Messages from the Superintendent

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FMS Superintendent Dr. Eugene Schmidt aims to update students, staff, families and the Farmington community regularly during this school closure due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Dr. Schmidt's most recent message is displayed below. Updated messages are emailed to parents and then posted here. 

 

Superintendent's Letterhead

September 22, 2020 


Farmington Municipal Schools students, staff, families and community, 


It’s my pleasure to announce to you that NMPED Secretary Ryan Stewart has approved our district’s Return to Learn plan and PreK-fifth grade students will be returning to our elementary classrooms under the 50% rostering requirement of the NMPED.

A majority of students who have chosen At-School learning will continue with the 4-day week (Tuesday through Friday) model and attend full-day school. In cases where the 50% roster reduction requirement cannot be met due to the number of students wishing to attend At-School learning, alternative scheduling could be utilized, including an A/B schedule. District staff will work with principals to finalize roster sizes and scheduling as soon as possible. Those students who have previously chosen At-Home learning will continue with virtual learning until December. All students will continue to observe Independent Learning Mondays where assignments and learning are done from home while teachers collaborate with colleagues, meet with school leadership teams and plan future lessons.   

More information about Return to Learn will be forthcoming from the district and principals. There are no changes to most of the procedures previously released including: 

  •  Masks will be required for all students. Students may use their own multiple layer, cloth masks and the district has a supply as well. 
  •  Students and families will self-screen through Ruvna prior to arriving at a bus stop or school. 
  •  Visitors will not be allowed in schools or classrooms. Parents wishing to meet with school staff or teachers are asked to make an appointment for a virtual meeting. 

In closing, I want to offer our entire community a sincere Thank You. Parents, families and guardians have become vital partners in the education of our students and we look forward to growing that relationship whether your student is returning to our classroom on October 13 or if they will continue learning from home. With your help, we have gotten to this point. With your help in the future, we will continue Rising to Excellence in Every Pursuit.  

 

I look forward to October 13 and will continue to advocate for the safe opening of our middle schools and high schools. 

Respectfully,

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Eugene J. Schmidt, PhD

Superintendent