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Reentry Plan News

Posted: September 3, 2020

Special Ed in the Red

An APS initiative to provide limited special education services in person and in small groups to our most severely impacted and vulnerable students with disabilities.

These are students that have demonstrated that they cannot engage in remote learning because of their disabilities.

In a joint and collaborative effort, the Special Education Department has been working with the Albuquerque Teachers Federation and the Albuquerque Federation of Classified Professionals to start the process of locating and identifying teachers, EAs, related service providers, nurses and health assistants who are willing and able to provide small group, in-person learning opportunity to these special education students.

APS will begin rolling out the initiative in the coming weeks. In the meantime, schools will develop schedules, identify students, assign small groups to teachers, schedule transportation and order breakfast and lunch for students attending. Other obstacles may include having required personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks for staff.

Every attempt will be made to provide these in-person, small groups at the students' home schools, but an alternate location may need to be provided for all identified students to participate.

Schools will be determining the plan that best suits their community's needs. Our number one priority is making sure safety measures are in place to help keep the students and staff safe and healthy. These measures include cleaning schedules, full PPE for staff, mask-wearing for students, passive and active health screenings and social distancing at school and on the bus.

We will be using the New Mexico Public Education Department guidance for small groupings of students using the ratio of 5:1 -- five students to one teacher.

We are excited about this opportunity to roll-out small group, in-person learning to our most intensive and highest need students with disabilities.