Section IV


New Mexico Law dictates that students between the ages of 5 and 18 years of age are mandated to attend public school, private school, or a state institution. Daily attendance is mandatory for students to benefit to the fullest from the instructional program. The district recognizes, however, that there are situations that dictate a student's absence.

Therefore, in accordance with district guidelines, absence from school may be excused for the following reasons:
  • Doctor's appointment
  • Illness
  • Death in the family
  • Religious commitment
  • Diagnostic commitment
  • Extenuating circumstances, as agreed to by the administration prior to the absence
  • Approved school activities
It is the parent(s) or guardian(s) responsibility to submit written notification to the school when the student is absent. Written notification shall be made to the attendance office within 24 hours of the student returning to school.

Students are entitled to make up work for absences. It is the student's responsibility to request make-up assignments prior to or upon his/her return to school. Teachers may need 24 hours from the time of the request to compile assignments. The student will have the opportunity to complete the work in a period of time equal to the number of days absent unless the student and the teacher have mutually agreed upon other arrangements. (See Section V)
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