The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education voted down a motion that would've brought students back to the classroom as part of a hybrid learning model.
The motion failed by a vote of 4-3, which means students will remain virtual through the end of the year.
APS leaders did, however, pass a motion that would allow more small groups of high-needs students to return to the classroom. It will be up to each school to identify those students in need. The school board expressed interest in targeting groups like high school seniors, kindergarteners, sixth graders, and high school freshmen who have not yet had the opportunity to experience in-person learning at their school.
School board leaders said they would like to reconsider the decision to stay virtual if Bernalillo County moves to Level Green, or if teachers start to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.