to change depending on the PED and the governor’s office.

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

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