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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.

Reentry Plan News

Posted: August 10, 2020

Back-to-School Primer

What You Need to Know About the 2020-2021 School Year

School Schedules: Red, Yellow, Green

Albuquerque Public Schools will operate in three models this year, depending on the status of the pandemic and health guidelines from the New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.


Students engage in distance learning at home full time with instruction Monday through Friday. There is no bus transportation necessary or provided when operating in RED.


Students attend on a hybrid schedule with one-week instruction in-person Tuesday through Friday at school, and the next week students engage in distance learning at home. All Mondays are designated distance learning from home days. Bus transportation is available the week students attend in-person instruction at school.


Students attend in-person instruction Monday through Friday at school. Masks, social distancing, and other safety protocols may still apply. 

APS will spend the entire first semester in red.

Safety Measures in Yellow

COVID Daily Screenings

Each day before school, parents/guardians should go through a checklist of possible symptoms and take their child's temperature. Students should stay home from school if they exhibit any symptoms or have a temperature of more than 100.4 degrees.

  • Students displaying symptoms at school will wait in a designated room until a parent or approved emergency contact can pick them up.
  • Daily COVID-19 Questionnaire for Students: Each day before sending your child to school, please review these health questions regarding your child's health.

Masks and Face CoveringsPlease wear a face mask. Help stop the spread.

  • Staff and students are required to wear face coverings except while eating and drinking. This includes in classrooms, on playgrounds, and in common areas.
  • Students must provide their own face coverings, which are considered part of their school supplies.

Social DistancingSocial distancing in the classroom.

  • Students and staff must adhere to social distancing requirements, meaning they should be at least six feet apart.
  • Furniture may be rearranged in classrooms to allow for social distancing. Furniture doesn't have to be removed but may be unoccupied.
  • Elementary art, music, library, and other "specials" will take place in the regular classroom with teachers rotating, not students.


TechnologyDell Chromebook

APS began checking out technology devices to all students in early August. Most students will receive Chromebooks, though some of the district's youngest students, special education students, and English language learners may receive iPads.

The devices will be distributed through schools, which will contact families about dates, times, and procedures. Schools also will work with families to make sure they have internet connectivity.

Grab & Go MealsGrab and Go meal distribution

Families can pick up a week's worth of meals on Mondays at APS high schools. They will need to bring pre-printed tickets, which they get at their schools, to pick up the meals. 

The tickets include the student's name, ID number, and school, and will allow APS to track meals as required by the USDA National School Lunch Program, which reimburses school districts for meals. 


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.

TransportationAPS Bus

Buses will run during yellow and green (NOT red). During yellow, buses will only will be half full with one student per seat (siblings may sit together). Drivers and riders must wear face coverings.

Plan for Positive Cases

 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 message 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.

Student RegistrationParentVue-StudentVue

Students should register before beginning the school year. We use contact information included in the online registration to stay in touch with families. It is very important that we have up-to-date information. Please check the information we have on file for ParentVUE/StudentVUE and make changes as needed.

Online School OptioneCademy K-8

Albuquerque Public Schools is still registering students for its online school. The district expanded its online high school, eCademy, to include kindergarten through eighth grade. The magnet school offers a comprehensive curriculum, a teacher/student ratio comparable to traditional classrooms, district-provided technology for each enrolled student, and school/home partnerships to ensure student success.

eCademy is open to all students, whether they recently attended an APS school or are new to the district.

Students who transfer from another APS school may return to their school if they decide the online option isn't a good fit. However, they are encouraged to stay at eCademy for at least one semester for continuity of instruction. 

 The school starts on Aug. 12, like all other APS schools with the distribution of technology and teacher outreach. Due to high interest, we ask that students and families be patient with the registration process.

Child Care 

Beginning Aug. 24, the City of Albuquerque will offer full-day education and recreation programs at 22 Community Centers:

  • 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Every weekday
  • Programs include lunch and a supper meal. 

The lottery is open now until this Friday, Aug. 14, online at Play CABQ School Lottery RegistrationTo sign up:

  1. Apply for a Community Center Membership if you don't have a community center membership.
  2. Visit Play CABQ School Lottery Registration.

Back to School FAQs

APS leaders answer questions about instruction, our online school, child care, technology, Grab & Go meals, Special Education, grading, attendance and more.