REY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
STUDENT BEHAVIOR HANDBOOK
highly recommend you to take a look at the district’s
website. This website is through and will give all policies
and procedures in depth. Our handbook is only a supplement
to what the district expects from our faculty, your
children and you as a parent. Copies of district
administrative directives are available for review at each
school library and on the district’s web site
BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS FOR CARLOS REY STUDENTS
Students are expected to achieve academically. They are expected to:
⎫ Strive to fulfill their academic potential.
⎫ Actively participate in the educational process.
⎫ Actively participate in community activities.
Students are expected to be good citizens. Students are expected to:
⎫ Model and promote the pillars of Character Counts and PBS.
⎫ Respect authority, property, and the rights of others.
⎫ Avoid confrontation and any activity that has the potential to cause a verbal or physical conflict.
⎫ Maintain standards of integrity and responsibility.
⎫ Maintain a safe school environment.
⎫ Report any/all information/circumstances related to campus safety, problems (fights, weapons, or drugs on campus).
Every student is responsible for helping maintain a safe, orderly and educationally efficient learning environment. Students are expected to:
⎫ Attend school every day and be on time for every class.
⎫ Resolve differences with others in a positive, non-violent way.
⎫ Remain drug, alcohol and tobacco free.
⎫ Follow the school dress code.
⎫ Respect school property and the property of others.
⎫ Comply with the standards of behavior for your classrooms, our school, and district.
School officials are partners with parents in the process of educating our children. Every parent, guardian and family member of the school community shares in the responsibility for educating children in a safe and productive environment. You share in this responsibility when you:
⎫ Get your students to school on time every day. Punctuality and good attendance are family responsibilities.
⎫ Provide a suitable time and place for your child to study at home.
⎫ Make learning a priority.
⎫ Maintain regular communication with your children’s teachers, school administrators and other school staff members.
⎫ Stay informed of your child’s ongoing scholastic achievement and progress, and advocate for your child's learning needs.
⎫ Understand our district rules and the rules at your child’s school.
⎫ Support school administrators in enforcing these rules.
⎫ Support the school and the Board of Education as they maintain high standards of behavior for all students.
⎫ Adhere to the Carlos Rey dress policy.
are expected to attend school regularly and on time. Good
attendance is important for your child’s progress. We are
also concerned for the safety of our students. Each day of
your child’s absence, please call the office (831-4421) to
notify us that he/she will be absent. The absence may be
left on the school recorder. If a phone is not in the home
send a note to the office.
Regular school day 7:50am – 2:00pm.
Office Phone: 831-4421
State Law allows no more than 5 unexcused absences per semester. On the 6th absence your child’s name will be turned over to the truancy office.
The parent/guardian must notify the school each day that the student will be absent.
Absences may be excused for the following reasons, with appropriate documentation:
• Doctor's appointment
• Death in the family
• Religious commitment
• Family emergency
• Diagnostic testing
• School or college visit
• In the event that the school has not received notification of absence by a parent for three (3) consecutive days, the school must make an attempt to contact the parent/guardian.
Excessive excused absences may result in further inquiry from the principal and request for additional documentation. 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. 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 tardy.
ϖ State law requires a school to disenroll a student after ten (10) consecutive days of absence; provided that withdrawals do not include truants and habitual truants the school district is required to intervene with and keep in an educational setting as provided in Section 22-12-9 NMSA 1978.
MAKE UP WORK
⎫ Students are entitled to make up work for ALL absences – excused and unexcused with the following exception. Principals have the discretion to decide whether or not truant students will be entitled to make up their work.
⎫ It is the student’s responsibility to request make-up assignments.
⎫ Teachers may need 24 hours from the time of the request to compile assignments.
⎫ The student will have the opportunity to complete the work in a period of time equal to the number of days absent, unless other arrangements have been mutually agreed upon by the student and the teacher.
Students must report to the office if they arrive after 8:00a.m. with a note from a parent of the parent must contact the office explaining the reason for late arrival.
⎫ Students who are tardy for class receive consequences.
⎫ Tardies will also be documented.
⎫ Excessive tardiness will be reported to the Court Liaison/Attendance Office.
Although early departure is discouraged, if a student needs to leave school early, a parent or guardian must sign him/her out in the office. Parents called by the health office to pick up child due to illness or injury still need to sign out their child. Students will not be sent home by themselves before regular dismissal time. If you arrive at school 15 minutes prior to the dismissal bell you will have to wait.
