This letter is to provide information about what Central Consolidated School District (CCSD) is planning in regards to COVID-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus. We take the health of our students and staff very seriously.
You are likely aware of confirmed cases in the United States and neighboring states. CCSD encourages families and staff to remain cautious and aware of the status of this virus.
To be proactive, CCSD will continue, as always, to work closely with the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the San Juan Regional Medical Center to ensure that we have an effective preparedness and management system in place. In the event that the virus poses a serious threat to the students and staff, CCSD will follow the NMDOH guidelines. Families will be notified in the event of any closures via our parent communication system, or our website and social media channels.
In order to protect you and your family, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, such as using proper handwashing techniques and teaching children to cover coughs and sneezes. CDC recommends these same preventive measures for coronavirus. The New Mexico Department of Health also has issued reccomendations on social distancing and gatherings.
Dr. Dave Goldtooth
Superintendent of Central Consolidated School District
The state of New Mexico has launched NMConnect, a new phone app that provides free 24-hour crisis and non-crisis support and access to behavioral health professionals who can text or talk via phone with individuals needing a listening ear or referrals to longer-term support. The app links users to the New Mexico Crisis Access Line (NMCAL), which provides safety net services statewide. NMCAL is still available via phone 24/7 toll-free by calling 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474).
The NMConnect app, available now for iPhone and Android, includes a “one touch” button for connection to a mental health professional on the State of New Mexico’s 24-hour crisis and access hotline. For more information, click here.
For Homeless Liaisons
In light of the global pandemic of the novel coronavirus causing Covid-19, public schools are moving to virtual learning options for students. The McKinney-Vento Act and guidance from the Department of Education require that children and youth experiencing homelessness have access to the same public education as other children and youth, including the necessary educational and related services.
Provide outreach to previously identified students experiencing homelessness. Implement a process that includes weekly, documented check-ins with current students identified as experiencing homelessness. Assess each student for academic and personal needs, such as school supplies, technology for virtual learning, safety, food, hygiene products, assistance with transportation, connection with benefits such as SNAP, housing support, healthcare, etc. Use attached Education for Homeless Children and Youth (ECHY) Weekly Check-In COVID-19V Form.
Identify newly eligible students experiencing homelessness. Implement an identification process for students who recently became homeless. Families can be qualified over the phone. This does not need to be a face-to-face visit. Assess each new student for academic and personal needs, such as school supplies, technology for virtual learning, safety, food, hygiene products, assistance with transportation, connection with benefits such as SNAP, housing support, healthcare, etc. Use attached Newly Identified ECHY Student Needs Assessment COVID-19V Form.
Eliminate enrollment barriers for students experiencing homelessness during the shutdown.Implement an immediate enrollment process for students that are switching schools to assure that they are qualified as “homeless” and linked immediately to the Homeless Liaison for services. School stability, school of origin and best interest determinations still apply during the shutdown.
Resources For Individuals Experiencing Financial Hardship Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has declared a state of public health emergency in New Mexico as a result of the novel coronavirus. You can find the most up-to-date resources for jobs childcare, housing, healthcare, food, bills (utilities and telecommunications) and legal assistance here.
Meals at Five School Locations: Breakfast and lunch will be served to children ages 1 to 18, until May 22, at Kirtland Middle School, Naschitti Elementary School, Newcomb High School, Ojo Amarillo Elementary School, and Shiprock High School. Serving time is 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
REMEMBER TO KEEP A DISTANCE OF AT LEAST SIX FEET BETWEEN YOU AND THE NEXT FAMILY. No eating the meals at the schools or busses. Also, please do not come to a bus stop or school site if you are sick. Take precautions with food safety after you receive your meals. Thank you.
Governor: Closings must continue to prevent spread of COVID-19
The governor previously ordered all public schools closed for three weeks, March 16-April 3. On March 27 a new executive order extended the closing through the end of the school year. See press release here. See answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.
Speech and Language Links
YouTube is one of my most utilized speech therapy resources. I love that it is free, and new content is always being added. YouTube allows me to plan no prep/low prep therapy and to cover a lot of different goals. Here are some of my favorite YouTube channels: