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Education Affected by COVID-19

The Public Education Department is committed to keeping our school leaders and communities up to date about Coronavirus in New Mexico (COVID-19). NMPED and New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) are working together on a daily basis to share the most current information as well as to consult on protocols, procedures and best practices.

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    School Closures, Reentry, & Resources Information


    School Reentry Guidance,

    As the PED continues to update school reentry guidance, we advise visitors to check back daily for updates.

    School Reentry Guidance

    Para obtener información sobre los requisites para el reingreso, haga clic aquí

    Safe & Healthy Schools COVID-19 resource page

    List of Schools Approved for Reentry by PED.

    Back to School FAQs

    Preguntas frecuentes sobre el regreso a la escuela


    Academic Enrichment Tool Kit for Families

    We know that families are looking for resources to keep students entertained and engaged during this time, and so we have put together these tool kits for educators and families. Please note: These resources are meant as suggestions only and will not be required. Completion of activates or digital coursework will not count towards instructional hours. Not every resource may be available in all formats – we encourage you to use the resources that work best for your family’s needs. Click here to download the toolkit.

    Academic Enrichment Tool Kit for Families – Download Here

    Enriquecimiento Académico Para Familias – Descarga Aquí

    Report a COVID-19 Safety Concern

    If you wish to report a violation of New Mexico’s Executive or Public Health Orders within a school setting or to submit information about non-compliance with PED’s District and School Reentry Guidance, please click the link below. This will be entirely anonymous.

    Submit a Complaint

    Meal Sites for Children

    List of sites that will provide breakfast and lunch to children between March 16 and April 6.

    Proper Food Handling Guidelines for Volunteers

    Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage are essential to prevent foodborne illness. You cannot see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. 

    Submit Comment on the Federal Student Testing Waiver.

    Due to schools closures associated with COVID 19 pandemic, the PED submitted a waiver application to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to seek a one-year reprieve from federal student testing and accountability requirements for the 2019-20 school year. Anyone who wishes to submit a public comment can email it to: 

    Click Here to Download the Waiver.

    Submit Comment on certain Fiscal and Programmatic Requirements Waiver.

    Due to schools closures associated with COVID 19 pandemic, the PED submitted additional waiver applications to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to waive certain fiscal and programmatic requirements pursuant to section 3511 of Division A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Anyone who wishes to submit a public comment can email it to:

    Click Here to Download the Waiver.


    Latest Updates 

    NM students to get free meals through December

    USDA extends program due to COVID-19 pandemic SANTA FE -- New Mexico school children will eat for free through December under a decision announced last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Schools may continue serving free meals to all children through the end...

    Schools in 25 counties may launch hybrid model Sept. 8

    Others must wait for improved public health conditions SANTA FE -- School districts and charter schools in 25 New Mexico counties have been cleared to begin a hybrid mode of learning that allows students from pre-K through fifth grade to come to school two days a week...