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Posted: April 28, 2020

Daily Posts to Keep You Informed

Check back weekdays to find out how APS is responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Albuquerque Public Schools continues to provide services, support, and educational resources during these trying, ever-changing times.

To keep you informed, we are posting daily updates to our website. Every day brings a new challenge, and we want to make sure you know what your school district is doing to support our students, families, staff, and community.

Thursday, July 9

Apply Online for Free or Reduced-Price Meals

The 2020-2021 school year is scheduled to begin with a hybrid model in which students rotate between in-person and distance learning to limit the number of students in school buildings and allow for social distancing.

During distance learning, APS will provide grab and go lunches at no charge to students who qualify or who attend any of the Community Eligibility Provision Schools. Distribution times and sites are yet to be determined.  

Learn more about applying for free or reduced-price meals. 

    Tuesday, July 7

    Employee Travel During COVID-19: Anyone traveling out-of-state is expected to self-isolate or self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return. Because COVID-19 cases are rising in neighboring states and across the country, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the mandatory 14-day self-isolation or self-quarantine for those traveling in and out of the state, whether by air or by vehicle. 

    Employee Leave During COVID-19: Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employees may qualify for paid sick time if they are unable to work (or unable to telework).  

    Questions? Contact Employee Benefits.  

    Tuesday, June 30

    General Mills provided seed starter kits to families at the 10 APS school meal sites on Thursday, July 2.

    Monday, June 29

    Virtual Graduations Go Live: Links to each school's online graduation ceremony will be posted to APS.edu/graduation

    Friday, June 26

    Contact PED with Questions About Reentry Plan: The New Mexico Public Education Department has set up a phone line and emails for families and educators with questions about the state's Reentry Guidance

    Wednesday, June 24

    All NM Schools to Open with a Combination of Online, In-School Learning: New Mexico Public Education Department Reentry Guidance 

    Tuesday, June 23

    Virtual Graduations Go Live Sunday at 2:30 p.m.: Links to all 14 of the graduation ceremonies will be posted to the APS Graduation website. 

    Thursday, June 18

    Special Session of NM Legislature on June 18:  Get More Information on the Special Session

    Principal Named for K-8 Online School: Katherine House will be the principal for the new K-8 online school, an expansion of the district's online high school, eCADEMY. The high school will continue under the leadership of Principal Erin Easley.

    The K-8 school is scheduled to open Aug. 12 along with all other APS schools. For more information or to express interest, email Ecademyk8@aps.edu.  

    Wednesday, June 17

    A Letter to NM Legislators from Supt. Reedy, COO Elder, and CFO Coleman: "As you head into this extraordinary Special Session, please keep in mind the many unplanned expenses the state's school districts have already shouldered due to the pandemic as well as the extraordinary cost of safely opening and operating schools in the coming school year.

    Read the letter

    Monday, June 15

    New Summer Classes on TV: Lessons for grades K-5 will run Monday-Friday through July 10 on NM PBS, Channel 5.1. APS @Home Learning

    Friday, June 12 

    List of Locations Updated for Popular Story Time in the Park: APS Title I Family Engagement will continue to provide a book bag of quality children’s literature, reading strategies, lesson ideas, and parent “tip-sheets” for families reading at home. Book bags will be distributed Monday-Thursday through July 16 at a number of Summer Lunch Meal Sites. There have been a few changes to participating sites. Updated list of Story Time in the Park locations

    Thursday, June 11

    APS Looks at Opening a K-12 Online School; Learn more about the K-12 Online School 

    Tuesday, June 9

    High School Summer Activities to Resume June 29: Read the Guidelines for High School Summer Activities 

    Monday, June 8

    Story Time in the Park, an annual reading program sponsored by Albuquerque Public Schools Title I Family Engagement, will run June 8-July 16 at a number of Summer Meal Sites

    Story Time in the Park Locations

    More than 2.7 Million Grab and Go Meals Served: Meal distribution is now taking place through the city and county in partnership with APS. Meals are served on a first-come-first-serve basis Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Please note that dates, times, and meal sites are subject to vary and change. 

    Summer Meal Sites 

    Thursday, June 4

    APS Reentry Plan 

    Wednesday, June 3

    APS@Home Helpline to Shut Down June 4

    Tuesday, June 2

    Summer Grab & Go MealsMeal distribution will take place through the city and county in partnership with Albuquerque Public Schools. 

