Los Lunas Schools remaining virtual-only for now


LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – Despite pleas from parents and students, Los Lunas Public Schools will stick with remote learning for now. Tuesday night’s special school board meeting comes after a recent protest by Los Lunas student athletes who are unable to play due to the district being virtual only.

Tuesday night, some board members brought up that protest. They said that requiring schools to be in a hybrid phase in order to allow sports was a move to pressure districts to go hybrid. Other school board members said they did not know why this decision was being revisited just two weeks after they initially voted to remain in remote learning.

School board member Steven Otero said it is giving teachers anxiety who were under the impression they wouldn’t be returning until after spring break. “Our teachers need to know if it’s black or if it’s white,” Otero said during the meeting. “Are we going to stay, or are we not going to stay? Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, and this is what it’s created at this meeting.”

The board voted 3-to-2 to stay virtual, at least until its March 23 meeting. However, school board president Bryan Smith said the decision can be revisited at any point prior to then.

Las Cruces Public Schools announced its plans for re-entry Tuesday night. Starting Monday, all high school students have the option to return two days a week. At middle and elementary schools, small groups are returning based on student needs and staff availability. They plan to phase in larger groups as more teachers get vaccinated.

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