Some schools shift slowly to hybrid models
As COVID cases fall nationally, some New Mexico schools have taken advantage of the lowered risk of community spread by adopting a hybrid learning model that allows some in-person classroom time. Both Pecos and Mora school districts are moving into hybrid models gradually by staggering the return for different grades of middle and high school students, as reported in the Las Vegas Optic. By limiting the number of people on campus at a given time in this way, the school is better able to facilitate and enforce social distancing, keeping students and staff safe.
Even with some on-campus time, however, students will still have few classes that are taught in person. Instead, they will use on-campus time mostly to continue to attend online classes and complete digital assignments, working from campus classrooms rather than from home. This allows small groups of students to work together in a shared space and enables in-person social interactions with peers. Santa Fe Public Schools, facing the reluctance of many unvaccinated teachers to return to campuses, is leveraging the hybrid model to re-vision how on-campus learning can occur. Following informal learning models used by non-traditional schools and higher education, the district is introducing “internet cafe” style environments and providing opportunities for brief one on one learning and support sessions through "help desks". Participation in the hybrid learning model is optional for families, and at present is not available for many elementary school students in many districts.
Both the Las Vegas City Schools and the West Las Vegas School district have voted to remain in distance learning mode exclusively until the end of the year, as has the Belen district in Valencia County. Other districts, such as Roswell, are returning to in-person learning more rapidly.
New resources from the Villanueva Library
The Villanueva David Cargo Library at the El Valle Community Center is now offering Electronic Library Accounts. An Electronic Library Account (ELA) will provide immediate access to our growing digital collections as well as to digital resources from the New Mexico State Library. Together, these include:
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