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APS Attendance Information

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Albuquerque Public Schools is committed to student success. Reducing truancy in school will improve a childʼs academic and personal success. You will continue to receive messages regarding your childʼs attendance through School Messenger for daily attendance issues, two day truancy, five day truancy and ten day truancy. When a child reaches ten unexcused absences he/she is consider an habitual truant:

 

NMSA 22.12.9 (A) state that (1) “habitual truant: Means a student who has accumulated the equivalent of ten or more unexcused absences within a school year: and (2) “Student in need of early intervention” means a student who has accumulated five unexcused absence within a school year.

 

As a parent your assistance with attendance compliance is critical. Remember that Compulsory School Attendance Law (NMSA section 22-12-1) and City Ordinance (11-10-1 et. Seq.) require that a student must attend school every day with no unexcused absences.

 

Unexcused absences include the following:

  • Non-school sponsored activities or trips; and,
  • Family vacations outside of the normally scheduled school breaks.

The Following are reasons for an excused absence with the appropriate documentation:

  • Illness
  • Limited family emergencies
  • Medical, health or legal appointments
  • Suspensions
  • Religious commitment
  • Deployment of a military parent

 

Administration may request additional documentation for excessive excused absences. Also, state law requires schools to withdraw a student after ten consecutive days of absence, but only after the school has exhausted its efforts to keep a student in school using a variety of interventions. We need your help to keep your child in school. We want your child to have academic success.

If your child begins to show a pattern of absences, then you may be contacted by the school and/or a District Attendance Office liaison. They are your resources to help.

Welcome the help. When a child is absent he/she loses instructional time, which impairs his/her opportunities to learn, grow, and achieve.

 

Kennedy Attendance Policy

Teachers will take attendance by the class period for each instructional day. Students who miss more than 1/2 of a class period are considered absent for the entire period.

 

 

A parent/guardian must notify the school in writing that the student will be/is absent. The required for can be uploaded from here or you can get a form from the office. The form must accompany your student when he/she returns to school. This documentation can be e-mailed to the attendance secretary on the day the student returns to school. At the latest, a written note can be delivered to the secretary on the day the student returns to school, Phone calls are not accepted, but appreciated in the sense of letting that student’s teacher know the student may be out due to illness. The school needs written documentation. If the documentation is not received within 3 days of the absence the absence cannot and will not be excused.

Absences may be excused for the reasons listed above.

 

If a student is absent the day of a game or performance they will not be able to participate in that game or performance or attend that school activity.

 

Excessive Absences

Teachers and the school will put interventions in place to help the student get to school and be successful. If a student has excessive absences in class, they risk failing and could be recommended to be held back in that grade.

A student absent beyond nine days MUST have official documentation confirming one of the following circumstances for the possibility of not failing a class:

  • Medical appointment
  • Court appointment
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Religious commitment
  • Diagnostic testing

If the studentʼs consecutive absence will exceed three days, please contact the attendance secretary to communicate the need for an approved extended absence.

 

Skipping School or Class

Students found out of class without permission, on or off campus will be referred to the office for consequences and possible citation for truancy, students will only be allowed to make up work in Saturday School. Students are subject to search. They will also be issued a lunch detention if persists, after school detention.

 

Behavior

A safe and orderly school environment for learning helps create a positive quality of school life for students. This includes respect for the rights of others and for the schools facilities. The following expectations are in place!

 

Clean Campus

An attractive and clean campus reflects school pride. Therefore, the cooperation of all students and staff in using trashcans is needed to maintain a clean campus.

 

Hall Passes

No Students will be out of class during class time without a pass from a teacher, administrator or counselor. This also applies to student aides for classes and other locations on the campus. This agenda serves as the pass and must be assigned on day of use. In such instances, students are to report immediately to the destination indicated on the pass and to return to the classroom immediately after taking care of business indicated on the pass.

No passes to the restroom will be granted in the first or last 10 minutes of class.

