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Posted: April 27, 2021

Voluntary COVID Testing for Students Learning In Person

Parents are being asked if they want their children to participate in surveillance testing designed to slow the spread of the virus.

The parents and guardians of Albuquerque Public Schools students who have returned to campus for in-person learning have the option of allowing their children to participate in random COVID-19 testing.

APS sent families a Student COVID-19 Surveillance Survey on Friday, April 30, asking if their children may participate in the testing either by taking an at-home saliva test or an oral swab at a testing site. Families who agree to have their children tested for the virus should follow the steps outlined in the survey email.

Parents also may decline to have their children participate in the random testing. No follow-up is required if families choose to opt-out of surveillance testing.

The New Mexico Public Education Department requires that 1 percent of public school students who have returned for in-person learning undergo COVID-19 surveillance testing each week through the end of the school year. In an effort to control the spread of the virus, test results will be sent to the New Mexico Department of Health, and families will be asked to send the results to the child’s principal.  

APS is making testing voluntary.

Students who are learning remotely are not being asked to participate in surveillance testing. If the families of students who are learning remotely receive the survey on Wednesday, they are asked to disregard it.

The two test options available to families who choose to participate are: