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Introduction

The APS Student Handbook outlines student rights and responsibilities. If you are a student or family member, it is your responsibility to read and understand this Student Handbook.

About the Student Handbook

The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, respectful and nurturing environment for all members of the school community including students, staff, parents, community partners, and visitors. This handbook is an official policy statement of the APS Board of Education. Students and parents should review and be familiar with this handbook, as well as, the handbook from the student’s school.

Review of the Student Handbook

  • The Student Handbook will be reviewed by the Board of Education on an annual basis.
  • Suggested changes should be submitted to the Student, Parent, Employee Service Center by phone at (505) 855-9040 or be email at by the end of the first semester for consideration for inclusion in the following year’s handbook.

Distribution of the Student Handbook

  • Copies of this handbook will be made available to students upon registration. It will also be posted on the district’s website at www.aps.edu.
  • District Policy and Administrative Directives are also available on the district’s website. 

Table of Contents

  1. Letter from the Superintendent
  2. Albuquerque Public Schools Goals
  3. School District Authority and Jurisdiction
  4. Expectations of Students, Parents/Guardians, and Families
  5. Student Rights and Responsibilities
  6. Dress Code
  7. What To Do If You Believe That Your Rights Have Been Violated
  8. APS School Attendance Guidelines
  9. School Safety
  10. School Interventions for Handling Disruptions of the Educational Process and Unacceptable Conducts
  11. Discipline Matrix
  12. District-Wide Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy
  13. Disciplinary Considerations for Students with Disabilities Under IDEA
  14. Disciplinary Considerations for Students Under Section 504
  15. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  16. Student Records
  17. Child Custody Issues
  18. Glossary of Terms

Transportation Handbook

The Student Transportation Handbook webpage has guidelines and rules about:

  • Registration
  • School bus disciplinary plan
  • Schedule for snow days and school delays
  • Bus stops and routes
  • Evacuation drills
  • Activity and field trips
  • Students receiving modified services
  • Student responsibilities
  • Parent responsibilities

Athletic and Activity Code of Conduct

The Athletic and Activity Code of Conduct (PDF, 147 KB) outlines:

  • Conditions of participation
  • Prohibited conduct
  • School attendance requirements
  • Conduct on activity-related trips
  • Expectations for parents

For Additional Information Contact:

Student, Parent, Employee Service Center
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, Suite 100 West, Albuquerque 87110
Hot Line: (505) 855-9040, servicecenter@aps.edu, Fax: (505) 855-9051

The Student, Parent, Employee Service Center assists the APS and Albuquerque community by providing information, policy explanation, problem-solving support, and related student services in a collaborative and cooperative manner that promotes student success.