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Albuquerque Public Schools wants your PreK child to be at school all day, every day. Children develop and grow so rapidly that missed time in school affects both their academic and social development. If a child misses too many days the school will ask for a doctor’s note.

We do understand children become ill and may need to stay at home to recover. As parents or guardians, please keep your child home if he/she becomes ill and does not feel well enough to take part in school activities. This helps to prevent the spread of the illness to others at school. These are some of the examples of when your child should be kept home:

  • Active vomiting
  • Active diarrhea – three or more times in six hours
  • The beginning of an airway infection (cold/cough/runny nose) [This is especially important for those who are unable to manage their own body fluids]
  • Extreme tiredness and/or lack of appetite
  • Fever with headache, body aches, earache, sore throat
  • Undiagnosed or unknown rash (a rash that has not been seen or treated by a health care provider)
  • Any of the above symptoms with fever or chills
  • Untreated skin conditions
  • If antibiotic treatment is needed, your child should remain home for the first full 24 hours of medication (e.g., if your child has three doses per day ordered, then three doses must be given before the child returns to school)
Remember to report your child's absence per school reporting process each day he/she is out of school.  See-Appendix for Pre-K Chronic Absences Protocol.

Picking up a Pre-K Student Prior to the End of the Day

Identification of Contact for Students Regardless of the reason why a child is being picked up, all contacts for the child will be asked to show a picture ID to school personnel. The safety of your children is always our focus.