Late Wednesday night, Albuquerque Public Schools approved a plan to submit to the Public Education Department. It involves starting the school year with online learning, and phasing in a hybrid model after Labor Day.
The Albuquerque Public Schools Reentry Plan calls for school to begin the week of Aug. 12 with the distribution of technology to all students, virtual home visits, and guidance for staff, students, and families on safely attending school and effectively learning at home.
Under the plan, which is subject to change depending on the spread of the coronavirus and public health orders, students would return to the classroom after Labor Day on an every-other-week rotation Tuesdays-Fridays.
Teachers and school staff are scheduled to return to school on Aug. 5 to begin preparing for online and in-school teaching and learning in a sanitized and safe setting that will include social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.
The plan outlines steps for swiftly moving to remote learning if the spread of the coronavirus isn't curtailed and public health orders still call for residents to mostly stay at home.
APS opted to begin with an online model and then move into an every-other-week rotation as safety conditions allow. The hybrid model chosen by APS calls for students to attend school every other week instead of 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.