    Monday, June 1

    Summer Child Care: Services are limited and targeted to first support first responders and other essential workers. Then, on a first-come, first-service basis. 

    Posts from May

    Friday, May 22

    Thursday, May 21

    Tuesday, May 19

    Monday, May 18

    No Meal Distribution on Memorial Day, Changes to Grab & Go Program

    Thursday, May 14

    Wednesday, May 13

    APS Premieres Senior Celebration Videos Tonight at 7: APS Graduation website and YouTube.

    Tuesday, May 12

    Friday, May 8

    • Paying for Summer High School: Students and parents can pay for summer school at eCADEMY, 5300 Cutler NE, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Summer High School Payments 

    Wednesday, May 6

    Tuesday, May 5

    Friday, May 1

    Posts from April

    Wednesday, April 29

    • Clothing Bank to Deliver New Socks, Underwear & Gently-Used Clothes to Schools for Students in Need. Contact your school's counselor, social worker, nurse, family liaison, or community coordinator before May 7 if your child is in need of clothing.

    Tuesday, April 28

    Monday, April 27

    EdTech Resources for Students & Families:

    More than 1 Million Meals Served! APS has provided more than a million and a half meals to children since schools closed in mid-March. The grab and go meals for both breakfast and lunch are distributed at dozens of schools across the district. Grab & Go Meal Sites 

    Friday, April 24

    • City of Albuquerque Provides Free Wireless Internet to Power APS@Home: For a map of locations, addresses, help with connecting, and more information, visit CABQ.GOV/WIFI.
    • More than 200,000 Views for APS @HOME on NMPBS: During the first two weeks of APS @Home, the elementary lessons recorded by APS teachers have been viewed an estimated 175,000 times on New Mexico PBS. It is estimated that the lessons were viewed another 50,000 times on two other New Mexico stations.  APS @HOME airs from 8 a.m.-noon weekdays on Channel 5.1. Educational programs also are posted to the APS YouTube Channel

    Thursday, April 23

    • APS@HOME Helpline: Calls are answered Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (beginning Monday, April 27.) Please call 768-LINK (5465).
    • Celebrities, Politicians & Athletes to Help Celebrate (virtually) the APS Class of 2020. All 21 APS high school videos will premiere at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, on the APS Graduation website and YouTube. School websites and social media sites also will include their video. 

    Tuesday, April 21

    • Families with more than one APS student learning at home may now check out a laptop computer from APS Technology at its distribution center at 930 Oak St. SE, near Milne Stadium (follow the banners). Chromebooks will be checked out from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. 

    Monday, April 20

    Friday, April 17

    14 Domino’s Pizza outlets have joined hands with the APS Title I Project to deliver 1,050 free pizzas to Albuquerque’s homeless children during April. If you know a family experiencing homelessness, call at 505-256-8239 ext. 46902.

    Wednesday, April 15

    • Chromebook Distribution for Middle and Elementary School Students: Beginning Wednesday, April 15, the families of middle and elementary school students who don't have a computer at home will be able to check out Chromebooks. There is a limit of one computer per family. Elementary and middle schools are setting up their own distribution schedules. Watch for a robocall/email from your child's school about dates and times of checkouts. Checking Out Computers for Home
    • Spanish Version of Continuous Learning Plan Now PostedAPS plan para el aprendizaje continuo (PDF)
    • Summer High School Goes Online: Traditional summer high school has been canceled due to the coronavirus health crisis.  All summer credit recovery will be offered online through eCademy, as will PE. Get More Info on Summer High School 

    Tuesday, April 14

    Chromebooks for families that don't have a computer at home are being distributed Tuesday, April 14, for students at Cibola, Valley, Volcano Vista, Del Norte, Eldorado, La Cueva, and Sandia high schools.

    Monday, April 13

    Saturday, April 11

    • Due to expected weather complications, there will be NO Chromebook checkout on Monday, April 13. Chromebook distributions that were scheduled for Cibola, Valley, Volcano Vista, Del Norte, Eldorado, La Cueva and Sandia high schools have been postponed to Tuesday, April 14. 
    • Beginning Wednesday, April 15, the families of middle and elementary school students who don't have a computer at home will be able to check out Chromebooks. There is a limit of one computer per family. Elementary and middle schools are setting up their own distribution schedules. Watch for a robocall/email from your child's school about dates and times of checkouts.

