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COVID-19 Daily Info/Updates

May 21, 2020

The New Mexico Public Education Department is asking families to complete an online survey about their experiences with continuous learning during the school closing period triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Survey responses will help school districts better meet community needs and help the New Mexico School Reentry Task Force shape plans for reopening public schools in the state. 

Parents can expect to spend about eight minutes per student to complete the New Mexico Family Education Survey. They will answer both open- and close-ended questions about their child's level of engagement in school, the family's level of satisfaction with their school’s expectations and supports, their school’s ability to meet the child’s individual needs, and their communication preferences.

The full press release can be found here:  https://mailchi.mp/state.nm.us/nmped-announces-school-reentry-task-force-family-survey?e=%5bUNIQID


April 22, 2020

New Mexico State Agencies Launch Free, Virtual Talks for Parents and Educators
Experts on Parenting, Child Development, and Behavioral Health Will Offer Presentations, Answer Questions from New Mexicans 

Santa Fe - Today, the Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) and the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) announced a series of Zoom-based presentations to support parents, families, and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The first presentation will be led by Dr. Alicia Lieberman, the Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Child Trauma Research Program. Dr. Lieberman is the author of “The Emotional Life of the Toddler” and a world-renowned expert on relationships between parents and young children. 
On Friday, April 24, from 11 a.m. - 12 noon Mountain Time, Dr. Alicia Lieberman will lead a Zoom presentation titled "Parenting Under Stress: What Parents and Young Children Need in Uncertain and Dangerous Times." The presentation is primarily designed for parents who are home with children, but all New Mexicans are welcome to participate. Dr. Lieberman will open with a presentation, followed by Q&A. 
New Mexicans can register in advance for this webinar:
After doing so, registrants will receive a confirmation email containing login / call-in details.

For New Mexicans who are interested in accessing this content but cannot attend on Friday, ECECD and CYFD will post the presentation online.

In the coming weeks, the state will host additional webinars with child and family psychologists from UNM, as well as other experts.


April 1, 2020

Cimarron Schools serving 426 meals daily and the requests continue to grow. 
April 7th
Teachers will start providing NEW CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES.  Please watch for communication from your child's teacher to see that new schedule.
2020 Census
In 2010 Colfax county had 40.6% Self response to the US Census.  
The Census allows you to be counted and diverts federal resources where they are needed.
Colfax county currently has 14.6% Self Response.  If you have not filled out your 2020 Census,
please go to my2020census.gov.
Driver's Education:

Some schools and districts provide Driver's Ed as part of their elective curriculum. Guidance for the mandated school closure is that students will receive a pass/fail rating and credit for electives.
While Driver’s Ed is an elective, the state requires the course be fully completed.

If you have any questions about Driver's Ed, please email LeAnn Adams at the NM Department of Transportation: Leann.adams3@state.nm.us 


March 27, 2020



New Mexico Secretary of Education Stuart has just announced that the school closure will be extended through the end of the academic school year.

Cimarron Municipal Schools will continue to offer school lunches and breakfast through the end of May and are currently working on providing a summer lunch program in the summer also.

Teachers will continue to reach out to families to continue educational opportunities during the closure.  Health services and counseling will also be available by phone and telehealth opportunities. We are especially committed to supporting our high school seniors to ensure graduation and provide support to ensure positive transition into the next stage of life whether college or career.  Cimarron Municipal Schools will host a graduation ceremony when gathering limits are lifted, to give each student the recognition they deserve for their dedicated work to meet graduation requirements.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in these unprecedented times.  Together we will continue to provide strong educational opportunities while balancing the safety of our community.

The NMAA has also announced today that the 2020 STATE SPIRIT, SPRING SPORTS, & ACTIVITIES CANCELLED. The full press release can be read here: 

NMAA Press Release March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020 Press Release

Frequently Asked Questions about Extended School Closure



March 25, 2020

2020 Census Update

Cimarron Municipal Schools would like to encourage you to fill out your 2020 Census.  Information gathered from the census will ensure appropriate funding for our community for the next 10 years.  Please look for Census Questionnaire mailed to you or left at your doorstep. You can also access the link below and complete it online. 

2020 Census


If you use a P.O. Box you may not receive a Census Questionnaire, but you can still be counted by logging onto https://my2020census.gov/  and filling out the form.

The process will take about 10 minutes to complete.


March 24, 2020

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel announced a new public health emergency order effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, closing all private businesses and nonprofit entities except for those deemed essential, and further restricting mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have received a number of questions from school leaders about whether or not this new public health order extends to public schools, effectively extending the school closure period through April 10, 2020.
This order does NOT apply to public schools. School meal sites should follow the same guidelines as grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores and restaurants: meals should be provided for takeout or delivery only. No one will be allowed to stay and to eat on the premises. Transportation workers who are delivering meals are also not affected by the latest order. Visiting schools to pick up instructional materials and equipment is also an approved exemption.
As of now, the public order outlining the school closure period has not changed, but there is a strong likelihood that the closure period will be extended. We know that you are eagerly awaiting this update and it is our intention to give you as much notice as possible to make plans, but we are still waiting on more data points and guidance from public health officials and the federal government. We anticipate making an announcement later this week or early next week.
The Governor’s Office and the DOH are producing a detailed FAQ and definition of what constitutes an essential service. These additional documents will be released tomorrow morning. Until then, many of these questions can be answered in the full text of of the public health order.

New Mexico Submits Waiver to USDE
Due to schools closures associated with COVID 19 pandemic, today the PED submitted a waiver application to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to seek a one-year reprieve from federal student testing and accountability requirements for the 2019-20 school year.

Last Friday, the USDE announced it will grant a waiver for states providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements. New Mexico’s waiver has been submitted and can be viewed for public comment on the Assessment Memoranda page of the PED website. People can submit comment to: PED.Assessment@state.nm.us   

March 23, 2020

There has been a stop added to the Food Service Plan in Angel Fire. There is now a stop at Val Verde Park.  Please spread the word.

Cimarron Municipal Schools in conjunction with Avian Food Service Contractor has provided 1058 breakfast and lunch meals over the week. THANKS TO LORI, BARBARA, and ASHLEY. We are now providing more meals than the schools would serve on a regular school day. Cimarron bus drivers will now help with delivery to continue to serve the growing meal needs.


March 20, 2020

266 meals were served yesterday.  The Lunch Program continues (even over Spring Break) according to the schedule previously posted.

Reminder to students: Teachers continue to be available via email. If they can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact them. 


March 19, 2020

Deep cleaning has begun at each school. As rooms are cleaned, they are being sealed off to prevent contamination. 

Support services are being offered through this emergency closure.  Please see the "Covid-19 School Contacts" article for contact information. 

Lunches are being offered in all 3 communities. If unable to get to one of these locations, please call 575-376-2445 ext 103. Please refer to the lunch plan for further information. 


March 17, 2020:

Cimarron Schools will have its regular scheduled Board Meeting on Wednesday, MARCH 18th at 6:30pm.  The public is invited to call in by dialing 575-376-2445, extension 901, access 1234.

Lunch is being served in all 3 communities. 47 meals were served yesterday and 96 meals were served today. The time for Cimarron was extended.  Also, if a school age child has siblings in the home, they are all eligible for meals.




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