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Attendance

Attendance Line: (505) 344-4389 ext. 54896

Albuquerque Public Schools believes that opportunities for Academic Success are enhanced when students are ON TIME and IN ALL CLASSES DAILY. Excessive absenteeism, regardless of the reason, will negatively impact student academic achievement. For this reason APS has adopted a new policy regarding student attendance. The focus of the new policy is on unexcused absences. However, excessive absences of any kind are of concern.

  • No more than five unexcused absences per semester
  • No more than 10 unexcused absences per school year

5th Full Day Unexcused Absences:

Mail parent letter indicating student is truant as per state Public Education Department

  • Student and parent must attend Truancy Prevention program at school
  • Review intervention strategies and revise as needed
  • Record absences and interventions on discipline record

10th Full Day Unexcused Absences:

Mail parent 10th full day unexcused absence letter indicating student is a Habitual Truant as per state Public Education Department

  • Student will be referred to the APS Court Liaison
  • Absences and referrals are entered into student discipline records

Excused Absences are as follows:

  • Doctor appointments
  • Religious commitment
  • Death in the family
  • Illness
  • Family emergency
  • Diagnostic testing
  • School or college visit

Please remember to call the school anytime your child is absent and indicate the reason for absence. Family vacations are considered unexcused absences, and it is expected that parents will schedule vacations during school breaks.

Review the complete APS Attendance Policy

Cell Phones / Personal Electronic Devices

Cell Phone Policy: The cell phone policy is in place at Taft Middle School to address concerns that are present when cell phones are allowed on campus. Concerns include: Disruption to the educational environment and learning process, Theft of cell phones, Misuse of phones - text messaging, calls, photos/videos, etc., Right to Privacy of students, staff, and visitors. Taft Middle School staff will not investigate incidents of theft or damage of these items.

Rules Governing the Use of Cell Phones on Campus: Cell phones must be turned off (not just on vibrate) between 8:00 AM and 3:05 PM. Cell phones must be kept out of sight during the school day, including lunchtime. Possession of another student phone may constitute theft and will be disciplined accordingly. Violation of these expectations will result in disciplinary action. In all cases, students using a cell phone during the school day will have their phone delivered to the office and will be kept until a parent/guardian picks it up.

E-Readers: E-Readers such as the Kindle, Nook, and iPad may be used by students in the classroom at the discretion of the teacher. EReaders may not be used in the hallways, cafeteria, during lunch, or any other time during school. Simply put, E-Readers can only be used in the classroom with the permission of the classroom teacher. Students bring E-Readers to school at their own risk. Taft Middle School is not responsible for lost or stolen E-Readers.

iPods and Other Electronic Devices: iPods and other electronic devices/MP3 players, computer games, etc. are not allowed on campus. These items create a disruption to the educational process. If brought to school, they will be confiscated and kept in the office until a parent or guardian picks them up. Bringing these items to school is a blatant violation of the discipline policy. Taft Middle School staff will not investigate incidents of theft or damage of these items.

Review the complete APS Student Acceptable Use of Personal Electronic Devices

Dress Code

The dress code policy at Taft Middle School complies with the APS Board of Education and District Dress Code Policy. The policy is designed to promote a positive, safe, and healthy learning environment. Student I.D.’s are required to be worn at all times while on campus. Student I.D.’s are also required to be visible at all times.

As a general rule, clothing that is excessively tight or revealing, over-sized, torn, shredded, gang-related, or that contains inappropriate messages or symbols, is unacceptable. No clothing that will distract from the educational process is allowed.

Please check with a school administrator if you are in doubt about an item that is not listed. Students who are out of compliance will be allowed to call home for a change of clothes before a violation is issued.

The Dress Code is in effect at all times while on campus and applies to all school related activities such as basketball games, field trips, etc. Students and their parents/guardians are responsible for reviewing, following, and being aware of the dress code.

Special Note: The administrators have the discretion to determine what is appropriate and inappropriate attire. Also, they have the right to bar or remove from school those students whose personal appearance is disruptive to the educational process and the orderly operation of the school.

The APS District Behavior Handbook stipulates that interpretation of the school dress code is left to the administration.

I. Pants/Shorts (Boys and Girls)

  1. Solid colors only. NO decorations on pant legs. Loose Fit. Woven fabrics only, no knits.
  2. Short length MUST follow the Modesty Zone – top of knee.
  3. NOT ALLOWED:
    1. oversized (wide legs, excessive length – touching floor)
    2. dropped crotch, saggy, baggy pants, torn or shredded pants
    3. low rise
    4. pajama bottoms of any kind
    5. No Athletic Wear; sweat pants/shorts, bike/athletic shorts, “swishy”/nylon pants or shorts, jersey material
    6. spandex, tight fitting/immodest
    7. leggings as pants
    8. underwear showing
    9. “Skinny” jeans MUST BE loose fitting. Tight fitting skinny jeans ARE NOT allowed.

