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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 safety drills periodically.
  • Schools are required to practice fire, 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.
  • Schools use a variety of security systems including systems that take a picture of the visitor and prints the visitor’s picture in the badge for additional security. Visitors, including parents, are expected to participate in the program. 
  • 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, staff, and visitors are expected to be responsive and follow the directions of all APS personnel and public safety responders.
  • All schools and most school busses 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.

Volunteers and Guests on Campus

Albuquerque Public Schools encourages parents and community members to visit and volunteer in our schools. APS students over the age of thirteen (13) who volunteer in any school or program must meet all criteria for volunteering, including all volunteer screening requirements. Students under the age of eighteen (18) must have their parent/guardian’s permission to obtain a volunteer clearance. Below are the guidelines for volunteers and guests on campus. 

  • Visitor/Guest – visits a school for a short period of time to observe a class or activity. This does not require a background clearance. 
  • Supervised Volunteer – a volunteer that is in line of sight of district personnel at all times and is never alone with a student. This requires a general volunteer background clearance. 
  • Unsupervised Volunteer – a volunteer who may conduct functions that lead them to have unsupervised access to students at any point for any amount of time and anyone volunteering for a before/after school program. This requires an FBI background clearance. 

For more information or to begin the background clearance process please refer to the APS website at aps.edu. 

Student Drop off/Pick up/Visits

It is not safe to drop children off more than fifteen (15) minutes before school or to leave them more than fifteen (15) minutes after the school day ends. 

  • Parents must not leave their children on a school campus longer than fifteen (15) minutes either before or after the school day. 
  • School grounds are not supervised except during the school day. 
  • Parents are expected to follow the school’s policy or procedure for drop off/pick up locations. 
  • If extenuating circumstances prevent a family from picking up a student on time, the school must be notified within fifteen minutes of the end of the school day. 
  • If students are repeatedly left on campus outside of the school day hours, an administrator will attempt to contact the family to discuss and resolve the problem. 
  • If your child is often on school grounds during unsupervised times school staff may provide parents/guardians with information on before and after school programs in the area. 
  • Schools are required to contact law enforcement if a child is left on school grounds during unsupervised times and the parent/guardian cannot be reached. 
  • APS schools will do their best to abide by parenting plans provided to them but are not responsible to enforce specific pick-up days. 
  • Parents/guardians on campus during the school day need to check-in at the main office and wear a visitor or volunteer nametag at all times. 
  • Visits to classrooms should be arranged 24 hours prior to the visit and should be limited to twenty (20) minutes. Parents/guardians may only visit classrooms where their child is enrolled.