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The COVID guidelines below were for the 2020-2021 school year. New guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year are being determined by APS and will be posted as soon they are available.

Posted: March 4, 2021

When the County Goes Green, APS Goes Hybrid

The district will switch to a learning model that combines in-person and remote learning for all students if and when the state labels Bernalillo County at minimum risk for virus spread.

Most Albuquerque Public Schools students are learning remotely, though some have been allowed on campus for small group, in-person instruction and intervention. But the district's plan is subject to change depending on the spread of the virus.

The New Mexico Department of Health created a Red to Green Framework to measure the risk of virus spread by county based on the average daily cases and the test positivity rate. As of early March, Bernalillo County was labeled yellow because it met the required test positivity rate but not the average daily cases.

If the county is upgraded to green -- meaning it meets both state criteria for minimum risk of virus spread -- APS plans to bring all students back onto campus two days a week.

Families have the option of continuing remote learning throughout the school year. 

Those who choose the hybrid option that mixes remote and in-person learning will be divided into two groups:

  • Students whose last names begin with A-L will be on campus Monday and Tuesday and will learn remotely Wednesday-Friday. 
  • Students whose last names begin with M-Z will learn remotely Monday-Wednesday and will be on campus Thursday and Friday.
  • No students will be on campus Wednesdays.

Even though students will be at school a couple of days a week, the primary mode of instruction will continue to be digital through the remainder of the school year. Students will be expected to bring their APS-issued technology devices (Chromebooks or iPad) to school with them for in-person instruction.

According to the plan approved unanimously by the APS Board of Education on Wednesday, March 3, teachers and school staff will return a week before students to prepare for hybrid learning.  

All schools will abide by COVID safety practices, which include mask-wearing, social distancing, cleaning, and hygiene.