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Report an Absence: (505) 792-0698 ext. 37696

Attendance Policy

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.

Excessive Absences

Excessive excused or unexcused absences (defined as five)  or more absences per semester may result in a truancy meeting for parents and students. In addition, the student may be recommended for retention and/or disciplinary action.  APS generates a truancy notification for unexcused absences.  Students who have excessive absences will be referred to Children’s Court.


A primary responsibility of Tony Hillerman students is to report to all classes in a timely fashion.  All students are expected to be in their classroom seats by the bell, with all the necessary materials, and prepared to work.  This will give all students in the class an opportunity to take full advantage of the learning time provided. 

Per District policy, the only excused tardy is a doctor or dentist appointment.  Students arriving late to school must have parents call ahead, write a note, or accompany their child to the front desk for the tardiness to be excused. All other tardies are unexcused.  The tardy policy will be reviewed with the students at the beginning of the year. Excessive tardies may result in disciplinary actions.

Make Up Work

Our school make up policy is as follows:

  • For students absent less than 3 consecutive days; on the first day back to a class, students are responsible for requesting make-up assignments.   
  • If a student is aware of an upcoming absence; it is the responsibility of the student to ask each teacher for make-up assignments prior to the date(s) of absence. 
  • Students who are absent from school three (3) consecutive days or longer; parents may request homework by calling the attendance office at 792-0698 ext. 37560.  Requests should be made within 24 hours of the third (3) day of absence.  The requested make-up work should be picked up from the attendance office at the agreed-upon time.  If make-up work is not picked up after the first request, students will not be allowed to request work again.
  • The student will have the opportunity to complete the work in a period of time equal to the number of days absent unless other arrangements have been mutually agreed upon by the student and the teacher. 
  • Failure to complete make-up work in the time allowed may place students at risk of not earning class credits.
  • Teachers may need 24 hours from the time of the request to compile assignments.

Field Trips & Attendance

Parents, please remember that even when your child is on a school-sponsored field trip, they will be marked for an excused activity absence.  The reason is that if we were to have a fire drill or some emergency, all students must be accounted for; and since they are not physically in the building, they must be marked absent. 

Please understand that teachers do take attendance prior to leaving for a field trip and report any missing students so that the list is accurate. 

If you have any concerns, please contact the teacher sponsoring the field trip.