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Albuquerque Public Schools will operate in three models this year, depending on the status of the pandemic and health guidelines from the New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

School Schedule Models

ModelLearningAdditional Info.
Red Students engage in distance-learning at home full time, Monday through Friday. There is no bus transportation necessary or provided when operating in RED.
Yellow Students attend on a hybrid schedule with one-week instruction in-person Tuesday through Friday at school, and the next week students engage in distance learning at home. 
  • Group A: Student's last names begin with A-L
  • Group B: Student's last names begin with M-z
All Mondays are designated distance learning from home days.
Bus transportation is available the week students attend in-person instruction at school.
Green Students attend in-person instruction Monday through Friday at school.  Masks, social distancing, and other safety protocols may still apply.

What You Need to Know About the 2020-2021 School Year

The 2020-2021 School Year Begins on Aug. 12 in RED

School begins the week of Aug. 12 with the distribution of technology to all students, virtual home visits, and guidance provided for staff, students, and families on safely attending school and effectively learning at home. Remote learning also will begin during this time.

APS May Move to Yellow After Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

The APS Reentry Plan, which is subject to change depending on the spread of the coronavirus and public health orders, calls for some students to return to the classroom after Labor Day on an every-other-week rotation Tuesdays-Fridays. According to the state, elementary school students would return first. 

APS opted for an every-other-week rotation instead of having students attend school just two days a week because it allows for more continuity of instruction with fewer transitions for students. The schedule also allows for deeper cleaning between groups of students, better accommodates illness, provides opportunities for home-based projects, is easier for scheduling childcare, and offers more flexibility for electives and special programs. 

Student Expectations During Yellow 

  • Bring their own mask on in-person instruction days
  • Wear their mask on the bus and during the school day (with minimal exceptions for students with documented medical conditions).  Students without a mask will be provided one, or parents will be asked to bring one to the school before the student can attend class
  • Maintain appropriate social distance from others
  • Frequently wash their hands  or use hand sanitizer (upon arrival, before and after lunch, before and after recess, and at the end of the day)
  • Bring their school-issued computer device to school every day
  • Use their computer devices appropriately
  • Participate in their classes when learning from home
  • Stay home if they have a temperature of more than 100.4 or any other COVID symptoms 
  • Bring a refillable water bottle as drinking fountains will be off-limits
  • Not share toys, books, equipment, or supplies
Daily Student COVID-19 Screening: Each day before sending your child to school, please review these health questions regarding your child’s health.

Staff Schedule

  • APS teachers and school staff returned to work on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
  • Their first few weeks include establishing relationships with students and families, learning more and developing expertise in online learning, and developing classroom and school-wide procedures and routines to keep students and staff safe: Timelines During Remote Learning 
  • As a reminder, all staff can work from home during the remote learning model. Let your administrator know by filling out the notification form.
Daily Staff/Faculty COVID-19 Screening: Each day before heading to work, please review these health questions regarding your health.

Online School Option 

APS is expanding its online high school, eCademy, to include kindergarten through eighth grade. The eCademy K-8 magnet school offers a comprehensive curriculum, a teacher/student ratio comparable to traditional classrooms, district-provided technology for each enrolled student, and school/home partnerships to ensure student success. 

The school is in the process of hiring New Mexico certified teachers. Applicants can apply online.

Tags: Reentry