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Hiring is on pause at one of the largest employers in the state, Albuquerque Public Schools.
The district recently closed its Background and Fingerprinting Department, a move to beef up social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That effectively suspends all new hires and halts incoming volunteers, according to Todd Torgerson, chief of Human Resources and Legal Services.
APS conducts background checks on prospective employees, contractors and volunteers who may work unsupervised with kids. Chief of APS Police Steve Gallegos said all incoming employees must get a background check, which is still the standard during the Background and Fingerprinting Department closure.