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Letter from the Superintendent

Dear APS Students and Families,

It is our privilege and pleasure to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. We are pleased to have you as a member of the Albuquerque Public Schools family. As with any family, clear, open, and frequent communication is key to a strong, healthy relationship. The APS Handbook for Student Success is a tool for keeping those lines of communications open. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with its content, and keep it handy, so you can reference it throughout the school year as questions or concerns arise. If you lose your copy, don’t worry. The handbook also is posted to the APS.edu website.

The APS Handbook for Student Success, updated each year, establishes student expectations and provides guidelines for conduct. Its pages are filled with helpful information to ensure a safe, successful, and rewarding school year. 

The mission and responsibility of the district is to support and guide students in the learning environment and development of positive relationships. APS students have the right to a free public education. They have a right to learn in a safe and welcoming environment that, as this handbook states, “prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of ethnic identity, religion, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, marital status and pregnancy in any program or activity sponsored by the district.” The goal is to create an atmosphere of respect and responsibility for all. The handbook outlines what to do if a student or the family feels those rights are violated.

Just as students have rights, they also have responsibilities. They are expected to attend school regularly, and they are expected to behave in a way that doesn’t keep others from learning. Student expectations, unacceptable conduct, and consequences are clearly outlined in the handbook.

Of course, students deserve to learn in a safe and secure environment, and the handbook includes an overview of the district’s school safety plan and much more on many other topics, from dress code and bus disruption to student records and child custody. 

We encourage you to call your school if you need clarification of any rule, regulation, or policy. You also may contact the APS Student, Parent, Employee Service Center, the customer service center for APS. Contact them at 505-855-9040 or servicecenter@aps.edu .

Thank you. We wish you a happy and successful 2020-2021 school year. 

Sincerely,
Raquel Reedy
Superintendent