School Reentry Plans for 2020-21 School Year
UPDATE - Aug. 20, 2020
Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Board of Education voted to extend remote learning through the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. They will consider resuming in person instruction in either a hybrid or traditional model later this year. The current plan allows that exceptions may be made for students with special needs who require face-to-face services.
Additionally APS announced a change for students participated in a year-round 100% virtual learning model. Previously all students in this model were enrolled in the district’s eCademy schools, but APS is now allowing students to remain enrolled at their current school and receive the virtual instruction all year. This includes students attending the school on a transfer. If you have any other educational questions or concerns, contact the Kirtland School Liaison Specialist, Ms. Beth Mann, at email@example.com, 505-846-6477 (office) or 505-228-5697 (cell).
The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has established guidelines for all public and charter schools to follow during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The plan divides the method of instruction into three groups;
RED - 100% remote learning
YELLOW - Hybrid Model
GREEN - Full Reentry to traditional education model
All public and charter schools in New Mexico will start school in the Red mode- a 100% remote learning model. There may be exceptions for students receiving special education services or early intervention literacy support. Most public and charter schools are providing families with an option of a 100% virtual model.
Albuquerque Public Schools- first day of school is August 12th for all grades.
Rio Rancho Public Schools- first day of school for HS and MS is August 7th, and for elementary school is August 11th.
Los Lunas Schools- first day of school is August 17th for all students
Moriarty-Edgewood School District- first day of school was August 6th for grades 1-5, 6 & 9, August 7th for grades 7-8 & 10-12, and is August 10th for Kindergarteners.
Schools may begin a phased-in move to the Yellow mode, the hybrid model, during the week of September 7th for Elementary students only; middle school students can move to the hybrid model the week of September 21st, followed by high school students the week of October 5th.
The hybrid model requires in-person learning while meeting social distancing requirements. For most schools, this will be a combination of in-person and remote learning. Most schools that cannot bring all of their students back for in-person instruction are dividing classes into two groups and rotating the time students receive in-person instruction and remote learning.
Albuquerque Public Schools’ hybrid model divides students into two groups based on a student’s last name, Group A (last names A-L) and Group B (last names M-Z). Mondays are facility deep cleaning days and all students will participate in remote learning, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday one group will attend school in person and the other group will engage in remote learning. The next week, the groups switch. For elementary schools, students in Group A students’ first day of in-person instruction is planned for 8 Sept, and Group B students’ first day of in-person instruction is 15 Sept. For middle school, Group A students’ first day of in-person instruction is planned for 22 Sept, and Group B students’ first day of in-person instruction is 29 Sept. High school Group A students’ first day of in-person instruction is planned for 6 Oct, and Group B students’ first day of in-person instruction is 13 Oct.
Rio Rancho Public Schools’ hybrid model also divides students into two group based on a student’s last name, however their schedule is much different. For students in 4th -12th grade, Group A students will receive in-person instruction on Monday and Tuesday and will engage in remote learning Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Group B students will engage in remote learning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and receive in person instruction on Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays are their facility deep clean day.
Students in grades K-3rd grade will receive in person instruction Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and will engage in remote learning only on Wednesday. They are able to provide this model because the schools’ have available space and have adjusted their staffing to limit the class size for those grades.
Los Lunas Schools’ hybrid model is not available to the public. Once information has been released, the School Liaison Office will share that information.
Moriarity-Edgewood School Districts’ hybrid model divides students into two groups, the method is not discussed in their plan. Group A students will receive in-person instruction on Monday and Tuesday and will engage in remote learning Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Group B students will engage in remote learning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and receive in person instruction on Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays are their facility deep clean day.
The School Liaison office is very busy collecting information on the reentry plans for the 57 charter schools in the area and will publish that information as soon as possible.
Private schools in New Mexico do NOT have to follow the NM Public Education Department guidance, although they do have to follow the current public health orders. As a result, their plans vary widely. The School Liaison office is also collecting information on the reentry plans for the 64 private schools in the area and will also publish that information as soon as possible.
For the most current information, please check with your child’s school.
Charter Schools (Free Public Schools)
Homeschooling Information and Resources
Before and After School Programs / Full Day Out-of-School Programs
Preschool and Prekindergarten Programs
Albuquerque Public Schools
Rio Rancho Public Schools
Los Lunas School District
Moriarty-Edgewood School District
Bernalillo Public Schools
Belen Consolidated School District
New Mexico Public Education Department
New Mexico Immunization requirements
New Mexico State Charter Schools
Airman and Family Services Programs
Airman and Family Readiness Center - 505-846-0741
Family Child Care - 505-846-1802
Gibson Child Development Center - 505-846-1103
Maxwell Child Development Center - 505-853-5521
Central Child Development Center - 505-846-1802
Kirtland AFB Youth Programs - 505-853-5437
Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse - 505-846-3305
Chapel Programs - 505-846-5691
Crime Prevention - 505-846-6209
Drug Demand Reduction - 505-846-7234
Family Advocacy - 505-846-0139
Health and Wellness Center - 505-846-1186
Immunization Clinic - 505-846-3101
Mental Health/Life Skills Support Center - 505-846-3305
Outdoor Recreation - 505-846-1499
Pediatrics 377 Medical Group - 505-846-3211
NMNG Family Programs - 505-853-5668 or 505-853-5128
(As of December 2020)
Language Arts - Reading
Kirtland School Liaison Office Program
The School Liaison Office at Kirtland includes an appointed Military School Liaison Officer (MSLO) and a full-time civilian School Liaison Specialist (SL) to assist Department of Defense (DoD) employees and their families with local school issues for public, charter, private, on-line, and home-schooling needs. Our program has built a strong, supportive relationship with the schools in our local area. We will need your help to expand this relationship to help improve our schools. We encourage you to take an active role in volunteering at schools your children attend. Parental involvement is the key to a positive school experience for both children and parents.
We look forward to having a great school year whether your child is here from the first day or moving into our area. If you are new to Kirtland AFB, I assure you that this can be one of your most rewarding assignments! We have a strong roadmap for success and will work throughout the year towards educational success for your child.
General Information on New Mexico Education
Quick Checklist for School Moves
Beth Mann, School Liaison Officer
Phone: (505) 846-6477
Mobile Phone: (505) 228-5697
Wing Headquarters Building
2000 Wyoming Blvd.
377 MSG Command Section, Suite D-1
APS Online Registration Process
Virtual School Options 20-21
Handbook for Parents of School Age Children
General School Information
Choosing a School for Your Child
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Private School Review
National Center for Education Statistics
Home School Information
New Mexico Public Education Department
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Home School Legal Defense Association
The Military Homeschooler
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