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New Mexico governor opts for online start to the school year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is hitting the pause button on reopening public schools this fall, meaning classes will be virtual at least through Sept. 7. State public education officials initially proposed a hybrid plan combining in-person classroom time with remote online learning. But the governor said Thursday that the rates of spread and positivity for the coronavirus are troubling. Districts representing more than 40% of the state's students already had requested a virtual start to the school year. The governor says another 343 COVID-19 cases have been reported, marking the state's all-time daily high since the pandemic started. The statewide case total stands at 18,163.