Excessive public display of affection

Excessive public display of affection is inappropriate. If behavior continues, administrative sanctions will be invoked. This is consider General Disruptive Behavior.

 

Hallways

Access to hallways is necessary for student safety and mobility. Students should clear those areas during passing periods, before and after school and at lunchtime.

Flag Ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance

Every morning during the announcements, everyone will be encouraged to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance unless Cultural or Religious preferences forbid this practice. If this happens to be the case, administration must be notified.

Discipline Expectations

Kennedy Middle School students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible citizens whether in school or in the community. The APS student Behavior Handbook states that provisions for student behavior are in force as follows:

  • During school hours;
  • During transportation of students;
  • At times and places where appropriate school administrators and staff have jurisdiction including, but necessarily limited to, school sponsored events, field trips, athletic functions, and other school related activities; and
  • APS door to door policy. On the way to, or going home from, school or school related events.

Serious misconduct warrants immediate suspension from school pending a parent conference. Repeated violations may also involve notification of juvenile authorities and/ or removal from school.

See the matrix for a list of unacceptable behaviors and minimum consequences. Where a specific situation is not specified, it will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

 

Classroom Discipline Policies

All teachers have classroom rules and consequences within their own classroom. There are certain offenses, which require immediate school wide policy consequences, but other offenses will be part of the classroom policy and if students should exhaust all rules and consequences within the classroom policy, a referral will be written and forwarded to the office for further discipline consequences as per Discipline Matrix.

 

Kennedy Middle School Discipline Matrix and Guidelines


2017-18 School Year

OOS- Out of School Suspension

ASD- After School Detention

Kennedy Middle School Discipline Matrix and Guidelines

Infraction

Consequence 1st offense

Consequences

2nd and subsequent offenses

 

 

 

Assault/Bullying/Harassment/intimidation/Sexual Harassment (unwanted and unwelcomed behavior towards another person) Examples including, but are not limited to unwanted touching, sexual comments, name calling, spreading rumors, pressure for sexual activity, obscene gestures, dirty pictures, jokes, cartoons, leering or staring at someone in a sexual way, grabbing or pulling at someoneʼs clothing. sexual assault, threatening or harassing text messaging/e-mail/filming.

Administrator conference with student/possible after school detention/mediation /suspension/arrest/long term suspension

Suspension, conference, possible referral to hearing, possible arrest

BUS DISRUPTION

Consequences ranging from lunch detention, after school detention to loss of bus privileges for semester /year (determined by severity of behavior). For complete bus rules, refer to APS School Bus rules.

COMPUTER CONTRACT VIOLATION

Referral, loss of computer use, and/or lunch detention/ASD/OSS

CONTRABAND

Item confiscated. Parent retrieves

Confiscate. Parent retrieve from

from administration office between

Administration one week from

3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. that

confiscation.

day or at a later date/time

(3rd offense is remainder of semester)

       

 

Kennedy Middle School Discipline Matrix and Guidelines

Infraction

Consequence 1st offense

Consequences

2nd and subsequent offenses

 

 

 

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: Use and/or possession (including paraphernalia and look-alikes)

Reasonable suspicion will result in a search

***Members of Extra-Curricular activities/athletics will be subject to suspension from participation for 20 SCHOOL DAYS (they may practice, but will not participate in performances or games.

Legal citation/arrest, 2-5 days OSS- 2-5 days of ASD, Parent Conference.

Approved and documentation of counseling will reduce length of after school detention to 2 days if Counseling program is completed. (if counseling is agreed, then student serves 2 days, and brings documentation of 3 counseling sessions, student has 30 days to bring this in, if they do not, student will then have to serve the remaining days of OSS

Legal citation/Long Term Suspension to a District Hearing.

