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Coronavirus FAQs for APS Families and Employees

Posted: March 25, 2020

Closing Schools

Frequently asked questions about the decisions made on the school closure.

How is APS making decisions?

The New Mexico Department of Health and the Public Education Department, under the guidance of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, are taking the lead in the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. APS has an Emergency Operations Team that is working closely with the state as well as the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, community partners, and more. Having a seat at the table ensures our voices are heard and included in decisions that impact all of us.

Why did APS close its schools?

On Wednesday, March 11, Gov. Lujan Grisham declared a public health emergency after several cases of coronavirus were reported in New Mexico. When a few more cases were reported the next day, the governor and state education and health departments called for the closure of all public schools to minimize the spread of the virus. Secretary of Education Ryan Stewart said it was a very difficult decision to make; the state had hoped to keep schools open because they provide essential services for their students and families. However, the decision was made to close schools for three weeks beginning March 16 to keep students and staff safe and to mitigate the spread of the contagious virus.

On Friday, March 27, the state Public Education Department ordered that all schools in New Mexico including Albuquerque Public Schools be closed for the rest of the school year to reduce the spread of the contagious virus.

APS is working on a continuous learning plan for all students for the rest of the school year. In the meantime, supplemental online and printed learning materials are being provided for families.