This week, five employees at Las Cruces Public Schools tested positive for COVID-19, according to district officials. These cases bring the total number of LCPS employees who have tested positive to 20.
One employee at Tombaugh Elementary tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The last time that employee had been in the building was Sept. 22.
Two employees at Cesar Chavez Elementary School tested positive on Oct. 7. As a result, Cesar Chavez was closed immediately and will undergo deep sanitation Friday. The school is expected to reopen Monday, Oct. 12.
Another case was reported at Camino Real Middle School on Oct. 8. That employee had not been in the building since Sept. 24.
The fifth case was an employee at Rio Grande Preparatory Institute on Oct. 8. The last time that employee had been in the building was Aug. 26.
Staff at all four schools were notified, and contact tracing is being conducted. Any employees determined to have been in contact with an infected employee will be notified.
Beginning today, Las Cruces Public Schools will provide updates as they relate to positive cases among staff at www.lcps.net. The New Mexico Public Education Department will continue to provide daily updates on positive cases in school districts around the state, including LCPS, on its website, https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/ped-daily-case-update/.