LCPS Special Meeting: School Will Start Remotely in Fall 2020
You can hear the latest update from Kelly Jameson of Las Cruces Public Schools here.
Citing student and staff safety, input from board members, teachers, parents and community members, LCPS Superintendent Dr. Karen Trujillo announced that administration would focus on transitioning students to remote learning beginning Aug. 12 – the original day of instruction to begin.
“Our staff worked diligently on the hybrid plan as directed by the New Mexico Public Education Department,” said Trujillo. “However, as coronavirus numbers increase in our community, we realize that we cannot safely put our students and staff in buildings as early as August 12.”
Under the remote plan, students will engage with their teachers in a virtual setting for the foreseeable future. There will be additional accommodations made for Special Education, English Learners and LCPS administration will be reaching out to engage students to ensure social/emotional learning needs are met.
Parents are being surveyed to assess technology, nutrition and transportation needs. The survey also provides an opportunity for students to register for the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA), a fully online option for students in 2020. Students who opt to attend VLA will make a commitment for the semester, whereas the remote learning model is a temporary learning environment with an end goal of returning to school when health conditions allow for face-to-face instruction. It is vital that all parents fill out this survey by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 17 to allow district officials to finalize schedules and staffing.
As LCPS administration works through the remote model, the information will be sent home to families and progress will be posted at www.lcps.net.
Parents Invited to Q & A Webinar with LCPS Superintendent
Parents and families of students in the Las Cruces Public School district are invited to a question and answer webinar hosted by LCPS Superintendent Dr. Karen Trujillo. The 90-minute session will be offered in English and Spanish and will address parents’ questions and concerns as students and staff prepare for back to school in an all-remote setting.
During a meeting of the Board of Education last week, Trujillo made the decision to suspend plans for a hybrid return to school in favor of going back in the “red” model, which allows educators to teach remotely. In the red model, grab-and-go meals are provided from select locations and through bus delivery to rural LCPS populations. Coronavirus testing metrics were a catalyst of that decision, along with concerns from teachers, staff and members of the board who expressed concern over safety.
LCPS will be working in the coming weeks to schedule technology checkouts for students who need a device to complete their work through Canvas, the learning management system used for sharing information in a virtual classroom and turning in work. School officially begins on Aug. 12.
The first webinar will be hosted from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. A Spanish version will be hosted on Thursday, July 23, also from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The webinar will feature a brief presentation from Trujillo, followed by a moderated question and answer session.
To access the webinar, click on www.livestream.com/lcpstv. Families must register for a Vimeo account to ask questions in the chat feature of the Livestream. Questions can be sent ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Us "Stuff The Bus" For Las Cruces Public Schools
Las Cruces’ Locally owned Radio Stations Step Up to “Stuff the Bus” For Las Cruces Public Schools Friday, July 31st.
And this time, they are Stuffing the Bus with MONEY!
Friday, July 31st, all 5 radio stations under Bravo Mic Communications will broadcast live on location with LCPS to raise money for “Stuff the Bus” from 8 am to 5 pm. Phones will be provided by the school district and LCPS staff will be taking public donations all day.
101 Gold, Zia Country 99.5, Magic 104.9, La Equis 96.7 and News Talk 92.7/1450 AM KOBE will share stories from our kids, parents, teachers, and community throughout the day and share donation links and donation “thank you’s” live on-air and online at lascrucestoday.com, thanks to our amazing community sponsors and partners.
All donations raised are going back directly to the Las Cruces Public School district.
What will donations be going toward?
- Nearly 25,000 students are enrolled within the Las Cruces Public School district
- Technology access for rural and low-income students
- Low Cost/Free Internet access for students and teachers
- Basic supplies needed by all remote-learning students that will be purchased and distributed directly by LCPS