UPDATES - Tatum Municipal Schools (Please scroll down page to see all up-dates)

October 5th, 2020

To:  Parent/Guardian of children who attend Tatum High School

Tatum High School is working with the New Mexico Public Education (NMPED) and New Mexico’s Department of Health (NMDOH) because a child who attends our school has tested positive for COVID-19. 

This letter is to inform you about the next steps necessary to protect your child and our community form COVID-19.  Per guidance from both NMPED and NMDOH, we are required to investigate to see who had “close contact” with the student who tested positive for COVID-19.  A “close contact” is defined as being closer than six feet for more than three minutes to a person who is positive for COVID-19 and all staff and students who were in the same classroom or same bus as the infected individual.  According to NMPED and NMDOH, all staff who were in “close contact” with the infected individual must be tested 7 to 10 days after close contact exposure to the positive COVID-19 individual.  All students who were close contacts are strongly encouraged to be tested.  Both staff and student close contacts must self-quarantine at home for 14 days, regardless of the test result.

In the meantime, if you or your child begin to develop symptoms of COVID-19, which are fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of smell or taste, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea [http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html], please call your healthcare provider or the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

It is important that you call ahead to your healthcare provider before presenting to the physician’s office, clinic, urgent care or emergency room so that they can be prepared for your arrival.  They may also refer you to the testing clinic.

Areas of the School (including buses) in which the COVID-19 positive individual spent time will be cleaned and disinfected and those who were in close contact of the positive individual will be notified.

Please continue to send your child to school unless you are notified that your child was a close contact of a positive COVID-19 individual, your child develops COVID-19 symptoms, or your child has a positive COVID-19 test.  Likewise, your household members do not need to quarantine unless your child tests positive for COVID-19 or your household members are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 individual.

You may call the Tatum Municipal School’s Nurse at (575)398-4191 or NMDOH at (505)827-0006, if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support in these efforts.

Sincerely,

Buddy Little, Superintendent

Tatum Municipal Schools         

 
Cafeteria Info
Tatum School's cafeteria will be open starting August 17th. Elementary students who are on-campus will be provided a breakfast and lunch in the classroom if they so choose. Secondary students will take their meal with them when they leave for home at 11:30am. All off-campus students can pick up a breakfast and lunch on a give-n-go basis each day at 11:00 am. Students must be enrolled in Tatum Schools to receive a give-n-go breakfast and lunch. The cafeteria will serve meals based on the free and reduced or paid program. Meals can be purchased through the elementary or secondary office as usual. You must wear a mask and pass a screening to include a temperature check before entering the secretaries office.
 
The New Mexico Public Education Department recently decided that New Mexico Public Schools would not be able to start in the Hybrid Mode that we had originally anticipated. Due to this change, and the short notice, we are planning to use the week of August 10th to schedule meetings. If you are not a full-time online student and had anticipated coming to school, you will be called and a meeting scheduled between you, your child and a staff member. The staff member will explain our online learning platform and ways to communicate with staff for additional support. Please bring your learning device (laptop etc.) and an up-to-date email address to the meeting. Also, face masks are required anytime you are on the School Campus as well as temperature checks before entering the buildings.
 
If you are a full-time online student, you will be able to begin your instruction on August 6th.
 
We feel it is imperative to be able to sit down with you and your child and explain how to navigate this learning approach. We also want you to be comfortable with communicating with school personnel during this time. Online Instruction for students who plan to attend school will begin August 17th. Please disregard any messages from Edgenuity stating that your student is behind. This will be addressed during your individual meeting with staff.

Tatum School Parents:   Please complete the following survey for the New Mexico Public Education Department concerning Childcare.  Even if you do not need childcare during school re-entry, please complete the survey.  Padres de la escuela de Tatum, tómese un momento para completar esta encuesta para el Departamento de Educación Pública de Nuevo México sobre cuidado infantil. Incluso si no lo necesitas.  NMPED Childcare Survey .  Thank you!!!