    More on Checking Out Computers for Home

    Thursday, April 9

    • Grab and Go Schedule Change: Beginning the week of April 13, APS is reducing the days and times of meal distribution. Meals can be picked up from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only. Students will receive meals for the day as well as meals that can be prepared the next day. The new schedule provides meals for six days a week. It also relieves the burden on food workers who have done a tremendous job on the frontlines during this public health crisis.

    Wednesday, April 8

    Continuous Learning Plan 

    Tuesday, April 7

    • Did You Miss the First Day of APS @HOME? No problem. We have posted the day's lessons to YouTube (as we will all lessons). Lessons are aired on NM PBS (KNME Channel 5.1) Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.  
    • Friday is the Vernal Holiday. Schools will be closed. This includes Grab and Go meal sites (we will provide double meals the day before).  

    Monday, April 6

    Friday, April 3

    • Grab and Go meals will no longer be served at MacArthur Elementary School beginning Monday, April 6. Students can pick up meals at nearby Taft Middle School or La Luz Elementary School. 
    • On Thursday, April 9, we will provide four meals (two breakfasts and two lunches) because Friday, April 10, is the Vernal Holiday, and the grab and go meal sites will be closed.
    • Beginning the week of April 13, we are reducing the days and times of meal distribution. We will be providing grab and go meals from 11  a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only. Students will receive meals for two days at those times.
    • Update: MHS, AHS School-Based Health Centers will remain closed: The school-based health centers at Albuquerque and Manzano high schools will remain closed. In the next couple of weeks, patients seen at all six of the SBHC sites will be contacted to ensure they have referrals and resources they need.  In addition, UNM SBHC is available via phone at (505) 272-5132, Monday through Friday during business hours to answer any questions from students or parents.  
    • Face Masks for Food Servers: We are encouraging members of the APS community who know how to sew to make face masks for our Food and Nutrition Services workers who are on the front lines preparing and serving meals to our students. Instructions for Making Face Masks 

    Thursday, April 2

    Wednesday, April 1

    • School Nurse of the Year Nominations due by Wednesday, April 22: Now more than ever we appreciate nurses and other medical professionals who are working to keep us healthy. That includes our school nurses. Do you know a great school nurse who deserves to be named School Nurse of the Year 2020? If so please fill out the nomination form, write a short narrative (under 700 words) telling why the nurse deserves this honor, and include one letter of recommendation. Email nominations to cynthia.miller1@aps.edu or annetta.good@aps.edu.
    • Virtual Webinars for Teachers: APS EdTech is providing training in ways teachers can communicate and get resources to students. The webinars are available April 6-10.

    Posts from March

    Tuesday, March 31

    Monday, March 30

    Friday, March 27

    • APS, NM Schools Closed, Moving to Distance Learning: As of Friday, March 27, all APS schools will be closed for the rest of the school year in response to the ongoing international coronavirus pandemic. The closure of all New Mexico public schools was ordered by the New Mexico Public Education Department 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.
    • Thanks to the APS payroll staff who made sure all employees got paid on time! They are among those on the front lines who keep the district running.  
    • Materiales en español: Hemos publicado materiales de aprendizaje para descargar con instrucciones en español para padres (las tareas para los estudiantes son en inglés). Además, hemos publicado paquetes de aprendizaje para llevar (Grab & Go) en español. Materiales en español
    • APS Employee Benefits-Coverage and Copay Updates Due To COVID-19: All costs related to COVID-19 testing and treatment are 100% covered under APS Employee Benefits with no copayment, deductible or coinsurance. For more information: Presbyterian Calls/Video VisitsBlue Cross Blue Shield Calls/Video Visits, True Health New Mexico – 1-844-308-2552.  If you have any questions, please call or email APS Employee Benefits. Phone: 505-889-4859, Email: employee.benefits@aps.edu

    Thursday, March 26 

    • Clinics at Rio Grande, Emerson, Grant and Atrisco Heritage will continue to provide services during the coronavirus crisis. Get clinic hours, types of services and phone numbers.
    • First Nation offers to-go meals for Native American students and families Monday-Friday at the All Nations Wellness & Healing Center, 6416 Zuni Road SE.

    Wednesday, March 25 

    • The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, staffed by professional counselors around the clock, can help those struggling with mental health or crises. Call anytime: 855-662-7474.
    • For APS employees, the Employee Assistance Program is providing assistance and support. EAP can help with stress management, depression, substance abuse, trauma, relationship issues, anxiety, and medical issues. Call 505-884-9738. 

    Tuesday, March 24 

    Monday, March 23 

    Friday, March 20

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