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Attendance Office

Attendance Information for Parents/Legal Guardians of Elementary School Students


Albuquerque Public Schools strongly believes that daily school attendance is necessary for students to fully benefit from the instructional program.  Excessive absenteeism, regardless of the reason, will negatively impact student academic achievement.

  • A parent/guardian must notify the school each day that the student will be absent in accordance with the notification procedure established by the school.  Only the student’s parent/legal guardian may report an absence.
  • A parent/guardian shall keep the school informed of your current address and phone number for emergency notifications. 
  • A “Safety Call” will be sent out to the parent/legal guardian if the student is not recorded as present.
  • An “absence” call will be sent out to the parent/legal guardian at 10:30 AM and again at 4:30 PM if the student still is not recorded as present.
  • 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:
    • Family vacationsoutside of the normally scheduled school break
    • Non-school sponsored activities or trips.
  • Absences follow the student throughout the school year, from semester to semester and from school to school.
  • The parent/legal guardian of those students who reach the two (2) day unexcused absences will receive a phone call. 
  • The parent/legal guardian of those students with five (5) day unexcused absences will receive a phone call. Parent/legal guardian will be required to sign an attendance contract w/the school staff.
  • The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of students who have 10 full day unexcused absences will receive written notice of the habitual truancy by mail or by personal delivery.

Excessive Absences

  • Absences due to school-related activities shall not be included when evaluating excessive absences.
  • A student shall not be allowed more than ten (10) school-related absences per class per semester.
  • State law requires schools to withdraw a student after ten (10) consecutive days of absence. 


  • Students who are tardy for class shall receive consequences.
  • If excused, parents shall notify the school in accordance with the notification procedure established by the school.
  • Parents must escort their tardy student to the office to sign in.

Reporting Absences and Tardies

Please call 881-8313, extension 4, to report absences and tardies.

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