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE Distribution

Legal citation/arrest/and expulsion hearing

DRESS CODE VIOLATION Headgear / Sunglasses (may not be altered nor worn in any school building.) Hats must be worn bill forward. Do rags, bandanas, scarves, sweatband are not allowed

Inappropriate Dress. Highly distractive Clothing and/or jewelry (e.g. bare midriffs, short shorts and skirts, muscle shirts, memory shirts, sagging, gang related attire, excessive spiked jewelry, and chains)

Clothing must be changed, and confiscated. Parent retrieves from grade level secretary at the end of day and/or student will be held in office until parent can be notified to bring a change of clothes

Clothing must be changed, and confiscated. Parent retrieves from grade level secretary at end of semester. Student will be held in the office until a parent can be notified, bring a change of clothes and admin conferences.

 

Kennedy Middle School Discipline Matrix and Guidelines

Infraction

Consequence 1st offense

Consequences

2nd and subsequent offenses

 

 

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES Cell phones, radios, CD tape players, IPODS, electronic devices are permitted, but cannot be used or visible during the instructional day, without the express and direct permission and supervision of KMS staff member. The instructional day is defined as 7:50 AM (1st bell) to 3:05 PM on any day school is in session. For purpose of this category, all electronic devices are considered the same. If the 2nd confiscation of ANY electronic device is regarded as the 2nd offense and will be returned one week from confiscation. Electronic devices will not be returned until the end of the semester when used in the context of serious behavior violations.

Item confiscated. Parent retrieves from administration office between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. that same day. Or by Admin. Appointment date/time.

Confiscate. Parent retrieve from Administration one week from confiscation.

 

(3rd offense is remainder of semester)

FIGHTING

2-5 OSS, 2-5 days of ASD-Community Service, parent conference, possible arrest

Suspension pending /long term suspension. Possible arrest

GROUP OR GANG RELATED ACTIVITIES

Refer to APS Student Handbook

2 days of OSS and up to 3 days of After School Detention- Community Service, parent conference, possible police report and/or district hearing.

Arrest/OSS/long-term suspension

FORGERY / CHEATING / PLAGIARISM

Loss of assignments points, possible lunch detention (3 days)

Loss of assignment points, OSS to parent conference, possible  *Cell phone use: confiscation for Remainder of Semester.

 

Kennedy Middle School Discipline Matrix and Guidelines

Infraction

Consequence 1st offense

Consequences

2nd and subsequent offenses

 

 

 

GENERAL DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT (e.g. gambling,

inappropriate display of affection, littering, spitting, etc.)

Lunch detention, ASD, to long-term suspension

Parent conference/OSS/ASD/Long Term Suspension

LOCKER MISUSE e.g. switching lockers, sharing lockers, defacing lockers, failure to clear out lockers before end of school deadline

Cut off lock/confiscate material, restitution for any damages, and possible lunch detention or in- school suspension

3 days After School Detention-Community Service, revocation of locker privileges, parent conference,

PROFANITY OR VERBAL ABUSE

Lunch detention (3-5 days)

4 days of After School Detention

PROFANITY OR VERBAL ABUSE Directed towards a Staff Member

1-5 days of OSS and 2-5 days of ASD- Community Service, parent conference, possible loss of all extracurricular activities for remainder of semester

ASD,OSS pending/long-term suspension for assault on staff member

PROMOTING An illegal or unsafe activity (e.g. a fight, drug use, smoking, theft, etc.) by gathering in the vicinity, filming, hindering the efforts of officials to intervene is prohibited.

Consequence can equal promoted behavior

All OSS equals the amount of after school detention

 

Kennedy Middle School Discipline Matrix and Guidelines

Infraction

Consequence 1st offense

Consequences

2nd and subsequent offenses

 

 

 

DEFIANCE OF SCHOOL PERSONNEL/AUTHORITIES

Refusing to comply with any reasonable demand or request by any school or sponsor at places and times where school personnel have jurisdiction. (Automatic for all second offenses.)

Parent Contact; consequences ranging from lunch detention, ASD, OSS, to long-term suspension

TRUANCY

 

FAILURE TO SHOW FOR LUNCH DETENTION WILL RESULT IN A REFERRAL UNDER THIS SECTION

Citation/one day of ASD-Community Service, results in search of person/personal property.

