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Attendance Line

(505) 298-6896 ext. 4

Address:
12015 Tivoli NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111

Phone: (505) 298-6896
Fax: (505) 291-6883

Attendance

It is the parents'/guardians' responsibility to notify the school each day their child is absent for any reason by calling the attendance office at 298-6896 (ext. 4) between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. A recorder will take your messages during non-office hours.

Arrival and Dismissal Times

Students should not be on our campus prior to 8:00 a.m. This request is made for safety reasons, as there is no supervision on the school grounds until this time. Students are permitted in the cafeteria or on the northwest patio after 8:00 a.m. and may not enter the halls/classrooms until the first bell at 8:15 a.m. School is dismissed at 3:05 p.m. Students should leave campus as soon as school is dismissed unless they are participating in an activity. Students may exit the school through the basketball courts or the “chute” on the southeast side of campus.

Attendance Procedures

New Mexico law dictates that students between the ages of six (6) and eighteen (18) years of age are mandated to attend public school, private school, home school, or another state institution. It is the parents’/guardians’ responsibility to notify the school each day their child is absent for any reason by calling the attendance office at 298-­‐6896, x. 35500 between 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. A recorder will take your messages during non-­‐office hours.

 

Daily attendance is mandatory to benefit to the fullest from an instructional program. The Albuquerque Public Schools recognizes, however, that there are situations that dictate a student’s absence. Therefore, in accordance with APS guidelines, absences may be excused for the following reasons:

 

 

  • Illness
  • Medical appointment, excused by a doctor’s note brought to the office upon return to school
  • Death in the family
  • Religious commitment
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Other circumstances as agreed to by the principal

 

As per APS guidelines, parents/guardians may be required to provide documentation to excuse absences after their students’ tenth excused absence.

 

An unexcused absence is any absence that does not adhere to the prescribed APS guidelines listed above, is not school related, or is not reported within two (2) school days. Non-school sponsored activities or trips and family vacations outside of normally scheduled school breaks will be considered unexcused absences. The following process will be followed regarding unexcused absences:

 

When a student has their 3rd unexcused absence in a class:

  • Office staff (counselors, social worker, special education head teacher, administration) will contact the parent via phone or e-mail. All contact will be documented in Synergy (EX: “Sent e-mail 11-12; no reply” “Spoke with mom on 10-22; mom forgot to call in and will send doctors notes”)

 

When a student has their 5th unexcused absence in a class:

  • A letter will be sent to parents to discuss the impact of student absences. If necessary, home or work visits will be completed to meet with parents.

 

When a student has their 7th unexcused absence in a class:

  • Family will be referred to the HMS Health and Wellness team. Family will be invited to attend meeting to discuss absences and their impact. Meeting can be conducted by phone if needed.
  • Home or work visits may be conducted to visit with parents.

 

When a student has their 10th unexcused absence in a class:

Office staff (counselors, social worker, special education head teacher, administration) will notify parents via e-mail, phone call, and letter that a referral is being made to APS Truancy Office.

*** It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for any missed work when they are absent ***.

Tardies

Per APS policy, tardies are only excused for medical appointments. All other tardies are unexcused. When a student arrives late to school, they should be signed-in by a parent. The tardy policy will be reviewed with the students at the beginning of the year. Regular tardies will be handled through the APS Attendance Procedure.