Some far-left New Mexico school districts, such as the Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS), are already taking the advice of the National Educators Association of New Mexico (NEA-NM), which is calling for “reduction” on in-person learning in New Mexico.
“Currently, educators sell their preps to cover classes without breaks throughout the day,” the union said in a letter to SFPS Superintendent Hilario “Larry” Chavez and the school board, referring to teachers giving up their preparation periods. “Also, the practice of adding 10-15 students to teachers’ classes when colleagues are out sick, increases class size and eliminates recommended safety procedures that are in place to mitigate the transmission rate of [infection] in our schools.”
It urged SFPS to consider shifting to a four-day week on campus, reserving Fridays for remote, “asynchronous” learning, citing increased cases of a new strain of virus.
SFPS now is shuttering schools starting on January 18, with Chavez writing, “We are pausing because, with so many staff — teachers, bus drivers, custodial staff and nutrition workers — quarantining, we cannot currently ensure the safe operation of schools. Staffing shortages are placing extreme stress and additional duties on those who remain at work. We are currently unable to provide adequate coverage due to the increased number of absences.”
There is a possibility SFPS students may return to in-person learning by the end of January, however, it is unclear if they will follow the timeline provided.
Keeping students out of the classroom has life-altering and even deadly effects, with increased suicides, increased risk of abuse, learning loss, among other negative impacts that appear to be an afterthought to the NEA and SFPS.TAKE ACTION: Reach out to your local school board and demand they keep in-person learning for children in your community. Don’t let them be bullied by the NEA, the American Federation of Teachers (ATF), or any other group lobbying to once again shutter schools and harm children’s development.