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J.05 Student Attendance, Absences and Excuses - April 2001 Revision

Note: This policy was reviewed and revised in November 2010. We provide this revision for historic purposes only. Please refer to the current policy.

Albuquerque Public Schools shall follow and implement New Mexico state law which requires that all children age five (5), prior to 12:01 a.m. on September 1 of the year the student enrolls in school and students under the age of eighteen (18) years who have not yet graduated from high school attend scheduled classes unless officially excused.

If a student must be absent, the parent/legal guardian shall follow the school’s notification process for absences. Albuquerque Public Schools shall consider a student in need of intervention at five (5) unexcused absences and a habitual truant at ten (10) unexcused absences in one school year.

The Board’s policy on attendance shall be further outlined in the Attendance Procedural Directive. All Albuquerque Public Schools shall follow this directive when establishing an attendance process at individual schools.

Procedural Directive Cross Ref.:Exemptions from School Attendance

Cross Ref.:APS Student Behavior Handbook

Legal Ref.: 22-12-1 to 22-12-7 NMSA 1978 (1986 Repl.) and 22-12-7 to 22-12-8 NMSA 1978 (1988 Supp.)

NSBA/NEPN Classification: JE, JH

Approved: June 14, 1989
Revised: January 17, 1990
Revised: February 20, 1996
Revised: April 2001
Reviewed: February 2, 2010
Revised: February 17, 2010