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APS Attendance Policy

Schools are required to intervene to improve attendance if a student's attendance rate drops below 95% in any grading period. Students and their parents/guardians are referred to the Children's ...more

Attendance Policy

School Attendance Line: (505) 452-3137 ext. 2

Please call the attendance line by 8:00 a.m. EACH day that your child is absent.  If we do not hear from you, the absence is unexcused.  You can leave a message any time on the 24 hour automated attendance line.

Record the following information:

  • Student's full legal name
  • Grade
  • Teacher's Name
  • Reason for absence (If a reason is not given, it will be marked unexcused.)
  • Your name
  • Contact phone number

The district's automated Parent Link notification system will begin contacting parents at 10:00 a.m. with a safety call alerting you that an absence or tardy has been recorded for your child with no contact from you.  At 11:30 a.m. you will receive a call for absences that have not been accounted for by a call to the school or the child arriving to school as tardy.  Beginning at 4:30 p.m. calls will go out for all absences (excused and unexcused) recorded for the day.

Absences can be updated from unexcused to excused up to 3 days after the absence with a parent call or written note stating the reason for the absence.  After 3 days, the parent must meet with the principal to have the absence excused.

Please note that family vacations are considered unexcused absences.  It is expected that parents will schedule vacations during periods of time when school is not in session.

Parents are also encouraged to schedule doctor, dentist and other appointments so that they do not interfere with school attendance.  Most professional medical offices will accommodate your student's school hours and work around them.

Early Release

If your student needs to leave school before dismissal time due to a same-day appointment or similar emergency, you must come in to the office and sign them out.

Teachers may not release children directly from the classroom, cafeteria, playground or field trips.

Children will only be released to parents/adults already approved on the student enrollment card.  You must have a picture ID with you or the child will not be released to you.  Children will be called for after the ID has been verified.

Students will not be called from class during the last 30 minutes of the school day.  This is too disruptive to the classroom learning environment.

New Mexico Compulsory Attendance Law

The federal "No Child Left Behind Act" requires all students in New Mexico to meet an attendance target set by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) in order to make Yearly Adequate ...more