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Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend school regularly and on time.  Good attendance is important for your child’s progress.  We are also concerned for the safety of our students.  Each day of your child’s absence, please call the office (831-4421) to notify us that he/she will be absent. If a phone is not available in the home please send a note to the office.

Regular school day 7:50am – 2:00pm.
Office Phone:  831-4421 Office hours 7:30 – 3:00

 

State Law allows no more than 5 unexcused absences per semester.  On the 6th absence your child’s name will be turned over to the truancy office.
The parent/guardian must notify the school each day that the student will be absent.
Absences may be excused for the following reasons, with appropriate documentation:

  • Doctor's appointment
  • Death in the family
  • Religious commitment
  • Illness
  • Family emergency
  • Diagnostic testing
  • School or college visit
  • In the event that the school has not received notification of absence by a parent for three (3) consecutive days, the school must make an attempt to contact the parent/guardian.

Excessive unexcused 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.  Students who are signed out before the end of the instructional day must have written documentation of the reason (as defined under excused absences) or be subject to the same consequences as tardy.

  • State law requires a school to disenroll a student after ten (10) consecutive days of absence; provided that withdrawals do not include truants and habitual truants the school district is required to intervene with and keep in an educational setting as provided in Section 22-12-9 NMSA 1978.

LEAVING EARLY

Although early departure is discouraged, if a student needs to leave school early, a parent or guardian must sign him/her out in the office.  Parents called by the health office to pick up child due to illness or injury still need to sign out their child.  Students will not be sent home by themselves before regular dismissal time.  If you arrive at school 30 minutes prior to the dismissal bell you will have to wait.

SIGNING STUDENT OUT FROM SCHOOL

  • When picking up your child, come to the office, sign your child out, and pick up an early release form.
  • Anyone other than parents/guardians, must be 18 years or older to sign a student out from school.
  • Adults other than the students’ parents must provide the secretary with an identification card.
  • Consistent early pullouts will result in a meeting being called by the administration to discuss the situation.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT PICK-UP

  • Parents must not leave their children on a school campus any more than thirty (30) minutes prior to or thirty (30) minutes after the school day.
  • School grounds are not supervised except during the school day.
  • If extenuating circumstances prevent a family from picking up a student on time, the school must be notified within this same thirty (30) minute period.
  • If students are repeatedly left on campus outside of the school day hours, an administrator will attempt to contact the family to discuss the problem.
  • If the problem continues, the student may be considered abandoned and the police will be notified.  Such children may be subject to transportation to a state shelter for abandoned children.