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Count Me In for Learning!

School attendance plays a critical role in ensuring that your child receives a quality education during the school year. Children who do not kids_s.jpgregularly attend school do not always achieve their full potential. Missed instructional time and the challenges the students face as they attempt to catch up on missed work, can impact the student’s performance.

Sierra Vista Attendance Policy

To report an absence or late arrival call the attendance line  898-0272 ext 2.



Excused Absences


Please call the attendance line by 8:00 a.m. EACH day that your child is absent. If we do not hear from you, the absence is unexcused. You can leave a message any time on the 24 hour automated attendance line.
Record the following information:

  • Student's full legal name
  • Grade
  • Teacher's Name
  • Reason for absence (if a reason is not given it will be marked unexcused)
  • Your name
  • Contact phone number


  • The district’s automated Parent Link notification system will begin contacting parents at 8:10 a.m. with a safety call alerting you that an absence or tardy has been recorded for your child. At 6:30 p.m. you will receive a call for absences that have not been accounted for by a call to the school or the child arriving to school as tardy. 
  • Absences can be updated from unexcused to excused up to 3 days after the absence with a parent call or written note stating the reason for the absence. After 3 days, the parent must meet with the principal to have the absence excused.
  • Please note that family vacations are considered unexcused absences. It is expected that parents will schedule vacations during periods of time when school is not in session.
  • Parents are also encouraged to schedule doctors, dentists and other appointments so that they do not interfere with school attendance. Most professional medical offices will accommodate your student’s school hours and work around them.




The warning bell rings at 7:45 a.m. and classes begin at 7:50 a.m.
Children are expected to be on time.
A student not in his classroom by 7:50 a.m. or arriving at school after 7:50 a.m. is considered tardy and must sign in at the office and receive a pass to class.


  • Students who are tardy for class receive consequences according to district guidelines adopted by each school.
  • Excessive tardies will be referred to the administration for further inquiry and/or parent contact for a meeting with administration staff.
  • You must check your child in/out of school through the front office. Tardies are recorded into the attendance records. Please enter the reason for the tardy or early release or it will be considered as an unexcused tardy.
  • If your student is coming in late to school or being released early because of a medical, dental or other appointment, you must provide documentation of the appointment. You will have three (3) days to provide the documentation or the tardy will be considered unexcused.  The doctor’s office can fax it to our school at 898-1796.
  • A child brought into school late should be accompanied by an adult and signed in before going to class. Students will not be allowed into class without a tardy slip from the office.
  • Students missing more than 50 % of the instructional school day will be marked as a FULL DAY ABSENCE.



Early Release


  • If your student needs to leave school before dismissal time due to an appointment or emergency you must come in to the office and sign them out.
  • Teachers may not release children directly from the classroom, cafeteria, playground or fieldtrips.
  • Children will only be released to parents/adults already approved on the student enrollment card. You must have a picture ID with you or the child will not be released to you. Children will be called for after the ID has been verified.
  • Students will not be called from class during the last 30 minutes of the school day. 

Sierra Vista School

Attendance Line 898-0272   (option 2)

This is an automated 24 hour message line - call day or night


APS District Attendance Office – 855-9812 

New Mexico Compulsory Attendance Law

The federal “No Child Left Behind Act” requires all schools in New Mexico to meet an attendance target set by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) in order to make Yearly Adequate Progress (AYP).


New Mexico law dictates that:

  • Students between the ages of five (5) and eighteen (18) years of age are mandated to attend public school, home school or a state institution.

  • The Albuquerque Public School District reports habitual truants to the appropriate agencies such as the APS District Attendance Office, CYFD staff, District Attorney’s office, Juvenile Probation & Parole, the Children’s Court Liaison and to the State of New Mexico.

  • Consequences in New Mexico law include: license revocation, fines, and the loss of New Mexico Works Program monetary assistance.

APS Attendance Policy

Schools are required to intervene to improve attendance if a student’s attendance rate drops below 95% in any grading period. Students and their parents/guardians are referred to the Children’s Court Liaison Office by the district if the attendance rate drops below 90% in any grading period. Families who are referred to the Children’s Court Liaison are required to attend a Truancy Prevention Program and are subject to court-ordered remedy if a problem persists.


  • APS students are allowed no more than (5) five unexcused absences per semester, and no more than (10) unexcused absences per school year. In compliance with New Mexico state law, APS reports students with excessive unexcused absences to the APS district attendance office, Bernalillo County Children’s Court and District Attorney’s Office. Elementary students whose tardies are considered excessive also may be referred to the Children’s Court Liaison.

  • The parent/guardian must notify the school each day that a student will be absent, in accordance with the notification procedure established by the school.

  • Absences may be excused for the following reasons, with appropriate documentation:

    • Doctor’s appointment

    • Illness

    • Death in the family

    • Family emergency

    • Religious commitment

    • Diagnostic testing

    • School or college visit


  • In the event that the school has not received notification of an absence by a parent for 3 consecutive days, the school must make an attempt to contact the parent/guardian.

  • Excessive excused absences may result in further inquiry from the principal and request for additional documentation.

  • 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.

  • Non-school sponsored activities or trips are considered unexcused.

  • 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 notification procedure established by the school.