Absence Line: Please call 505-663-2376 if your student will be absent.
Attendance Contact Person: Christy Harbert
Please leave the following information on your message.
- Guardian’s first and last name
- Student’s first and last name
- Date the student will be absent
- Grade of student
- Reason why your student will be absent – Examples: Dr. appointment, parent absence, travel, or bereavement
Hours: M-F 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
2101 Hawk Drive, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Unexcused Absences Flow Chart
The LAPS attendance policy (School Board Policy 5110.pdf) is based on New Mexico State Law, which is included under School Board Policy 5110R.pdf . The policy mandates students to attend class and teachers to keep accurate daily attendance records. The sole intent and purpose of this regulation is to attain the highest degree of attendance for each student at LAMS.
According to the New Mexico school law, children are required to attend school until they have reached their seventeenth birthday unless the child has previously graduated from high school.
All students are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time for classes in order to benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility. There is a direct relationship between attendance and student success. Students who have good attendance generally achieve high grades, enjoy school more, and are more employable after leaving high school. LAMS provides several intervention strategies which support regular attendance. These include phone calls or letters to parents, meetings with the counselors, and/or meetings with an administrator and the teachers to form remediation plans.
Attendance Policy Regarding Tardies
An excused tardy is being late due to a medical appt. In this case, a student must have a slip from the doctor. There are also weather conditions and road conditions that are taken into consideration. These need to be approved by the administration and will be examined on a case by case basis. When weather is a factor, please allow extra time so the student gets to school on time. Students who are late and are riding the bus are considered excused.
More Information on Tardies
- All students are expected to arrive at school by 7:53 A.M. Classes begin promptly at 8:00 A.M. Students who arrive at 8:00 am or later will be considered tardy.
- It will be the responsibility of each student to be in class and ready to work when the tardy bell rings.
- Tardiness is defined as arriving late after the normal starting time or after the tardy bell rings to start the period.
- Students will not be penalized for tardies related to school operation such as late bus runs, another teacher detaining a student, etc.
- Students who arrive late need to let the school administration know that the parent is aware of the student’s lateness via note. (A card from the doctor’s office will suffice in case of an early appointment.)
- Students are responsible for obtaining a note from a teacher who has detained them and caused them to be tardy to their next class.
- Unexcused tardies will be handled by the teams and/or administrators. For persistent tardiness, a parent/team conference will be scheduled to prevent additional tardies. Additional consequences may be assigned.
Truancy is being absent from school without permission. Ditching is leaving school grounds or cutting classes without permission.
These offenses will result in disciplinary action, and parents will be notified. Chronic violators will be referred to the appropriate agency.
The parent/guardian, with proper identification, must sign students out in the office when leaving school. Students must sign in when returning to school.
Students are allowed to be transported from school by older siblings if they are listed on the medical emergency card.