ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With New Mexico schools shut down for the rest of the school year because of the coronavirus outbreak, three public television stations on Monday will begin broadcasting class lessons for home learning for students in grades K-5.

The participating Public Broadcasting Service stations are KENW-TV at Eastern New Mexico University’s Portales campus, KNME-TV at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and KRWG-TV at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

The Albuquerque school district will provide four hours of instruction each weekday morning, which KENW called “an ambitious and vital new broadcast initiative.”

The daily lesson plans will be broadcast each day, and they will then be available later for individual “on-demand lessons,” KNME said.

Academic subjects include English, math and science, according to the Albuquerque’ district’s website.

Schools statewide closed in March through the end of the school year to reduce the spread of the virus.

K-5 Schedule of Classes:

Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays 

  • 8 a.m.: Grades K-1 Fundamentals/English Language Arts Writing
  • 9 a.m.: English Language Development Bilingual
  • 10 a.m.: Grades 2-3 English
  • 11 a.m.: Grades 4-5 English

Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • 8 a.m.: Grades K-1 Math/Science
  • 9 a.m.: English Language Development Bilingual
  • 10 a.m.: grades 2-3 Math/Science
  • 11a.m.: Grades 4-5 Math/Science
    *All times MST.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Rachel Reedy said in a March 27 letter that teaching and learning would continue despite the “devastating” shutdown. “It will just look a lot different during the next few months,” she said.

Reedy said the development of the district’s new learning plan was a challenge because of the need to limit gatherings to no more than five people and to constraints involving training, curriculum, technology, special needs, language barriers and “the emotional and social strain on students, families, and staff.”

Reedy said the Albuquerque district worked with the state Public Education Department “and many other districts on developing a plan that is accessible and equitable for all.“

The state’s coronavirus case total announced Saturday include 35 people — 24 residents and 11 staffers — at a large Albuquerque retirement community, and the deaths included two male residents of the facility, state officials said.

As of Friday, 19 residents of the La Vida LLena retirement community, and three staffers had tested positive.

One of the men who died was in his 80s and the other was in his 90s, officials said Friday.

Both men had underlying medical conditions, state officials said Friday when the two residents’ deaths were announced..

Mark Goodman, a spokesman for the facility’s parent company, told KOAT-TV that the facility had prohibited visitors except for health care workers and those without coronavirus symptoms will be tested for the virus.

The facility also has closed dining rooms and instead provided tray meals for in-room eating, canceled group activities and enforced social distancing and proper hand hygiene, Goodman said.

State and Army Corps of Engineers officials have chosen a temporarily closed Gallup high school as a site for a “stepdown” hospital to care for non-coronavirus patients, the Gallup Independent reported.

However, the additional hospital at Miyamura High School won’t be ready in time to meet the initial surge of coronavirus patients expected in April, officials said.

Superintendent Mike Hyatt said food services taking place at the high school will be shifted to a middle school beginning Monday, along with the high school’s administrative services and distance learning.

A second stepdown hospital will be in Albuquerque, the Independent reported.