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Rio Rancho Public Schools gives parents choice between hybrid or online-only learning

Brittany Costello
Updated: July 13, 2020 10:47 PM
Created: July 13, 2020 10:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In a Monday meeting, the Rio Rancho Public School Board said parents will have the choice to keep their kids at home for online learning only or opt for a hybrid model this coming fall.

The goal is to have around 15 students per classroom. Kindergarten through Grade 3 would attend class Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Grade 4 through Grade 12 would attend either Mondays and Tuesdays or Thursdays and Fridays. 


“A teacher plans for five days of lessons,” said LaJunan Coleman, Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction. “Whether they’re teaching, seeing students five days a week or whether they’re in a situation like this, so the period of time they are not seeing students, they still will have three days of lessons. One might be watch a video, answer questions. Doing a reading, work on an extended project.”

School buses will have limited capacity with 47 students max, and they'll be required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer. Buses will be wiped down between trips. There will also be temperature requirements that will be discussed in depth at a later date.

For lunch, students will go to the cafeteria, but in a limited fashion. They will use disposable trays and some pre-packaged food

After school programs will be offered on the day or days a parent's child is at school, which means no programs will be offered on Wednesdays. No students will be at school that day.

“Cleaning the building on Wednesday because you have a new group of students in,” said Coleman. “So keeping the same group of students on Monday and Tuesday limits the number of students that’s seen in a school and then with the allowance of Wednesday to clean up and disinfect for the next round and also it will be really important that teachers have that time for working with students.”

Each student will get a Chromebook. Some will be asked to leave theirs at school unless they need it.

Officials are looking for places students could access internet, like city libraries. Districts have been asked to put plans in place, should schools have to go all virtual. Rio Rancho officials said they are prepared.

“We have to be ready on a moment’s notice to go to red. So if there is a breakout, a cluster, for example of COVID-19 cases, we have to be ready to move immediately to red, and so we have to have plans and guarantees to the state that we will do that,” said Dr. Sue Cleveland, Superintendent for Rio Rancho Public Schools.

There will be more time for temperature checks, special education students and daycare at the next board meeting.

This week, parents can attend online parent university courses:

  • July 16, 5:30 p.m.: What will teaching and learning look like in the Fall?
    • Presenters: RRPS Curriculum & Instruction Staff and RRPS School Improvement Office 
  • July 21, 5:30 p.m.: What will virtual learning look like?
    • Presenters: RRPS Curriculum & Instruction Staff, RRPS School Improvement Office and Special Guests from Edgenuity
  • July 23, 5:30 p.m.: RRPS COVID Safety Practices
    • Presenters: RRPS Safety and Security Department Staff and RRPS Facilities Department Staff
  • July 28, 5:30 p.m.: What will transportation and food services look like in the Fall?
    • Presenters: RRPS Transportation Department Staff and Sodexo Staff

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