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Vaccines among last hurdles to open New Mexico classrooms


January 29, 2021

In this Aug. 10, 2020, file photo, public elementary school teachers Julia and Seth Hooper pick up their children Emry, 7, and Ivy, 4, at the Western Heights Learning Center in Albuquerque, N.M. More school districts in New Mexico can bring students back into classrooms in early February, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The Democratic governor said she's allowing schools to open their doors to students of all ages, in a major pull-back of restrictions that were based on county-level COVID-19 case rates and hospital capacity. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's teacher's unions say a slow vaccine rollout and the expiration of federal COVID-19 sick leave are the remaining hurdles to getting students in schools, while school administrators are adding fire inspections and bus contracts to the list.

On Tuesday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that some of the power to reopen schools will be given back to local districts nearly a year after they closed their doors.

That decision came with the blessing of union officials and a promise to the state's teachers, who are among the oldest and therefore most vulnerable teaching population in the country.


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