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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.

APS follows COVID safe practices to help keep students and employees healthy and at work. Learn more about COVID safe practices at Albuquerque Public Schools for the 2022-2023 school year.

The COVID-19 virus spreads easily, and symptoms can range from mild to severe, which is why Albuquerque Public Schools, under the guidance of the New Mexico health and education departments, has outlined COVID safe practices for the 2022-2023 school year.

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.

If you have questions or concerns, contact your school or supervisor. 

When You Are Sick

Students
Who Are Sick

  • Students who are sick should stay home. Please let their school know they will be absent.
  • If students are sick or have a fever, it is recommended that they take a COVID test, even if they are vaccinated.

Employees
Who are Sick

  • Employees who are sick should stay home and notify their supervisor they will be absent.
  • If employees are sick or have a fever, it is recommended that they take a COVID test, even if they are vaccinated.

COVID Test Options

  • APS schools will provide free at-home rapid test kits for students and employees who are experiencing symptoms.
  • Other testing options, including at-home and in-person tests, are available. For more information, visit Find a COVID-19 Test Near You.

Testing Positive For COVID

Students Who Test Positive

  • Students who test positive need to stay home for at least five days.  They can return to school after five days and are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving.
  • Notify the school as soon as they test positive.
  • Students returning to school after five days must wear a mask for an additional five days.

Employees Who Test Positive

  • Employees who test positive need to stay home for at least five days. They can return to work after five days and are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving.
  • Employees must notify their supervisor as soon as they test positive.
  • Employees returning to work after five days must wear a mask for an additional five days.

Testing Negative For COVID

Students Who Test Negative

Students who exhibit symptoms may return to school after they:

  • Isolate for five days, or  
  • Test negative on two at-home rapid antigen tests, taken 24-48 hours apart, or 
  • Test negative on one PCR test provided by health care professionals or testing sites. 
  • Families will be asked to ensure test results. 

Employees Who Test Negative

Employees who exhibit symptoms may return to work after they:

  • Isolate for five days, or  
  • Test negative on two at-home rapid antigen tests, taken 24-48 hours apart, or 
  • Test negative on one PCR test provided by health care professionals or testing sites. 
  • Employees will be asked to ensure test results. 

When You Are In Close Contact

Students Who Were In Close Contact

Students, if symptom-free, who were in close contact with someone who tested positive can go to school and participate in school-related activities regardless of vaccination status.

Employees Who Were In Close Contact

Employees, if symptom-free, who were in close contact with someone who tested positive can go to work regardless of vaccination status.

APS Plan for Current and Enhanced COVID-Safe Practices

When a school reaches a 3% positivity rate

When a school reaches a 3% positivity rate among students and staff during a two-week period, district personnel conduct a site visit and meet with school administration to ensure compliance with current COVID-safe practices and provide recommendations for enhanced mitigation strategies.

When a school reaches a 5% positivity rate

When a school reaches a 5% positivity rate among students and staff during a two-week period, additional precautions will be taken to help reduce the spread. 

Download the Plan

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.

Additional COVID Resources

COVID-19 Resources from NMPED and NMDOH
ResourceAuthorRevision DateDescription
Local Education Agency (LEA) Plan (PDF) Albuquerque Public Schools Sept. 27, 2002 Plan for safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services.
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.
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.
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.

Updated as of August 15, 2022.