The Rio Rancho School Board decided to pull the plug on in-person learning Tuesday and transition back to online-only learning amid rising COVID cases.
Although school leaders said the hybrid learning model has been successful, circumstances over the last few weeks have drastically changed.
“We would do that as long as we felt it was safe for the students and safe for the staff in the buildings, and so I think our situation right now, based on what we've heard, is I don't know if we are at that point now, and I do think we need to reconsider where we are,” said RRPS Superintendent Dr. Sue Cleveland.
But board members said they’re also worried about students’ emotional well-being.
School officials raised concerns about the upcoming holidays. People that travel will have to quarantine upon their return. If too many teachers travel, that could mean not enough staff for in-person learning.
The school district has had about 40 positive tests, but representatives said the virus is not spreading in schools. RRPS said one student is currently critically ill with COVID.
RRPS said online-only learning will begin Nov. 23 and will continue till January 19.