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

August 3, 2020


Farmington Municipal Schools students, staff, families and community, 

Over the past many months, my administrative team and I reviewed a variety of Return to Learn options that included At-School and At-Home instructional program offerings. In the process, responses to staff and parent surveys helped inform the school reopening plan that I share with you today. Included in the formation of Farmington’s plan was an outreach to the New Mexico Public Education Department whose guidance allowed for the introduction of remote and virtual learning models as a phased in approach to bring students back into school as well as prioritizing safety of students and staff.

In sharing this plan, I express my thanks for your patience and understanding. The decision on how and when to bring our children back to school is critical to the balance between the importance of the educational needs and safety/welfare of our children. With these thoughts in mind, I announce today that all PreK-12 FMS students will begin classes on August 18th in an online learning environment through, at least, September 4, 2020. Students and staff will use this three week online learning to present all students the opportunity to virtually acclimate in the event the Governor extends the learning from home timeframe beyond the Labor Day weekend. 

Two versions of online learning will be offered to FMS students, depending on his or her parents’ response to a recent Intention Survey, where FMS school staff called every FMS household. Those who initially chose At-School Learning will participate in Remote Learning, with the hope of attending school in-person when Public Health Orders are modified, and those who initially chose At-Home Learning will begin virtual learning for the semester.  

A detailed outline of these options and timelines, including resources and guidance documents for both Remote Learning and At-Home Learning, can be found on our website on a new, under the new and updated Return to Learn menu tab. You can find that page here.  Information about student meals, athletics, school supplies provided by the district and more can also be found at this link. 

In order for this to work, I need your help. Many of the school laptops which were issued to students for at home learning last spring have not been returned. For example, over 330 middle school laptops remain in the community. These need to be returned to the Central Office 3401 E. 30th by Friday August 7, 2020, in order for them to be cleaned in time for them to be redistributed in time for students to start school.

In closing, I know the decision to start the year at home will disappoint many in our community. I want to get our students back to school. As noted earlier in my letter, the health and safety of students and staff is balanced by the need to educate our students. These three weeks are needed to learn more about Coronavirus in our community. We will get students back to school in time. It will just take time to do it. 


Eugene J. Schmidt, PhD

FMS Superintendent