2 days of ASD- Community Service, citation, parent conference, days in After School Detention- Community Service will increase as truancies increase. Attendance contract with additional consequences. A referral to the Truancy Program.

TARDIES-1st thru 3rd offense-class consequence and parent contact

4th tardy-class consequence, 3 days lunch detention parent contact

5th and subsequent lunch detention (5days), lunch detention will increase as tardies increase. ASD is an option

THEFT (including shoplifting)

Lunch detention/long term suspension/possible arrest/remuneration

TOBACCO / POSSESSION AND / OR USE (Smoking or

Smoke-less) on APS property

Confiscation. Held in office until reflection and Smoking research is completed

Confiscation. Held in office until reflection and further research on the hazards of smoking. Subsequent offenses will result in After-School Detention-Community Service

VANDALISM I-Less than $200, Vandalism II-$200-$999

Vandalism III- $1,000 or more DAMAGE

 

Up to five days OSS and/or ASD-Community Service, restitution, and possible legal referral / loss of privileges, including school activities, long term hearing. If a student is charged on Vandalism III, they are sent to a District Hearing for expulsion.

 

GRAFFITI/ PRANKS

 

Kennedy Middle School Discipline Matrix and Guidelines

Infraction

Consequence 1st offense

Consequences

2nd and subsequent offenses

 

 

 

WEAPONS/EXPLOSIVES (FIRECRACKERS)

(possession or use of weapons) This may include blunt objects, pocketknives, look-alikes, etc

 

Arrest, OSS until expulsion hearing

 

NOTE; PLEASE READ:

All suspensions include suspension from all extra curricular activities while the suspension is in place. In addition, a student may be suspended or prohibited from attending activities due to behavior or referral issues.

 

When students become habitual offenders and attain more than 10 separate incidents during a semester or 12 throughout the year, they may be placed on a Kennedy Middle School Behavior contract. If they should fail to meet the stipulations of the contract, they may be sent to a District Hearing for long-term suspension for multiple incidents.

 

After-School Detention (ASD)-Community Service: This consists of the needs of the student. If they need extra help academically they will attend after school homework and tutoring program. If they have no homework they will help clean up the school campus.

 

For every day a student is out of school suspended they will have an equal amount of after school detention for one hour from 3:05 to 4:05. Monday thru Thursday.  Here they will make up their missed work to be turned in and graded so they do not get behind.

 

This is a progressive Discipline policy. There is different consequences for 1st time offenders than repeat offenders. Please keep this in mind.

This behavior matrix serves as transparency to parents, community members, and students. Administration will always follow the consequences laid out in this Matrix.

 

Special Education Students will be treated through their IEP’s, which entail BIP’s/FAB’s.

 

The school will offer interventions such as: School Counseling, Referral to GUTS (Growing up to Succeed), which is a private counseling service based on our campus. Students will have mediations, behavior contracts, behavior modification sheets, as well as student/parent/teacher conferences, and student/parent/administrator conferences with consistent phone calls for each incident. Also PARENTS, your child will get a copy of their referral and in the beginning, if it is a minor offense, the referral will state, “the student is to give to parents”. This is to give the student responsibility. If they fail to do this, contact will always be made via phone to let you know they have this copy.

 

The school will do everything it can for each student to reach success. It will document all interventions.

 

Dress Code

Kennedy Middle School is a place of learning and business. It is the belief of this school that appropriate dress contributes to a productive learning environment. Students are expected to dress in a manner that reflects an attitude and spirit attuned to learning and which enhances academic, personal and social growth.

 

As part of learning to live within appropriate limits (as one must likewise do in adult life and in virtually all workplaces and professions), students are expected to use good judgment, to respect themselves and others, and to demonstrate modesty in selecting

 

 

attire. Simply, apparel or appearance, which tends to draw attention to an individual rather than to a learning situation must be avoided.

