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Clovis Municipal Schools taking coronavirus measures


March 11, 2020

CLOVIS — Due to the spread of the coronavirus and a recent state order banning large gatherings, Clovis Municipal Schools is shifting operations to instruction-only, effective immediately.

The district will suspend all events, functions, and travel by staff and students, according to a Thursday CMS release.

A ban on gatherings of more than 100 people exempts schools, and no positive tests for COVID-19 have been reported in Clovis or Curry County, but the district is acting with "an abundance of caution," according to the release.

Cancellations include:

• All district sponsored in-state or out-of-state travel and field trips for students and staff.

• All school sponsored events occurring at district facilities, including athletic and

extracurricular activities. This immediately impacts a softball doubleheader against Goddard that was scheduled for Thursday night and a home tennis match Friday against Cleveland.

• All community events occurring at district facilities.

• All school-related activities outside of classroom instruction.

• Volunteer assistance in the district.

Access to schools will also be limited and visitors including parents will not be permitted beyond the

front office security area of buildings. Additional accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis

if needed for parent meetings and/or scheduled appointments.

The district will also modify lunch schedules and menus to reduce large gatherings of students.

Questions can be directed to Carissa Engel at 575-769-4476.

Portales Schools has scheduled a special school board meeting for 9 a.m. Monday to discuss the matter and develop a plan moving forward, Superintendent Johnnie Cain told The News.


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