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Attendance Makes A Difference!

Attendance is an essential component of student achievement and responsible behavior. Parents who emphasize and model the importance of regular on-time attendance during the elementary school years set the groundwork for producing future citizens who are dependable and responsible employees.The more students miss school, the less they learn. This in turn lowers their grades and self-esteem and increases their chances of dropping out of school. There are many statistics on how truancy and crime are connected. Each fall every student receives a copy of the Albuquerque Public School’s Student Behavior Handbook that includes a detailed description of the district-wide Attendance Policy.  Classroom teachers and school office personnel comply with Federal and State Law, and APS Policies and Procedural Guidelines regarding attendance reporting and documentation.

If a student has been absent or tardy for 5 or more days, the parentwill receive a letter reminding you of the importance of attendance.  If tardiness and truancy continue the next step is signing a truancy contract.  If tardiness and truancy continue a referral may be made to Juvenile Probation Office for investigation/interventions. 


I am here to help with attendance or tardy issues. Please contact me if you have any questions.


If a student feels that another student is consistently being mean to them they use the STOP signal(see below). This is a verbal and physical action in response to problem behavior. The student makes eye contact, uses a firm hand signal and a clear voice to say STOP.  Every student and staff member at our school is familiar with this signal, and understands that if someone does this they are serious. Sometimes, even when students tell others to "stop", problem behavior will continue. If this happens the next step is to WALK. Students are to walk away.  Walking away removes the reinforcement for the problem behavior.  Very rarely does the problem behavior continue at this point, but if it does the last step is to TALK. They should find and talk to an adult at school immediately. Adults will ask them what the problem is, ask if they said STOP, and if they WALKed away.  If they did all of these then the adult will speak to the student or refer them to the School Counselor. At this point APS policy for bullying and harassment will be followed.  

Stop Signal

Stop Signal

Is It Bullying

Is It Bullying

Leslie Burgess

Professional School Counselor

821 - 4981 Ext. 34506

Today: 2/23/18