Student Fees, Fines, and Charges
Fees and charges shall be eliminated in the Albuquerque Public Schools for all required courses. This includes required uniforms such as physical education uniforms. In cases where the student provides tools or materials, which become his/her property, especially when the student exercises choice as to the specific project, material, or design, the student may be required to provide the materials.
All fees and charges for courses shall be published for the student’s review prior to enrollment in the course. Schools shall follow the district fee schedule when determining course fees and charges.
Albuquerque Public Schools may allow for one of the following provisions if a student cannot afford a fee, fine or charge:
Expense for enrichment assignments in optional activities shall be permitted. Any optional charge shall be approved by the appropriate associate superintendent. A Report on Student Fees form shall be forwarded to the appropriate associate superintendent for advance approval. Any optional charges shall be specified in the official course description.
In all cases provisions shall be made for students of limited means, and equal assignments shall be provided as alternatives without stigma or discrimination. Students shall not be restricted from class activities because of inability to pay.
Uniforms shall qualify as a fee if:
The first four (4) transcripts of grades, partial or final, shall be made at no cost to the student. This applies to:
The fifth (5th) official and subsequent copies of the official transcript record shall be provided at the cost of one dollar ($l) per copy.
Lost or Damaged Instructional Materials
Albuquerque Public School may hold a student responsible for any lost or damaged instructional material or equipment that was in the student’s possession. Before a student is held responsible, there shall be evidence in writing (such as a checkout card) that the student was given responsibility for the material.
Albuquerque Public Schools may withhold the grades, diploma, or transcripts of the student responsible for damage or loss of any instructional material or equipment until the parent/legal guardian, or student has paid for the damage or loss. When a parent/legal guardian is determined to be indigent according to guidelines established by the New Mexico Public Education Department, the district shall work with the parent/legal guardian, or student to develop an alternative program in lieu of payment. In no case is the cost of replacement of lost or damaged instructional materials or equipment, such as classroom sets of textbooks or reference materials, to be shared among a group.
Student Financial Obligations
Students may have the following financial obligations:
Consequences for Non-Payment
A student may be prohibited from participating in the school’s graduation exercises until all financial obligations are met.
The district reserves the right to refer delinquent charges and accounts to a collection agency, when practical.
Fines and Charges for Overdue, Damaged, or Lost Materials
Library Services shall determine appropriate fines and charges for overdue, damaged or lost library materials. Instruction and Accountability shall determine appropriate fines and charges for overdue, damaged or lost instructional materials.
A restriction to on-site use may only be imposed upon a student who abuses library-media center materials.
Parents/legal guardians should be informed of two major school problems when a fine is assessed:
All school staff shall encourage student responsibility for care of library-media center materials.
Administrative Position: Assistant Superintendent of School and Community Support/Executive Director of Instruction and Accountability
Department Director: Manager of Library Services
Legal Cross Ref.:
Board Policy Cross Ref.: JI – Student Responsibilities
Procedural Directive Cross Ref.:
Forms: Report on Student Fees (Please contact Library Services)
NSBA/NEPN Classification: JQA
Revised: May 1995