LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Las Cruces Public Schools will begin the school year online only. The district planned to use a hybrid model with two days on in-person classes but with the number of cases growing in Dona Ana County, school board members expressed concerns about the plan.
The superintendent agreed to opt for remote classes at least to start. In a press release, Las Cruces Public Schools states there will be additional accommodations made for special education, English learners, and LCPS administration will be reaching out to make sure social and emotional needs are met.
LCPS reports that parents are being surveyed to assess technology, nutrition, and transportation needs. The survey also provides an opportunity for students to register for the Virtual Learning Academy which is a fully online option for students in 2020.
Those who opt for VLA are committed to the program for the semester while the remote learning model is a temporary learning environment with the goal of returning to school when health conditions allow face-to-face instruction. Parents must fill out the survey by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 17 to allow district officials to finalize staffing and schedules.
As the district works through the remote model, the information will be sent home and progress will be posted online.