Many New Mexico school districts have opted to stay completely online for the fall semester, but as of right now, Rio Rancho Public Schools is still planning on moving forward with a hybrid model that will begin after Labor Day.
The hybrid learning model will begin with elementary school-aged kids, but there are still many questions and potential changes as that day gets closer.
Many school districts are getting the all clear from top state officials. Last week, PED Secretary Ryan Stewart announced they would be using a testing positivity map to implement in-person hybrid learning. If a county is green, it means it's good to go.
But some districts, including Albuquerque Public Schools, are still choosing to stay virtual. It’s a decision that is weighing on other metro schools like Rio Rancho.
“We decided it would be really important to hear from our membership about their feelings about being in school after Labor Day and that’s why we did the survey, because we were hearing so many concerns,” said Billie Helean, president of the Rio Rancho School Employees Union.
Helean said after the APS decision, the RRSEU surveyed the entire collective bargaining unit, which was around 1,800 people. The results showed 65 percent of those people preferred staying virtual until past Labor Day.
As of now, RRPS school officials said the plan is still on to bring back hybrid learning after Labor Day. Some parents and teachers hope it stays that way.A petition was created for that reason and has around 1,600 signatures so far.