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Posted: July 15, 2020

APS Reentry Plan

The APS Reentry Plan is subject to change depending on the spread of the coronavirus and revised public health orders. Please do your part – wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands – so we can slow the spread of the virus and get our students back in school where they belong.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Reentry Plan calls for school to begin the week of Aug. 12 with the distribution of technology to all students, virtual home visits, and guidance for staff, students, and families on safely attending school and effectively learning at home.

Under the plan, which is subject to change depending on the spread of the coronavirus and public health orders, students would return to the classroom after Labor Day on an every-other-week rotation Tuesdays-Fridays.

Teachers and school staff are scheduled to return to school on Aug. 5 to begin preparing for online and in-school teaching and learning in a sanitized and safe setting that will include social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.

The plan outlines steps for swiftly moving to remote learning if the spread of the coronavirus isn't curtailed and public health orders still call for residents to mostly stay at home.  

“Even as you hold this guide in your hands, the situation you face may look different,” Interim Superintendent Scott Elder wrote in the plan’s introduction to employees. “Gaps will need to be filled, decisions will need to be made, courses will need to be changed.”

The New Mexico Public Education Department instructed all of the state’s public and charter schools to begin the 2020-2021 school year with a combination of online and in-school learning, a hybrid model. 

APS opted to begin with an online model and then move into an every-other-week rotation as safety conditions allow.  The hybrid model chosen by APS calls for students to attend school every other week instead of just two days a week because it allows for more continuity of instruction with fewer transitions for students. The schedule also allows for deeper cleaning between groups of students, better accommodates illness, provides opportunities for home-based projects, is easier for scheduling childcare, and offers more flexibility for electives and special programs.

Reentry Plan Downloads

A Message from
Interim Superintendent Scott Elder

Reentry Plan at a Glance

The plan is subject to change depending on the spread of the coronavirus and revised public health orders.

Schedule

Students

  • Beginning the week of Aug. 12, technology will be distributed to all students, virtual home visits will take place, and guidance for staff, students, and families on safely attending school and effectively learning at home. Remote learning also will begin during this time. 
  • After Labor Day, students will go to school Tuesday-Friday on an every-other-week rotation, pending orders from the governor.  
    • Group A: The first week of school for students whose last names begin with A-L is Tuesday, Sept. 8, through Sept. 11.
    • Group B: The first week of school for students whose last names begin with M-Z is Tuesday, Sept. 15, through Friday, Sept. 18.
  • Students will take part in online and distance learning on all other days, including Mondays.

Staff

  • APS teachers and school staff are scheduled to start the school year on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Their first few weeks will include establishing relationships with students and families, learning more and developing expertise in online learning, and developing classroom and schoolwide procedures and routines to keep students and staff safe. They also will begin remote teaching during this time. 
  • Teachers & school staff are expected to be on campus on school days, including Mondays.

Technology 

Dell ChromebookAPS will begin checking out technology devices to all students in early August. Most students will receive Chromebooks, though some of the district’s youngest students, special education students, and English language learners may receive iPads.

The devices will be distributed through schools, which will contact families about dates, times, and procedures. Schools also will work with families to make sure they have internet connectivity.

Safety Measures

Masks and Face Coverings

  • Please wear a face mask. Help stop the spread.Staff and students are required to wear face coverings except while eating, drinking, and exercising (with minimal exceptions for students and staff with medical conditions.) This includes in classrooms, on playgrounds and in common areas.
  • APS will supply masks for staff, though they may choose to bring their own from home.
  • Students must provide their own face coverings, which are considered part of their school supplies. 

Social Distancing

  • Social distancing in the classroom.Students and staff must adhere to social distancing requirements, meaning they should be at least six feet apart.
  • Furniture may be rearranged in classrooms to allow for social distancing. Furniture doesn’t have to be removed but may be unoccupied.
  • Elementary art, music, library, and other “specials” will take place in the regular classroom with teachers rotating, not students.
  • Classrooms and Playgrounds
  • Students should not share books, toys, equipment, or supplies.
  • Students should plan to bring their Chromebook or iPad to school each day.
  • Learning outdoors is encouraged, weather permitting.
  • Water fountains are off-limits; students are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle. Schools will provide water stations for refilling.
  • Students will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival, before and after lunch, before and after recess, and at the end of the day.

COVID-19 Screenings

  • Each day before school, parents/guardians should go through a checklist of possible symptoms and take their child’s temperature. Students should stay home from school if they exhibit any symptoms or have a temperature of more than 100.4 degrees.
  • Each day before work, staff is required to go through a checklist of possible symptoms and take their temperature. They should not go to work if they exhibit any symptoms or have a temperature of more than 100.4 degrees. Teachers need to arrange for a substitute.
  • Students displaying symptoms at school will wait in a designated isolation room until a parent or approved emergency contact can pick them up.
  • Staff or visitors with symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 will not be allowed on campus. 
  • APS Student Daily COVID-19 Questionnaire 
  • APS Staff Daily COVID-19 Questionnaire 

Transportation

  • APS BusBuses will run at no more than 50 percent of capacity.
  • No more than two students per seat for regular-size buses, one per seat on smaller buses. Siblings may sit together.
  • Drivers and riders must wear face coverings.
  • Buses will be deep cleaned each evening.
  • Children exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed to ride the bus.
  • Schools will create a staggered parent drop off and pick up to allow for social distancing.

MealsMeals

Students are expected to maintain social distancing during meals, sitting in designated areas with the same group when possible.  Each school will work with students on specific details.

During distance learning, APS will provide grab and go lunches at no charge to students who qualify or who attend any of the Community Eligibility Provision Schools. Distribution times and sites will be announced.

Sanitation

APS will provide cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer for classrooms, common areas, and buses, including a “sanitation tote” for each classroom for periodic cleaning throughout the day.

Schools will be cleaned following EPA and CDC guidelines, including regularly disinfecting and sanitizing high-touch areas with deeper cleaning between groups of students.

Online Option

APS is expanding its online high school, eCademy, to include kindergarten through eighth grade. The magnet school offers a comprehensive curriculum, a teacher/student ratio comparable to traditional classrooms, district-provided technology for each enrolled student, and school/home partnerships to ensure student success. 

The school is in the process of hiring New Mexico certified teachers. Applicants can apply online.

Update Your Contact Info

We will contact our families using the phone numbers and email addresses in ParentVUE when there are changes to school schedules including possible closures or a shift to remote learning. It is very important that we have up-to-date contact information. Please check the information we have on file for you and make changes as needed.