Vaccination, Testing, and Masking Requirements

Vaccination

Bernalillo Public Schools encourages students and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Those wanting to know more about the COVID-19 vaccine should visit the New Mexico Department of Health website.

Required COVID-19 Testing

Unvaccinated students and staff who have been in close contact with a confirmed case, even if they show no symptoms, must stay home for 5 days after last exposure or participate in the test-to-stay protocol administered at each school site.

Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine as long as they are not symptomatic.

Unvaccinated staff must provide a COVID test each week that student services are provided at school.

Masking

Bernalillo Public Schools no longer requires masks to be worn indoors at most school sites. Please be aware that several campuses have updated their COVID-19 protocols, with some variations related to mask requirements. Before you visit a school, for instance, please contact the school to find out more about their mask requirement.

Expectations

One way to enrich our school environment is to support one another during difficult times. To accomplish this during the current pandemic members of our school communities engage in mutual protection of one another through safe practices that include:

  • Hygiene – frequent, regular hand-washing; frequent cleaning of spaces

  • Distancing – minimizing, but not eliminating, physical proximity

  • Screening – staying home while sick; actively screening every day if it’s ok to come to school

  • Masks – while masks are not required at most school sites, please be mindful that there are students and staff who may not be comfortable without one. Bernalillo Public Schools supports mask wearing, and so-called “mask-shaming” of fellow students will not be tolerated

A Safe Return to School

Bernalillo Public Schools has put into place many measures for the safety of our school communities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are tracking information on members of our school communities that test positive for COVID-19, either through on-site testing or self-reported, and are fully cooperating with the state's contact tracing efforts. This information enables us to monitor, direct resources to individuals and schools, and to create a safe learning environment for both students and staff. Below are infection rates during the the 2021-2022 school year.

Cases during 2022-2023 school year may be found here.

Case Tracker