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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.

School Schedule Models
ModelLearningAdditional Info
Red Students engage in distance-learning at home full time, Monday through Friday.

Scheduled for Semester 1.

There is no bus transportation necessary or provided when operating in RED.

Yellow 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. 
  • Group A: Student's last names begin with A-L
  • Group B: Student's last names begin with M-Z
All Mondays are designated distance learning from home days.
Bus transportation is available the week students attend in-person instruction at school.
Green Students attend in-person instruction Monday through Friday at school.  Masks, social distancing, and other safety protocols may still apply.

What You Need to Know About School Year 2020-21

Overview of Semester 1, Learning in Red (Remotely)

Learning in Red (Remotely) is scheduled to continue through the first semester. Here's an overview of what Learning in Red (remotely) looks like:

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 & 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
  • Engage in and spend time learning
Teachers will need to:
  • Communicate with students and families
  • Understand individual needs of their students
  • 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
  • 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 & 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

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 on an every-other-week rotation Tuesdays-Fridays. All other students will continue learning remotely. All instruction is remote on Mondays.  

APS opted for an every-other-week rotation instead of having students attend school just two days a week because it allows for more continuity of instruction with fewer transitions for students. The schedule also allows for deeper cleaning between groups of students, better accommodates illness, provides opportunities for home-based projects, is easier for scheduling childcare, and offers more flexibility for electives and special programs. 

Student Expectations During Yellow 

  • Bring their own mask on in-person instruction days
  • Wear their mask on the bus and during the school day (with minimal exceptions for students with documented medical conditions).  Students without a mask will be provided one, or parents will be asked to bring one to the school before the student can attend class
  • 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
  • Use their computer devices appropriately
  • Participate in their classes when learning from home
  • Stay home if they have a temperature of more than 100.4 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.

Staff Schedule

  • APS teachers and school staff returned to work on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
  • As a reminder, all staff can work from home during the remote learning model. Let your administrator know by filling out the notification form.

Daily Staff/Faculty COVID-19 Screening

Each day before heading to work, please review these health questions regarding your health.

Online School Option

APS is expanding its online high school, eCADEMY, to include kindergarten through eighth grade. The eCADEMY K-8 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. 

The school is in the process of hiring New Mexico certified teachers. Applicants can apply online.

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