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Piedra Vista High School closes voluntarily, moves to remote learning

Online learning will last for at least two weeks
Students at Piedra Vista High School will be learning outside the classroom and online for the next two weeks.

FARMINGTON – Farmington Municipal Schools announced Friday that Piedra Vista High School will voluntarily go to online only learning for two weeks.

A news release didn’t identify the reason for the closure, but it did say parents of students who may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 have been notified. Farmington Municipal Schools did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

Farmington Municipal Schools sent the release Friday saying that Superintendent Dr. Eugene Schmidt made the decision to switch voluntarily.

The school did not reach the state threshold to trigger a mandatory closing. That threshold is four positive rapid responses in 14 days, according to the Public Education Department. A rapid response is one or more cases reported in a single day of a person being infectious while on campus, along with any positive cases with a testing day up to one day after the reported cases.

According to the release, remote learning is anticipated to last through at least April 28, with the intent of returning to in-person, at-school learning on April 29. However, those students who are already learning in a remote setting will be able to continue as planned for the rest of the school year.

For information about meals during remote learning, including free breakfast and lunches, visit https://district.fms.k12.nm.us/return_to_learn_2020/student_meals.

mmitchell@durangoherald.com

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