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Inez Attendance Policy

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When a child is absent or will be late in arriving, parents should call the school at 299-9010 by 8:00 AM. The absence is recorded as “ unexcused” when we do not hear from you. If your child is late you must come in with your child to sign them in! DO NOT send them in alone. We will ask you to do this for your child’s safety. Absences have a cumulative negative effect on a child’s progress in school. Parents are urged to help their children have a good attendance record. Calling in by 8:00 also lets us know whether or not we should expect your child to arrive safely at school. A voicemail system is available for early calls at 299 - 9010, press 5.

Please remember to have your photo ID available each time you are signing in, picking up or signing out your child. We will ask for your ID. This ensures the safety of all our students! Thank you.

In accordance with APS guidelines, absences may be excused for the following reasons:

      1. Doctor’s Appointment

      2. Illness

      3. Death in the family

      4. Family emergency

      5. Religious commitment

      6. Diagnostic Testing

      7. Extenuating circumstances, as agreed to by the administration prior to the absence. Absences reported after two (2) school days for elementary students shall be recorded as unexcused.

***Classes begin promptly at 8:20. Children arriving even a few minutes late disrupt the learning activity and miss valuable information. Please help your child arrive no later than 8:15! We discourage you from taking your child out early as well. We will not allow early pick up after 2 PM due to the congestion that occurs for dismissal time at 2:30. They will miss instruction going on at that time and end of day instructions from their teachers. Thank you for your support in getting your child to school daily!


The Federal No child Left Behind Act requires that states, school districts and schools be held accountable for ensuring that all students meet high academic standards. On time, daily attendance is a critical component of this educational process. New Mexico Law dictates that:

  1.       Students between the ages of five (5) and eighteen (18) are mandated to attend public school, private school, home school or a state institution.
  2.       The Albuquerque Public School District reports habitual truants to the Children’s Court Liaison Office and to the State of New Mexico.
  3.       APS students are allowed no more than 5 unexcused absences per semester, and no more than 10 unexcused absences per school year. 
  4.       The parent/guardian must notify the school each day that the student will be absent, in accordance with the notification policy established by the school.
  5.       Absences may be excused for the following reasons, with appropriate documentation, i.e. Dr.'s Appointment, Death in the family, Religious commitment, Illness, Family Emergency, Diagnostic Testing or School/College Visit.
  6.       In the event that the school has not received notification of absences by a parent for three (3)consecutive days, the school must make an attempt to contact the parent or guardian.  
  7.       Excessive excused absences may result in further inquiry from the principal and request for additional documentation.
  8.       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.  
  9.       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 a tardy.