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In this handbook
  • Albuquerque Public Schools Goals 
  • School District Authority and Jurisdiction 
  • Expectations of Students 
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Dress Code
  • What To Do If You Believe That Your Rights Have Been Violated 
  • APS School Attendance Guidelines
  • Disruption of the Educational Process
  • Consequences for Unacceptable Conduct
  • Extracurricular Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy 
  • School Alternatives For Handling Unacceptable Conduct
  • Disciplinary Considerations for Students with Disabilities Under IDEA 
  • Disciplinary Considerations for Students Under Section 504 
  • Discipline Matrix
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Student Records 
  • Child Custody Issues
  • Glossary of Terms

Handbook Essentials

Attendance

Daily attendance is mandatory in order for students to have the full benefit of the instructional program. The district recognizes, however, that there are situations that make absences necessary. Therefore, in accordance with district guidelines, absences may be excused for the following reasons:

  • Doctor's appointments
  • Illness
  • Death in the family
  • Family emergency
  • Religious commitments
  • Diagnostic testing

Please note that family vacations do not constitute as excused absences.

Report absences prior to 9 am the day of the absence via the school attendance line: 255-3131 ext. 2

If we do not receive a call prior to 9 AM, you will be contacted by phone using the SchoolMessenger automated system.  We offer this service as part of our Safe School Plan. Notification should be made to the office as soon as possible, but not later than two (2) days after the date of the absence.  Absences reported after two (2) school days shall be recorded as unexcused.

After 2 days of unexcused absences, you will receive a phone call from the school. 

After 5 days of unexcused absences, you will receive a phone call from the school, as well as being contacted by the school counselor to begin an attendance contract. 

After 10 days of unexcused absences, you will receive a letter from the district and a possible home visit.

In accordance with district policy, students with excessive absences will be referred to the Health and Wellness Team and an attendance contract will be developed with possible intervention strategies. (See APS Student Behavior Handbook for details).  Students will be withdrawn from school after ten (10) consecutive absences unless the student is served by Homebound or Home Hospital.

If your child is out for illness for 3 or more days, please provide us with a copy of a doctor's note for our records.

Cell phones

Students may have cell phones at school provided that they are kept in their backpacks in an off position during the school day.  Cell phones that are used during the school day will be confiscated and parents/guardians will have to pick them up in the office. 

Lost or stolen phones are not the school's responsibility and instructional time will not be used to look for a lost or stolen phone. 

Dress code

Kirtland complies with the APS Dress Code, which specifies:

  • Students must wear appropriately fitting clothing.
  • (No excessively tight or revealing clothing, no sagging or baggy clothes permitted)
  • Students may not wear clothing that advertises, displays or promotes drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual activity, violence, disrespect or bigotry
  • Hats/caps/hoods 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, Kirtland Students:

  • Must wear shorts or skirts that are at least the length of their fingertips when hands are rested at their side.
  • Must wear shirts that cover the midriff.
  • May not wear spaghetti strap shirts or halter tops.
  • (Shoulder straps must be 1”)
  • May not wear distracting hairstyles
  • May not wear “Heeleys” or “Roller Blades” or any other shoes with wheels.
  • We highly encourage closed toed flat shoes in order to stay safe while on the playground.

If the dress code violation is correctable at school, the student 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 appropriate clothing.

Drop-off & Pick-up

Safety of our students is our number one concern.  Please remember that we can only supervise students after 8:25 am.  Students coming to school earlier must be enrolled in a before-school program.

Please use the drop area in front of the administration office for kindergarteners only.  Please follow the parking lot arrows because this is a one-way drop off area.

First through fifth-grade students should only be dropped off or picked up at the long drop off and pick up area.  For your child’s safety, please do not drop off or pick up students until you have completed the full “U.” The drop-off/pick-up lane is a no parking zone.


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