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The Artesia Public Schools are outlining their plan to comply with the State of New Mexico’s order that the remainder of the 2019-20 school year be conducted via at-home learning.

The APS issued a statement Friday following conference calls with the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and district administrators stating that its plan is due to the NMPED by April 8 but it plans to roll that plan out a bit early on April 6 in order to fine tune it and have it ready for full implementation on April 13.

Principals will begin working with assistant superintendents Monday, and department heads and teachers will then become involved in order to further develop and finalize the plan. The APS says the plan will be communicated to families as soon as possible.

“There is no doubt that the plan will include a great deal of online learning, but we don’t want lack of access to keep a student from having the chance to keep moving forward in their education,” said APS Superintendent John Ross Null. “So, we will work with families that have limited technology and access to best meet their needs.”

The APS says Penasco Valley Telecommunications is offering 60 days of free internet service with no contract to households containing K-12 and/or college students that are new PVT customers and live within the PVT service area. The offer is only being offered to new customers.

Installation fees will be waived for new student households, and those interested may call 748-1241 to enroll.

The APS says it will also be working with its technology department in the coming days to explore the potential of providing devices to students in need of them.