SIGNING STUDENT OUT FROM SCHOOL
⎫ When picking up your child, come to the office, sign your child out, and pick up an early release form.
⎫ Anyone other than parents/guardians, must be 18 years or older to sign a student out from school.
⎫ Adults other than the students’ parents must provide the secretary with an identification card.
⎫ Consistent early pullouts will result in a meeting being called by the administration to discuss the situation.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT PICK-UP
⎫ Parents must not leave their children on a school campus any more than thirty (30) minutes prior to or thirty (30) minutes after the school day.
⎫ School grounds are not supervised except during the school day.
⎫ If extenuating circumstances prevent a family from picking up a student on time, the school must be notified within this same thirty (30) minute period.
⎫ If students are repeatedly left on campus outside of the school day hours, an administrator will attempt to contact the family to discuss the problem.
⎫ If the problem continues, the student may be considered abandoned and the police will be notified. Such children may be subject to transportation to a state shelter for abandoned children.
companies and the A.P.S. Transportation Department plan bus
routes and bus stops. If there are questions about routes
or stops, please call Herrera Bus Company at 877-4560 or
the A.P.S. Transportation Office at 294-1522.
1. The driver is in full charge of students when they are riding the bus. The students must obey the driver promptly. In cases where teachers or school administrators are on the bus, they are also authorized to enforce student discipline.
2. The use of tobacco, drugs or alcohol beverages is not permitted
3. Animals, firearms, knives, explosives, glass items, or other dangerous objects are not permitted on the bus. No item that will block the aisle or that will be tossed around in an accident shall be carried on the bus.
4. Students are not permitted in front of the passenger seating area while the bus is in motion.
5. Students must be on time to their bus stop. The bus driver will not wait for students unless they are observed making an effort to reach the bus.
6. Students must wait in a safe place, clear of traffic, and away from where the bus stops.
7. Students shall wait in an orderly line and avoid “horse play”. When unloading, students should clear the traffic area immediately.
8. Students shall not get on or off the bus or move about within the bus while it is in motion.
9. Students will not be permitted to leave the bus on the way to and from school except at their regular assigned stop without the advance permission of Student Transportation Services.
10. Students who must cross the road after leaving the bus will cross only when the driver signals all is clear. They must pass in front of the bus so the driver can see them. The only exception to this rule is in urban areas where pedestrian crossings are provided at intersections. Students who ride the bus in the morning are expected to ride the bus home that evening. Please make the driver aware of any changes through a written note.
11. Students are to stay seated at all times.
12. Do not open emergency doors when bus is in motion.
Rey participates in a special district breakfast and lunch
program. Menus are generally similar to the published
A.P.S. school wide offerings. However, special
consideration is given to the menu such as; more whole
wheat will be used, fresh vegetables and fruits (when used)
will be the light syrup variety; and limits will be placed
on the uses of sugar, salt and white flour. Parents are
encouraged to join their children in buying breakfast and
lunch. With the help of parents through school activities
such as tasting parties, lesson, school and home
discussions, we are able to help students develop better
eating and taste habits.
ALL STUDENTS MAY EAT BREAKFAST AT NO COST!!
Cost for cafeteria meals for Carlos Rey students:
Lunch .40 $1.40
We ask for assistance from you to work with the school in helping students to develop a sense of responsibility when handling lunch money.
counselor’s responsibility is to work with the students in
school who have questions, concerns, or difficulties with
peer relationships, adapting to school, behavior, or
academic problems of an unusual nature. The counselor also
works with the faculty and staff in order to improve
instruction methods, discipline procedures, in class
counseling techniques and serves as a student advocate. The
counselor is also available to parents to assist in
possible solutions regarding concerns about their children
or about “parenting”.
Code for Carlos Rey
Pubic Schools Board of Education has approved a policy
which states that starting with the 1999-2000 school year,
at all West Mesa Cluster elementary school except for Mary
Ann Binford, and at both Truman and Adams middle schools,
students will be required to wear standard dress. All
guidelines which have been adopted for the Albuquerque
Public Schools and for the West Mesa Cluster schools are
still in effect and are included where appropriate in the
itemized lists which follow.
This uniform dress policy will apply:
*To all student in these schools
*Except where there are specific instructional, safety, religious, or medical reasons.
