Coronavirus

Posted: March 23, 2020

Letter from Board of Education on Coronavirus

"We are contemplating some of the very questions you are pondering, brainstorming solutions and collaborating daily with the district’s administration."

March 23, 2020

Dear Friends,

Every one of us who serves on your Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education wants you to know you’re in our thoughts, a lot, in fact. We know these unprecedented times have in some ways turned your lives upside down. It’s true for too many of our families.

Anxiety about the immediate future is everywhere. Public schools, like so many others, face uncertainty. Unfortunately, we don’t have definitive answers. Still, we are contemplating some of the very questions you are pondering, brainstorming solutions and collaborating daily with the district’s administration. We are also communicating with the APS  government affairs staff to ensure we have open lines of communication with lawmakers and public education officials, so when the time comes, we can seamlessly transition into the recovery phase of this ordeal.

Until then, we are adapting to a new, and hopefully, temporary mode of business. As a proactive measure to limit the potential community spread of COVID-19, the Board of Education will hold meetings with essential staff to continue the critical work of the district. This means our agenda is reserved exclusively for issues of urgency. We continue to monitor the rapidly changing public health threat and will resume our usual public meeting protocol as soon as safety concerns allow.

In the meantime, you can participate in the work of the Board of education by , emailing board members at boarded@aps.edu, or you can leave a message at 505.880.3729.

As you may have heard, the Board of Education’s search for a new superintendent has also been affected. On Wednesday, March 18, we announced we are suspending the search until more is understood about mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.

It’s important to know the board is also in constant contact with the APS administration.  We are assured daily that the school district is abiding by all the guidelines mandated by the New Mexico departments of health and public education.

On Friday, March 20, APS had its first confirmed student coronavirus case. In response to that development The New Mexico Department of Health asked all staff and students at Del Norte High School and adjacent nex+gen Academy to self- isolate for 14 days. It’s impossible to predict if this scenario will play out at another school, but if it does, we will follow the same protocol the department of health has provided.

Please be assured that even though our campuses are closed, schools are being cleaned and disinfected as needed. 

As of now, state officials have set April 6 as the date to reopen schools. We will communicate with you immediately if that changes.

At the district level essential personnel is teleworking, and in some cases, still in the office to ensure paychecks are deposited, benefits are available and critical information is shared with government officials, employees and the public.

Public education plays a critical role in our democracy. Soon, the work will continue. For now, the most important thing we can do is follow the advice of our public health experts and hold tight to our sense of community and resiliency.

Warm regards,

Dr. David Peercy
Lorenzo Garcia
Yolanda Montoya-Cordova
Barbara Petersen
Candelaria Patterson
Peggy Muller-Aragón
Elizabeth Armijo

 

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