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Attendance Guidelines

  • If a student arrives between 9:00 and 10:25 am, they will be counted tardy.‬‬‬‬
  • If a student arrives between 10:26 am and 12:05 pm, they will be counted absent for the morning.‬‬‬‬
  • If a student leaves between 12:05 pm and 1:45 pm, they will be counted absent for the afternoon.‬‬‬‬
  • If a student leaves between 1:45 pm and 3:09 pm, they will be counted as an early exit for report card purposes but will not be entered into SchoolMax.‬‬‬‬

The APS automated attendance call system does not differentiate between half-days and full days – the system just reports it as an absence notification.  However, the absence is noted correctly in the school records.  Parents can call the Bandelier office at 255-8744 if you wish to confirm.

Did you know you can call in DAY or NIGHT if your child will be absent at school?

Bandelier’s Attendance Policy

  • If your child misses school, it is difficult to do our part instructing him/her.  Bandelier’s attendance goal is 95%, which means no more than 10 absences for the entire school year.  On days your student is absent, you must call the school office to excuse the absence.
  • The Albuquerque Public School District Goal is 95% attendance for all students in each grading period.  This means no more than 5 unexcused absences per student, per semester, is acceptable.
  • The parent/guardian must notify the school each day the student is absent.  Absences may be excused for the following reasons, with appropriate documentation:
  • Doctor, dentist, and psychological appointments with appointment verification
  • Death in the family
  • Religious commitment
  • Illness (please provide doctor’s excuse if a child misses more than three (3) days of school.)
  • Family emergency (excluding vacations)
  • Diagnostic testing
  • The principal has the discretion to make allowances for students who are faced with serious injury or documented chronic illness. 

  • Because students are limited to 5 absences per semester, it is expected that parents will limit student vacations to periods of time when school is not in session.  Bandelier’s administrative staff recognizes parents’ right to take their children out of school for a family vacation.  However, absences accrued for family vacations will be recorded as unexcused. 

  • If a parent has not made contact with the school after several days, a staff member will make a good faith effort to notify the parent to discover the reason for the student’s absences. 

  • Students with excessive absences may be referred to the Student Assistance Team and/or the Children’s Court Liaison for attendance intervention.

  • Attendance Letters may be sent out during the school year.  These letters do not come from our office; however, they are based on attendance entered in our office.  Letters are sent directly from the District Attendance Office and are sent out at 5-day, 7-day, and 10-day unexcused absence benchmarks.  If you receive a letter and feel that there has been an error, please speak to our Attendance Clerk and provide documentation in order to correct the attendance.

On time, daily attendance is mandatory for students to derive maximum benefit from any instructional program.  New Mexico law dictates that students between the ages of 5 and 18 years of age are mandated to attend public school, private school, home school or a state institution.  Highland Cluster Schools, including Bandelier, participate in the Community Attendance Pilot Project, a joint City/State/APS program to curb excessive student absences. 

Please refer to the APS Student Behavior Handbook for more details.

Report Absences


The school has an answering 
system so you may always leave us 
your message (even in the 
middle of the night!). 

Call: (505) 255-8744 ext. 2

Parent Link and Attendance

The District sends out "safety calls" for Elementary students using School Messenger.  Parents will receive a phone call every time their child is late or absent.  Phone calls from School Messenger will start at approximately 9:45 AM for morning absences and 4:00 PM for afternoon absences. The amount of time it takes the ‘human element’ to retrieve the messages from the school’s attendance line each day, check in students who arrive late and then record this information into the APS information system can vary from day to day.  Your patience will be greatly appreciated on the days when children’s needs come first and we are not able to enter all calls before 9:30.  By the same token, if you are unable to call by 9:30, we will continue to update the system throughout the day to record your call as quickly as possible.  Keeping your preferred phone number current will assist in timely communication. Please understand that Parent Link is not optional and is district wide.