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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: January 4, 2021

A Plan for Getting Kids Back in Schools

APS Reentry Plan Update: December 2020

Even as the coronavirus continues to plague our community, APS has a plan to get our students back in schools.

Watch as Albuquerque Public Schools leaders outline the plan. 

APS Reentry Plan Guidelines
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APS Rentry Plan Guidelines
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Returning to Campus Reentry plan

The APS Reentry Plan is subject to change based on the spread of the pandemic and public health orders. 

The New Mexico Department of Health has a rating system for determining when counties are at "minimum risk" for virus spread, allowing more services to open, including schools.

Bernalillo County, like almost all of the rest of the state, is currently considered at "very high risk." Once the county is designated at "minimum risk," APS plans to bring back small groups of students for in-person learning.

As the rate of spread stabilizes, APS will bring back more students every couple of weeks by grade level beginning with preschool and kindergarten, followed by grades 1-3, then 4-5. 

Middle and high school students would return to school campuses later in the semester. Their return is contingent on the approval of the state Public Education Department. 

If the state once again labels the county at high risk, APS may have to decrease the number of students at schools or even close campuses.

Families have the option of continuing remote learning throughout the school year. Those who choose the hybrid option will be divided into two groups:

  • Group A will be on campus Monday and Tuesday and will learn remotely Wednesday-Friday. 
  • Group B will learn remotely Monday-Wednesday and will be on campus Thursday and Friday.
  • No students will be on campus Wednesdays.

Safety Protocols 

Before Heading to School

  • Each day before school, parents/guardians should go through a checklist of possible symptoms and take their child’s temperature. Student Questionnaire
  • Students should stay home from school if they exhibit any symptoms or have a temperature of more than 100.4 degrees.
  • Students should stay home if they have been in close contact with someone with symptoms or has tested positive for COVID.
  • Call the school to find out when it is appropriate for the student to return.
  • If students show symptoms of COVID while at school, they will be sent home.


  • Doors and windows should remain open, weather and air quality-permitting, to provide fresh air.
  • Students should be encouraged to eat, learn, and play outside when feasible.
  • Maintenance staff will continue to maintain school heating and air conditioning systems as recommended by the manufacturers.

HygieneIn soap we trust.

  • Students and staff should wash their hands whenever transitioning from one part of the school to another. Wash with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds (try singing the Happy Birthday song).
  • Soap and hand sanitizer will be provided for classrooms and common areas, including a sanitation tote for each classroom for periodic cleaning throughout the day.
  • Students should avoid sharing or touching other people's property.
  • Students should bring their own water bottles to school each day.  
  • Students and staff should avoid touching their faces.


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

Chromebooks and iPad

Students will be expected to bring their APS-issued technology devices to school with them for in-person instruction.

MasksPlease wear a face mask. Help stop the spread.

  • Students, staff, and visitors must wear face coverings on campus except while eating, drinking, and teaching word-formation. 
  • This includes in classrooms, on playgrounds, and in common areas.
  • Students are asked to bring their own masks, though extras will be available at school.
  • Face shields aren't a substitute for face masks. 

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.
  • Students will stay with the same group of classmates throughout the day to minimize movement around campus. This includes during lunch and recess.  


  • 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.

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 

  • 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. 
  • As part of our protocol, we will let the school community know about the positive COVID-19 case. 
  • 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.