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In This Handbook:
  • School Schedule
  • Abbreviated Schedule
  • Emergency Dismissal
  • Drills and Evacuation Plan
  • Attendance Information
  • Student Drop-off/Pick-up
  • BReakfast and Lunch Policies
  • Dress Code
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Student Led Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Parent Advisory Council
  • Volunteers
  • Parent Concern Procedure
  • Classroom Placement
  • Student Homework
  • Field Trips, Permission Forms& Chaperones
  • Technology
  • Excuses from Physical Education Class
  • Health Room & Sick Day Guidelines
  • Immunization Requirements
  • Student Health Insurance
  • Medications at School
  • Snacks in the Classroom
  • Library
  • Counseling Services
  • Parent Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Before & After School Procedures
  • School Bus Transportation
  • Bucycle Policy
  • Cafeteria Forms & Prices
  • Prohibited Property and Lost & Found
  • Student Acceptable Use of Personal Electronic Devices

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Abbreviated Schedule/Snow Days

In the event of bad weather, sometimes APS will declare an Abbreviated Day.  When this happens, students will report to school at 10:45 a.m. Students will be dismissed at the regular time of 3:43 p.m.  This holds true even on Wednesday.  Students will arrive at 10:45 a.m. and they will stay at school until 3:43 p.m. if we have an abbreviated day on Wednesday.  Please be aware that the Before School Program will be CANCELED in the event of an abbreviated day.


If your child is unable to attend school, please dial 877-9718 ext 39000.

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.

Student Drop-off/Pick-up

  • School grounds are only supervised during the school day (8:50 A.M. – 3:43 P.M.).
  • Students shall not be dropped off before 8:40 A.M. and students shall be picked up within fifteen (15) minutes of the end of the instructional day.
  • Pajarito Staff is not on-site till 8:50 A.M., so for safety issues please do NOT drop off your child before this time. Breakfast is only served between 8:50 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. Your child needs to be at school within this time period in order to participate. Breakfast in the Classroom is considered instructional time; therefore if your child is not in class by 8:55 A.M., then your child will be considered tardy.
  • If extenuating circumstances prevent a family from picking up a student on time, the school shall be notified within fifteen minutes of the end of the instructional day.
  • If the problem continues, the student may be considered abandoned and the police may be notified and such children may be subject to transportation to a designated state shelter.
  • Please reference the Student Behavior Handbook available upon registration and at

Dress Code

Pajarito Elementary School complies with the APS Dress Code which specifies:

  • Students must wear appropriately fitting clothing (no excessively tight or revealing clothing, no sagging or bagging permitted)
  • Students may not wear clothing that advertises displays or promotes drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual activity, violence, disrespect or bigotry.
  • Hats/caps may not be worn in the building except when there are instructional, safety, religious or medical reasons.
  • Students may not wear spiked jewelry, chains or belts with more than 2 inches excess.
  • Gang-related apparel is prohibited.

In addition:

  • Students may not wear or bring any form of make-up to school including glitter, lip gloss, hair products, and/or false nails.
  • When wearing shorts or skirts, the length must be at least the length of their fingertips when hands are rested at their side.
  • Shirts must not have spaghetti straps and they must cover the midriff.
  • Tinted gel and colored hairspray are prohibited except for special school events.
  • Heeleys and/ or rollerblades or any other shoes with wheels are not allowed.
  • Students are encouraged to wear closed toed shoes. Flip flops, sandals and high heels are discouraged.

In the event of a dress code violation, parents will be contacted.  If the situation is correctable at school, the students will make the necessary changes.  If the student needs a change of clothing, he/she will wait in the office until a parent or guardian provides and appropriate change of clothing.

Use of Personal Electronic Devices

Pajarito Elementary complies with the APS policy regarding the acceptable use of technology at school.  

  • The student who possesses a personal electronic device shall be solely responsible for its care.
  • Student possession of personal electronic devices on all school campuses, and school buses, at school-sponsored activities and while the student is under the supervision and control of school district employees shall be permitted. All students may use these devices on campus before school begins and after school ends. 
  • These devices shall be kept out of sight and powered off or silenced during the school day (8:45 - 3:45) and during any school-sponsored activity meeting or practice held on Albuquerque Public Schools property. The requirement that personal electronic devices be turned off may not apply in the following circumstances when the student obtains prior approval from the principal or his/her designee:
    • The student has a special medical circumstance for self or family member.
    • The student is using the device for an educational or instructional purpose with the teacher’s permission and supervision.
  • Personal electronic devices shall be permitted on school buses, as authorized by the driver, unless use of the personal electronic device causes a disruption on the school bus.
  • Student use of personal electronic devices shall be prohibited in areas including classrooms, bathrooms, and playground.
  • Students shall not use personal electronic devices on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/or view internet websites that are otherwise blocked to students at school. Blocked sites include, but are not limited to social networking sites
  • Student use of personal electronic devices that disrupt the instructional day may result in disciplinary action and/or confiscation of the personal electronic device. When a personal electronic device is confiscated, it shall only be released and/or returned to the student’s parent/legal guardian. It is the student’s parent/legal guardian’s responsibility to retrieve the device according to school procedures.

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