ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Summertime sleeping in has come to an end because Wednesday is the first day of school for Albuquerque Public Schools.
Some 87,000 students are due to return to class, but the district still needs to hire 170 teachers. A majority of those open positions are in special education.
About 6,300 teachers work at APS schools throughout the district.
And with the school year kicking off, immunizations are taking place throughout the state. In Albuquerque, the New Mexico Department of Health is hosting the back-to-school immunizations from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Midtown Public Health Office on Wellesley.
Parents will need to bring a copy of their child’s shot record, and medicaid or private health insurance cards if they have them.
The state’s also hosting a clinic from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Santa Fe Public Health Office on Letrado Street in Santa Fe.
In McKinley County, clinics will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at 1919 College Drive in Gallup.
These clinics are being hosted by the New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico Immunization Coalition and the New Mexico Primary Care Association. They’re free for all children 18 years old and younger.