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Attention 2 Attendance

Happy New Year! As we return for the second semester, we want to refocus all of our efforts to ensure students are coming to school and attending every class, every day. We launched a new software system last fall that keeps much better track of notifying you of when your son or daughter is habitually absent. As we return to school, we want to make sure everyone understands what constitutes an excused and unexcused absence. This is directly from school district policy. The definition of attendance is that a student is in class or in a school-approved activity. Any questions, please email me at . Remember, students must be in class to learn!  There is a direct correlation to school attendance and grades. Any absence that does not fall under the definitions of an excused absence will be automatically counted as an unexcused absence.



EMAIL excuses to: OR

Call in excuse on each day of absence & send a note upon return to school

PHONE NUMBER: 467-2905


Bereavement: Absences for the death of a student’s immediate family members are the child, spouse, father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, aunts, uncles, siblings, step-siblings, half-siblings, grandparents, mother-in-law, father-in-law, first cousins, foster parents, guardians, and others who reside in the same household with the student.

Long-term illnesses: Absences for acute or chronic health-related problems that require a student to be out of school more than three (3) consecutive days, as verified by health-care professional’s note or school nurse verification or School-Based Health Center.

Short-term illnesses: Short-term illnesses include any medical or mental condition that keeps a student out of school fewer than three (3) days, as verified by parent notification.  Short term illnesses also include medical or mental conditions that requires a student to see a health care professional on a recurring basis with standing appointments and, that such appointments occur at least once per month.  The student must obtain an official note from the health-care professional (doctor, dentist, mental health counselor, etc.) verifying that the absence is recurring and necessary. 

Hazardous weather conditions: Absences for hazardous weather conditions shall mean weather conditions that would endanger the health or safety of the student when in transit to and from school either approved by the Superintendent or designee, or subsequently approved by the Superintendent or designee.

Late bus arrivals: Students will not be considered late or tardy if caused by late bus arrivals at school. 

School sponsored/school sanctioned activities: Absences for events or activities sponsored or held by school clubs, athletics, extracurricular or curricular classes.

Visits to Colleges or Universities: Absences for visits to college/university campuses on officially designated visitation days, or on alternate visits when the student has applied for admission to the particular college/university.

Parent-requested absences for educational travel:  Opportunities may be designated as an excused absence if approved by the principal and the assigned schoolwork is completed within two weeks of return to school or another agreed upon time frame.

Birth of the student’s child: The school shall provide ten days of excused absences for a student who provides documentation of the birth of the student’s child; provided that the student shall be allowed a time period to make up the work that the student missed that equals the number of days the student was absent for the birth of a child; and provides four days of excused absences for a student who provides appropriate documentation of pregnancy, or that the student is a parent of a child under the age of thirteen needing care; and allows the student a time period to make up the work that the student missed that equals the number of days the student was absent.  NMSA 1978 22-12-3.1

Other emergencies or set of circumstances:  Absences that, in the judgment of the Superintendent or designee, constitutes a good and sufficient cause for absences from school.


Absences from school or a class for which the student does not have an allowable excuse pursuant to the Compulsory Attendance Law or rules of the local School Board.



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