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COVID-19 Information

SASM Families,

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated recommendations for COVID-19 guidance. As a result, and in accordance with updated guidelines communicated by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), Albuquerque Public Schools has updated its COVID-19 guidance.
APS will no longer require:

  • Social distancing
  • Quarantining for close contacts
  • Close contact tracing, including notification of exposure to a positive COVID-19 case
  • Participating in the APS Test to Stay Program

The following COVID-19 safe practices and protocols remain in place:

  • Schools will provide at-home rapid antigen test kits for students and employees who exhibit symptoms
  • Employees are responsible for self-screening prior to coming to work
  • Parents are responsible for screening their child at home prior to coming to school
  • Students and employees should stay at home if they are sick
  • Symptomatic students and employees are to isolate for 5 days – individuals who test negative on 2 at-home rapid antigen tests, taken 24-48 hours apart, or test negative on 1 PCR test may return before 5 full days of isolation
  • Student and employees who test positive must stay at home for at least 5 days and may return after 5 days if fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications and have improving symptoms
  • Students and employees who test positive must notify school or supervisor
  • Students and employees who test positive and are returning to school/work after 5 days of quarantine must wear a mask for an additional 5 days

Albuquerque Public Schools and San Antonito STEM Magnet are committed to maintaining a healthy school environment for all students. Our staff is diligent about cleaning high-touch surface areas regularly, but transmission of any illness is not completely preventable despite our best efforts. Please remember that if your student is sick, they should remain at home.  Students with fevers in the previous 24 hours, new or worsening cough, vomiting and/or diarrhea should be kept home. In addition, encouraging hand-washing, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve, and keeping your student’s vaccines up-to-date are just a few of the ways we can promote and encourage healthy habits.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Principal Gallegos or Nurse Robyn.

Despite an overwhelming number of resources out there about Coronavirus it remains important for us to educate ourselves so that we may educate our children and families as we move forward in this pandemic. Listed on this page are links to websites and videos to share with your family and community. 

We start with this wonderful video published by 'eurac research' in Italy. It beautifully explains this new type of coronavirus, how a virus works, and all about staying healthy during these times. 

What is a coronavirus?

It's important to talk with someone about all the feelings that may be coming up for you all... we are living in new ways and it's hard to stay home all the time. Also notice the feelings and needs of others... ask your siblings or your parent or guardians if they need anything! Call on the counselor or nurse for help! 

Inside Out: Guessing the feelings

   

NM DOH Testing & Screening Sites and COVID Vaccine Sites
COVID-19 Vaccine Facts

CDC's Flyer

Vaccine Information

There are so many concerns and questions about the duration and effect of the pandemic; but, no clear answers as it changes from day-to-day.

The one clear awareness is that we can decrease the spread of this disease by washing hands, covering coughs/sneezes, cleaning surfaces, staying home, social distancing, and wearing protective gear like face masks.

We can also help by sharing information with our children in ways that make sense for them.

We also help by caring for ourselves and for others by following recommended precautions but also by listening with our kids and with each other…by practicing self-care and by being engaged in the care and well-being of our community.

5 Steps to Proper Hand Washing