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Posted: July 25, 2022

COVID Updates and Reminders

APS follows COVID safe practices to help keep students healthy and in school.

The COVID-19 virus spreads easily, and symptoms can range from mild to severe, which is why Albuquerque Public Schools, under the guidance of the New Mexico health and education departments, has outlined COVID safe practices for the 2022-2023 school year.

If you have questions or concerns, contact your school. 

When Students Are Sick

  • Students who are sick should stay home. Please let their school know they will be absent.
  • If students are sick or have a fever, it is recommended that they take a COVID test, even if they are vaccinated.


  • APS schools will provide free at-home rapid test kits for students who exhibit symptoms or have been identified as close contacts.
  • Other testing options, including at-home and in-person tests, are available. For more information, visit Find a COVID-19 Test Near You

Testing Positive

  • Students who test positive need to stay home for at least five days.
  • Notify the school as soon as they test positive.
  • Students returning to school after five days must wear a mask for an additional five days.

Testing Negative

Students who exhibit symptoms may return to school after they:

  • Isolate for five days, or  
  • Test negative two days apart on at-home rapid antigen tests, or 
  • Test negative on one PCR test provided by health care professionals or testing sites. 
  • Families will be asked to ensure test results. 

Close Contacts

Students who were in close contact with someone who tested positive but are symptom-free can go to school and participate in school-related activities if:

  • They are vaccinated (they don't have to be boosted).
  • They have tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days.
  • They participate in the APS Test to Stay program, which allows them to test for COVID at school. If they continue to test negative, they can stay at school.

COVID Vaccines 

Ensuring that you and your family are fully vaccinated (including all eligible boosters) remains the best defense against infection. The COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for ages 5 and older. Register for the COVID Vaccine or Booster