Tatum Municipal School Registration for Fall 2020:

All returning students will need to download these 3 documents and return them to the School by US Mail:   TMS Cell Phone Policy Form.pdf ,  TMS Health Authorization Form.pdf ,  TMS Permission Form.pdf ,  2020-2021 High School Handbook.pdf ,  2020 - 2021 JH Handbook.pdf ,  2020-2021 Elementary Handbook.pdf  (Please sign and return signature page only for Handbook of School which child attends).   PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE complete this application  Lunch Application.pdf even if you do not think you will qualify.  The more that complete it, the more it helps the district with Federal Funding.  These forms will need to be completed and returned by all returning students (On Campus and Virtual).  If you have trouble downloading the forms or don't have access to a printer, please call the building secretary to schedule an appointment for registration.

Tatum Schools, PO Box 685, Tatum , NM 88267.

If you are a new student and live within the Tatum Municipal School's District, you will need to call the Building Secretary and Schedule an appointment for Registering your child in Tatum Schools.

6th Grade - 12th Grade:  Call (575)398-4555; Pre-K - 5th Grade:  Call (575)398-4191.

 

Tatum Municipal School’s REENTRY GUIDELINES

(This plan is subject change as guidelines from NMPED change or data indicates a need.)

NM Public Education Department Reentry Guidance Document

The New Mexico Public Education Department requires each school district to comply with eight minimum requirements for Reentry:

  1. To begin, all districts and schools across the state will be able to operate strictly according to hybrid guidelines.  The Department of Health and Medical Advisory Team will regularly assess rates of spread of COVID-19.  Districts and Schools will then follow the appropriate guidelines based on the designated safe reentry category.
  2. Schools must participate in a surveillance and rapid response testing program for all staff.
  3. Schools must adhere to social distancing requirements of their designated category.
  4. Schools should avoid large group gatherings.
  5. Face coverings are required for all students and staff except while eating, drinking, and exercising, with limited exceptions for students or staff who have medical reasons for not being able to wear a mask or face shield.
  6. All staff must be screened on a daily basis, including a temperature check and review of potential symptoms.  All sites must work with state and local health officials to have a plan for contact tracing.  While not required, this is also recommended for students.
  7. For transportation, all staff and students must wear face shields or masks.  In addition:
    1. A maximum of two students may sit together on a bus seat.
    2. Schools in the yellow category should take all reasonable steps to limit bus seats to one student to the best of their ability.
  8. Meals must be provided to students during in-person instruction and remote learning.

Before Leaving Home:

  • Parents/Guardians check their children for symptoms, in the event of a temperature 100.0 or more, keep the child home until symptoms subside for 48 hours; contact school officials to report the absence.
  • Have your child wash their hands just prior to leaving home.
  • Send your child to school with a full bottle of water and a face covering.
  • Check their materials and confirm they have the items necessary for the day; homework and supplies.  This will avoid any other possible trips to campus throughout the day.

Riding the Bus:

  • Parent/Guardian waits at home or bus stop with students until the child has cleared the screening.
  • Temperature checks are required before a student may load in the morning.  Any temperature of 100.0 or higher will need to return home with their parent/guardian.
  • Hand Sanitizer will be used as students enter and leave the bus.
  • Buses will establish loading and unloading practices to limit the direct person to person contact; students sit in assigned seating; No more than 2 students per seat.
  • Face coverings (masks, neck gaiters or face shields) are required for all students and staff while riding the bus, with limited exceptions for students or staff who have medical reasons for not being able to wear a mask or face shield.
  • Buses will be disinfected between routes and at the end of the day.
  • Transportation will not be provided for OUT OF DISTRICT student pick-up at previously designated bus stops.

Entering the School Buildings:

  • Elementary building will be open at 7:45 am.
  • Secondary building will be open at 7:50 am.
  • Face coverings (masks, neck gaiters or face shields) are required for all students and staff, with limited exceptions for students or staff who have medical reasons for not being able to wear a mask or face shield.
  • Temperature checks are required of staff as they enter the building.  Any temperature of 100.0 or higher will be isolated and sent home.  (confidentiality will be maintained)
  • Screen all students to the extent practical.  In the event a child displays symptoms, including a temperature of 100.0 or higher.  Student will be isolated until they can return home.  Consider safety and privacy concerns.  (confidentiality should be maintained)
  • Follow marked spaced lines to enter the building and designated entrance and exit flow paths.
  • Essential visitors must call school office before entering; screening and face coverings will be required.
  • Large group gatherings will be avoided.
  • Restrictions for nonessential visitors and volunteers.
  • Students and staff who feel ill after coming to school will be isolated until they can return home.

