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Attendance line:

  • APS students are allowed no more than five (5) excused or unexcused absences per semester, and no more than ten (10) excused or unexcused absences per year.
  • The parent/guardian must notify the school each day that the student will be absent, in accordance with the notification procedure established by the school. You can leave a message on the answering machine at any time.
  • 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

Review the ADO handbook for the complete updated 2018-19 Attendance Policies.

Pick Up and Drop Off Zones

Please make yourself aware of all pick-up and drop-off procedures, signage, and rules. Students are no longer to be dropped off in the north parking lot, it is now designated as a bus drop-off and pick-up only zone.  Students in grades 1-5 are to be dropped-off and picked-up in the gym parking lot located on the southwest side of the campus. The kindergarten pick-up/drop off is located on the east side of the campus. Please use crosswalks and watch for the crossing guards and staff members to direct you when to cross. Additionally, when leaving either parking lot, drivers are to only turn right when exiting onto Harper.

Remember: To ensure a safer traffic flow when LEAVING the campus, there is a  NO LEFT TURN policy during school hours.



  1. The speed limit on Harper is 15 MPH when the school zone is in operation, but care and safety should be practiced at all times when near a school.
  2. Passing is prohibited in the school zone.
  3. Backing up is a very hazardous maneuver at any time, but especially in a school zone. Use extreme care when backing out of a parking space when in the school parking lot.
  4. All students are to be dropped off at the student drop-off area located on the south west side of campus behind the gym. Do not discharge students in the traffic lanes. As you enter the campus, veer to the right, stay in line and pull forward to the drop-off/pick-up zone. Children are to exit the vehicle from the passenger side of the car (curb side) of the vehicle; not on the traffic side.   Please stay in the vehicle line as you exit the campus.
  5. Avoid making “U” turns. Often “U” turns require backing-up, which is dangerous. Perhaps seeking an alternate route that allows you to arrive on the school side of the street could be found. If this proves inconvenient, please discharge students near the designated crosswalk.
  6. For Safety, please Do Not set a bad example. Do not cross yourself or your children at other than the designated crosswalks. Do not park in red or yellow no-parking zones, fire lanes, bus stops or block driveways.


  1. Use the sidewalks coming to school, and when returning home. Do not walk in the street. The streets are for vehicles, and sidewalks are for pedestrians. For your safety, please stay on the sidewalks.
  2. Cross streets only at intersections. Preferably, cross those marked with crosswalks. When in the school zone, you should cross at a designated school crosswalk where there is a crossing guard. Follow the directions of your crossing guard. Do not cross until instructed to do so. Because the crossing guard steps into the street, does not mean it is safe for you to do so.
  3. If you must cross the street when leaving a vehicle, or when after school you must cross to get to your ride, please cross only at the crosswalk.
  4. Walk while in crosswalks. Do not run, ride bicycles, roller skate, roller blade or skateboard in crosswalks.

Please feel free to communicate with your crossing guards. They are there to serve the students, parents and school staff. Crossing guards are charged with the safety of the children in their assigned crosswalks, as well as the entire school zone. It is not their desire to harass parents or others within the school zone, but to assure the safety of the students. Please be advised, the Albuquerque Police Department does monitor school zones, and will cite violators. Your cooperation is, and will be greatly appreciated.

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