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Also in this handbook:

  • APS Goals
  • District Authority and Jurisdiction
  • Expectations of Students
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Dress Code
  • Rights Violations
  • Attendance Guidelines
  • Disruption of the Educational Process
  • Consequences for Unacceptable Conduct
  • Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy
  • School Alternatives For Handling Unacceptable Conduct
  • Disciplinary Considerations for Students with Disabilities Under IDEA
  • Disciplinary Considerations for Students Under Section 504
  • Discipline Matrix
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Student Records
  • Child Custody Issues
  • Glossary of Terms

Parent Handbook

Parent Essentials

Attendance

Reporting Absences

Each day your child is ill or will be absent or is going to be late, please contact the attendance line before 8:00am at 833-5830 (press 2). 

Attendance lines are available 24 hours/day. We request  that you leave the following information:

  • Child’s name
  • Grade
  • Teacher’s name
  • Reason for absence   

If a phone call is not received verifying your child’s absence, within two days, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. 


Tardies

Students are tardy if they arrive to school after 7:45 am.

Students who arrive late are required to check in at the office.  Parents are to escort tardy children to the office to sign-in and receive blue slips.


Long Term Illness

Principals have discretion to make allowances for students who are faced with serious injury, or serious or chronic illness.

If a student misses over 50% or more of the school day, the absence will be recorded as a FULL day absence.


 Early Dismissal

Please do not sign your child out after 1:30pm. Teachers use the end of the day to explain homework assignments.

Disruptions interrupt the educational process.  If your child has an appointment, please make arrangements to pick up your child before 1:30

 

If a student must be removed from school early for a doctor's appointment or similar emergency, you must come to the office and sign the child out

  • Please allow extra time to make your appointment and sign your child out before 1:30 pm in order to not disrupt end of day directions in class and to avoid traffic issues. 
  • We will not call a child out-of-class until a parent is physically in the office (you cannot telephone ahead for your child to be called to the office).
  • We will not release a child to a parent waiting in a car outside. We do this in order to be able to identify those persons picking up children and to insure the safety of your children. Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.
  • Other than parents, individuals must be 18 years or older to sign a student out of school.
  • Adults picking up students must provide the staff with a photo I.D.
  • Only individuals listed on the contact card and the emergency form will be allowed to pick up students.

Drop-off/Pick-up Procedure

Procedure

  • Follow directions of staff on duty
  • Please drive slowly and cautiously. Please obey speed limits and be conscious of the school zone.
  • Do not cross areas that have cones as boundaries or remove cones
  • Remain in the vehicle if you are in the drop-off/pick-up lane.
  • Students line up behind red line on sidewalk and will wait to load until all cars have moved forward and stopped and they get the green go signal.
  • Park in designated areas only
    No parking in fire lanes or handicap spaces unless you have a permit.
  • Drop off/Pick-up in loading zone only (green curb)
  • Be courteous to other drivers when leaving the drop-off/pick-up

Bus Students

Parent Responsibilities

  • Explain the Student Responsibilities for riding the school bus to their child.
  • The location of the school bus pick-up and drop-off location.
  • Explain that they may only be picked up or dropped off at their assigned location.
  • Explain that the children should be at the assigned location no more than 5 minutes before the designated pick-up time.
  • Explain that parents or guardians are responsible for restitution of any vandalism committed by their child while on the bus.

Student Responsibilities

  • Obey all school bus riding rules.
  • Remain seated at all time while on the bus.
  • Keep hands, feet, and personal items to self.
  • Be respectful of the bus driver and their fellow students.
  • Throwing objects of any kind is not allowed.
  • Eating while riding the bus is not allowed.
  • Keep a reasonable voice volume on the bus.  No yelling/screaming.

Consequences for disobeying school bus rules

A severe infraction of any of the bus riding rules can result in suspension of bus riding privileges. 


Student/Parent Pedestrians

  • Use crosswalks both on campus and when crossing streets.
  • You are welcome to park in the gym parking lot or side parking spaces on Eucariz and walk with your child to the playground or pick them up at the end of the day at the “Park and Walk” located in the patio area between the gym and library.
  • Please use the walkways on the east side of the school in order to not congest the Drop-off/Pick-up area.
  • Please remain outside in the playground area and not in the hallways both before & after school.
  • During inclement weather, students and parents can wait in the cafeteria and/or gym.

Visitor Policy

Visitors and Guests

Visitors and Guests shall report their presence and sign in at the school office if the visit occurs during the instructional day.

They are not required to sign in if the event or activity is after the instructional day.

All visitors and guests are subject to the policies and procedural directives of Albuquerque Public Schools.

This person shall have no unsupervised exposure or contact with students. Examples of guests and visitors include, but are not limited to:

  • guest/resource speakers
  • one-time appearance for school or classroom event like a literacy day or play
  • parents and family members who attend school to eat lunch
  • visitors for a one-time family involvement activity with their student
  • parents dropping off items for their student at the school
  • vendors making a delivery to a school

Requirements

  • Be able to present some form of current government-issued photo identification (driver’s license, passport, military ID, US or other government identification).
  • Sign in at the main office.
  • Upon approval, be required to display a volunteer/visitor identification badge, which they will surrender following the event or activity.

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