SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department reports today that 19 New Mexico public school buildings were placed on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending Friday, Nov. 20, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period.
Those schools are:
- Bel-Air Elementary
- La Cueva High
- Sunset Mesa School
- Gadsden Independent Schools Physical Plant
- Belen Middle
- La Casita Elementary in Clovis
- Deming Intermediate
- Española Valley High
- Eutimio Salazar Elementary
- Española Public School District administrative office
- Hobbs High
- Hobbs Schools administrative offices
- Kirtland Middle
- Las Cruces Public Schools administrative office
- Taylor Middle
- Brown Early Childhood Center
- Berrendo Middle
- Sierra Middle
- Pojoaque Intermediate
During that same period, no schools were placed on the Closure List.
The Watchlist, maintained by the New Mexico Environment Department, includes schools and businesses with two or more Rapid Responses within 14 days. Those with four or more Rapid Responses in 14 days are placed on the Closure List and required to close and, where appropriate, return instruction to remote-only learning.
A Rapid Response is a series of interventions designed to prevent COVID-19 spread, beginning when the New Mexico Department of Health notifies a school that an employee or student has a confirmed positive case and was on campus/in the facility during the infectious period. Read the complete COVID-19 Rapid Response Watchlist here.
If a public school is required to close because it has four or more Rapid Responses in a 14-day period, it must remain in remote-only learning mode until its county is in the green zone – a Department of Health distinction signifying acceptable control of the virus. See the map here.
Only the individual school that reached the four-in-14 threshold would be required to return to remote learning. That means a school district could have one school closed for in-person learning, another on the Watchlist, and others with no impact.