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In this handbook:

  • School Phone Numbers
  • Bus Company
  • School Calendar
  • Abbreviated Days
  • Adult Volunteers
  • Attendance
  • Attendance Policy
  • Before / After School Program
  • Behavior Expectations
    • Student Recognition
    • Discipline
    • Bullying
    • Behaviour Referrals
    • Grading Procedures
    • Caution Tickets
    • Magnificent Macaw Slips
  • Board of Education
  • Building Use
  • Bus Service
  • Cafeteria
  • Cell Phones
  • Counseling
  • Curriculum
  • Dress Code
  • Field Trips
  • Health Room
  • Library
  • Lost and Found
  • Parent / Teacher / Student Conferences
  • Parent Concerns
  • Parent Visits
  • Phone Calls or Change of Plans for Aftershool
  • Physical Education
  • Placement
  • Recess
  • School Messenger
  • Safety
  • Sign-out/Check Out Procedure
  • Student Insurance
  • Student Possessions
  • Tardy Students
  • Technology
  • Textbooks
  • Walkers
  • Weapons
  • Student Pick-up Area
  • Bell Schedules



This handbook has been created to help you and your student be successful at Petroglyph Elementary School.

Parent / Student Handbook


Attendance Line: (505) 898-0923

Prompt and regular school attendance is essential for a student to attain success in school. It is important to schedule elective appointments, whenever possible, for times outside the instructional day. When a student is absent, please call the school Attendance Line before 9:30 A.M. on the day of the absence (the Attendance Line operates 24 hours a day) in order for the absence to be marked excused. An answering machine will ask you for the following information:

Your name
Your child’s name
Your child’s teacher
Reason for absence
Date of absence

Please wait until you hear the beep before beginning to speak and speak slowly and clearly. The child’s teacher should also be notified in the event of extended anticipated absences due to illness, out-of-town trips, family emergencies, etc. You may wish to leave a message for the teacher through the office.

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 School District reports habitual truants to the Children’s Court Liaison office and to the State of New Mexico.
  • APS students are allowed no more than 5 unexcused absences per semester and no more than 10 unexcused absences per school year.
  • The parent/guardian must notify the school each day that the student will be absent for the absence to be excused.
  • If your student is absent or tardy, you will receive an automated call and/or email from School Messenger to inform you. You will get a call regardless of whether or not you have called into our Attendance Line.
  • Absences may be excused for the following reasons, with appropriate documentation:
    • Doctor’s appointment-A Doctor's excuse is required to have the absence excused
    • Death in the family
    • Religious commitment
    • Illness
    • Family Emergency
    • Diagnostic testing
    • School or College Visit
  • In the event that the school has not received notification of absence by a parent for three (3) consecutive days, the school must make an attempt to contact the parent/guardian.
  • Excessive excused absences may result in further inquiry from the truancy court system
  • Family vacations or family business out of town are considered unexcused absences, and it is expected that parents will schedule vacations during the periods of time when school is not in session.
  • Students who are signed out before the end of the instructional day must have written documentation of the reason (as defined under excused absences) or be subject to the same consequences as “tardy”.

For more information review the Student Handbook and the APS Attendance Policy

Cell Phones

Cell phones may be brought to school if they are turned off or are silent during the school day. Cell phones MUST be kept in the students pocket or backpack. At no time during the day are cell phones allowed to be out in the classroom or at recess. The teacher will confiscate the phone if it is out during class and the teacher will turn it into the office. A parent will need to come into the office to pick up the phone. Cell phones may be used by students before or after school. The school is NOT RESPONSIBLE if cell phones are lost or stolen. Therefore, we highly recommend that they do not bring them to school.

APS Personal Electronic Devices Policy

Dress Code

Petroglyph observes the APS Dress Code. Standards exist to support a healthy learning environment. To that end, we ask that parents assist their children in dressing appropriately for school. Shoes are required and should be appropriate for the weather that day. Hats and sun glasses are not worn inside buildings or classrooms, but are encouraged for wear outside to protect from sun damage. These items, if worn inappropriately, may be taken away and given to the parents when they are called to pick them up. Spaghetti straps, halter-tops, and shirts that expose the abdomen are not worn. Tank tops are accepted if worn appropriately. If your child wears a sports jersey with a large armhole, please make sure that they wear a t-shirt under it. Clothing should fit comfortably and be appropriately sized. Excessively baggy pants (those which are more than one size too large) and clothing promoting drug or alcohol products are not allowed at school. Shorts and skirts should be no shorter than “fingertip length.” The same fingertip measure will be used to judge appropriate length for t-shirts. Only natural hair-coloring is acceptable. School is not a place to make a “fashion statement”. It is a place to learn. Makeup is only worn by adults, not elementary students. When in doubt: use common sense. What is appropriate at home is not always appropriate at school. Children will make a call to a parent if a change of clothing is required. We ask all parents to work with us to enforce these rules.

APS Student Dress Policy


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