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When are schools resuming?
  • DEPARTMENT OF DINÉ EDUCATION: Navajo Nation Board of Education hereby directing the Closure of All Public Law 100-297 Grant Schools, Public Law 93-638 Contract Schools, Bureau of Indian Education-Operated Schools, Higher Education Institutions Operating on the Navajo Nation, All Public Schools (Including Charter Schools) Operating on the Navajo Nation, All Private Schools, All FACE Programs, Early Childhood Programs, Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Programs, and Navajo Head Start Programs on the Navajo Nation for the Remaining School Year.
  • ARIZONA: On March 30, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year. On March 27, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey also signed House Bill 2910 regarding school closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • NEW MEXICO: On March 29, 2020 the Governor of the State of New Mexico Michelle Lujan-Grisham extended the school closure order for all New Mexico public and charter schools for the remainder of the school year
  • UTAH: On March 23, 2020, Gov. Gary Herbert announced that all Utah K-12 schools will extend their closures until May 1, 2020.
How will closed campus of schools affect our children’s school progress?
  • School closures are in place to ensure the health of the students, teachers, and school staff. Contact your student’s school regarding school’s plan to continue education and how related supports will be provided while the campus is closed.
    • If you face technology or connectivity issues, or if your child is having a hard time completing assignments, let the school know.
  • However, below are some ideas to keep your student learning:
    • Create a schedule and routine for learning at home, but remain flexible.
    • Have consistent bedtimes and get up at the same time, Monday through Friday.
    • Structure the day for learning, free time, healthy meals and snacks, and physical activity.
    • Consider ways your child can stay connected with their friends without spending time in person.
    • Look for ways to make learning fun.
    • Have hands-on activities, like puzzles, painting, drawing, and making things.
    • Independent play can also be used in place of structured learning. Encourage children to build a fort from sheets or practice counting by stacking blocks.
    • Practice handwriting and grammar by writing letters to family members. This is a great way to connect and limit face-to-face contact.
    • Start a journal with your child to document this time and discuss the shared experience.
    • Use audiobooks or see if your local library is hosting virtual or live-streamed reading events.
Is the Navajo Nation working to have all schools and educational institutions together?
The Navajo Nation Board of Education passed the resolution stating the Navajo Nation Board of Education hereby directing the Closure of All Public Law 100-297 Grant Schools, Public Law 93-638 Contract Schools, Bureau of Indian Education-Operated Schools, Higher Education Institutions Operating on the Navajo Nation, All Public Schools (Including Charter Schools) Operating on the Navajo Nation, All Private Schools, All FACE Programs, Early Childhood Programs, Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Programs, and Navajo Head Start Programs on the Navajo Nation for the Remaining School Year.
Some of our children are attending provide schools that are not required to follow state or Navajo Nation guidelines. How is the Navajo Nation addressing this?
The Navajo Nation Board of Education passed the resolution stating the Navajo Nation Board of Education hereby directing the Closure of All Public Law 100-297 Grant Schools, Public Law 93-638 Contract Schools, Bureau of Indian Education-Operated Schools, Higher Education Institutions Operating on the Navajo Nation, All Public Schools (Including Charter Schools) Operating on the Navajo Nation, All Private Schools, All FACE Programs, Early Childhood Programs, Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Programs, and Navajo Head Start Programs on the Navajo Nation for the Remaining School Year.
Is it safe for schools to provide food trays to students while they away from schools?
Yes, as long as the food is dine-out only, as order by Public Health Emergency Stay at Home (Shelter in Place) Order for all Resident of the Navajo Nation for Quarantine and Isolation Purposes to Limit the Spread of COVID-19.
What is the status on daycares or pre-schools? As parents and guardians are still working.
• All establishment may vary, please contact your selected childcare facility to check the status of their operation, however the Navajo Nation Board of Education passed the resolution stating the Navajo Nation Board of Education hereby directing the Closure of All Public Law 100-297 Grant Schools, Public Law 93-638 Contract Schools, Bureau of Indian Education-Operated Schools, Higher Education Institutions Operating on the Navajo Nation, All Public Schools (Including Charter Schools) Operating on the Navajo Nation, All Private Schools, All FACE Programs, Early Childhood Programs, Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Programs, and Navajo Head Start Programs on the Navajo Nation for the Remaining School Year.
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