August 25, 2021

August 25, 2021

Open letter to the community

I’m pleased to share the NMPED issued a clarification late Tuesday, August 24th regarding masking at outdoor events. Several hours of unnecessary confusion ensued when a revision to the NMPED Toolkit directed school districts to implement an outdoor mask requirement only to be reversed several hours later after my notice to the community was posted. As such, I write to share that FMS will not require student-athletes, coaches, and/or spectators in outdoor sports to wear masks for practices or game events.

I also write to share that I have personally spoken to incoming NMPED Secretary Steinhaus about the unwelcomed mix-messaging. Again, to clarify, FMS will not require masks for outdoor sports. The indoor mask requirement for athletes and fans is still in effect.

In closing, I will continue to listen to the voices of our community and share them with NMPED and the Office of the Governor.


Eugene Schmidt
Superintendent of Farmington Municipal Schools