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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

QR Codes 

  1. What are the QR Codes for?
    1. QR Codes will help VVHS staff monitor student activity in order to support contact tracing should the need arise. Students must scan QR codes, which are posted throughout the campus. Students must scan QR codes every time that they enter and exit the building, enter and exit a classroom and enter the restrooms. 
  2. How do student's fill out the QR Code Form?
    1. Students will be required to use their APS Credentials to log into the form.  
  3. What Happens if my student does not have a cell phone?
    1. Students will have their name and student ID documented by a staff member.

Mask

  1. What happens if a student refuses to wear a mask?
    1. Masks are mandatory while on campus  and part of the NMDOH Health Order. If a student refuses to wear a mask appropriately. Administration will determine if the student will be permitted to continue attending school in-person or if they will be moved back to remote learning as a safety precaution. Please remember that COVID safe practices are our collective responsibility. Students and staff need to work together to hold each other accountable and keep each other safe.
  2. Are neck gaiters, face shields, vented masks, bandanas permissible as masks?
    1. No. Face shields, vented masks, bandanas, neck gaiters, etc. are not permitted in place of a mask per COVID safe guidelines.
  3. What if a student does not have a mask?
    1. Provide a mask to students who do not have one. Each classroom tote has 50 masks. 

      If you run out please contact Mr. Alzaga by email. If you notice that masks are running low, please put in a request so they may be refilled before you run out. Administration and security monitor student drop-offs and building entrances and will give masks to any student not wearing one.

Meals

  1. Where will students eat?
    1. Students may pick up breakfast and lunch from Tierra Antigua Elementary School (Located west of Volcano Vista High School behind Tony Hillerman Middle School). Distribution is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11-1
  2. Will water fountains be running?
    1. ​​​​​​​No, water fountains will not be available. We encourage you to bring a filled water bottle from home. There are 8 water filling stations located in every hall

Classes and Classrooms

  1. How will we social distance in classrooms?
    1. Desks, tables, and chairs will be marked to indicate that they should not be used to ensure distancing. With only a limited number of students permitted on campus at a time, and many students choosing to remain in remote learning, we anticipate being able to maintain social distance. If any classrooms are unable to meet distance guidelines, we will work together on a case-by-case basis to determine a solution.
  2. Is the VVHS Wi-Fi sufficient for our needs?
    1. According to APS, the bandwidth is sufficient to meet our instructional needs.​​​​​​​

Restrooms

  1. How will we maintain COVID safe practices in the restrooms?
    1. Occupancy numbers are posted at each restroom. Stalls, urinals, and sinks will be taped off. If there is a line for the restroom, students need to follow the markings on the floor and wait six feet apart.​​​​​ We will monitor restrooms to the best of our ability, but we will also rely on students being responsible and conducting themselves appropriately. If you see anything inappropriate happening in a bathroom, please notify an adult. Remember that COVID safe practices are our collective responsibility. Students and staff need to work together to hold each other accountable and keep each other safe. Once we go hybrid, office and student aides will be monitoring the number of students entering the restroom at one time. Restrooms will be deep cleaned nightly
  2. What if a restroom runs out of supplies?
    1. Custodians have a schedule to check on the restrooms and supplies throughout the day. They will be responsible for completing a cleaning log during the day. If you discover that a soap or paper towel dispenser is empty, contact the office and we will send a custodian over to refill it.
  3. Will students be permitted to use the restroom during class time?
    1. Yes, students will be permitted to go to the restroom during class. Teachers have a process to limit the number of students in the restroom during class time. We will monitor restrooms to the best of our ability, but we will also rely on students being responsible and conducting themselves appropriately. If you see anything inappropriate happening in a bathroom, please notify an adult. Remember that COVID safe practices are our collective responsibility. Students and staff need to work together to hold each other accountable and keep each other safe. Students must scan the QR Code posted outside the restroom prior to entering. 

General Questions

  1. I have concerns about returning in-person. Why are we going back now?
    1. This determination was made by the State of New Mexico PED and the APS Board of Education. There are greatly varying opinions in the community, with some families feeling strongly about returning in person and others who feel equally strongly about remaining remote for the time being. Families do have the option to continue online, remote learning. Students are not required to come back to campus. If a student does choose to return to campus, we will follow all New Mexico Department of Health, CDC, and APS guidelines to keep everyone as safe as we possibly can under the given circumstances. This will include maintaining 6’ social distance, wearing masks, frequent cleaning and hand washing, and other steps put in place by the district.
  2. Who will monitor students on campus?
    1. Administration, CSAs, and staff will monitor students. Please remember that COVID safe practices are our collective responsibility. Students and staff need to work together to hold each accountable and keep each other safe.
  3. What is the ventilation situation?
    1. Every classroom and office has been refitted with a MERV-13. 
  4. What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
    1. Anyone who tests positive is required to quarantine for 14 days per state mandate. Contact tracers and/or administration will notify any individuals who was in close contact so that they may complete the mandatory quarantine period and have the opportunity to be tested.
  5. What happens if a student is suspected of having COVID-19?
    1. ​​​​​​​Stay home. If a student is suspected of having COVID-19, that student will be evaluated by the nurse who will then follow the appropriate protocols.
  6. What are we doing to keep teachers and students safe during their time on campus?
    1. ​​​​​​​We are following all NMDOH and CDC guidelines for reentry including cleaning and sanitation, masks, distancing, and ventilation improvements.​​​​​​​
  7. How will counseling services be available to all students?
    1. ​​​​​​​Students will have the opportunity to see a counselor if they need to, regardless if the student is on campus or participating through remote learning. Students will be able to sign up to visit with their assigned counselor via the counseling website. Counseling Services 

Staff Specific Information

  1. How will teachers be able to clean in-between academic support sessions?
    1. Each teacher can decide what works best for them. For example, each classroom tote has Clorox wipes. Teachers would be required to use a wipe to clean any frequently touched surface, such as a door handle.
  2. How do teachers maintain social distancing when greeting students? What should teachers do as students arrive
    1. Teachers should be in the vicinity of the door but far enough away to maintain six feet of distance. This is a good time to check for masks and remind students to use hand sanitizer. Teachers should monitor students for any symptoms that are readily apparent such as:
      1. Cough

      2. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

      3. Fatigue or lethargy

      4. If a student is displaying symptoms, contact the office.

  3. What should I do if I think that one of my students has COVID-19?

    1. ​​​​​​​Student will be isolated from the rest of the class. The teacher will notify an administrator who will then notify the nurse. The nurse will escort the student to one of the waiting rooms.