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COVID Updates for 2021-2022

The COVID guidelines below were for the 2021-2022 school year. New guidelines for the 2022-2023 school year are being determined by APS and will be posted as soon they are available.

APS is committed to in-person learning without interruption for the 2021-2022 school year and has created guidelines to make that happen.

Important Links

Mask Mandate Lifted

Albuquerque Public Schools lifted its mask mandate on Thursday, Feb. 17. Students and staff may choose to continue wearing masks, but they will no longer be required. Learn More

What To Do If Exposed To COVID

Please do your part so we can slow the spread and continue in-person learning. We will regularly update our students, staff, families, and community on teaching and learning during the pandemic. 

For complete information on what to do if you or your child tests positive for COVID, visit the New Mexico Department of Health's COVID website.

Stay Home If You Have Symptoms 

  • Before you come to work or school, please go through the checklist of possible symptoms.
  • If you or your child exhibits symptoms or has a temperature of more than 100.4 degrees, plan to stay home. 
  • You should also plan to stay home if you test positive for COVID or are identified as a close contact and haven't been vaccinated. 

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Families: Report Student Cases to Schools 

  • If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, notify the student's school immediately.
  • If reporting a positive case outside of the school day or when school is not in session, notify school administration via email; visit your student's school website for contact information. 
  • If a student has been identified as a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case and is in quarantine, notify the student's school.

APS Outlines Spending Plan for COVID-Relief Funds

The application for funding through the American Rescue Plan Act has been submitted. The American Rescue Plan passed by Congress and signed by President Biden provides more than $122 billion nationwide to help schools recover from the pandemic. Albuquerque Public Schools' share is about $230 million. Read more information, and find downloads to the reports.

Additional COVID Guidelines and Downloads

COVID-19 Information from New Mexico Public Education Department, New Mexico Department of Health, and Albuquerque Public Schools
ResourceAuthorRevision DateDescription
COVID Response Toolkit for New Mexico Public Schools (PDF) New Mew Public Education Department (NMPED) July 22, 2022 Provide a framework that will allow for students and staff to safely attend school in person for the school year.
APS Plan for Current & Enhanced COVID Safe Practices (PDF) APS Chief of Operations Office July 28, 2022 Provides plan for safely providing in-person learning with rising COVID cases.
School Guidelines and Updates New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) July 22, 2022 COVID-safe practices are in effect and outlined on the New Mexico Public Education Department website.
Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan (PDF) Albuquerque Public Schools December 17, 2021 Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services
Reentry Plan (PDF) Albuquerque Public Schools December 17, 2021 Reentry Plan for School Year 2021-2022.
Equity, Access & Success, Unfinished Learning Plan (PDF) Albuquerque Public Schools July 21, 2021 Unfinished Learning Plan for School Year 2021-2022.
COVID-19 Information New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Updated on an on-going basis. Public Health Orders, COVID-19 Testing Information, Travel Restrictions, COVID Safe Practices, and the COVID Public Dashboard.
Return to School Roadmap U.S. Department of Education August 2, 2021 Key resources and supports for students, parents, educators, and school communities. How federal funding supports the safe and sustained return to in-person learning.