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Posted: April 3, 2020

Continuous Learning Plan Update: Students Start Instruction the Week of April 13

Teachers Begin Training, Prepping the Week of April 6

APS created a Continuous Learning Plan for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year in response to the order by the governor and the New Mexico Public Education Department to close schools. This plan, created in unprecedented times amidst a global pandemic, will focus on essential learning and relationships.

Teachers are spending the week of April 6 training and preparing to teach in a whole new way, away from school and the classroom.

Also that week, APS is providing computers to families that do not have one. Please note that the district has a very limited number of computers, and they are only for families that don’t already have one.

The following week, the week of April 13, instruction will begin for all students.

APS will provide more information on the Continuous Learning Plan in the coming days. In the meantime, families are encouraged to continue using online, downloadable, and paper supplemental educational materials provided on our website and at grab and go meal sites.

APS will continue to provide grab and go meals throughout the school year at dozens of our schools.

Beginning Monday, April 6, APS in partnership with NM PBS will be televising lessons for elementary school students on KNME Channel 5.1 from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

Your best source for information on school news during the coronavirus crisis is APS.edu.

More Information on Learning for the Rest of the 2019-2020 School Year 

  • There will be no statewide testing this spring (including the PSAT for high school sophomores and the SAT for juniors).
  • Students won’t have to make up missed instructional days.
  • The last day of the school year is May 21.  
  • Our learning focus will be on critical standards and could include weekly assignments, projects, and video check-ins.
  • Relationships and connections will play a big role in this new era of distance learning, as will an emphasis on social and emotional wellness.
  • All students will be supported and educated.  
  • We are working on getting Chromebooks and internet access first to high school seniors to help them graduate and then to other students who lack connectivity as available. 
  • We will continue to follow Individual Education Programs (IEPs) for our special education students.
  • Learning materials will be available in Spanish and other languages.
  • We will continue to provide both online and print resources. 
  • We will continue to provide childcare for some families. 
  • We are coming up with a plan to help our seniors earn their high school diploma. My heart breaks for these students who will miss out on so many senior traditions. We are committed to making sure these students graduate this school year and are prepared to move on to the next promising chapter in their lives.

Mostly, we are going to be flexible and ready to adapt. None of us has ever done anything like this before, but we are doing our best because we want what’s best for our students.