 

Since we believe both students and parents share the responsibility for the students attire and in light of changing clothing styles, it becomes necessary to remind students and parents that attire worn outside of school is not necessarily appropriate for school, In short, Kennedy Middle School is not the place for “Fashion Statements”. In addition, we respectfully ask that parents and guests dress with respect to this philosophy when visiting our school.

 

Consequences at Kennedy Middle School will include being sent home, suspension and/or parent conference. If the staff or administration determines the clothing or accessory to be disruptive, unsafe or unhealthy, students will not be able to appear with that item on campus. KMS will contact parents to see if they can bring new clothes so the student can get back to instruction. If a student also had alternative ideas such as using their PE gear for the remainder of the day, this is acceptable as well. These item(s) will be confiscated and may be returned to a parent after school the following day.

 

Keeping the above philosophy in mind, there are some specifics to be aware of.

  • Students are expected to be neat, clean and appropriately dressed for learning
  • Shoes must be worn at all time. (ie, no slippers) The following items are prohibited:
  • Clothing, hairstyles, jewelry, or accessories that:
  • display insignias which suggest illicit behaviors, gang affiliation, or abuse, Clothing in “uniform colors” or displaying symbolism such as name shirts or memory shirts.

The following items are also prohibited: Clothing, hairstyles, jewelry, or accessories that:

  • Advertise, display or promote any drug (including tobacco and alcohol), gang affiliation, sexual innuendo, violence, weaponry, profanity, hate, or bigotry towards any group. Tattoos fitting this description must totally covered at all times.
  • that disrupt the educational process, including but not limited to, excessive body piercing, muscle shirts, white tank undershirts, shredded/frayed, off-the-shoulder, low cut see-through, or minimal clothing, are prohibited. Shoulder Straps for female attire must be minimum of (2) inches wide.

(Cleavage, must be completely covered)

  • Sagging pants. (pants below waist line) if the shirt is too long to determine if pants sag below the waist, students may be required to tuck in their shirt. Pants must fit at waist, Underwear cannot be visible above pant waistband.
  • Headgear of any kind as hats, bandanas, do rags, scarves, hair nets, sunglasses, and gloves are permission to wear hats inside the gymnasium only during after-school sporting competitions.
  • Accessories including, but are not limited to, belt loop or wallet chains and any other long chains spiked jewelry, and extended belts.
  • Hair of a color or style that creates a distraction or safety hazard.

 

In line with this philosophy students need to remain “covered up” at all times. Attire should be no shorter that the point where the fist ends when the student is standing up straight. No skin should show between the bottom of the shirt/blouse and the top of the

 

 

pants/shirt. Modesty is the key word. Clothing with holes, cut, or worn in a manner to reveal underlying skin usually not appropriate for school. If you have practical difficulties meeting these dress code requirements, please see the counselor for assistance.

 

This Dress Code Policy is in accordance with Manzano High School dress code as it has been Kennedy policy for past 4 years. This policy is in detail for any questions that should arise.

Dance Code:

Disobeying the following rules will result in immediate removal from the dance and may result in the shutting down of the dance for all participants:

  • No contact of any part of your body other then your feet with the floor.
  • No grabbing of any sexual body parts
  • No imitating sex acts of any kind

 

Electronic Device Specific Information

From the APS district policy on cell phones:

Albuquerque Public Schools shall permit student possession of personal electronic devices on all district property and all district sponsored activities while the student is under the supervision of district staff. These devices shall be kept out of sight and silenced or powered off during the instructional day unless otherwise permitted by district or school procedures. Use of personal electronic devices that disrupt the “instructional day” means the period of time between the first scheduled bell and the last scheduled bell of the school day and any other time in which instruction occurs.

Albuquerque Public School shall not be responsible for restricting, monitoring or controlling the electronic communications of students; however, it reserves the right to do so.

For purposes of this policy, “personal electronic device” means any device that a student is in possession of which electronically communicates, sends, receives, stores, reproduces or displays voice and/or text communication or data. These include, but are not limited to cellular phones, pagers, smart phones, music and media players, gaming devices, tablets, laptop computers and personal digital assistants.

