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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

Handbook Essentials

Attendance

Report Absences: (505) 877-6444, Prompt 2 

Attendance is critical to your child's success, and missing school for even one day makes it tough for students to catch up. Please support your child's attendance and contact the school if you need help or have questions.

Contact
Contact Francesca Apodaca  Francesca Apodaca (505) 877-6444 Truancy Social Worker

Bus Privileges

Students will be expected to ride the correct bus daily in their assigned seats. Students cannot ride a different bus with your friends nor can they ride your bus. Riding the bus is a privilege so rules must be followed at ALL times! Disciplinary action will result for students who cannot maintain appropriate conduct on the bus and ALL rules that apply at school are in effect as well. The bus driver may also have more specific rules so make sure you understand them. The following consequences will be in effect from day one.

  • First Referral: Meeting with administration. You will be given a warning and notice will be sent home for signature. If the referral is not brought back signed within 24 hours, family/guardian contact will be made and that will move you to the third step.
  • Second Referral: Family/guardian contact will be made.
  • Third Referral: 3-day suspension with family/guardian conference.
  • Fourth Referral: 5-day suspension with family/guardian notification.
  • Fifth Referral: 10-day suspension with a family/guardian conference with driver and administration within that 10 day period
  • Sixth Referral: Suspension for the remainder of the 9 week period.

Electronic Devices

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Electronic devices shall be kept out of sight and powered off or silenced during the school day and during any school-sponsored activity meeting or practice held on Albuquerque Public Schools property. Students cannot use their electronic devices between 8:15 AM and 3:00 PM. If an electronic device is out during the school day, it will be confiscated and turned in to the office.

The student who possesses a personal electronic device shall be solely responsible for its care. Do not ever allow other students to use your items as the rules apply whether you have it  or someone else has it! Cell phones must be kept in a backpack if they are to have them during the day. During class time, backpacks are in a designated area of the classroom not with the student at their desk.

If you want to assure the safety of your device then it can be checked in at the office before school and picked up after school. This assures it would not be lost or stolen.

Unauthorized Use

Unauthorized use of personal electronic devices includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. If an electronic device is out during the school day, it will be confiscated and turned in to the office.
  2. Possessing, viewing, sending, or sharing video or audio information having sexual, violent or threatening content on school grounds, school events or school busses shall be prohibited and may result in disciplinary action and/or confiscation of the personal electronic device.
  3. Transmitting school materials for unethical purposes such as cheating is prohibited.
  4. Any activity which may be in violation of the Albuquerque Public Schools Bullying Prevention policy and procedural directive.

Consequences

Note: These consequences will be enforced, even if someone else has your phone or another personal electronic device.

  • First Offense: Your parent/legal guardian may retrieve the personal electronic device from the administrative office within thirty minutes of the start or end of the instructional day. Parents/guardians must sign the personal electronic device out from the log kept in the administrative office.
  • Second Offensive: Your parent/legal guardian may retrieve the personal electronic device no sooner than seven days after its date of confiscation within thirty minutes of the start or end of the instructional day. Parents/guardians must sign the personal electronic device out from the log kept in the administrative office.
  • Third Offense: Your parent/legal guardian may retrieve the personal electronic device at the end of the semester in which the device was confiscated within thirty minutes of the start or end of the instructional day.

Uniform Policy

You are responsible for coming in your uniform daily! Administration will determine the appropriateness of an article of clothing or accessory if not listed in the policy.

General Information

(Includes Dress Down Days)

On Dress Down Days, length of skirts, shorts, etc., are still in effect. Nothing low-cut, spaghetti straps, halter tops or backless shirts. No sagging, gang-related attire or inappropriate sayings on clothing. In addition:

  • No checks, stripes, graphics, tie-dye or patterns.
  • All articles should fit properly.
  • No torn, tattered, long or faded clothing. No pajama bottoms are to be worn at any time!
  • Materials: No transparent or sheer materials, no net, no spandex, no denim.
  • Negative messages: No clothing or accessories that promote negative behaviors (profanity, violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, bigotry, disrespect, gangs), or that are highly distractive, disruptive, or immodest.
  • Jewelry: No chains, dog collars necklaces, metal ball, studded, or spiked jewelry or pocket chains, or any accessories that can be construed as a weapon (e.g., a cluster of objects on a necklace or a large belt buckle). No more than two necklaces may be worn at one time, and necklaces must be worn underneath the shirt. Piercings should not be distracting to the educational process.
  • Hairstyles: Students hairstyles must not be distracting or disruptive to the educational process.
  • Other Accessories: No sunglasses, hair nets, caps, or bandanas. Absolutely no writing on backpacks, skin, or clothing. No stickers, buttons, or patches allowed on clothing or skin.
  • Shoes and Socks: Shoes must be worn at all times. Bedroom slippers are NEVER allowed. For safety reasons, flip-flops, platforms, and high heels are discouraged.

Shirts (Boys and Girls)

  • Collared, polo style (any solid color)
  • Short or long sleeved, no sleeveless.
  • Polk T-shirts can be worn daily in place of polo shirts. Any shirt that is sold or issued by the school that has Polk Middle School printed on it can be worn.
  • PE Shirts cannot be worn as a uniform shirt.
  • Undershirts must be plain white or match the color of the polo shirt
  • No zippered shirts.
  • Shirts may not be altered (cut or torn) or tied up in any way.

Skirts, Jumpers, and Shorts

  • Must be khaki (tan),  navy blue or black only
  • Must be no shorter than two inches above the knee

Sweatshirts, Sweaters, and Vests

  • Must be worn over a legal shirt.
  • Students can wear Polk sweatshirts.
  • Hoods must be off in the building at all times.

Pants & Shorts

  • Must NEVER Sag!

  • Must be khaki (tan) or navy blue or black. (Black jeans are allowed)
  • Pant legs that are rolled up are not allowed.
  • Capri and crop pants are allowed.
  • No leggings, sweat pants, sweat shorts, bike shorts, athletic shorts, or swishy/nylon pants or shorts are allowed at any time.
  • Shorts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.

Belts

  • Belts will be mandatory if a student has been contracted for dress code violation such as sagging of the pants or shorts.
  • If worn, belts must comply with the same rules as "jewelry," and must fit properly with no belt hanging. No large buckles or inappropriate messages on belts or buckles are allowed.

Coats and Jackets

  • Must be removed at all times unless the heat is not working in the classroom. This will be determined by the teacher.
  • Must be worn over approved Polk Middle School clothing.
  • Coats and jackets with college or professional sports teams names and/or logos are permitted.
  • Hoods to be worn outdoors only.

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