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These guidelines are subject to change depending on the spread of the virus and revised public health orders. 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. Your best sources of information are the APS website and your child's school.


Please wear a face mask. Help stop the spread.

All students, employees, and visitors must wear masks while inside Albuquerque Public Schools buildings, whether they are vaccinated or not. This includes all APS schools and offices. Masks also are required on school buses.

  • Masks aren't required outdoors (though they are recommended for unvaccinated individuals).
  • Indoor meetings and gatherings are still allowed as long as attendees wear masks.

For Students, Employees, Visitors

  • While students are expected to provide their own masks, spares will be available for students who forget. 
  • Student refusal to wear a mask will be treated as a dress code violation. 
  • Employees who refuse to wear a mask are subject to progressive discipline.
  • Visitors who refuse to wear a mask will be asked to leave APS buildings. 

Social Distancing 

  • Social distancing of 3 feet is recommended when possible.
  • Students and staff will be encouraged to social distance to the greatest extent possible. 


Dell Chromebook

Students will be issued Chromebooks or iPads (if they haven't already), which they will use daily as tools for learning. They are expected to bring their devices to school every day along with their other school supplies. 

Remote Learning 

eCademy K-8

Families who prefer their students learn remotely may enroll them in eCADEMY K8 or eCADEMY High School. The schools offer a completely online, full-time, year-long comprehensive educational program.



School Meals

School Meals

  • All students can get free breakfast and lunch at school this year. 
  • 5-day meal packs will be available for pick up for eCADEMY students only on Fridays beginning Aug. 13 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at APS Food and Nutrition Services, 800 Louisiana Blvd. NE. 
  • Students may remove their masks while eating and drinking. They should social distance as much as they can.
  • Students are encouraged to eat outdoors when possible.
  • Students will be allowed to drink from water fountains, which will be cleaned frequently.
  • Find more information about school meals at APS.


Dress in Layers

APS Community Clothing Bank logo

Windows and doors in classrooms and schools and air conditioning dampers will be kept open to allow for the circulation of fresh air, which could lead to fluctuating temperatures during the school day. Students are encouraged to dress in layers and bring jackets with them. Students who need jackets, other clothing, or school supplies can get assistance through the APS Community Clothing Bank. Ask your teacher, counselor, or school social worker for assistance. 


Sanitize. Protect yourself and others.

Students and staff are encouraged to make it a part of their practice at school and at home to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When hand washing isn't possible, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Consider including travel-size sanitizers in student backpacks. 


APS encourages eligible students, employees, families, and school visitors to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone over the age of 12 is eligible to receive the free vaccine. 


Classroom volunteers will be limited at the beginning of the school year and will be at the school principal's discretion. For more information on volunteering, email

Non-School Personnel on Campus 

Schools will give priority for in-person campus services to critical partners such as:

  • Contracted mental health providers
  • School-based health centers
  • School-age childcare programs
  • Early childhood programs
  • Tutors

Board of Education Meetings

Due to the changing nature of the public health conditions in Bernalillo County, APS Board of Education meetings will be a combination meeting with board members and public forum speakers having a choice to attend in person at the John Milne Community Board Room or a live virtual meeting.  Presenters and recognitions guests will attend virtually.  Community members may attend in person or access the meeting link through the website.

Athletics and Activities


APS is following the New Mexico Activities Association Guidelines for Participation (PDF). The guidelines read in part:  

  • Masks shall be worn indoors at all times by all persons not fully vaccinated. 
  • Unvaccinated individuals shall social distance to the greatest extent possible.
  • Personal athletic equipment shall not be shared by any individuals.

Field Trips and Out-of-Town Travel

  • Field trips are allowed this school year but should focus on important events and follow COVID-safe practices.
  • Overnight and out-of-state trips also are allowed.
  • Only vaccinated students can share a room.
  • Unvaccinated students must share a room with household members.