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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.

School Schedules

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.

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

Learning in Red (Remotely)

  • Students engage in distance-learning at home full-time, Monday through Friday.
  • Scheduled at least through Jan. 19, 2021, for all students.
  • There is no bus transportation necessary or provided when operating in RED.

About the Student's Day

  • At least three hours per day providing online instruction to students, which we call synchronous or live instruction
  • Students required to complete additional assignments or practice activities during the remainder of the school day or asynchronous learning.
  • Breaks throughout the day
  • Office hours with teachers
  • Guidance and assistance to families

Essential Standards

  • Essential Standards are enduring and relevant standards that spiral from one grade to the other and are foundational to learn in one grade to move on to the next grade.
  • Students should have a  strong understanding of the Essential Standards before they can progress to the content in another grade.
  • Curriculum & Instruction created the list of essential standards for teachers using the Teacher Learning Network (TLN).
  • The TLN are Level III teachers with a strong understanding of content and the skill-set to support other teachers.
  • TLNs worked in teams using information identified by national organizations like Achieve the Core to identify the essential standards.
  • TLNs prioritized the standards and left room for teachers to add in other standards

Measuring Student Progress

  • Constant feedback in the teaching process
  • Communicating with students and families frequently about student progress
  • Asset-base approach
  • Acknowledging the impact of educational disruption and addressing the "COVID-19 slide"
  • Using the essential standards to define grade-level pre-requisites that may need to be re-taught and focus on essential grade-level standards to target student learning
  • Embedding Social Emotional Learning and relationship building into classroom routines and core content
  • Providing an interim assessment schedule and strategy to monitor student academic progress and adjust instruction
  • Outlining focused academic interventions and data collection systems for students who are not making adequate academic progress

Grading and Attendance

  • In a red or remote learning model, grades will be based on demonstrated progress on the essential standards aided by grade level rubrics.
  • Attendance during remote learning is based on the extent to which a student has engaged in remote learning. 
  • Attendance is not based on student understanding of their classwork or their grade in the class.
  • Attendance is measured on a student's engagement during the remote learning time period. 

Student Engagement

  • Students will need to attend scheduled classes online, access and complete assignments online, and engage in and spend time learning.
  • Teachers will need to communicate with students and families, understand individual needs of their students, and assess and evaluate level of student engagement and progress.
  • Schools and Departments will need to work cooperatively to determine student and teacher needs – resources, supports, professional development; and continue to reach out to families to assess and evaluate needs – resources, supports, technology, connectivity.

Social-Emotional Learning

  • Integrate SEL, especially strategies for self-awareness and self- management skills as they apply to multiple learning environments
  • Build relationships in online environments
  • Build relationships with families to see what their needs are and prepare them for their role in red and yellow
  • Mobilize teachers to coach parents for at-home learning
  • Scaffold assignments and learning experiences to re-build attention and academic stamina while ensuring students experience success in their efforts

Advisory and Class Meetings 

  • Academic learning cannot take place fully without creating an environment of emotional safety and connectedness for students
  • We recognize the challenge in a distance-learning environment at a time when teachers normally focus on relationship-building and establishment of a classroom culture.
  • Schools need additional tools to adapt to this new environment while continuing to meet student needs.
  • Secondary schools will have weekly advisory meetings with students and elementary schools will provide support through class meetings.
  • The Office of School Climate, in collaboration with the Special Education Department, has developed classroom lessons designed to teach and support the development of social-emotional skills.
  • The counseling department provides individualized supports to students as well as in-class lessons.

When APS Moves to Yellow

  • Students go to school two days a week for in-person instruction. On the other three days, they continue remote learning.
  • Wednesdays are designated remote learning days.
  • Students will be divided into two groups – 
    • Group A: Students go to school for in-person instruction on Mondays and Tuesdays; and 
    • Group B: Students go to school for in-person instruction on Thursdays and Fridays. 
  • Bus transportation is available the week students attend in-person instruction at school.

The APS Reentry Plan is subject to change depending on the spread of the coronavirus and public health order. When the district moves to a hybrid model that combines in-person and remote learning, students will return to the classroom two days a week, either on Mondays and Tuesdays or Thursdays and Fridays. All instruction is remote on Wednesdays.  

Student Expectations During Yellow

  • Bring their own mask on in-person instruction days (schools will provide masks for students who don't have one) 
  • Wear their mask on the bus and during the school day (with minimal exceptions for students with documented medical conditions)  
  • Maintain appropriate social distance from others
  • Frequently wash their hands  or use hand sanitizer (upon arrival, before and after lunch, before and after recess, and at the end of the day)
  • Bring their school-issued computer device to school every day
  • Bring their APS-issued technology devices to school with them on in-person learning days and use them appropriately
  • Participate in their classes when learning from home
  • Stay home if they have a temperature of more than 100.4 degrees or any other COVID symptoms 
  • Bring a refillable water bottle as drinking fountains will be off-limits
  • Not share toys, books, equipment, or supplies

Daily Student COVID-19 Screening

Each day before sending your child to school, please review these health questions regarding your child’s health.

Learning in Green

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

Online School Option

APS expanded its online high school, eCADEMY, to include kindergarten through eighth grade. The eCADEMY K8 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. 

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