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Posted: August 5, 2020

Red, Yellow, Green: Learning Models During COVID-19

Albuquerque Public Schools will operate in three models this year, depending on the status of the pandemic and health guidelines from the New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

School Schedule Models

  • Red:
    Students engage in distance-learning at home full time, Monday through Friday. There is no bus transportation necessary or provided when operating in RED.
  • Yellow:
    Students attend on a hybrid schedule with one-week instruction in-person Tuesday through Friday at school, and the next week students engage in distance learning at home. All Mondays are designated distance learning from home days. Bus transportation is available the week students attend in-person instruction at school.
  • Green:
    Students attend in-person instruction Monday through Friday at school. Masks, social distancing, and other safety protocols may still apply. 

What You Need to Know About the 2020-2021 School Year

The 2020-2021 School Year Begins on Aug. 12 in RED

School begins the week of Aug. 12 with the distribution of technology to all students, virtual home visits, and guidance provided for staff, students, and families on safely attending school and effectively learning at home. Remote learning also will begin during this time.

APS May Move to YELLOW After Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

After Labor Day, some students are slated to begin going to school Tuesdays-Fridays on an every-other-week rotation, starting with elementary school students. This is subject to change depending on the spread of the coronavirus and public health orders. 

Students who aren't attending classes will take part in online and distance learning on all other days, including Mondays.

Expectations During Yellow 

Students will be expected to:

  • Bring their own mask on in-person instruction days
  • Wear their mask on the bus and during the school day (with minimal exceptions for students with documented medical conditions).  Students without a mask will be provided one, or parents will be asked to bring one to the school before the student can attend class
  • Maintain appropriate social distance from others
  • Frequently wash their hands  or use hand sanitizer (upon arrival, before and after lunch, before and after recess, and at the end of the day)
  • Bring their school-issued computer device to school every day
  • Use their computer devices appropriately
  • Participate in their classes when learning from home
  • Stay home if they have a temperature of more than 100.4 or any other COVID symptoms 
  • Bring a refillable water bottle as drinking fountains will be off-limits
  • Not share toys, books, equipment, or supplies

Learn More About the APS Reentry Plan.