*No gang-related clothing
*No chains or spiked jewelry
*No sunglasses, hair nets, or bandanas
*No clothing or accessories which promote negative behaviors (profanity, violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, bigotry, disrespect; or gangs) or that is highly distractive, disruptive, or immodest.
*Hats may be worn on the playground but not inside the building
Pants (Boys and Girls):
*Solid colors: black, khaki (tan), and navy
*Straight-legs, regular cut
*Pleated or plain front
*Fitted at the waist
*Black, brown, navy belt, no excess length hanging down (grade 3 a& up)
*Students grade 2 and under may wear pants with an elastic waistband
*Neither baggy nor tight
*No extra wide legs or bell-bottom pants
*No Dropped Crotch
*No Saggy Pants
*No Denim (jeans) or Corduroy
*No sweat or jogging pants
*NO outside pockets (i.e. cargo pants)
Shorts (Boys and Girls):
*Same guidelines as pants-No Denim
*No longer than the knee
*No shorter overalls
Skirts or Jumpers (Girls):
*Solid Colors: black, navy, khaki (tan)
*Pleated or straight skirt or skirt
*NO wrap skirts-No denim
*NO shorter than 2 inches above knee
Skirts/Blouses (Boys and Girls):
*Solid Colors: burgundy, light blue, navy blue, or white
*Worn tucked into pants, shorts, skirt
*Collared with buttons; or
*Turtleneck (mock or regular)
*Short/long sleeves, no sleeveless
*No transparent or sheer materials
*No logos, designs/trimmed collars
*No tank tops or bare midriffs
Sweatshirts/Sweaters/Vests (Boys and Girls):
Solid Colors: burgundy, light blue, navy blue or white
*Worn over a legal shirt
*Do not wear tucked into pants
Jackets (Boys and Girls):
*No professional team jacket except For NM Professional & NM College Teams.
* No Logos
New Mexico State Law requires that all students registering for school must have the following:
1. Valid Proof of birth and/or a State Birth Certificate
2. An Updated Shot Record
3. Proof of Residence: PNM or Continental Bill, rental agreement of purchase agreement.
Children entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old prior to 12:01 A.M. of September 1st of the entering year. Children entering first grade must be 6 years old prior to 12:01 A.M. September 1st of their entering year.
Students moving out of Carlos Rey must withdraw through the office. Parents must give the office at least 24 hours notice to process the paperwork.
When transferring to another school, please notify the office three (3) days before the date of the transfer, so that transfer papers can be prepared for you. When transferring, all debts for library, Cafeteria, and textbooks must be settled before transfers can be completed.
library teacher maintains a program, which is designed and
operated as a supplemental resource center available to all
students. Visits will be scheduled on a regular basis but
the facility will be available at other pre-scheduled times
for use by both students and teachers. Students are allowed
and encouraged to check out library books. We ask parents
to work with us at school in developing student
responsibility for returning books on time. A loss at any
time is difficult to absorb, but it is becoming
increasingly so as the funding becomes less and the costs
become greater. Lost books must be paid for before students
check out more books. If you are going to move, please
return all books to the school.
ϖ The number of books checked out depends on their grade level. Books are checked out for one week and may be renewed as necessary.
ϖ Kindergarten- When the classroom or librarian feels the student is ready to take on the responsibility of checking out a book.
ϖ Grades 1st-5th – 1 book per student
All library books need to be turned in by the end of the
year. If the library book cannot be found the book needs to
be paid for in full prior to receiving your child’s’ last
Teacher Organization (PTO)
Parent Teacher Organization exists primarily to encourage
and assist in being the home/school liaison. Its goals,
committees and activities all lead to this one important
purpose. Participation in the organization ensures a higher
degree of interaction and better communication between the
two places where elementary students spend most of their
We encourage you to become active in this vital
of meetings and activities throughout the year will be sent
Health Office Information
nurse and nurse assistant maintains a careful watch on the
health of the students in the school. In addition to
working with the students who become ill or hurt, they help
teachers as the resource people in health education. The
nurse and assistant are interested and assist in the SNAP
program (see cafeteria). In addition, the nurse and
assistant serve on the Support Staff and assist in the
diagnoses and referral of students who need special
assistance and care.
A school nurse or assistant is available at the school on a daily basis. Policies, which apply to health, immunization and medications are:
1. Parents or guardians will be contacted immediately when a child needs to be sent home.
2. Work and home phone numbers MUST be correct so immediate contact can be made.
3. An emergency number must be provided in addition to the work and home numbers. This can be a relative, neighbor, friend or someone who can provide the school with information or assistance if the parent or guardian is not available.
