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When the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education voted to continue remote learning for most students through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, we archived information on the APS Reentry Plan. While the information is still available, it is no longer up-to-date. as of Feb. 25, 2021. The latest information can be found COVID-19 Updates for APS.


Plan for transportation, meals, technology, and sanitation.


  • Buses will run at no more than 50 percent of capacity.
  • No more than two students per seat for regular-size buses, one per seat on smaller buses.
  • Siblings may sit together.
  • Drivers and riders must wear face coverings.
  • Buses will be deep cleaned each evening.
  • Children exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed to ride the bus.
  • Schools will create a staggered parent drop off and pick up to allow for social distancing.


  • Breakfast and lunch will be served when students are on campus. 
  • Grab and Go meal distribution will continue during hybrid learning (though sites may change). 
  • Weather-permitting, students will eat breakfast outside; otherwise, they will eat in their classrooms.
  • Students will eat lunch in their small groups in the cafeteria.
  • The lunch schedule will be staggered to allow for social distancing and cleaning between groups.

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  • APS checked out technology devices to all students.
  • Most students received Chromebooks, though some of the district’s youngest students, special education students, and English language learners may have received iPads.
  • Students will be expected to bring their APS-issued technology devices to school with them for in-person instruction.
  • Contact your child's school if you are having trouble with internet connectivity.

Sanitize. Protect yourself and others.Sanitation

APS will provide cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer for classrooms, common areas, and buses, including a “sanitation tote” for each classroom for periodic cleaning throughout the day.

Schools will be cleaned following EPA and CDC guidelines, including regularly disinfecting and sanitizing high-touch areas with deeper cleaning between groups of students.

School Offices

  • The school office will be open for student/parent needs.
  • Parents/guardians must wear a face covering, have their temperature checked, and fill out the COVID-19 visitor symptoms review prior to entering.
  • It is strongly encouraged to utilize email or calling the office to handle office communication attendance reporting.
  • There will be no volunteers or chaperones allowed on campus at this time.

Recess/Break Time

  • Breaks will be built into the daily schedule.
  • Recess and break times will be held outside weather and air-quality permitting. Students will be required to continue social distancing.
  • The movement to and from classrooms will be staggered among student groups to assure social distancing.

Physical Education

  • Physical education will continue to be an integral part of the curriculum. The curriculum and associated activities will be tailored to allow for individual exercise, conditioning, and workouts.
  • Team sports or contact of any kind will be removed from the curriculum.

Plan for Positive Cases

APS follows a strict protocol when employees test positive for the coronavirus. The same protocol will be followed when students return to school.

The district works closely with the New Mexico Department of Health to decide whether to close a classroom, a portion of the building, or the whole school and for how long. During the shutdown, affected areas will be thoroughly cleaned following CDC, EPA, and OSHA  guidelines, which include using electrostatic foggers.

As part of our protocol, we will let the school community know about the positive COVID-19 case. This includes emailing a letter through SchoolMessenger. You may be frustrated by how vague the letter is, but please remember that we are obligated to protect the privacy of the infected individual. We cannot identify them, nor can we provide information about their medical situation.

The letter will remind all members of the affected community that they should visit their health care provider or call the COVID-19 hotline (855-600-3453) if they develop symptoms. These include cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate and get tested.

You play an important role in this process by self-isolating if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with an infected individual. Please, before you come to work or school each day, go through the checklist of possible symptoms, and take your temperature. If you exhibit any symptoms or have a temperature of more than 100.4 degrees, plan to stay home.

Please call the COVID-19 hotline at 855-600-3453 if you or your child develop symptoms.
Daily COVID-19 Screenings
  • Student Questionnaire: Each day before sending your child to school, please review these health questions regarding your child’s health.
  • Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 2, all APS employees are required to complete a quick online health screening at the start of each workday. This form replaces other COVID health questionnaires that you may have been using. Daily COVID Self Screenings
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