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NMSU vaccine requirements extend to early college students in Carlsbad

New Mexico State University will require students and staff to get vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis starting Sept. 30. This includes early college high school students in Carlsbad.

This new policy will affect all colleges under the NMSU system including the Carlsbad campus, according to an announcement released the first week of August.

Carlsbad Municipal Schools Superintendent Dr. Gerry Washburn said the new policy will affect all students at the Carlsbad Early College High School, which is on the NMSU Carlsbad campus.

A memo released by NMSU’s Vice Chancellor Ruth Johnston stated that the new policy would only apply to students who take dual-credit or college classes in person.

COVID-19 response:NMSU extends COVID-19 vaccination, testing requirements to include students

Students at Carlsbad Early College High School work during Grace Nwanne's fifth period class.

The memo states students who just take high school classes are subject only to the policies of their school district and not the NMSU system’s protocols.

Washburn said all students at CECHS will have to get vaccinated or test weekly because students take classes all throughout the campus.

CMS will make testing available to unvaccinated students by the time the policy goes into effect so they can comply with the NMSU requirements, Washburn said.