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Posted: July 28, 2021

Masks Required in All APS Buildings

Masks aren't required outdoors.

All students, employees, and visitors must wear masks while inside Albuquerque Public Schools buildings, whether they are vaccinated or not. This includes all APS schools and offices. Masks also are required on school buses.

Masks aren't required outdoors. Indoor meetings and gatherings are still allowed as long as attendees wear masks. 

The universal mask mandate was recommended by the APS administration and approved by the APS Board of Education. The district decided to require masks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidance, recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that everyone older than the age of 2 wear masks. And New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, citing CDC guidance, recommended that New Mexicans wear a mask indoors out of an abundance of caution. 

The mask mandate was prompted by a recent increase in COVID-19 cases that health officials blame on the more contagious delta variant and flattening vaccination rates across the nation. APS will reconsider the requirement once the number of cases decreases.

For Students, Employees, Visitors

  • While students are expected to provide their own masks, spares will be available for students who forget.
  • Student refusal to wear a mask will be treated as a dress code violation. 
  • Employees who refuse to wear a mask are subject to progressive discipline.
  • Visitors who refuse to wear a mask will be asked to leave APS buildings. 

COVID Vaccines 

The district encourages students over the age of 12, employees, and families to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which should help bring down the number of cases.