II. Skirts/Skorts (Girls)

  1. Solid colors only.
  2. Knee length.
  3. Knee length skirts may be worn with tights and leggings underneath.
  4. NOT ALLOWED:
    1. short skirts

III. Shirts (Boys and Girls)

  1. ONLY Taft t-shirts or Taft long-sleeved shirts with school logo.
  2. Collared polo, button down, or Oxford shirts with sleeves ONLY.
  3. ALL shirts must have buttons which START AT THE COLLARBONE. NO MORE THAN TWO BUTTONS FROM THE TOP MAY BE UNDONE.
  4. Decorative garments are not allowed over required dress code shirts (Taft t-shirts, sweatshirts or polo shirts). Jackets, hoodies, etc. are allowed over shirts for warmth.
  5. Turtlenecks and/or cowlnecks are not allowed. Exception is when they are worn under a collared shirt.
  6. The outer shirt MUST cover any undergarments, i.e., undershirts, camisoles, etc. NO under layers may extend beyond the outer garment or above the buttons or below the hemline of the shirt.
  7. NOT ALLOWED:
    1. tight or oversized shirts
    2. tank tops, spaghetti straps, or muscle shirts
    3. see through or sheer fabric
    4. low-cut shirt necks of any kind, or camisoles worn alone
    5. any style showing midriff/skin
    6. smoking, alcohol, or drug symbolism or advertising
    7. writing/graphics that are suggestive, sexual, violent, disrespectful
    8. rubber bands or ties on the back of the shirt or sleeves are NOT Allowed
  8. NO GARMENT can be worn OVER your dress code shirt.
  9. Student I.D.’s are required to be worn at all times while on campus. Student I.D.’s are also required to be visible at all times.

IV. Accessories/Miscellaneous

  1. Shoes:
    1. Shoes must be worn at all times.
    2. Bedroom slippers (a soft sole) are never allowed.
    3. For safety reasons, flip-flops, backless shoes, platforms, high heels, and sandals are not allowed.
  2. Belts:
    1. No more than 2” excess is allowed. No hanging belts.
    2. No large buckles or inappropriate messages on belt or buckle are allowed.
    3. No “multiple belts”.
  3. Jackets/Coats:
    1. Jackets are discouraged while in class.
    2. If a jacket must be worn the clothing under the jacket /coat must be in compliance with the Taft Dress Code Policy.
    3. Hoods of jackets, sweatshirts, etc. are not to be worn inside the building.
  4. Jewelry:
    1. Any jewelry that is disruptive to the educational process is not allowed.
    2. Earrings can not be larger than 1 1/2 inches in diameter or length.
    3. No dog collar necklaces, spiked jewelry, chains, wallets on chains, or any accessories that can be construed as weapons.
    4. Facial and tongue jewelry are not allowed.
  5. Body Piercing:
    1. Pierced ears only.
    2. Facial (eye brow, nose, cheek, etc,) and tongue piercing are not allowed.
  6. Hair Styles:
    1. Students’ hairstyles must not be distracting or disruptive to the educational process.
    2. This includes distracting hair color. Unnatural hair color such as hot red, purple, pink, orange, blue, green, etc, are not allowed.
  7. Make-Up:
    1. Intense color or extreme design in make-up must not be distracting or disruptive to the educational process.
  8. Other Accessories:
    1. No hats.
    2. No sunglasses, hairnets, or bandanas.
    3. Absolutely no writing on backpacks, skin, or clothing.
    4. No tattoos, stickers, inappropriate buttons or appliqués are allowed on clothing or skin.
    5. Hoods and gloves are allowed as appropriate for cold weather outside only.

V. Gang Related Dress

  1. No gang related clothing or jewelry. This includes gang affiliated colors and/or sportswear.
  2. No chains or spiked jewelry.
  3. No sunglasses, hairnets, hats, caps or bandanas.
  4. No long belts. Belts including the end of the belt must be in belt loops. No “wallet-to- pocket chains”.
  5. No “multiple belts”.
  6. No clothing or accessories which promote negative behavior (profanity, violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, bigotry, disrespect) or that is highly distractive, disruptive or immodest.
  7. Clothing is to fit properly, no oversized shirts or pants.
  8. Underwear is not to be visible.
  9. No wide leg, baggy, dropped crotch, saggy, or “Skaters” pants.
  10. No gang logos, graffiti and/or symbols on clothes, body or personal possessions that represent gang activity or lifestyle.