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School Safety

Albuquerque Public Schools is committed to providing a safe, secure and respectful learning environment for students, staff, families and visitors to our schools. All schools have site safety plans specific to their location, which include detailed instructions for a host of possible emergency situations.

  • Schools are required to conduct fire drills monthly.
  • Schools are required to practice lockdown, shelter-in-place and evacuation drills during the school year.
  • School safety plans are reviewed annually and include site and school-specific instructions relevant to each school, depending on the design and layout of the building(s).
  • Albuquerque Public Schools Police Department have school resource officers and security officers assigned to many of our schools and have field officers who respond to incidences at all sites.
  • Albuquerque Public Schools Police Department works closely with the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Visitors to our schools are required to check in at the front office and wear a visitor’s badge while on campus.
  • Volunteers at a school must have a current background check.
  • Visits to classrooms should be arranged 24 hours in advance and should be limited to twenty minutes. Parents/guardians may only visit classrooms where their child is enrolled.
  • Students and staff are expected to be responsive and follow the directions of all APS personnel and public safety responders.
  • All schools and most school buses have security cameras. 
  • Any time a student or staff member sees a suspicious person on campus or encounters a person who is being disruptive, they are asked to contact a police officer, safety officer or administrator. 
  • Every threat or rumor of a threat to students, staff or schools is taken seriously. Immediate investigations are conducted and disciplinary action taken if necessary.
  • Anyone who hears of a possible threat to a school is encouraged to contact a school administrator or police. The APS Police Department can be reached at 505-243-7712. 

We all have a role to play in ensuring our schools continue to be a safe place for learning, and it is incumbent on all of us to be vigilant and supportive of one another.

If you see or hear something, say something. You can contact APS School Police at 505-243-7712.