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Posted: February 17, 2021

Remote Learning to Continue Through the Remainder of the School Year

The APS Board of Education directed the administration to find ways to provide in-person learning for small groups of students in need of intervention.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education voted Wednesday, Feb. 17, to continue remote learning for most students through the remainder of the school year.

The Board directed the administration to find ways to provide in-person learning for small groups of students in need of intervention. Board members expressed an interest in targeting high-need groups of students such as high school seniors on the cusp of graduating and kindergarteners, sixth graders, and freshmen who have never experienced in-person learning at their school.

And, the Board asked the administration to prepare a resolution encouraging the governor and the New Mexico Department of Health to prioritize COVID vaccinations for school staff including teachers, educational assistants, custodians, and bus drivers so that in-person learning can resume.

The Board discussed a plan that would have depended on teachers volunteering to return to the classroom in order to bring some elementary school students onto campus for in-person learning a couple of days a week. The plan was voted down. 

The APS administration informed the Board that nearly two-thirds of teachers have indicated that they are not comfortable returning to the classroom at this time. About half have said they prefer working remotely for the remainder of the school year.

Parents, on the other hand, are split – about half have said they want their children to return to the classroom. About a third have indicated that they prefer remote learning exclusively for the remainder of the school year.