There was plenty of school spirit and COVID safety precautions at Highland High School Wednesday. APS is requiring all students and staff to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. The only time a mask does not need to be worn is if they are eating or outside.
The district says any unvaccinated teachers will go through COVID surveillance testing. Physical changes have also been made to several APS schools including more windows. They also installed UVC units in most of their classrooms to ensure there’s better air filtration.
State education officials say Wednesday was a long time coming. “We are back. We have all of our students back in school and it is great to see the energy and the passion that they have for being together again. It’s been a long year and this is just a great celebration,” said New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Ryan Stewart.
APS has an online spreadsheet that shows the safety measures put in place at each school for anyone interested. While thousands of students are headed back Wednesday, the district is still offering online learning for anyone not ready to return to the classroom.
The school district is still monitoring the delta variant If cases continue to rise, officials say they will follow guidelines for the New Mexico Public Education Department and the New Mexico Department of Health.