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Parent Handbook:

  • Letter From the Principal
  • Mission Statement
  • School History
  • School Hours
  • Inservice Days
  • Abbreviated Days
  • Emergency Dismissal
  • Student Dismissal
  • State Statutes
  • Reporting Procedures
  • Chronic Attendance/Tardiness Problems
  • Boundary Information
  • Change of Address
  • Student Withdrawal
  • Conferences
  • Field Trips
  • Homework Policy
  • Physical Education
  • Classroom Placement
  • Counseling Services
  • Recess
  • Retention  Policy
  • Visitors
  • Volunteers
  • Section 504 (ADA)
  • Cafeteria Services
  • Health Room
  • Immunizations
  • Medication
  • Drug Policy
  • Student Insurance
  • Fire Drill Procedures
  • Crossing Guards
  • Parking Lot Safety
  • School Bus Transportation
  • Bicycle Policy
  • Electronic Devices
  • Dress Code
  • Personal Property/Lost and Found
  • Before/After School
  • Restitution Procedures
  • Parent Teacher Association
  • Discipline Policy
  • Harassment Policy


Handbook Essentials


Arriving at school on time and staying through dismissal is expected and essential. Parents are asked to call the school attendance line (505) 291-6819  #2 to report an absence. To excuse an absence see procedures below.  Students who are signed out before the end of the instructional day must have documentation of the reason (as defined under excused absences) or be subject to the same consequences as tardy. Be aware that any combination of 5 absences, tardies, and/or early dismissals in one semester is cause for concern.  District Policy states that “excessive absences may result in a recommendation for retention and/or be reported to the Children’s Court Division of District Court. Studies show that students who have poor attendance in the elementary years are much more likely to drop out of high school later.

Absences will be recorded daily.  The APS attendance tracking system automatically records all excused and unexcused absences. APS students are allowed no more than 5 unexcused absences per semester and no more than 10 unexcused absences per school year.  On the fifth unexcused absence, you and your child will be required to attend a Mental Health meeting at the school to develop a plan to address attendance issues.  The Counselor/Principal will organize and facilitate the meeting.  If attendance remains an issue a referral will be made to the APS Attendance Office. 

Teachers will be informed of calls concerning student absences.

The school should be notified by the parent or guardian of anticipated absences due to family emergencies and medical or agency appointments.

An unexcused absence is an absence that does not fit into the above guidelines for excused absences, is not school related or is not reported within two school days of the absence.  The school will attempt to investigate unexplained absences through telephone contact or home visits with parents/guardians as soon as possible and advise them regarding the importance of regular school attendance and the legal implications involved.  If a student misses over 50% or more of the school day, the absence will be recorded as a FULL DAY absence.


Dress Code

Parents’ good taste, weather, and PE program should govern the type of clothing worn to school by the students.  Tennis shoes are required for PE; soles CANNOT be black. 

Jackson Middle School (Oñate feeder school) has established the following guidelines to minimize educational disruptions and Oñate will adhere to these guidelines.  Students and their parents or guardians have the right to determine the dress and personal appearance of students, except where such dress or appearance presents a health or safety hazard or is in violation of municipal or state law, or presents a potential for disruption to the instructional program.

  • NO midriff shirts are allowed.  This means that no skin should be showing between the bottom of the shirt and the top of the pants/skirt at any time;
  • Sleeveless shirts must be at least two inches wide at their narrowest point on the shoulder (No “spaghetti” straps or halter tops);
  • Team jerseys (sleeveless with large arm holes) must have a sleeved shirt underneath them at all times (No tank tops or muscle shirts);
  • Coveralls must be worn with both the suspenders fastened and over the shoulders;
  • Excessively sagging pants or shorts are not allowed;
  • Excessively “baggy” clothing (including pants and/or shorts) are not allowed;  Baggy generally means that the pant legs are wider than twice the width of the leg;
  • Clothing that is excessively torn, tattered or long is not allowed;
  • Wallet to pocket chains are not acceptable (No chain, spiked or sharp accessories);
  • All belts should be worn appropriately with no excess belt hanging;
  • No body piercing other than ear piercing should be visible (no tongue, eyebrow, nose piercing, etc.); Student will be asked to remove the piercing;
  • Any item of clothing identified with a gang or gang behavior is not allowed;
  • Hats or other types of headgear may not be worn inside buildings on campus;
  • Shorts and skirts should be no shorter than the point where extended fingers end when the student is standing up straight;
  • Permanent/temporary hair coloring of any kind is not allowed ie., no red, green, blue, or jet black dyed hair).  Parents will be notified and students will be required to restore the natural hair color.  Parents will also be notified when haircuts (“Mohawks”,  spikes, hair covering the eyes, etc.) cause disruption to the educational process.

Students who come to school dressed inappropriately will be asked to change.  Parents will be asked to bring a change of clothing or clothes available at the site will be used.  Repeated violations will be dealt with parent notification and disciplinary consequence.

Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures

The parking lot will be closed from 7:15 to 7:45 and from 1:30 until 2:00 due to serious traffic problems in our small parking lot. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO THE PARKING LOT AT THIS TIME.   Please make arrangements to meet your child across the street or at the park (southwest corner of the playground).  To ensure your child's safety, please advise them to cross with the crossing guard either in front of the school or at the corner of Chelwood and Brentwood Hills.  When visiting the school, please park in a regular parking space. 


At NO time should children be in the parking lot unless accompanied by an adult.  Children and adults are asked to use the crosswalk.  Dogs are not allowed on campus, even on a leash, by City Ordinance.  Please refrain from bringing your family pet to school to pick up your child. 

Please assist in the smooth flow of traffic by following all safety rules and exercising patience and good judgment.  The safety of our children is paramount.  Thank you for supporting our safety efforts and modeling cooperation and encouragement.