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In this handbook:

  • Office Hours
  • Academic Honor Roll
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Arrival and Dismissal
  • Attendance
  • Bell Schedules
  • Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades
  • Busses
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer use policy
  • Conferences
  • Dress Code
  • Discipline
    • Discipline Policy
    • Expected Behavior
    • Serious Behavior Problems
    • Disability Harassment
    • Bullying
  • Field Trips
  • Fire Drills
  • Grading Procedures
  • Homework Requests
  • Instructional Council
  • Insurance
  • Lockers
  • Lost and Found
  • Parent - Faculty Organization
  • Personal Electronic Devices
  • Phone Messages
  • Plagiarism Policy
  • Progress Reports
  • Restricted areas
  • Retention / Intervention Policy
  • Schedule Changes
  • Student pick-up
  • Tardies
  • Testing
  • Text Books
  • Traffic Flow (parking lot)
  • Visitors
  • Unauthorized items



Attendance Line: (505) 298-­6896 ext. 4 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 ***.

Review the complete APS Attendance Policy

Cell Phone / Personal Electronic Devices

All cell phones/electronic are to be turned off (NOT on vibrate) during the school day and kept in a locker or backpack, not on the student's person. The APS Student Behavior Handbook states that these types of communication devices must not interfere with the educational process.

The school assumes no responsibility for theft, damage, or replacement of cell phones/electronic devices. Violations of this policy will result in the confiscation of the set device. Confiscated devices to be returned only to parent/guardian.

APS Policy

Dress Code

The dress code policy at Hoover Middle School complies with the APS Student Behavior Handbook and District Dress Code Policy.

Students’ dress and grooming shall be neat, clean, and appropriate for school. At Hoover, we recognize that students are unique and as a result, each has their own style of dress. We also realize that it is important to have a dress code that promotes an environment that is conducive to learning.

Students are expected to abide by the following requirements for dress:

  • For health and safety reasons, shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Hats may be worn for specific instructional, safety, religious or medical reasons. Otherwise, hats, sunglasses, and hoods on hoodies/jackets should be worn outside only. Bills on caps must face forward. Other headgear such as bandanas, sweatbands, and hairnets are prohibited.
  • Shirts should be made of material that is not see-through. Shirts do not have to have sleeves, but should have straps that measure at least 2” wide. Spaghetti straps, see-through shirts, halter tops, off the shoulder shirts, and shirts that show midriffs are prohibited.
  • All shirts, pants, shorts, and skirts should be worn in a manner in which they were intended to be worn, and should cover all undergarments. Modest necklines are required. Shorts, skirts, and dresses should be no less than fingertip length.
  • Tights, yoga pants, and leggings are permitted. They should be worn with a long shirt that is no less than fingertip length. · Pajamas, pajama look-alikes, and slippers are prohibited.
  • Clothing or accessories which promote the following are prohibited:
  • negative behavior
  • drugs or alcohol
  • profanity, vulgarity, controversial or sexually suggestive/abusive behavior  
  • weapons or violence
  • disrespect
  • gang related items/colors including picture slogans and text as defined by APD Gang Unit.
  • Spike jewelry/belts/accessories and chains are prohibited.
  • Any other clothing, hairstyles, or excessive body piercings that are disruptive to the learning environment. All body piercings must be covered in PE classes.

*Hoover Middle School administrators have discretion to determine whether attire is appropriate or inappropriate. Administrators may also remove from school those students whose personal appearance is disruptive to the education process and the orderly operation of the school. Administrators may also have a student call home for a change of clothing if a student is dressed inappropriately.