Beginning today all Albuquerque Public Schools are open for full-time, in person learning. It’s been over a year since the largest school district in the state closed all campuses and switched to online learning in the face of the pandemic. The initial pause for on campus learning was intended to be only three weeks, but as we’ve seen over the last year, things change and goalposts get moved. However, in mid March Nm Public Education Department officials announced they were aiming to have students in seats for class by April 5th.
Some students and teachers have been allowed to continue attending school or teaching virtually. Those situations are largely on a case by case basis to meet the needs of at risk students and instructors who are still unvaccinated or have continuing health risks. There is only 7 weeks left before the school year ends and summer break starts for NM’s kids. Click HERE to read more.
Additionally, today is also the first day that all New Mexicans over the age of 16 are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. New Mexicans can register for the vaccine online HERE or by telephone. When you register online, you’ll be asked for your name, date of birth, ZIP code, contact information, employment and health condition. After you register, you’ll be provided a confirmation code so you can log in to the system and provide insurance information and other details.
With schools opening, infection rates plummeting and vaccines now available for nearly every New Mexican; NMBC wants to know when the state will allow businesses to return to normal? The shutdown of many businesses like theaters, event venues, amusement parks, bowling alleys, and recreational facilities is still continuing. If nothing is done and those businesses are not allowed to reopen and resume hiring, they might not be around much longer.