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  Lisa Ulibarri Miller Assistant Principal

Handbook

Attendance

Prompt and regular school attendance is essential for students to attain success in school. It is important to schedule elective appointments, whenever possible, for times outside the instructional day. When a student is ill, call the school attendance / safe arrival number, 299-4483, before 8:00am on the day of the absence. Follow the prompts, and an answering machine will ask you for the following information: your name, the student’s name, date of absence, teacher, grade, and time of call in. The child’s teacher should also be notified in the event of extended anticipated absences due to illness, out-of-town trips, family emergencies, etc. You may wish to leave word for the teacher through the office.

This year we will continue our careful adherence to the APS Board of Education absentee policy. Since participation in class is essential for learning, we will consider that all absences “count” in our documentation.

APS DISTRICT ATTENDANCE POLICY

A parent/guardian must notify the school that the student will be absent in accordance with the notification procedure established by the school.

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 the notification procedure established by the school.

Teachers will take attendance for each instructional day.

Absences may be excused for the following reasons with appropriate documentation:

  • Illness (including chronic illness documented on a health plan, IEP or 504 plan)
  • Limited family emergencies; family deaths
  • Medical, health or legal appointments
  • Suspensions
  • Religious commitment
  • College visit
  • Limited extenuating circumstances as approved in advance by the school principal
  • All absences for other reasons are unexcused including:
  • Non-school sponsored activities or trips
  • Family vacations outside of the normally scheduled school breaks
  • In APS, a student is considered “a student in need of early intervention” (truant) at five (5) unexcused absences and a habitual truant at ten (10) unexcused absences in a year.
  • School staff will make an attempt to contact the parent/guardian if the school has not received notification of absences by a parent for three (3) consecutive days.
  • Principals may request additional documentation for excessive excused absences.

We are serious about the importance of your child’s attendance at school. Please avoid early pick up and late drop off of your child. We will not allow parents to pick up their students 30 minutes before the end of the school day (unless in case of an extreme emergency). Your child’s dentists and doctors will work with you to adjust appointments and those that cannot be moved are understood, but your child’s attendance for the entire day is directly related to his or her success in school.

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
  • Limited extenuating circumstances as approved in advance by the school principal

Family vacations are considered unexcused absences, and it is expected that parents will schedule vacations when school is not in session.


Cell Phone Policy

Students will be able to have cell phones as long as they are turned off and remain in backpacks during the school day. Students will not be allowed to use cell phones during the school day, unless it is in an extreme emergency. Misuse of cell phones during the school day or on campus will result in the phone being confiscated and given to the principal.  For all confiscated items, parents must come to the office and retrieve the phones in person.  Parents will be held responsible for the content of their child’s phone. We will NOT replace or reimburse any lost, damaged, or stolen cell phones or other electronic devices.


Dress Code

The APS Dress Code is in effect. We ask that parents assist their children in dressing appropriately for school. Hats, bandanas, and sun glasses are not worn inside buildings or classrooms but are encouraged for wear outside to protect from sun damage. Tank tops, spaghetti straps, and shirts that expose the abdomen are not to be worn. Clothing should fit comfortably and be appropriately sized. Excessively baggy pants (those which are more than one size too large) and clothing promoting sexual gestures, drug or alcohol products, or gang affiliations are not allowed at school. Shorts and skirts should be no shorter than “fingertip length.” The same fingertip measure will be used to judge appropriate length for t-shirts. Make-up and strong perfume/ cologne are prohibited. Children will make a call to a parent if a change of clothing is required. Please be sure to write your child’s name inside all coats, gloves, jackets, sweatshirts, and sweaters. 

Flip-flops are not allowed on days with physical education classes.


Student Drop-off/Pick-up

The student pick-up/drop off area is to the East of the front parking lot or through the designated East entrance only

Parents may pick up their child by:

  • Parking in the parking lot and escorting the student to the car, using designated crossing areas OR
  • Pulling up on the right side to the designated curb near the cafeteria, remaining in the car, and letting the child in/out on the curbside door.

Do not leave your car unattended!! Please do not block cars and do not park in handicapped parking without the appropriate visible identification sign.

  • Because of the size of our school and the high volume of cars, it may take some time for cars to make the entire circuit of the parking lot. Please be patient and wait your turn to pick up your child. Cars may not park or pick up students in the fire lanes. Children may not walk between cars to get to their ride, whether or not an adult accompanies them. Parents who refuse to follow our safety standards may lose access to our campus. Because of safety considerations, it is essential that parents observe the painted crosswalks and duty teachers’ instructions when walking to parked cars. It is equally important to use only the EAST parking lot area for vehicle pick-up and drop off.
  • Parents must not leave their children on a school campus longer than fifteen (15) minutes either before or 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 fifteen minutes of the end of the school day.
  • 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 contacted.