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Absences and Tardies

Please be advised, APS policy states students are allowed no more than 10 unexcused absences per school year. Below is a list of excused absences:

    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

    Limited extenuating circumstances as

approved in advance by the school principal.

Any student not in class when the tardy bell rings at 8:50am, must be escorted by the parent to the office for a tardy slip.



APS Attendance Information for Parents/Legal Guardians of   

San Antonito 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/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/guardian at 9:30 AM if the student is not recorded as present by 9:00 AM. This call is sent out through the District, not the school.
  • An “absence” call will be sent out to the parent/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 vacations outside 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/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/guardian will be required to sign an attendance contract w/the school staff.


  • The parent(s)/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 must be walked into the school and signed in by their guardian. The parent/guardian will be called if the student walked in by the parent.




Leave Earlies are tracked in the office and on the student’s progress report.  Students miss valuable information when checked out before the end of the day.  Chronic Leave Earlies are reported to the Truancy Office just like Tardies. 

Tips for Parents


  1. Reinforce the value and importance of good education from the time with your son/daughter.
  2. Speak to your son/daughter about the importance of attendance and its impact on learning.
  3. Talk to your child about responsibility and the need to develop good work habits and positive attitudes. Make every possible effort to schedule doctor, dentist, and other appointments after school hours.
  4. When you must schedule appointments during the school day, try to stagger them so that your child does not miss the same class every time. 
  5. If your child must be out of school for an appointment, make every effort to get him/her back to school for at least part of the school day. 
  6. Refuse to approve an absence for anything other than a legitimate reason. 
  7. Plan vacations in accordance with the school calendar. We do our best to plan vacations and days off around times that parents will typically be off from work. 
  8. Make sure that your child understands that it is his/her responsibility to make up work required by the teacher(s), and if you know in advance that your child must be absent, please advise the office and your child's teacher(s), when possible. 
  9. If your child is ill or contagious, please use good judgment regarding school attendance.   
  10. Check your child’s attendance regularly.
  11. Parents should maintain communication with school personnel.
  12. Update emergency card information as changes occur (phone number, address, parent work location, etc.)
  13. Promote a positive attitude toward education.