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APS highlights COVID-19 protocols

APS officials are reminding the community that there are procedures in place if someone at school tests positive for the novel coronavirus. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Public Schools is reminding families that there are protocols in place for when school members get COVID-19.

For instance, close contacts are alerted and directed to quarantine for 10 days. School communities will be told about cases, too.

“This includes emailed letters through SchoolMessenger. Families may be frustrated by how vague the letters are, but please remember that we are obligated to protect the privacy of the infected individual,” the district wrote in a news release.

APS officials highlighted that they work with state health and education departments when closing a school or classroom. And the Public Education Department has a toolkit on how schools should respond to COVID-19 cases, which is on its website.

TASSEL TIME: APS updated times and locations for high school graduations, which are planned to be in-person.

The 13 traditional schools in the district and eCademy are slated to have ceremonies outside at Nusenda Community Stadium on the West Side. Magnet schools’ graduations are expected to be at Civic Plaza Downtown.

They will be the week of May 10 and times are at APS.edu.

Graduates will only be able to bring two people if Bernalillo County is still considered yellow – based on coronavirus data – by the state. Changes could be made to the plans if the county gets to a less restrictive category.

The 13 traditional schools in the district and eCademy are slated to have ceremonies outside at Nusenda Community Stadium on the West Side. Magnet schools’ graduations are expected to be at Civic Plaza Downtown.

Last month, PED released guidelines for commencements that lay out what’s allowed depending on a county’s COVID status.

ON BOARD: Following schools reopening, the APS Board of Education has started doing its meetings with a hybrid of in-person and online participation.

Board members and select staff can meet at APS headquarters while others video-call into the meeting, which is live streamed for the public.


Shelby Perea: sperea@abqjournal.com

 



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