To: Parents or Guardians of children who attend Dream Diné Charter School

Our school is working with the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and New Mexico’s Department of Health (NMDOH) to assure safety for all attending school on campus. Recently, a student at our facility who attends our school has tested positive for COVID-19 and we are to inform you of the situation.

This letter is to inform you about the next steps necessary to protect your child and our community from COVID-19. Per guidance from both NMPED and NMDOH, we are required to investigate to see who had “close contact” with the student. A “close contact” is defined as being closer than six feet for a cumulative total of fifteen minutes or more over a 24-hour period to a person who is positive for COVID-19. That investigation is ongoing as of today.

All students and staff who were in “close contact” with the individual are encouraged to be tested five days after close contact exposure to the positive COVID-19 individual. Close contacts must self-quarantine at home for 10 days, regardless of the test result. The student at this time is getting tested and will be quarantined for 10 days.

In the meantime, if you or your child begin to develop symptoms of COVID-19, which are fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of smell or taste, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea please call your healthcare provider or the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-855-600-3453. It is important that you call ahead to your healthcare provider before presenting to the physician’s office, clinic, urgent care, or emergency room so that they can be prepared for your arrival. They may also refer you to a testing clinic.

Areas of the school in which the close contact individual spent time will be cleaned and sanitized. Please continue to send your child to school unless you are notified that your child was a close contact of a positive COVID-19 individual, or your child develops COVID-19 symptoms, or your child has a positive COVID-19 test. IF your child tests positive for COVID-19 or your household members are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 individual you are to notify the school and quarantine for 10 days. You may call the Head Administrator, Pandora Watchman at 505-368-2500 or at 505-516-6775 or NMDOH at (505) 827-0006, if you have questions.

Thank you for your support in these efforts.


Pandora Watchman
Head Administrator


COVID-19 Response Toolkit for New Mexico’s Public Schools