Some additional information is now available about the state’s plan allowing schools to re-open schools by Feb. 8. The plan requires masking, extra cleaning and more spacing of students, with schools being opened in the hybrid mode (typically half a week of in-person schooling). Additionally, 12% to 25% of teachers from each district will have to participate in COVID-19 testing. Schools with numerous positive tests during a short time will also have to close for two weeks.
Strict rules on air filters have been changed, which means many schools will no longer have to replace their entire ventilation systems. School sports could resume by Feb. 22 if there isn’t a high spike in cases, according to state officials. For more information on the state’s guidelines, please visit https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/reentry-district-and-school-guidance/.
Locally, our school district has said it is revising its plan based on the new information that was given to them. Students and the community should not expect a complete return by Feb. 8.
Another school issue, the Carlsbad Early College High School is now accepting applications for the class of 2025. Applications are due by March 1. For an application, please visit https://forms.gle/Hzoa6PPe2Ji3eqd58.
We’ve enjoyed learning more about the Early College program during our discussions about the college this year, and it really is doing a great job offering opportunity. For more information about the program, please visit https://youtu.be/2e4F4d0s1N0.
COVID Update: There were 22 new COVID-19 positives announced for Eddy County on Thursday as well as, sadly, 3 more COVID-19 related deaths, putting Eddy County at a total of 100 COVID-related deaths since calculations began in March. Please help us continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as we push to get finally past this pandemic. Sarah Jones, our head librarian, also asked us to remind anyone who might need assistance with the vaccine registration program to contact or visit the library. They have been helping with registrations for several weeks.
Carlsbad’s Packs for Hunger program has continued to grow over the past few months. Carol and Wayne Worley now report that they are filling 340 backpacks a week in this program. Donations to the program have always been very generous, but the need is also the greatest it has ever been. Please consider supporting Packs for Hunger or one of our other local food based charities.
Another outstanding local charitable group, the Faith, Hope & Love Foundation, recently completed a renovation at its property at 933 N. Canal St. Congratulations to everyone with the Foundation and please keep up the good work.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway