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Taos Academy Announcement

Re-Entry Plan for In-Person Learning

Re-Entry Plan for In-Person Learning

LEA Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

 

Section 2001(i)(1) of the ARP Act requires each local educational agency (LEA) that receives ARP ESSER funds to develop and make publicly available on the LEA’s website, no later than 30 days after receiving ARP ESSER funds, a plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services.  In New Mexico, districts and state-chartered charter schools are LEAs.







District ID 

County

LEA NAME 

 510-001

 Taos

Taos Academy 

 

How the LEA will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policies, on each of the following safety recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html


 

CDC Safety Recommendations 

Has the LEA Adopted a Policy? 

(Y/N) 

 

Describe LEA Policy: 

Universal and correct wearing of masks 

 y

COVID Policy adopted by GC in July and posted on website. All students and staff are required to prpperly wear masks indoors and outdoors unless actively eating and or drinking. 

Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding) 

y

 New schedules made to distance groups of kids. Off set breaks, lunch and recess. Classrooms and labs used off set schedules for full day instruction. 

Handwashing and respiratory etiquette 

y

Proper handwashing steps, mask wearing and distance requirements all posted throughout the campus as well as in all bathrooms.

Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation 

y

Cleaners daily using disinfectant liquid and fog machine, air purifiers in all rooms, new filters for HVAC, 

Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments 

Y

Follow all regulations in NMPED toolkit and NMDOH requirements, as well as local health ordinances. 

Diagnostic and screening testing 

Y

Provocative PCR testing and Pooled COVID PCR Test to Stay available on site.

Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities 

N

School has encouraged vaccinations and made public announcements for venues to get the vaccine. 

Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies 

Y

See COVID policy. We are following all regulations in PED toolkit.

Coordination with State and local health officials 

Y

COVID coordinator reports weekly and communicates regularly for guidance, 

 

How the LEA will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address students' academic needs and students' and staff social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services 

How the LEA will Ensure Continuity of Services? 

 Taos Academy remains open for instruction and other school related opportunities. As a hybrid instructional model, students have access to all learning digitally 24 -7 regardless of being on campus or remote. The LEA works with local school district in the event of a closure to provide food services. 

How will the LEA address Students’:

Academic Needs?

Taos Academy remains open for instruction and other school related opportunities. As a hybrid instructional model, students have access to all learning digitally 24 -7 regardless of being on campus or remote. 

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs? 

 Taos Academy employs two councilors to support families for SEL and other social work needs. We also contract with local mental health providers to support our community.

Other Needs (which may include student health and food services)?

The LEA works with local school district in the event of a closure to provide food services. 

How will the LEA address Staff: 

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs?

Taos Academy employs two councilors to support all TA staff and families for SEL and other social work needs.  We also contract with local mental health providers to support our community.

Other Needs?


 



Public Input

Describe the process used to seek public input, and how that input was taken into account in the revision of the plan.

 The parent advisory/equity council meets monthly to discuss changes to the COVID response. Plans are then taken to the Governing Council for further review of policy if needed. 

Understandable and Uniform Format

Describe the process by which the LEA will, to the extent practicable, present the plan written in a language that parents can understand.  Or, if it is not practicable to provide written translations to a parent with limited English proficiency, describe the process for orally translating the plan for such parents.

 Plans were sent in English and Spanish. 

Describe the process by which a parent who is an individual with a disability as defined by the ADA, will be provided a version of the plan in an alternative format accessible to that parent. 

 If needed, the plan can be provided in any format found necessary for all TA families. 

 


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