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Masks Required in All APS Buildings
Posted 7/30/21

Masks Required in All APS Buildings


Masks aren't required outdoors.



All students, employees, and visitors must wear masks while inside Albuquerque Public Schools buildings, whether they are vaccinated or not. This includes all APS schools and offices. Masks also are required on school buses.


The universal mask mandate was recommended by the APS administration and approved by the APS Board of Education on Wednesday.  


Masks aren't required outdoors. Indoor meetings and gatherings are still allowed as long as attendees wear masks. 


The district decided to require masks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidance, recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that everyone older than the age of 2 wear masks. And New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, citing CDC guidance, recommended that New Mexicans wear a mask indoors out of an abundance of caution. 


The mask mandate was prompted by a recent increase in COVID-19 cases that health officials blame on the more contagious delta variant and flattening vaccination rates across the nation. APS will reconsider the requirement once the number of cases decreases.


The district encourages students over the age of 12, employees, and families to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which should help bring down the number of cases. Four APS high schools are hosting immunization clinics in the coming days where students can get all school-required immunizations plus the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Thursday, July 29, from 2-6 p.m. at Albuquerque High School, 800 Odelia Rd. NE
  • Monday, Aug. 2, from 2-6 p.m. at La Cueva High School, 7801 Wilshire Ave. NE
  • Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 2-6 p.m. at Cibola High School, 1510 Ellison Dr. NW
  • Thursday, Aug. 5, from 2-6 p.m. at West Mesa High School, 6701 Fortuna Rd. NW 

The first day of school for most APS students is Wednesday, Aug. 11, though students at 20 elementary schools on an extended-year calendar return on Wednesday, Aug. 4. APS is committed to in-person learning without interruption for the 2021-2022 school year and is creating guidelines to make that happen. 


We will provide more information on returning to campus during the pandemic as it becomes available. Your best sources of information are the APS website and your child's school.