 

As instructed in the procedural directive, KMS further defines this policy as follows. The instructional day is defined as 7:50 AM (first Bell) to 3:05 PM. KMS Administration has determined that the lunch period is part of the instructional day and therefore the use of electronic devices during lunch is prohibited. ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING AND SHOULD NOT BE VISIBLE. Teachers may grant

use of electronic devices during the instructional day for instructional purposes only. Students must have a specific task to accomplish and specific time frame for use.

Teachers are required to confiscate with flexibility any student cell phone; (and any other electronic device) they see or hear that violates this policy. Headphones and earbuds that are visible constitute use and therefore will be cause for confiscation.

 

Upon confiscation, the staff member will place the personal electronic device in secure location until the staff member can take the personal electronic device to the administration office. For the first offense, the device will be available after school the day of confiscation . For the 2nd offense the device will be returned a week from the day of confiscation. For the 3rd offense the device will be available on the last day of the current semester. Device confiscated under this policy can only be picked up by a parent or guardian who is on the check out forms between 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM or by appointment with the administration. If a student refuses to surrender an

 

 

electronic device they will receive additional consequences for defiance of school personnel. (See discipline matrix).

 

If you need to contact your child, please call the office and we will relay the message. This eliminates the interruption of instruction and keeps your child from having to violate this policy. Every classroom and office space at Kennedy has a telephone that will be made available to students needing to contact parents.

Emergency Procedures

In case of a disaster, such as might be caused by weather conditions or national emergency and which might cause life-threatening situations for students, parents are asked to cooperate with the following procedures:

  • Be sure that student enrollment cards are complete and updated at all times. As changes occur, please notify the attendance secretary at school. This will assure that the school can get in touch with parents in an emergency.
  • Listen to radio or TV stations for information.

Because school phones are used to notify parents and other emergency personnel, parents are encouraged to avoid calling the school unless directed by radio and TV stations to do so. We will attempt to post information for our websites, however depending on the situation, these updates may be delayed.

Fire Drills

Fires Drills at regular intervals are required by law and are an important safety precaution. It is essential that when the fist signal is given, everyone obeys orders promptly and clears the building by the prescribed route as quickly as possible. The teacher in each classroom will give the students instructions. Students are to stay with their teacher. Teachers will take attendance and report any students who are absent.

Information for School Records

Please use your legal name when transacting school business. For accuracy, efficiency, and data processing, it is necessary to be consistent the use f the name. (e.g.: Timothy H Smith). Whenever there is a change in your information (address, email, or telephone), you should bring proof of the change to your secretary immediately. In case of emergency, it is to your advantage to have your correct contact information on file so that parents may be contacted.

Kennedy Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

Parents are always welcome at the monthly PIC meetings. Please contact Administration for more information about this Parent Organization. These meetings are in the student agenda calendar. 

 

Violence Prevention/Mediation

Kennedy Middle conducts mediations between disgruntled parties to come to a compromise or resolution. A student can come to the administration or Mediator if they are having a disagreement with another party. We call this being PROACTIVE. They are coming to adults to mediate an issue before it furthers into a physical confrontation.

Please speak with your child to inform the administration, counselor, or Mediator Mrs. Parsons to conduct these mediations before they escalate. Parents if you have information that pertains to your child for this process, please contact the Administration immediately with your concerns so further confrontation can be AVOIDED.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent-Teacher conferences may be requested by calling the office at 298-6701. Conferences are scheduled in the morning before school or directly right after school. Conferences are not scheduled on Friday afternoons.

School Hours

Breakfast students may enter at 7:50 AM when the bell rings. They must exit upon completing the meal. Parents may sign students out for appointments through the main office. Students must leave the campus within 10 minutes of dismissal. Students who remain for after-school activities must be under teacher supervision at all times.

School Messenger

School Messenger is web-based notification service provided by APS. Parent Link will deliver a message to you via telephone e-mail

Buses

Students who ride the bus all rules apply. If a student obtains 3 bus referrals from the bus driver they may lose bus privileges for the semester or the year depending on the offense.

