The Las Cruces Public School Board voted unanimously for students to remain online through the first semester. Select groups, such as special education, At-Promise youth and early childhood students will be allowed regulated or limited in-person access throughout the semester.
In an emotional plea, School Board Member Maria Flores spoke about the dangers of putting students at risk.
“I know that sending students back to the classroom is what our students need, but I also know that we are not in control of the virus. The only way to stay safe is to practice safety, and there are no guarantees,” Flores said. “Last week, it was announced that 70,000 children had COVID-19 across the country due to schools reopening, and there were deaths. This is our reality, and one that we cannot pretend does not exist.”