The governor has released new public health orders that are attached here. The orders require all New Mexicans 2 years and older to wear masks indoors. In LAPS public schools, we already have this requirement in place. Everyone should wear a mask indoors at all LAPS facilities. The change is that this new order includes indoor sports. All athletes must now wear a mask while indoors even during competition. No one has to wear a mask outdoors.

All LAPS staff who are not vaccinated will have mandatory weekly surveillance testing. Parents can find information on testing at https://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-19-testing/. You can order at home testing for your student from https://learn.vaulthealth.com/nm/. Contact your doctor for information about testing and help with scheduling an appointment.

If you are interested in getting a covid vaccine for yourself  or your child 12 and older, UNM-LA will host a walk-in vaccine clinic on Wednesday, August 18 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 1183 Diamond Drive, Suite D. They will have Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available. This is open to anyone who is 12 years or older. Children under 18 must have parent/guardian consent. You can also schedule an appointment at https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/my-registration.html. If you need help scheduling, please contact your school nurse or contact me. All parents should consult their doctor for advice about Covid vaccines. Students who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine.

I realize that everyone will have different reactions to this news. Please understand that we will have changes throughout the year as the community situation with the virus changes. I appreciate your patience and kindness with each other and diverse opinions. LAPS is committed to continue to work to keep staff and students safely in school and learning.  I am always happy to answer any questions or talk about your concerns. You can also reach out to your school principal or school nurse.

Important Links

Health Order Regarding Masks

Health Order Regarding Vaccines

Covid Testing available in Los Alamos


Jennifer Guy