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In this Handbook
  • Albuquerque Public Schools Goals 
  • School District Authority and Jurisdiction 
  • Expectations of Students 
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Dress Code
  • What To Do If You Believe That Your Rights Have Been Violated 
  • APS School Attendance Guidelines
  • Disruption of the Educational Process
  • Consequences for Unacceptable Conduct
  • Extracurricular Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy 
  • School Alternatives For Handling Unacceptable Conduct
  • Disciplinary Considerations for Students with Disabilities Under IDEA 
  • Disciplinary Considerations for Students Under Section 504 
  • Discipline Matrix
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Student Records 
  • Child Custody Issues
  • Glossary of Terms



Report Absences: (505) 253-0200

Please report your student's absence by 8:15 am by calling the attendance line. 

If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to talk to their teacher to find out what they missed.

It is essential for students to attend school daily in order to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to become college and career ready. Regular student participation in daily classroom activities plays a significant role in student’s school success. Students are expected to attend school regularly and on time. District policy and state law require daily school attendance for those between the ages of 5 and 18, or until graduation from high school.


Students who come to school after the tardy bell has rung are missing important learning opportunities and are a disruption to the learning process for other students.

  • Students who come late to school will need to check in at the front office. Elementary 
  • Middle school students who miss more than 50% of a class period will be counted as absent for that class period.
  • Schools may provide additional supports to discourage tardiness and encourage on-time attendance.

Cell Phones

Disruptive conduct and/or defiance are defined as any behavior or conduct that may disrupt or interfere with the operation of schools, including individual classes. The use of cell phones during instructional time and the misuse of cell forms or other technology are examples of disruptive conduct. Misuse of these devices during instructional time will not be tolerated.

Note: It is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian of the student to retrieve confiscated cell phones or other electronic devices according to the school procedures. The school may keep items for extended periods of time for repeat offenses.

Dress Code

Any clothing that does not cover or exposes the body in the “modesty zone” is not permitted! 

Tres Volcanes complies with the APS Dress Code Policy. The dress code is designed to promote a positive, safe and healthy learning environment. Tres Volcanes students may dress in their individual styles keeping the modesty zone (mid-thigh to the shoulders) covered with school appropriate wording/logos on any clothes. Students should be neat and clean at all times. 

As a general rule, clothes shall be worn as they are designed – suspenders over the shoulders, pants secured at the waist, belts buckled, no underwear as outerwear, no underwear exposed. Hats may be worn outdoors, facing the front and for appropriate weather conditions. 

All Students

  • Students must wear appropriately fitting clothing. Pants must fit at the natural waist without the aid of a belt. (No excessively tight or revealing clothing, no sagging or baggy clothes permitted) 
  • Students may not wear clothing that advertises, displays or promotes drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual activity, violence, disrespect or bigotry towards any group. 
  • Hats/caps/hoods may not be worn in the building or classroom except when there are instructional, safety, religious or medical reasons. 
  • Students may not wear spiked jewelry, chains or belts with more than 2 inches excess. 
  • No facial/tongue/nose jewelry, pins or body piercing, or gauged ears 
  • Gang-related apparel is prohibited 
  • No writing on skin, clothing or backpacks 
  • Unnatural hair colors such as pink, blue, purple, etc… are unacceptable. No tinted gel or hair spray, or distracting hairstyles; Mohawks must be shorter than 2”. 


  • No off the shoulder shirts or dresses. Straps must be between 2-4 inches or greater. 
  • Shirts must cover the midriff. (When a student raises their hands over their heads, no skin is showing.) 
  • No transparent or revealing shirts 


  • No shorts are allowed that hang below the bottom of the knee or shorter than mid-thigh. 
  • Pants must fit at the natural waist without the aid of a belt. No sagging 
  • No distressed, frayed or pants with holes 
  • No transparent or revealing, excessively tight pants (This includes leggings not designed to be pants.) 


  • K-5 – May not wear or bring make-up including glitter and hair products. 
  • K-8 – May not bring or wear fake nails to school. 


  • Closed toed, flat shoes are highly encouraged in order to stay safe while on the playground and around campus. 
  • No flip-flops, Heeleys (shoes with wheels) and backless shoes. 


  • K-5 – Students should be dressed in clothing appropriate for physical activity on PE days. For example: workout shorts, capris, leggings, sweats, tennis shoes, etc. No denim on PE days
  • 6-8 – PE uniform TBD 

If the dress code violation is correctable at school, the student will make the necessary changes. A parent may be contacted to bring the student a change of clothes or the student may be asked to wear clothing issued by the school. In this case, the student will change back into their clothing at the end of the day and directed on appropriate dress code. 

Drop off, Pick up, and Visits

  • It is not safe to drop children off more than 15 minutes before school or to leave them more than 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.
  • 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 minutes. Parents/guardians may only visit classrooms where their child is enrolled.

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