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Following governor's announcement, APS still assessing whether to offer in-person learning

KOB Web Staff
Updated: January 26, 2021 10:21 PM
Created: January 26, 2021 05:28 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-  Albuquerque Public Schools has not determined whether it will return to in-person learning on Feb. 8.

During the governor's Tuesday State of the State address, she announced school district could begin offering a hybrid option in February. 

APS says it is "urgently assessing" how its reentry plans align with the governor's announcement.

The district says one of its biggest tasks will be executing school safety site visits by the Fire Marshall with expediency and accuracy.

“There’s a lot of excitement and truthfully some trepidation over the governor’s announcement today,” said APS Interim Superintendent Scott Elder. “We know in-person learning is best for our students and critical for the community. We also know how important it will be to ensure schools can reopen safely. District administrators and the APS Board of Education continue to work closely with the state’s departments of health and public education to return our students and staff to our classrooms.”

Some teachers in the Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF) said they were surprised at the news, and are anxious to receive their vaccines. 

"A lot of teachers have been begging to go back in person. They feel ready. They want to interact with their students in person, and there are still teachers who have high-risk conditions who are really concerned about what that means. So it's going to be a mix of, are you ready, do you have a high-risk condition, who can we bring back and the logistics are really complicated," said Ellen Bernstein, with ATF.

APS officials said they will keep everyone informed about its decision on in-person learning, sports, extracurricular activities, and more at APS.edu.


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