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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 Court Liaison Office by the district if the attendance rate drops below 90% in any grading period.  Families who are referred to the Children's Court Liaison are required to attend a Truancy Prevention Program and are subject to court-ordered remedy if a problem persists.

  • APS students are allowed no more than (5) five unexcused absences per semester, and no more than (10) unexcused absences per school year.  In compliance with New Mexico state law, APS reports students with excessive absences to the APS district attendance office.  Bernalillo County Children's Court and District Attorney's Office.  Elementary students whose tardies are considered excessive also may be referred to the Children's Court Liaison.
  • The parent/guardian must notify the school each day that a student will be absent, in accordance with the notification procedure established by the school.
  • Absences may be excused for the following reasons, with appropriate documentation:
    • Doctor's Appointment
    • Illness
    • Death in the family
    • Family emergency
    • Religious commitment
    • Diagnostic testing
    • School or college visit
  • In the event that the school has not received notification of an absence by a parent for 3 consecutive days, the school must make an attempt to contact the parent/guardian.
  • Excessive excused absences may result in further inquiry from the principal and request for additional documentation.
  • Family vacations are considered unexcused absences, and it is expected that parents will schedule vacations during periods of time when school is not in session.
  • Non-school sponsored activities or trips are considered unexcused.
  • A parent/guardian must notify the school each day that a student is signing out before the end of the instructional day in accordance with notification procedure established by the school.