March 12, 2020

Open Letter to Parents, Students and Community:

Farmington Municipal Schools has reviewed guidance from the Governor, New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED). It is my decision that all field trips and athletic and activity events, both home and away, that are not already underway will be postponed through the end of spring break. A decision as to whether these events will be rescheduled will be made as more information becomes available and based upon guidance from the New Mexico Activities Association, NM PED and other organizations.

In addition, I am asking students, families and staff planning to travel over Spring Break to take extra precautions. I encourage individuals to be vigilant upon return if you have traveled to any high-risk areas. Out of an abundance of caution, I ask that any student or staff who has traveled to a high-risk area during spring break remain at home and not attend school for the 14-day period upon their return. Information on areas that may be considered high risk can be found on the CDC website and the US State Department website.

As a parent, should you feel the need to keep your child home due to travel, I ask that you notify your child’s school following regular processes. Schools are prepared to assist families on issues that could arise regarding both attendance and school work issues. When considering returning to school, remember while the majority of individuals are likely to recover, there are certain populations at higher risk. I ask you to be especially aware of the risks potential carriers pose to those who are more susceptible.

It is important to continue to practice good prevention practices. Staff and students are being reminded daily to follow three important steps:

The FMS Leadership team will continue to coordinate with NM PED, NMDOH, San Juan County Office of Emergency Management, San Juan Regional Medical Center and other state and local agencies and will provide additional updates as they are necessary. These updates will be posted on the FMS website, on the FMS Facebook page and emailed to parents and guardians.  

Respectfully,  

Dr. Eugene Schmidt
FMS Superintendent