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Posted: July 23, 2020

Governor Announces Changes to School Reentry Plans

APS already announced plans to start the school year with remote learning.

In a news conference on Thursday, July 23, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced all 89 public school districts in New Mexico will begin the 2020-2021 school year in the distance learning mode until September 8.

After the Labor Day holiday, all students and staff are scheduled to resume in-person instruction with a phased-in, grade-level hybrid approach. Elementary students will be first to return to the classroom, followed by middle school students and eventually high schoolers. 

Public schools will be required to offer online-only learning options for all students.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education voted earlier in the month in favor of all APS students starting the school year via remote learning until September 8, so the governor's announcement is in line with APS plans already in place. 

Also on Thursday, July 23, APS and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation shared details of the COVID-19 Memorandum of Understanding that outlines teachers also have the option of working from home until September 8 when guidelines outlined in the New Mexico Public Education Reentry Plan are met. Some work, however, will still need to be done at schools.

The global pandemic continues to have a profound impact on public education. The number of reported COVID-19 cases has now hit a record high for our state. Gov. Lujan Grisham again emphasized that the rate of infection can be dramatically decreased with the use of facial masks and social distancing and that it is imperative for all citizens to follow safety guidelines so students can return to in-person classroom settings where they belong.

 APS will continue to follow all New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of our school community. It is also important to remember the circumstances around the pandemic change rapidly, and all decisions, protocols, and plans are subject to change. 

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