Back to School update from Mayor Dale Janway

Carlsbad Municipal Schools is starting its remote learning program on Aug. 24. The schools hope to begin moving into a hybrid learning model beginning Sept. 8, once they receive state approval. The school district has also developed a 100% online-only program, which has been more popular than originally anticipated.

Under the current hybrid model, students with last names A-L are assigned to Group A and will attend school on Monday and Tuesday. Students with last names M-Z are assigned to Group B and will attend school on Thursday and Friday. Please keep in mind again that the hybrid model is conditional on state approval. Jefferson Montessori Academy began its online program on Aug. 10 with similar hopes of returning to school by mid-September.

Families began picking up their Chrome books on Aug.18, with most elementary schools handling their pickups on Aug. 20. Please call your child’s school if you are having any difficulty.

You’ll also notice that our school zone lights will be turned on next week (Aug. 24) as well. Even though kids will be conducting online learning at least until after Labor Day, there is going to be a lot more traffic back and forth at times near our schools, so we are doing what we can to give everyone an early reminder to be extra cautious when driving.

The news has looked good for both New Mexico and Eddy County in terms of reducing the number of COVID-19 cases per day, at least as of Wednesday morning. The state reported 79 positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, including three for Eddy. This puts us well below the declared benchmarks.

The Carlsbad Municipal Schools Nutrition Department will also be providing meals to enrolled students during the school year. You must have your child’s student ID to pick up meals, and all families need to complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application. Families will be able to pick up both breakfast and lunch meals for their students beginning Aug. 24. 100% online students will report to their original home school to pick up their meals, while Carlsbad Enrichment Center and Early College students can pick up meals at Carlsbad High School.

We know there are many additional questions, but our school district has been doing a great job of making an unbelievable amount of adjustments over a relatively short period of time. Please continue to visit www.carlsbadschools.net for updated information.

The Carlsbad Public Library asked us to remind you that they are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and that wi-fi is available. If a studying location is needed, please take advantage of the library’s study tables, public computers, and wireless, as well as our many books and information sources. Our library has worked very hard to set up a COVID-safe environment.

You can log in to use many of our educational resources from home by visiting our website at: https://carlsbad.biblionix.com/catalog/. We have a great library staff who is ready to help in any way possible.

Sincerely,

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway

 

 

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