RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Schools in Rio Rancho as well as the rest of New Mexico will shift to a learn-at-home model as they remain closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state education and child care officials announced Friday.
The decision is part of a two-pronged plan to protect New Mexicans from COVID-19 and ensure children are protected, fed and educated, and that families are supported through this crisis. The governor previously ordered all public schools closed March 16-April 3, but warned that an extension could be needed.
New Mexico had 191 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases as of Friday afternoon, including some being investigated as community spread, the state health department said. School closings are designed to minimize community spread.