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Report Absences

Please call (505) 298-3010 before 7:30 on the same day that your child will be absent. 

Please leave your child’s name, his / her teacher and the date of absence. 

Notes or other documentation should be brought to the office on the following day.


APS students are allowed no more than five (5) unexcused absences per semester, and no more than ten (10) unexcused absences per school year.  The parent or guardian must inform the school each day that the child is absent.  Letters from the APS attendance office will be generated as a means of informing the parent of the total count of unexcused days absent.  Parents are encouraged to contact the principal once a letter has been received to discuss attendance issues and ways that the school may encourage your children to attend school regularly. Again, truancy notices may be forwarded to the Children’s Court Division if a child is to have more that ten (10) full days of unexcused absences.

In addition, the automated system will call families in the event of a student absence.  Teachers will record absences and tardies on the district attendance tracking system as soon as school starts.  The system will send a ‘Safety Call’ to alert families that students are not in class. If the absence is unexcused, the system will send additional calls throughout the day.

School begins at 7:55 and students who enter the classroom after the bell will be entered as ‘tardy’ on the attendance system.  Students with excessive tardies will be reported just as students with excessive absences.

Students signed out before the end of the day are also missing instruction.  Students with numerous early sign outs will also be reported for unexcused absences.

Excused absences include the following with appropriate documentation

  1. Doctor’s appointment
  2. Death in the family
  3. Religious commitment
  4. Diagnostic testing
  5. Family emergency
  6. Limited extenuating circumstances as approved by the principal

Family vacations are considered unexcused absences.

NOTE: Notes should be brought directly to the office the first day after the absence.

Excessive excused absences may result in an inquiry by the school principal or counselor and request for additional documentation.  The school's Health / Mental Health Team will also work with families to address attendance issues.

Emergency Dismissal

It is sometimes necessary for a school to close early due to an emergency or power failure.  Emergency dismissals are also announced through the media and through the APS Community Relations Office.  Parents are encouraged to make arrangements with your children in advance.

Furthermore, the school has an emergency dismissal form that every parent is required to fill out during registration or upon your next visit to the school. 

False Alarms

Pulling the fire alarms other than for reasons of fire is a crime and punishable by the fire department as well as the school.  False alarms are very disruptive to the educational process and result in wasted resources by the police and fire departments.

Abbreviated School Day or Two-Hour Delay (9:50 a.m.)

An abbreviated school day (or two hour delay) will be called by the superintendent’s office in the event of bad or inclement weather.  The news media will announce when this plan will go into effect via television, radio and intranet outlets. Collet Park is a feeder school to Manzano H.S., but is not considered a "mountain school."

Cancelled Days

Snow days are usually communicated to all families in advance through television news, radio and Internet outlets.  When a snow day is called, school is closed and will be made up at the end of the school year.