ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) –  Albuquerque Public Schools on an extended learning calendar kicked off the new school year Thursday. Roughly 300 students at Hawthorne Elementary were greeted by APS Superintendent Scott Elder.

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Elder says seeing all of the kid’s smiling faces back in the classroom brings back a feeling of normalcy. “No mask mandate, they’re letting everybody in this first day. People are excited, it’s just a great time,” said Elder. APS schools not on the extended calendar return to the classroom August 10.