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An Open Letter to My Students

I'm a rookie 7th-grade science teacher in New Mexico. Last week Governor Lujan-Grisham made the prudent decision that all schools in this state will be closed for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus. New Mexico is a poor state, and I work at a Title I school where the majority of students need and receive breakfast and lunch at school. Fortunately, programs such as meals, counseling, and medical care will continue, but I will not see these kids who've come to mean so much to me until September at the earliest. We had almost daily Q&A in my classes about the spreading virus before the closure. The kids were worried, so I learned as much as I could in preparation for the questio