Transitions and Gatherings:

  • Hallways will be marked with arrows as flow paths to keep students separated.
  • Lockers will not be used by students or staff to limit gatherings.
  • Same groups of students will stay with same staff as much as possible.
  • Large group gatherings will be avoided and discouraged. (especially in parking lots and common areas)
  • Recess will be staggered to reduce the number of students together at a given time.
  • Classrooms will follow the 6’ distancing or 50% capacity.
  • Extracurricular activities will follow the NMAA guidelines.
  • Each school will have signage as reminders of proper hygiene information and possible symptoms.

Meals:

  • Meals will be provided for every student every school day.  (even when learning from home)
  • Remote learners will be able to pick up their breakfast and lunch in a pickup and go fashion.  (9:30am)
  • Disposable plates, sacks, utensils, etc. will be used.
  • Cafeteria serving lines will be marked with signage designating entrance and exit flow paths.
  • Lunches from home may be brought to school and left in designated areas for student pick up of meal.  Face coverings (masks, neck gaiters or face shields) for parents/guardians dropping off lunch will be required.
  • The cafeteria will be cleaned after each serving and throughout the day.
  • On campus students will be scheduled to eat in the cafeteria at designated times to accommodate 6’ social distancing requirements.

Practicing Prevention:

  • Good hygiene measures will be taught and reinforced. (hand washing, covering coughs, face coverings, etc.)
  • Hand soap and hand sanitizer will be provided.
  • Classrooms will be equipped with disinfecting materials; spray bottles, disposable towels, gloves and disposable masks to be used throughout the day.
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned/disinfected at least daily.
  • Students may bring their own water bottles from home.  Students will be scheduled to refill their personal bottle with staff operating the water fountain.  Water fountains will not be used by students.
  • Deep cleaning of schools prior to school opening, school breaks, and off campus learning days will occur.

Temporary School Closure:

  • Instruction would continue using the remote learning model (Google Classroom) used under the Hybrid Model.
  • Close off school building if used by a COVID-19 positive person and do not use before cleaning and disinfection.
  • If possible, wait 24 hours and then clean and disinfect the campus.  If it is not practical to wait 24 hours, wait as long as possible.  Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep disinfectant products away from children.
  • Advise sick staff members and children not to return to school until they have met NMDOH criteria to discontinue home isolation.
  • Inform those who have had close contact to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and follow NMDOH guidance if symptoms develop.  If a person does not have symptoms, follow appropriate NMDOH guidance for home quarantine.
  • If the school is closed due to a positive COVID-19 test, the campus will be closed and disinfected prior to reopening.
  • If the school is closed and students go to a full remote learning model the turnaround time is at least 48 hours.

Teaching and Learning:  (Grades PreK – 5th)

Learning Options:  Hybrid or Fully On-line.

Hybrid Model:

  • 4 days on campus learning.
  • Fridays will be online from home.
  • District curriculum will be used along with the Pathblazer virtual learning platform.
  • Certified Teachers will lead instruction at each grade level.  Instructional Aides will be utilized to split each grade level into classrooms that allow space necessary to accommodate spacing requirements.  Google Classroom will be used as a platform to stream instruction.
  • Grades will be determined using district grading procedures prior to schools closing.
  • On the Fridays scheduled on the Tatum Municipal School’s calendar, students will work remotely from home.  Office hours for staff will be from 8am – 11:30am.  Professional Development and Deep Cleaning of the school building will take place from 1pm – 4pm.
  • Special Education Services to include Ancillary will continue according to each individual students IEP.
  • ELL services will be overseen by Tatum School’s ELL coordinator.  Screenings and services will be scheduled accordingly.
  • PE at the elementary will be placed on hold until we return to full reentry.  Recess and breaks will be scheduled throughout the day.
  • A chromebook will be provided for each family that indicates that they do not have a learning device at home.
  • Training will take place in partnership with Lovington Municipal Schools for staff to be trained to provide regular social and emotional support and to recognize trauma and provide trauma support to students.  Training is being scheduled with Dr. Kevin Dill on the Trauma Sensitive Classroom to build capacity in supporting the social and emotional needs of students.  Teachers will incorporate Kindness and Caring activities and lessons each week for all students.
  • State Assessments will be determined by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Fully On-Line:

  • On-Line from Home all week.
  • Students will be required to remain online for one semester or until the full reentry is established by NMPED and NMDOH.  (Due to additional cost incurred by the district)
  • Curriculum will be Edgenuity Courseware (K-5 core)
  • Chromebooks will be issued for families that indicate that they do not have a learning device at home.
  • Grades will be determined using district grading procedures prior to schools closing.
  • Special Education Services to include Ancillary will continue according to each individual students IEP.

