Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) had the best-laid plans for redesigned, reimagined and rebooted learning for students this year, with schools opening in remote and moving to in-person as the semester advanced. Regrettably, the coronavirus’ progression has caused us to reverse course and place in-person learning on hiatus.
Though we must close school buildings, our resolve remains strong to provide a high-quality education to all students so they can learn and thrive, albeit remotely. We will reassess our ability to safely return students and staff to classrooms in January.
Making this call was difficult. Students and staff who volunteered to return to in-person learning on October 26 were starting to make inroads, feeling ever more confident about being back in their classrooms. Volunteer teachers were ably meeting the learning needs of both hybrid and remote students.
We believed that our investment in personal protective equipment, plexiglass dividers, sanitization protocols and much more would help to protect all. We rejoiced as students reconnected with friends and staff just three weeks ago, attaining a degree of normalcy upon their return to school.