If a student arrives to school at 8:05 am or later, the parent/guardian must park their car and come into the office to sign the student in, the student will get a tardy pass and report to class. It is very important that a parent/guardian sign your child in so the absence can be changed to a tardy, otherwise it will stay marked as an absence.
When your student is absent, please call the office or you can report the absence through your ParentVUE account. When your child returns to school, please send a Doctor’s note or signed parent note as to the nature of the absence. For a list of excused and unexcused absences refer to the APS Student Handbook
Regular attendance will help your child learn and retain knowledge and skills. However, a sick child should be kept at home. After 3 unexcused absences, a call from the teacher will be made. After 5 and 7 unexcused absences, parents will be required to attend a meeting at the school with the Principal and Counselor. After 10 unexcused consecutive absences, the student will be dis-enrolled.
The New Mexico Compulsory School Attendance Act requires your child to attend school regularly. Excessive absences can result in recommendation for retention and/or legal action. After 10 absences a child will be referred for legal action.
Tips to Improve Your Child's Attendance:
- Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and backpacks the night before.
- Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to your child's teacher or school counselor for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
- Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
- Volunteer at your child's school, and get involved.
- Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.