Parent Vista Family Liaison

In order to guide the students at Kennedy Middle School through their academic experiences, which facilitate school success, we offer a Family Liaison to assist them. This program is offered to students who are At Risk for School failure. Because achieving school success is important and sometimes difficult, the Family Liaison requires full commitment of students, parents, and the school.

Lockers

Lockers are assigned to students so their school items may be stored during the school day. A strong lock should secure the locker and its combination should be kept private. The combination must be registered in the office. A locker may not be shared between or among students. LOCKERS MAY BE SEARCHED AT ANY TIME. THE SCHOOL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS OR THEFT OF LOCKS OR LOCKER CONTENTS. LOCKERS MUST HAVE LOCKS!

Messages for Students

Students need to make after-school arrangements prior to the beginning of the school day. We also encourage parents to have alternative plans and house key arrangements set up should plans change during the course of the day.

Report Cards

Report cards are issued within two weeks of the end of the grading period given in the APS calendar. Students are responsible for taking the grade report to the parent.

Progress reports are sent home midway through the reporting period. Special progress reports may be requested through the counseling office at any time.

Textbooks

Textbooks are issued through individual classes. STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE AND ANY OTHER BOOKS ISSUED BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL, REGARDLESS OF CIRCUMSTANCES OF VANDALISM AND/OR THEFT. STUDENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGED OR MISSING BOOKS WILL BE FINED.

 

Visitors

Parents are always welcome in the school at any time. Parents may visit classes after registering in the main office. As a courtesy to teachers, please give 24 hours notice if you would like to visit a classroom.

Student Discipline Matrix

Administration will follow this Matrix for each offense for 1st and 2nd consequence. If a student becomes a habitual offender, on the 3rd offense of the same offense b/c of the progressive discipline, it is at the discretion of the administration for the consequence. If students become habitual offenders they may be placed on Individualized school behavior contract. If they fail this individualized school contract they may be sent to a District Hearing for long term suspension.

Withdrawals/Transfers/New Students

Parents must notify the counseling office 24 hours prior to a withdrawal or transfer of a student. Students must return textbooks and other assigned materials to the appropriate teacher, receive an interim grade, clear possible fines with the library and resolve any other outstanding problems with the school. The withdrawal or transfer will not be completed until all of the procedural steps are satisfied. All students must provide proof of residence (Utility bill, rental/house agreement, etc) and withdrawal grades. All students entering must present proof of current shot records at time of registration.

 

Special Education

Kennedy provides Special Education services across the spectrum ranging from Gifted Program to Intensive Support Program. Opportunities for acceleration to remediation are available for eligible students. Academic services range from monitoring student progress with minimal support from special education to maximum instruction of all academics in small classes with specially trained teachers. The guiding principle of least restrictive environment based on the students individual needs will be used in scheduling special needs students. Related services will be provided as they are included in the student’s IEP (Individual Education Plan). Parental involvement is essential in planning for each students special education services and is critical to the success of the students.

Remediation and Promotion Law

KMS is concerned that every KMS student meet or exceed the academic standards set for each grade. For some students, meeting these standards will require extra interventions. All New Mexico Public Schools will implement a remediation and promotion law. (HB 78 Section 22-2-8.6) This law requires that all public schools students are:

  • Assessed for proficiency at grade level content standards
  • Provided a parent conference to discuss specific growth areas if the student does not meet those standards.
  • Evaluated for retention by a student assistance team at the end of the year if the standards are not met.

IF you have further questions, please contact the school.

Student Internet Acceptable use policy

The Albuquerque Public School District provides technology resources to students. The goal of providing these resources is to promote educational excellence. Proper behavior, as it relates to the use of computers, is no different from proper behavior in all other aspects of APS activities. All users are expected to use the computers and computer network in a responsible, ethical, and polite manner. Violation of this policy is grounds for school disciplinary action.