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A new report out today shows that New Mexico moms, concerned about learning loss and struggling with demanding jobs with kids at home, “feel it’s really important to have their children back in a brick-and-mortar school setting despite the risk” of COVID-19.
The problem? Governor Lujan Grisham still says she may shutter schools this year. Take a look:
When asked if Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has any plans of returning students to remote learning this year if COVID-19 cases continue to rise, her press secretary, Nora Meyers Sackett, said in an email that “ensuring that New Mexico students can safely be in classrooms is a top priority – the number one tool to ensuring this is getting New Mexicans vaccinated, which continues to be our main focus, including New Mexico schools staff, which is why the governor implemented a school vaccination policy. We encourage every New Mexican to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect New Mexico children by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask indoors.”
That is not the answer moms were looking for.
“Instead of standing up for working moms and their children suffering from learning loss, Lujan Grisham still considers shuttering schools an option,” said RGA spokesman Will Reinert. “Mothers know what is best for their sons and daughters, and they should not be forced to have their kids ‘left in the dust‘ while children in surrounding states learn in person.”