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Back to School in Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho Elementary “hybrid learners” line up after climbing out of their school bus Monday morning to have their temperatures checked as school officials remind them of social distancing practices. (Garry Herron/Rio Rancho Observer)

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — After a month of remote learning for Rio Rancho pre-K and elementary school students, Monday marked another move toward normalcy as 4,000 hybrid learners begin a staggered schedule of in-person classes this week. Roughly 3,000 students will continue learning from home.

First grader Jackson Bauer gets help from his mother, Bonnie Bauer adjusting his face mask outside Enchanted Hills Elementary on Monday, the first day of in-person classes in Rio Rancho. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Across 10 elementary schools and one preschool in the Rio Rancho Public Schools district, students in kindergarten through third grade will attend in-person every day of the week except Wednesday. Fourth- and fifth-grade students are divided into two groups. Group A attends in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday, and Group B comes to school on Thursday and Friday.

“I thank the community and our educators for working so hard to get to this point,” district spokeswoman Beth Pendergrass said.

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