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The parent/guardian must notify the school each day that the student will be absent, in accordance with the notification procedure established by the school.  Del Norte requests that a parent note must be sent to the office excusing the student.  The note must include:

  • the student’s full, legal name                         
  • student ID number 
  • parent name and phone number
  • parent signature

      Medical or professional appointments should be scheduled outside of the school day whenever possible.  Should such an appointment need to be made during school hours, care should be taken to see that recurring appointments do not occur during the same class period.


      Parents are encouraged to contact the student’s Counselor in the event of any extended or long term absence (3 or more days).  NOTE:   Suspension, In School Suspensions (ISS), and KNIGHT Absences are not counted as absences!


            Excessive absences may result in the student being suspended from extra-curricular activities.

For more information on any rules, guidelines, and/or policies download the Del Norte Student Handbook.

Attendance Guidelines


Regular attendance is a key to school success.  Albuquerque Public Schools students can learn only if they are on time and present in all classes daily.  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 and daily attendance is a critical component of this educational process.  New Mexico law dictates that:

  • Students between the ages of 5 and 18 years of age are mandated to attend public school, private school, home school or a state institution.
  • Schools will provide intervention strategies that focus on keeping students in school.
  • Habitual truants are reported to appropriate authorities such as the APS Attendance Office, CYFD staff, Juvenile Probation & Parole, District Attorney, Truancy Court, and the State of New Mexico.
  • Consequences in New Mexico law include:  license revocation, fines, and loss of New Mexico Works Program monetary assistance.
  • Students receiving financial assistance from the New Mexico Works program must comply with school attendance requirements, or the student’s financial assistance may be removed.

It is understood that sometimes families may need support to help their child be successful.  School staff can assist with locatingpossible resources within the school community.


  • A parent/guardian must notify the school that the student will be absent in accordance with the notification procedure established by the school.
  • A parent/guardian must notify the school each day that a student is signing out before the end of the instructional day in accordance with the notification procedure established by the school.
  • Teachers will take attendance by class period for each instructional day.
  • Absences may be excused for the following reasons with appropriate documentation:
    • Illness (including chronic illness documented on a health plan, IEP or 504 plan)
    • Limited family emergencies; family deaths
    • Medical, health or legal appointments
    • Suspensions
    • Religious commitment
    • College visit
    • Limited extenuating circumstances as approved in advance by the school principal
  • All absences for other reasons are unexcused including:
    • Non-school sponsored activities or trips
    • Family vacations outside of the normally scheduled school breaks
  • In APS, a student is considered “a student in need of early intervention” (truant) at five (5) unexcused absences and a habitual truant at ten (10) unexcused absences in a year.
  • School staff will make an attempt to contact the parent/guardian if the school has not received notification of absences by a parent for three (3) consecutive days.
  • Principals may request additional documentation for excessive excused absences.


  • Students may complete work for all excused and for up to 10 unexcused absences.
  • Once a student is identified as ahabitualtruant (10 unexcused full day absences) make-up work may be provided for the student unless the principal and teacher determine otherwise based on the data provided.
  • On the first day back to a class, students are responsible for requesting make-up assignments.  Failure to complete make-up work in the time allowed may place students at risk of not earning class credits.
  • Students 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.
  • Teachers may need 24 hours from the time of the request to compile assignments.
  • It is expected that students will take semester finals on the days that they are scheduled.  Students will be permitted to make up finals if they are missed due to an excused absence as listed in this handbook. Requesting permission to take a final exam early is discouraged.  Approval of such a request will rest with the teacher in consultation with the principal.


  • Schools will identify and provide intervention strategies for students with unexcused absences.
  • School-related activities taking students out of school are not included when evaluating excessive absences.  A student is not allowed more than ten (10) school-related absences per class per semester.
  • State law requires schools to withdraw a student after ten (10) consecutive days of absence, but only after the school has exhausted its efforts to keep the student in an educational setting through a variety of interventions.
  • Schools may not use out of school suspension or expulsion as punishment for truancy.


Del Norte High School expects all students to be on time for all classes.  Promptness is an important life-skill that will generalize to post-secondary and employment endeavors.  It is our expectation that students plan accordingly, arrive promptly and prepared.  The 1st bell rings at 7:23 a.m.  The final bell rings at 7:30 a.m.  Any student found on campus after the first 5 minutes (7:35a.m.) is swept into ISS to be held there for the rest of the period.

            1st offense:       “sweep” to ISS

            2nd offense:       “sweep” to ISS, lunch detention

              (failure to report to lunch detention:  ISS for one day)

            3rd offense:       lunch detention

            4th offense:       ISS