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Attendance Policy

The New Mexico Compulsory Attendance 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.  Definitions related to the new law:

  • “Habitual truant” refers to a student who has accumulated the equivalent of ten or more unexcused absences within a school year.
  •  “Unexcused absence” is an absence from school or a class for which the student does not have an appropriate excuse provided by parent/guardian.  Family vacations are considered unexcused absences, and it is expected that parents will schedule vacations during periods of time when school is not in session.
  • “Excused absence” includes the following: doctor’s appointment, death in the family, religious commitment, illness, family emergency, diagnostic testing,  and/or school sponsored events.  Doctor’s notes will be required after 3 continuous days of absence and/or for doctor’s appointments.  The parent/guardian must notify the school each day that the student will be absent.  In the event that the school has not received notification of absence by aparent/guardian it will be considered an unexcused absence.
  • Excessive excused absences may result in further inquiry from the principal and request for additional documentation.
  • 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.