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Handbook/Agenda contents:

  • Academic Requirements
    • Standardized Tests
    • Graduation Credit Requirements
    • Classification Credits
    • Graduation/ Commencement Requirements
    • Honors
  • Activities Athletics
    • Hazing Policy
    • Academic Eligibility for Activities/Athletics
    • Athletic Admission Fees
    • Sports Offered as CHS
    • Athletic Code of Behavior
    • Substance Abuse
  • Activities Office
    • Announcements
    • Assemblies
    • Dances
    • Fees
    • Field Trips
    • Field Trip Bus Scheduling
    • Fundraising
    • Lockers
    • Lost & Found
    • Pictures
    • Student ID's
    • Hall Passes
    • Respect for Diversity
  • Attendance Policy
    • School Attendance Guidelines
    • Attendance Policy
    • Excessive Absences
    • Make-up Work
    • Tardy Policy
  • Discipline Policy
    • Disruption of Educational Process
    • Parent Involvement Program (PIP)
    • Lunch Detention
    • After School Detention
  • Facilities
    • Bookroom
    • Cafeteria
    • Library/Media Center
    • Parking Permits
    • Transportation
    • Visitors
  • Programs
  • Records & Services
    • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
    • Transcripts
    • Release of Student Information
    • Counseling
    • Health Services
    • Immunizations
    • Medication Policy
    • Student Insurance
    • 504's
  • Athletic Teams/Coaches
    • Fall Sports
    • Winter Sports
    • Spring Sports
  • Organizations/Sponsors


Refer to your Handbook/Agenda 2019-2020 (PDF) for school policies and processes.

Freshman and parents of freshman, please review the Freshman 9th Grade Academy Handbook for valuable information about our school.

For additional information refer to the: APS Student Policies and Procedural Directives


Report an Absence:

  • Parents can excuse absence through Synergy via ParentVue.  Can you include language about that for parents?  And then, add if they have questions about excusing absences through ParentVue, to contact Angela Aragon at (505) 897-0110 Ext. 40001

On time, daily attendance is a critical component of this educational process. New Mexico 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.

The Albuquerque Public School District reports habitual truants to the Children’s Court Liaison office and to the State of New Mexico.

Attendance Policy

  • Teachers will take attendance each day and each class period. Parents/guardians can review their child’s attendance record through ParentVue online.

  • Students who miss more than 50% of the class period are considered absent.

  • A parent/guardian must notify the appropriate grade level using the online admit within 48 hours of the student’s absence. Phone calls will NOT be accepted. 

  • The school will attempt to contact the parent/guardian when a student has three (3) unexcused absences in any one class.

  • Following the 12th unexcused absence, a student is subject to being “W/F” (withdraw fail) from the class.

  • CHS consequences for unexcused absences include but are not limited to: Lunch detention, CHS attendance contract, loss of credit and loss of the privilege to participate or attend school activities. (consequences at the discretion of the administrator)

  • Consequences for attendance violation in NM law include: fines, and/or loss of NM Works Program monetary assistance.

Excused Absences

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 (11th and 12th grade students)


  • Non-school sponsored activities or trips

  • Family vacations outside of the normally scheduled school break

Excessive Absences

  • Excessive absences are defined as more than 5 days in a semester or 10 days in a year.

  • Schools will support students with interventions to help stop excessive absences.

  • School related activities (Cougar absences) that take a student out of class will not count toward excessive absence totals.

  • Schools will not allow a student to miss more than 10 school related absences per class per semester.

  • Schools may not suspend students for excessive excused or unexcused absences.

  • Schools may withdraw for absences only if the student has missed 10 days in a row, the parent has not contacted the school, and the school cannot reach the student or family to provide supports.

    • 2 unexcused absences – automated call to families

    • 5 unexcused absences – automated call. School staff must make contact with the family and schedule an appointment to team with the parent on strategies and support.

    • 10 unexcused absences – families will receive a written letter. Parents/guardians will need to meet with school staff to review prior strategies and develop a more intensive support plan.

    • Students that receive more than 10 unexcused absences may be referred to Juvenile Probation.

Make-Up Work

  • On the first day back to a class, students are responsible for requesting make-up assignments. 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.

  • 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 the 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.

  • Teachers will need 24 hours from the time of the request to compile assignments when a student will be out of school three (3) or more consecutive days.

  • Makeup work for students with more than 10 unexcused absences in a year (5 in a semester) may be givev only after a parent attends an Parent/Teacher conference.

Tardy Policy

  • 5 Tardies – Counseling intervention

  • 10 Tardies – Office referral to administration. Office referrals will result in lunch detention, the more tardies, the more days of lunch detention. Missing lunch detention can lead to suspension.

APS Attendance Policy

Cell Phones / Personal Electronic Devices

Cell phones that are not permitted by teacher are subject to confiscation. Classroom cell phone policies will be enforced. APS policy will be followed.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Dress Code

The APS Board of Education expects student dress and grooming to reflect high standards of personal conduct so that each student’s attire promotes a positive, safe and healthy atmosphere within the school. Student attire may not display or promote any drug, including alcohol or tobacco, sexual activity, violence, disrespect and/or bigotry towards any group.

Dress code is in effect starting with registration each school year.

Students and their parents/guardians have the responsibility to be aware of Cibola’s dress code and must conform to those requirements. The responsibility to interpret and enforce the policy rests with the administration.

Unacceptable Clothing & Accessories includes but is not limited to:

  • Excessively tight or revealing clothing including short shorts, short skirts, sheer shirts, low cut shirts, off the shoulder shirts, strapless shirts or dresses, or bra-like shirts. No midriff shirts above the belly button.
  • No sagging or baggy pants or wearing pants below the waist, including “low rise”, that allows underwear or skin to show.
  • Spiked jewelry, chains, belts with no more than 2” excess.
  • Gang, violence, or drug-related attire is not permitted.
  • Sunglasses are not permitted inside the building.
  • Pajamas, house slippers, or trench coats are not allowed.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Hats – teachers reserve the right to not allow hats to be worn in their classroom.

APS Student Dress Policy

Parking Permits

Parking permits will be sold, first to seniors, then juniors, then sophomores if space is available, on a first come, first serve basis.

You may pre-purchase your parking permits online.  You must complete the following steps. Parking permits are $30 from today until 2pm on August 5th, after that the price will increase to $35.

  1. Fill out the Parking Permit Google Form with your information. 
  2. Purchase your permit via SchoolPay by following this link. If you prefer to pay with cash or money order (no personal checks), you may pay when you pick up your parking permit.
  3. Pick up your parking permit and bring proof of registration, insurance, and drivers license.  You may do this on August 5th from 8-10am or 12-2pm, or on August 10th from 7:30-2:00.  If you do not pick up your parking permit on the 8/5/21 or 8/10/21, you may pick it up on any school day before school, at lunch, or after school.  You will not be allowed to pick up or purchase parking permits during class.
  • Senior Reserved Parking Spaces
    • Seniors have received all of the details pertaining to painting senior parking spaces via  If your senior student is not receiving this information, please ask them to subscribe to the class of 2022's remind accounts ASAP.  They can download the remind app to see the messages that they have missed.  
    • To subscribe, text the code that matches the student's last name to 81010.  A-E = @2022A-E3, F-L = @2022F-L3, M-R = @2022M-R3, S-Z = @2022S-Z3