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APS School District Policies:

Visit APS Student Policies and Procedural Directives to learn more about APS policies and procedural directives.


Attendance Line: (505) 836-3030.

If you know your student is going to be out for several days, please request work in advance.

Research shows that students with consistent school attendance have improved academic performance.

The Albuquerque Public School system has implemented a new attendance and truancy program, which is linked to our new computerized attendance program. This program is designed to address excessive absences, whether excused or unexcused.

Parents / Guardians should notify the school daily if their child is absent. Students will be marked excused for the following:

  • Doctor’s Appointments
  • Religious Commitments
  • Death in the Family
  • Illness
  • Family Emergency
  • Diagnostic Testing

All other absences will be considered unexcused. Please be advised the APS policy states the students are allowed no more than 10 unexcused absences per school year. This includes times when children are pulled out of school for vacations. The student and his/her guardian will be referred to the Children’s Court Liaison, if a student’s attendance rate drops below 90% in a grading period. This includes both excused and unexcused absences.

Review the complete APS Attendance Policy

Cell Phones / Personal Electronic Devices

Albuquerque Public Schools shall permit student possession of personal electronic devices on all district property and at 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 or include unauthorized use shall be prohibited.

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

Review the complete Student Rights and Responsibilities

Dress Code

Albuquerque Public Schools and Truman Middle School has a shared general philosophy regarding appropriate
dress and hygiene for school. We share an expectation that students and staff will dress in a professional and appropriate manner for the business of education. We are to dress in a way that does not disrupt, distract, or interrupt the educational process.
The Truman Administration reserves the right to interpret and modify the dress policy at any time. All administrative decisions are final.


  • Clothing/hats/accessories may not promote profanity, offensive language,discriminatory language, alcohol, drugs/drug use (including “Cookies”), violence/weapons, images of nudity, or sexual references. No gang-associated symbols.
  • Articles of clothing and accessories that promote or advertise subject matter inappropriate to a learning environment are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: “I love boobies”, “I love haters”, “Fxxx”, etc. The administration has the right to dispose of any offensive articles of clothing or accessories.


  • Hoodies and beanies may be worn outside. Hoods should be down in hallways. It is at the teacher's discretion if hoodies or beanies can be worn in the classroom during inclement weather.
  • Hats/caps are not allowed. Hats/caps shall not be worn while inside buildings unless there are specific and documented instructional safety, cultural, religious, or medical reasons for the student.
  • Sunglasses may only be worn outside.


  • Skin should not be shown between bottom of shirt and top of pants. Shirts must completely cover the stomach areas at all times. Undergarments should not be visible at any time. No low-cut, crop tops, spaghetti straps, or tank tops allowed.
  • No spiked or dangerous jewelry.


  • All bottoms should not show undergarments at any time.
  • Skirts, dresses, shorts, and pants length should be noshorter than two (2) inches above the knee.
  • All clothing bottoms should not sag at the waist area exposing clothing underneath. Your underwear including, but not limited to, shorts or boxers, should not be visible to anyone at any time.
  • No rips/holes in clothing bottoms can be above the thigh. Rips above the knee must be worn with tights or leggings.
  • Athletic wear is allowed as long as it meets the other dress code requirements. Pajama pants are not allowed.


  • Only closed-toe shoes are allowed. No slides, flip flops, or shower shoes on campus. No roller skates, roller blades, or Heelys allowed. Pajama slippers are not allowed. Tennis/athletic shoes are required for PE and athletic classes.


  • No blankets
  • Cell Phones and earbuds are acceptable before and after school. They should not be visible and should be in your backpack after the morning bell.
  • ID's must be with the student at all times. They are needed for bus transportation, equipment check out, library check out, and all student activities such as dances and basketball games. Students are not allowed to share ID cards.

Dress code violations can result in an office referral, change of clothing, and confiscation and/or disposal of inappropriate items.