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Student Attendance


New Mexico law dictates that students between the ages of six (6) and eighteen (18) years of age are 

mandated to attend public school, private school, home school, or a State institution.  


Daily attendance is mandatory to fully benefit from the instructional program. The district recognizes, however,

that there are situations  that dictate a student’s absence. Therefore, in accordance with District guidelines,

absences may be excused for the following reasons: 

  • Illness 
  • Medical appointments (students need to bring a doctor’s note to the office after the appointment) 
  • Death in the family
  • Religious commitment
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Other circumstances as agreed to by the principal 


An unexcused absence is any absence that does not adhere to the prescribed District guidelines (listed above), is not school related, or is not reported within two (2) school days.



According to APS policy, out of town trips/vacations are NOT excused.