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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

Agendas

Agendas are required for all students.  All students receive an agenda at no cost at the beginning of the year.  Students who lose or destroy their agendas are required to purchase a new one in the office for $5.  In addition to serving as a homework log, student agendas also serve as hall passes and accountability cards.

Attendance

Report Absences: (505) 877-3770 ext. 50500

Speak to the secretary before the end of the day that your student is absent.

  • Only a parent or legal guardian may notify the school of absences
  • Notify the school each day that the student will be absent, before the end of the day
  • Please refer to the APS Student Behavior Handbook for a list of excusable absences

If you need help finding reliable transportation to school, contact the Family Liaison:

Contact Stacia Duarte  Stacia Duarte Principal

Policy

The Federal No Child Left Behind Act requires that states, school districts, and schools be held accountable for ensuring that all students meet high academic standards. On time, daily attendance is a critical component of this educational process. New Mexico law dictates that:

  • Students between the ages of five (5) and eighteen (18) years of age are mandated to attend public school, private school, home school or a state institution.
  • The Albuquerque Public Schools District reports habitual truants to the Children’s Court Liaison office and to the State of New Mexico.

Albuquerque Public Schools strongly believes that daily school attendance is necessary for students to fully benefit from the instructional program.  Excessive absenteeism, regardless of the reason, will negatively impact student academic achievement.

Student Pick-up & Sign out Procedures

  1. You MUST present a photo ID.
  2. You MUST be on your student's records to be authorized to check-out.
  3. If you are checking out your student for a doctor's appointment, you MUST turn in a doctor's note to the front office the next day in order for it to be an excused absence.
  4. To make the end of the day run smoother for us all, we ask you to please avoid checking-out your student after 2:30 PM.

Uniform Dress Code

The dress code makes it easier to love learning at Ernie Pyle for the following reasons:

  • Promotes equity
  • Makes it easier for community resources to provide donations
  • Creates a feeling of school pride, school identity, and school community

Pants/Shorts/Skirts (males and females)

  • Dockers Style (Any color)
  • Blue jeans are ONLY allowed on Fridays and other days specified by the administration.
  • Not permitted: sweats, transparent, holed, OR shear materials, net or lace, spandex, or leggings
  • Shorts or skirts must also be an appropriate length (approximately no shorter than 3 inches above the knee).
  • Sagging and bagging are not acceptable. Pants, shorts, and skirts should be worn at the waist or hip level.  Leg bottoms should not drag on the ground.  No underwear or skin should be showing. The crotch should NOT be near the knees. 
  • Pants, shorts, and skirts should also not be excessively tight.

Shirts (males and females)

  • Any solid color Polo shirt
  • Ernie Pyle spirit tee shirts or other shirts that identify participation in an Ernie Pyle group, activity or team are also acceptable, as long as they are not torn or altered.
  • Other t-shirts are NOT acceptable to be worn as a uniform shirt.

Other guidelines

  • Nothing can be worn over the polo shirt except for jackets or sweaters.
  • Baseball caps are not allowed on campus. If worn, they will be confiscated.
  • Hoods, winter hats, and other types of head coverings are not allowed to be worn in the building.
  • Gang-related attire, including bandanas, bandana clothing items, and accessories are NEVER acceptable.
  • Attire and accessories that promote or display alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sexual activity or violence are not permitted on campus.

Consequences

Students who violate the dress code in any way will have lunch detention that day upon offense, assigned by the first-period teacher.  Parents are often called to bring in proper clothing. 

Repeated incidents of dress code violations will result in a discipline referral and in-school suspension.  Chronic non-compliance of the EPMS uniform will result in an administrative contract.


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