*If emergency care is needed and a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the school will call 911.
New Mexico State Law requires parents or guardians to provide the school with a current immunization records. All students enrolling in the Albuquerque Public Schools for the first time; in kindergarten or first grade must be immunized against:
Diphtheria, Pertusses, Tetanus (DPT)
Rubella (If the child has not had the disease)
Rubella (If the child has not had the disease)
The school nurse or health assistant will provide any additional immunization information. Children will not be allowed to attend school if immunizations are not current.
1. No school employee other than the school nurse or nursing assistant is permitted to administer medication.
2. Medications are to be given at school only when absolutely necessary.
3. The physician must submit in writing his/her exact recommendations that must include:
a. Name of drug
b. Dosage of drug
c. Schedule of administrator
4. Students may be allowed to assume responsibility for taking their own medication provided the presenting physician and the parent or guardian recommends it in writing.
5. The nurse or assistant must be aware of all students who are taking medication at school.
Dear Parent or Guardian,
When head lice become known at school, the school must take action quickly. As you know, head lice are a troublesome, contagious problem. It spreads through direct contact or through the sharing of personal items such as hats or brushes. Head lice may be contracted any place where children interact. Schools and sleepovers may be places to catch head lice since children are playing so closely together.
To benefit all students and their families, our school has adopted a no-nit policy to manage its problem. Under this policy, a child who is found to have head lice will be sent home for treatment with a head lice-killing product and for the removal of all lice eggs, called nits. The child will not be permitted to return to school until every single nit has been taken out of the child’s hair.
The purpose of this policy is to prevent the spread of head lice. Even one nit can transmit head lice from one child to another. Therefore, it is extremely important that parents are vigilant in treating their child’s head lice, removing the nits, and cleaning the household environment. Our goal is to contain the problem before it becomes widespread.
Even though we require that your child be head lice and h=nit free, our goal is to have him/her return to school as quickly as possible. We want to minimize any disruption to your child’s education.
I recognize that being sent home from school can be upsetting for you r child and is disrupting to you. Let me assure you and your child that this policy is not a punishment, it is a precaution. Our goal is to get your child back to school as soon as possible and to control the situation for everyone’s benefit.
Thank you for your cooperation. Please call me with any questions at 836-7738
& TRAFFIC SAFETY AT CARLOS REY
for all our students to be safe, we need for all adults to
follow the procedures set by the BLUZ Team, APD, APS school
Police and our Safety Committee. At dismissal time,
students who walk home and need to cross the street must
walk to the crosswalk on the corner of Cerrillos and
Delgado. All students who get picked up will meet inside
the fence next to the east parking lot. Please remember
that the student drop-off and pick-up area is located on
the east parking lot by the playground, To keep all
children safe, it is important to follow these procedures
when dropping off and picking up your child.
When dropping off your child in the Drop-off/Pick-up Area:
1. Park your car in an appropriate parking space and walk your child onto the school grounds or
2. Stop along the curb and droop off your child on the curbside. Be sure to pull up as far as possible so that other cars can pull up behind you. Do not use the drop-off/pick-lane to park your car. Do not leave your car unattended when in the droop-off/pick-up area.
When picking up your child in the Drop-off/Pick-up Area:
1. Students need to remain inside the fence until their ride arrives and properly pulls up to the pick up area.
2. Park your car in an appropriate parking space and walk him/her from the school grounds to your car or
3. Stop along the curb. Be sure to pull up as far as possible so that other cars can pull up behind you. Teachers will dismiss your child when you pull up the curb and the student identifies you. Remember to pick him/her up on the curbside of the pick up area.
For the Safety of your child, children should not walk alone trough cars in order to get to and from your car:
It takes time to follow these safety procedures. We have over 800 students and many are being picked up on a daily basis. Some parents are parking their cars a block or two away from the school and walking over to pick up their child. This not only reduces the vehicle traffic but it is also good exercise for adults and children both. Just remember that if you do this, please use the crosswalk that has a crossing guard.
The west parking lot is for staff parking and bus loading and unloading only. Please do not park your car or drop off/pick up your child in this parking lot. Do not park across the street and expect your child to cross in the middle of the street to your car. For the safety of everyone concerned, we are asking that everyone use the crosswalk that has a crossing guard. Remember that it is illegal t park along the yellow curb or the fire lane in front of the school. Albuquerque police will be issuing citations for illegal parking and jaywalking
Thank you for helping us keep our students safe!
