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Posted: June 3, 2020

Reentry Plan

APS is working on a plan for the beginning of the new school year.

APS students are heading back to school in the fall. Make no mistake about it. The first day of school is now set for Aug. 12. What school looks like on that day and on the days and weeks that follow is yet to be determined. There are still many unknowns about the spread and mitigation of the coronavirus.

Reentry Plan  

Albuquerque Public Schools is putting together a “reentry” plan that takes into account several scenarios. Teams made up of administrators, teachers, staffs, and partners have been tasked with addressing the following issues: 

  • Safety, Hygiene & Sanitation  
  • Meals
  • Logistics of Social Distancing
  • Emotional Recovery and Wellbeing
  • Essential Learning
  • Distance/Hybrid Learning
  • Key Partners: Child Care and Providers
Read the APS Reentry Instructional and Operational Plan presented to the Board of Education on Wednesday, June 3.

Models for Teaching and Learning 

The reentry plan considers three models for teaching and learning in the 2020-2021 school year: 

  1. In-Person Instruction
  2. Distance Learning
  3. A Hybrid Option

Each model addresses the needs of a diverse student population, including those with Individualized Education Plans, Native American communities, refugees and newcomers, and English learners. Other factors under consideration include budget, logistics, transportation, health, and professional development.

We don’t know yet which model we’ll use to start the school year, nor do we know if we will need to change modes as the year continues. While online learning can’t replace the quality of in-person education, the district needs to make sure students and staff feel safe, that they are safe, before academic growth can occur. Many of our students, families, and staff have been traumatized by the global health crisis, and their social and emotional wellbeing must be addressed.

Equity, Access and Communications 

Equity and access for all are central to the plan. We recognize that the pandemic has exacerbated inequities, such as the achievement gap and access to resources. While technology is a great tool for many, it isn’t for all due to a lack of access, know-how, or convenience. We need to make sure our students have the tools they need to learn as well as the ability to use them with ease and comfort.

Communication also is an important part of the plan. While staying informed is always essential, it is especially important now for the district and schools to reach out regularly to our students, staff, families, and community. And to listen to them as well. They want to know, and we need to tell them, what we’re doing to keep kids safe and schools clean. How are we adjusting our instruction, attendance, discipline? What’s happening to our traditions and routines? Who can they turn to for help? What services are available to them?

Evolving Plan 

The reentry plan is evolving and will be revised as situations change, and as we learn more about the best ways to address the needs of students and staff. As we develop the plan, we are tapping the expertise of colleagues who face the same challenges across the state and around the nation.

We have our work cut out for us, but we are rising to this challenge, and we’re going to have a good, if not unique, school year.

Where We've Been and Where We're Going 

We put together a video of what we've done so far and what we're planning to do in light of the coronavirus. Please take a few minutes to watch.