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Handbook

Attendance:

When your student is absent, there is no need to call the school. You must however notify your child’s teacher in writing (Doctor’s note, appt. confirmation, signed parent note) upon return as to the nature of the absence. You may call the school when your child will be absent, but this WILL NOT EXCUSE them. For a list of excused and unexcused absence refer to the APS Student Handbook. If your child arrives late to school, you must come with your child directly to the office to sign them in and provide any written documentation. Regular attendance will help your child learn and retain knowledge and skills. However, a sick child should be kept at home. After 2 unexcused absences, a call from the teachers and a letter will be mailed to parents. After 7 unexcused absences, parents will be required to attend an a meeting at the school, and after 10 unexcused absences parents will be referred to the Court Liaison Officer for APS. 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.

Visitors:

Visitors are always welcome! However, for the safety of our students and staff, all visitors must gain permission from the office before entering the campus (Albuquerque City Ordinance). A visitor tag will be issued to authorized visitors. This applies to parents and other family members. If you have not checked in at the office, you are subject to questioning by APS Police or Bernalillo County Sheriff Personnel. Students’ friends or relatives will not be allowed to spend the day in class with a student. Conferences with teachers must be planned. We schedule these so they don’t conflict with the teaching schedule.

Pick-up / Drop-off Procedures:

Drop-Off  - begins at 7:30 a.m.  There is no supervision on the playground before 7:30. Students should not arrive before that time and we are not responsible for students who do. 

Pick-upAll families will sign an agreement indicating how their child will get home after school, be it by bus, parent pick-up, or any other method. Please make sure that you are on time to pick-up your child, and that they do not go home with anyone else without your knowledge. Students who are not picked up by 2:15 will be directed to the office to call for a ride. If an authorized pick-up person has not been contacted by 2:30, APS security will be contacted to get the child home.

Finally, DO NOT TAKE students home with you without permission or knowledge of their parents. If you find a student at with your child that does not have permission to be with you, return that student to the school so we can contact their parents and get them home.

Please review procedure for dismissal at the end of the school day.

  • Only bus students ride the bus – no exceptions!!!
  • Students proceed to pickup area
  • Students who are not picked up by 2:10, will be escorted to the office to call and wait for a ride.
  • Students who walk or ride bicycles to school, are to go home immediately.

We are working with the county traffic engineering department and local authorities to make our student pick-up and drop-off area safer for our students.  Until our new signs are prepared and mounted, please help improve safety by exiting only to the right as you leave the parking and pick-up area.  Do not turn left when you leave the pick-up area.  Please park only in designated areas, and use the existing crosswalks to cross.  Parking on Yakima Rd. will allow families to have a crossing guard and crosswalks for the getting across Sunset Rd, which Gatewood does not have. We have had some very dangerous situations develop due to persons failing to obey posted signs and follow traffic rules.  Let’s keep our pedestrians safe!

Helpful programs and Resources

  • RGEC After School Program - Please see Esther Dean in Room 200 or call her at (505)877-22920 ext 51614 for registration information. After School Care Hours: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Foster Grandparent Program:  Linda Castillo 505-764-2020

  • Comcast provides reduced-rate internet access for families that quality for free and reduced lunch! Learn more at the Comcast website.