Throughout the school year your child will be attending fieldtrips and activities that may require them to leave campus. Parents are encouraged and welcome to come on school fieldtrips and all school activities. There are however, district wide rules for which we must adhere to. We are sorry for the inconvenience these rules may cause but there are valid safety and liabilities we must always consider.
We ask that parents do not ride on the school buses. Therefore, you will be required to provide your own transportation. If you are not sure how to get to the fieldtrip destination your teacher will be more than happy to provide a map for you. Please understand, for liability reasons your child must ride the bus to the destination and back to the school. Your child is not allowed to ride with you in your vehicle nor is your child allowed to leave with you from the fieldtrip destination.
We understand siblings would like to go with their older brother or sisters but it is a district wide policy that no siblings or children under the age of 18 may attend the fieldtrip. We ask for your patience and understanding but there are no exceptions to these rules. We appreciate your understanding on this issue.
Homework is assigned at the discretion of each teacher. Teaching styles vary amongst our staff, however when homework is assigned, students are expected too complete all assigned work. We ask for your support and cooperation to promote the completion of homework. Homework is supplemental to what your child is learning and it builds the skills they are striving for. Homework also builds responsibility and good study habits to help them in the future.
LOST AND FOUND/MONEY/VALUABLES
1. Students should never carry unnecessary amounts of money. I money is needed at school to pay for items, it should be brought on the day due and taken as soon as possible to the appropriate person.
2. Textbooks and personal belongings: jackets, coats, outer clothing, lunch boxes, sack lunches, etc. should be marked with the student’s name.
3. Students should keep all personal items with them and not leave them unattended.
4. Students may not bring toys or playthings from home. The PE Department provides playground equipment for each c classroom.
5. Textbooks that are lost, stolen or damages are the responsibility of the student.
6. Should something be found that belongs to someone else, it should be turned in to the office.
NON-APS SERVICE PROVIDERS
Outside agencies and service providers may be allowed to provide health and support for you child and family and Carlos Rey. These are not APS employees and APS is not responsible for their work. There providers are responsible for obtaining informed consent from the parent/guardian prior to beginning any service, unless the student has confidential access to these services as provided by New Mexico State law.
During the year, your child/children will be photographed in a formal setting. The first session will take place in the fall. For this photography session students are required to wear their uniforms.
There will be another photo session scheduled for the spring. Your child can dress informally for this photo session. There are some clothing that children should not be allowed to wear, such as the following: skimpy tops, bare-drift blouses, short shorts, short skirts or dresses, bathing suit tops, oversized baggy pants, oversize t-shirts or shirts.
The APS Safety Office and the City Fire Marshall’s Office prohibit parking in areas in front of the school that are painted in RED. Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. Emergency vehicles must have access to all entrances of the school at all times. Parents who pickup their children must use designated areas. Please encourage your children to use the crosswalks in front of the school. DO NOT BLOCK ACCESS TO THE BUILDING.
State of New Mexico law states that a school district cannot assume liability for costs incurred in student accidents. For this reason, the Board of Education makes a student accident insurance policy available to all regularly enrolled students. Your child will bring this information home.
In addition to our classroom teachers, we also have a half time counselor, a librarian, 2 physical education teachers, a half time nurse and a half time nurse’s assistant. We also have the services of Special Education, Chapter 1 Reading Teachers and Bilingual personnel. The following is a brief description of their function as they relate to the total instructional program.
TELEPHONE MESSAGES TO STUDENTS DURING INSTRUCTIONAL TIME
Messages to students should be on an emergency basis only. All other messages will be placed in the teacher’s box, so as not to disrupt class.
Students are not allowed to bring personal toys, sports equipment and/or playthings to school. Bringing such items increases the risk for these to be broken, stolen or lost. Personal belongings have been known to cause disagreements, disrupt organized activities, and inflict pain upon others. Please understand we have your child’s well-being and safety in mind. Once again, do not allow your child to bring such items to school or they may be confiscated. Skateboards, roller-shoes, and scooters are not allowed at school. The wheels must be removed from the roller-shoes prior to entering campus.
For the safety of all students and staff, all visitors must report to the office and sign in. A pass will be given to all visitors, indicating the purpose and destination. Please understand if you do not have a pass you may be questioned and sent to the office. We only want to make sure all visitors have a legitimate reason to be on our campus.