Teaching and Learning:  (Grades 6 – 12)

Learning Options:  Hybrid or Fully On-line.

Hybrid Model:

  • On Campus instruction will incorporate the 50% model.  Group A, at each grade level, will attend school on Monday and Tuesday.  Group B will attend school on Wednesday and Thursday.  (AABB model)
  • Students will have 2 days on campus learning and 2 days on-line at home learning.  An additional day of on-line at home learning will take place on the Fridays scheduled on the Tatum Municipal School’s calendar.
  • Curriculum will include our District Curriculum as well as Edgenuity.  Google Classroom will also be utilized as an on-line learning platform for instruction.
  • Students will be scheduled into core courses as well as electives to meet all necessary graduation requirements.
  • Grades will be determined using the District Grading Procedure before schools closed and as outlined in the student handbook.
  • Special Education Services to include Ancillary will continue according to each individual students IEP.
  • ELL services will be overseen by Tatum School’s ELL coordinator.  Screenings and services will be scheduled accordingly.
  • A chromebook will be provided for each family that indicates that they do not have a learning device at home.
  • PE will be limited and follow class schedules while on campus.
  • Training will take place in partnership with Lovington Municipal Schools for staff to be trained to provide regular social and emotional support and to recognize trauma and provide trauma support to students.  Training is being scheduled with Dr. Kevin Dill on the Trauma Sensitive Classroom to build capacity in supporting the social and emotional needs of students.  Tatum Municipal Schools will prioritize Social and Emotional Learning throughout the 2020-21 school year for all students and staff.
  • Athletics will follow NMAA Guidelines.

Fully On-Line:

  • On-Line from Home all week.
  • Students will be required to remain online for one semester or until the full reentry is established by NMPED and NMDOH.  (Due to additional cost incurred by the district)
  • Curriculum will be Edgenuity and supported by Staff at Tatum Municipal Schools.
  • Chromebooks will be issued for families that indicate that they do not have a learning device at home.
  • Grades will be determined using district grading procedures prior to schools closing.
  • Special Education Services to include Ancillary will continue according to each individual students IEP.

 

For information on the virus or any questions concerning school closures throughout New Mexico please call 1-833-551-0518.

ONLINE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES:

31 Free Educational Websites Parents Can Access While Schools Are Closed.  https://www.popsugar.com/family/free-online-educational-resources-for-kids-47311368

Sources for Childhood Learning on the Internet  https://www.e-learningforkids.org/

Fun and Free Websites for Kids  https://www.verywellfamily.com/best-free-educational-websites-for-kids-3129084

Khan Academy is an Excellent Resource for SAT Preparation:  https://www.khanacademy.org/

Character Counts

PTO Tatum Coyote Spirit Store

Tatum Schools Mission

 Tatum Coyote Logo 

The mission of Tatum Municipal Schools is to provide each student a superior traditional education enhanced by technological advances in a safe supportive environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation and excellence in learning. The Tatum Municipal Schools team joins the parents and community in assisting the students in developing skills to become independent and self-sufficient adults who will succeed and contribute responsibly in a global community. 

Upcoming Events

  • NO SCHOOL - 4 DAY WEEK

    Tatum Municipal Schools
  • BOARD MEETING 6:00PM

    Tatum Municipal Schools
  • NO SCHOOL - 4 DAY WEEK

    Tatum Municipal Schools
  • NO SCHOOL - 4 DAY WEEK

    Tatum Municipal Schools
  • THANKSGIVING BREAK

    Tatum Municipal Schools
  • NO SCHOOL - 4 DAY WEEK

    Tatum Municipal Schools
  • BOARD MEETING 6:00PM

    Tatum Municipal Schools
  • END OF 1ST SEMESTER

    Tatum Municipal Schools
View Monthly Calendar