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In this Handbook
  • Information Regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Bullying & Sexual Harassment
  • Character Counts
  • Respect
  • 2016–2017 APS/James Monroe Calendar Dates
  • Bell Schedules 
  • Albuquerque Public School's Mission
  • James Monroe Instructional Component
  • James Monroe Middle School's Mission
  • Cibola Cluster School's Mission
  • When is the Student Handbook in force? 
  • Assemblies
  • Attendance
  • Bus Transportation
  • Campus Visitors
  • Cell Phones & Electronic Devices
  • Closed Campus
  • Counselors
  • Deliveries to the Office
  • Uniform Policy
  • Emergency Procedures & Drills
  • Food, drinks, and gum
  • Grades
  • Hall passes
  • Health Room
  • Homework
  • I.D. Cards & Lanyards
  • Intramurals & Clubs
  • Locks & Lockers
  • Library-Media Center
  • Lost & Found
  • Lunch
  • Mediation
  • Mid-school Athletics
  • PTSA
  • School Supply List (General)
  • Standards
  • Student Aides
  • Student Rights & Responsibilities
  • Teamed Intervention to Promote Self-Responsibility (TIPS) 
  • Classroom Offenses and Use of Contracts
  • School Discipline
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Telephone Usage
  • Textbooks
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Valuables, personal property, and money
  • Albuquerque Public School's Profile of the Graduate



Students must be in class no later than 8:20 am. If the student is absent more than 50% of the class period, they are considered absent for that entire class.


Attendance Line: (505) 897-0101, Option 1

Parents, report absences to our Attendance Line before 9 am each day the student is absent.

Failure to notify the school for absences will result in a documented, unexcused absence. Excessive excused or unexcused absences can result in loss of credit or disciplinary consequences. Chronic unexcused absences will result in a referral to the District Attendance Office. 

School Messenger will place a phone call and email to parents of students that are absent for any reason, excused or unexcused, to ensure parents are aware of the absence. It is not necessary to phone the school to discuss the absence, as long as they have contacted the attendance line. Contact the school to update your contact information.


Students who arrive late must report to the administrative office to receive an "Admit Slip." Then, parent must do one of three things: 

  1. Come into the office and sign you in, or 
  2. Supply a note explaining the tardiness along with a phone number where the parent can be reached, or 
  3. Phone the attendance secretary explaining the tardiness 


If the student is absent more than 9 days throughout the entire school year, or 4-5 times per semester, please refer to the School Attendance Policy in the APS Student Behavior Handbook.

If the student is tardy three or more times, in general, the following steps will be followed:

  • 3 tardies in a class = the teacher/office will notify the parent
  • 4 tardies in a class = 3 lunch detentions will be assigned through an office referral
  • 5 tardies in a class = 5 lunch detentions will be assigned through an office referral
  • 6 tardies in a class = 3 days in TIPS is assigned (in school suspension)

The process begins again each semester. Please refer to the discipline policy outlined in the APS Student Behavior Handbook on page 25. 

Makeup Work

If you are absent, excused or unexcused, it is your responsibility to make up any and all missed work. You will need to make arrangements with each of your teachers upon returning to school. If you will be out for more than three consecutive days, your parent can call the attendance secretary for your assignments. There is a 24 hour waiting period to gather assignments from your teachers. All work can be picked up in the administrative offices during school hours.

For each day you are absent, you will be allotted one day for the return of assignments to your teacher or as is deemed reasonable by your teacher, parent or administrator. 

Cell phones & Electronic Devices

Cell Phones and other electronic devices brought to school by students must be used prior to the 8:13 am bell or after the 3:05 pm bell. They must be turned off during the school day and kept in the student’s backpack. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in these items being confiscated by a staff member and brought to the main office.

On the first confiscation, the teacher will write the referral and the parent or guardian must pick up the item(s) from the main office during school days between 7:45 am – 3:30 pm. Upon the second confiscation, the parent will need to wait seven days before being able to pick up the item. Upon further confiscations, there will be a minimum of fourteen days before the release of the confiscated item to the parent. The student will be given a referral for a minor consequence which must be signed by the parent/guardian. Further violations will result in disciplinary action. 

Drop off & Pick Up

Parents transporting students to or from school must use the east driveway and adhere to the markings for student Pick-up & Drop-off. Please be aware of markings that indicate use is for emergency vehicles only.

When dropping off/picking up students in the east driveway, please pull to an open non-marked gray curb area. Please do not stop and drop off/pick up in the middle of the road. Please refrain from entering the south and west parking lots either at the beginning or end of the school day. The buses must have free access to get in and out quickly and safely. If you must pick up a student who normally rides a bus, please park your vehicle in the east parking lot, rather than the bus loading zone.

Bicycles are not allowed on the James Monroe campus at any time. It is unsafe for students to bring bikes to school because of traffic concerns. Skateboards, scooters or roller blades are not allowed on campus at any time. There will be no exceptions.

Any individual on campus or picking up a student will be asked for identification. Students will not be released during a school day to any individual not designated on registration and/or health cards.

Parents, please do not take this as an insult if this happens to you. We do this to ensure the safety of your student and all others. We ask that you allow 20 minutes for pick up of a child at school due to the size of the campus.

Discipline Policy

We recognize that middle school is a time when students begin to take on more responsibilities and to make increasingly important choices about their own behavior and academics. We know that children need guidance and experience to make wise choices. Students make mistakes, and we allow for that, encouraging them to LEARN from their mistakes.

Our discipline system works on a scale that increases consequences each time a student is sent to the office by a staff member. Consequences move from a contract, to lunch detentions, to in-school suspensions, and, as a last resort, home suspensions. A student, for minor and medium offenses, receives at least ten consequences before being brought to a district disciplinary hearing. Please call an administrator at any time if you have questions about your student’s disciplinary procedures. We want to work with parents as a team for maximum student success!

Please refer to the James Monroe Student Handbook (page 32) to learn more about the different offense scales and consequences.

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