Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates: ABA will be closed between March 13-April 6, 2020

Important Information

Please direct all health related inquiries to 1-855-600-3453

Para assistencia con situaciónes de salud pública y coronavirus, llamada 1-855-600-3453

An important message from the School Social Worker of ABA: I will be offering social/emotional interventions through the following e-mail during this unexpected time off. Ofreceré intervenciones 
socio-emocionales por medio del correo electrónico siguiente durante este tiempo 
inesperado the tiempo sin escuela. email: cbarffuson@lpelc.com and at https://www.lpelc.com/0/olc/74

PED se trasladará a un modelo de aprendizaje en el hogar mientras las escuelas siguen cerradas por el resto del año escolar. Por favor vea el comunicado de prensa de la Oficina de la Gobernadora Michelle Lujan Grisham aquí.  https://t.co/iISfv9t6FA https://t.co/CCa4cJmNaD

Resources:

  • Public Education Department (PED): The Public Education Department is committed to keeping our school leaders and communities up to date about Coronavirus in New Mexico (COVID-19). NMPED and New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) are working together on a daily basis to share the most current information as well as to consult on protocols, procedures and best practices. Your state government has created a new destination to keep you updated on all things #COVID19. Visit http://newmexico.gov for updates, resources and answers to your questions. New resources will be added daily.

 

  • Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham: Beginning Monday, March 16, New Mexico K-12 public schools will close for three weeks to mitigate the risk of community spread of COVID-19. While the closing is currently effective through April 6, it may be extended as conditions warrant. https://cv.nmhealth.org/

 

 

 

 

Resources continued:

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
    CDC Recommends Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
    Individuals and communities should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves and their communities from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. More here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html

 

Latest message from Mr. Jones (3/23/20 at 5:30 p.m.)

Important message from Mr. Jones

Hi ABA Family, 
I hope you are all hanging in there. This is a very confusing time, I know. With the outcome of our traditional school year looming, I have what I hope is some clarification for each of you. 
At this time, teachers are NOT to assign work to students. They will continue to post and respond to any requests for ideas, activities, or general resources. However, at this time we are NOT making work mandatory for students. 
At this time, we are working with the NMPED to identify next steps. Soon I hope to be able to share an interim plan with you all. However, first I must await direction from the PED. 
Thank you all for your time. Please stay home and be safe!

Mr. Jones

 

Dear ABA Family:

This is undoubtedly a challenging time for our community. We can only hope that this is a once in a lifetime type of emergency that our kids will one day share with their own children. 

As uncertain as this time is for each of us, please stop and recognize the blessing that comes with this concept of social distancing. Like me, many members of our ABA community end up spending very little time with our loved ones each day due to our busy lives and work schedules. We have lost touch with the very reason we work so hard day in and day out; to make sure our families have security. 

With that in mind, please spend the next three weeks rebuilding and strengthening your relationships with your family members. Share with one another all of the little things that make you human such as your silly fears and far-fetched goals and aspirations; not those that relate to academic achievements but the real ‘stuff’ that shines a light on life.

Take time to exercise, cook, sing, and play games together within the four walls of your home. Make it a time that none of you will forget. Don’t let fear and anxiety take away from the fact that you have everything you need right there in front of you in your very own homes; your loved ones. Meals will be available everyday at our Central location with hopes that the worry of daily nourishment will become secondary to your much-needed family time.

I wish you all health and peace in these trying times. Know that our ABA family will get through this challenge together, as we always have when our resilience was tested in years past. 

Mr. Jones

 

A message for Albuquerque Bilingual Academy staff:

Only essential staff (maintenance and cafeteria) will be required to be on-site during closure. Directors and coordinators will be on-call during closure.
All staff will resume normal payments in accordance with their signed contracts. Staff does not need to submit all timesheets today before leaving.
Instructional minutes will not need to be made up during the month of June.
Extended learning (K-5 Plus) will be preserved if the ABA application is approved by the NMPED.
Distance learning initiatives offered to students MUST be on a voluntary basis. Teachers will NOT be required to facilitate any form of instruction during the three week period in which schools are closed. One of the three weeks is spring break, which is a period of time in which you are not expected to provide instruction to students. Please look for a subsequent email regarding curricular resources for students.
Counseling and IEP services may continue. ABA will opt to stay in compliance with IEP meetings, which will be done via phone. Compensatory services will be provided upon students' return to school on April 6.
ABA maintenance and contracted maintenance company will conduct deep cleaning during the three weeks students and staff are away from campus.
Food Service (breakfast and lunch) may continue on a modified schedule and more limited basis. Specific logistical information related to food service will be shared in a subsequent email. We are awaiting final word from our food service contractor. Meals will be served in a "grab and go" manner, similar to that of a carryout restaurant.
ABA's lottery two registration will take place April 6-April 10; Our third and final lottery will take place during the same week. ABA currently has 397 students registered for SY 20-21.
All school-sponsored travel participants will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon return and must provide the school with COVID-19 test results prior to returning to work.
Respectfully,

Chris

Chris Jones
Head Administrator 
Albuquerque Bilingual Academy 
Office: (505) 836-7706

 

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