With more than 140 schools in Albuquerque Public Schools, getting classrooms COVID-safe isn’t just difficult—it’s expensive.
Before APS can safely reopen, the state said schools must meet certain requirements like upgrading school ventilation systems, which could cost APS millions.
APS said there won’t be any hybrid learning until 2021, but the district is already getting ready by upgrading their HVAC systems.
“School districts as well as Albuquerque Public Schools —we will upgrade our filters as high as possible. First off that’s available, and that the system can handle,” said John Dufay, executive director of operations for APS.
APS is also looking at using UV light sanitizing to keep classrooms clean, which would cost about $8 million.
Similar technology is already being used across the country in subways, restaurants and classrooms.
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