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  • Attendance Policy (Kennedy Middle School)
  • Excessive Absences
  • Skipping School or Class
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  • Excessive public display of affection
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  • Flag Ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance
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  • Classroom Discipline Policies
  • Dress Code
  • Dance Code
  • Electronic Device Specific Information
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  • Violence Prevention
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  • Withdrawals/Transfers/New Students
  • Special Education
  • Remediation and Promotion Law
  • Student Internet Acceptable use policy

School Policy / Handbook

This school policy has been created for your reference to help you and your student be successful at Kennedy Middle School.

2013 - 14 Kennedy Middle School Policy and Discipline

Attendance

Attendance Line: (505) 298-6701 ext. 2

APS ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

Albuquerque Public Schools is committed to student success. Reducing truancy in school will improve a childʼs academic and personal success. You will continue to receive messages regarding your childʼs attendance through School Messenger for daily attendance issues, two day truancy, five day truancy and ten day truancy. When a child reaches ten unexcused absences he/she is consider an habitual truant:

NMSA 22.12.9 (A) state that (1) “habitual truant: Means a student who has accumulated the equivalent of ten or more unexcused absences within a school year: and (2) “Student in need of early intervention” means a student who has accumulated five unexcused absence within a school year.

As a parent your assistance with attendance compliance is critical. Remember that Compulsory School Attendance Law (NMSA section 22-12-1) and City Ordinance (11-10-1 et. Seq.) require that a student must attend school every day with no unexcused absences.

Unexcused absences include the following:

  • Non-school sponsored activities or trips; and,
  • Family vacations outside of the normally scheduled school breaks.

The Following are reasons for an excused absence with the appropriate documentation:

  • Illness
  • Limited family emergencies
  • Medical, health or legal appointments
  • Suspensions
  • Religious commitment
  • Deployment of a military parent

Administration may request additional documentation for excessive excused absences. Also, state law requires schools to withdraw a student after ten consecutive days of absence, but only after the school has exhausted its efforts to keep a student in school using a variety of interventions. We need your help to keep your child in school. We want your child to have academic success.

If your child begins to show a pattern of absences, then you may be contacted by the school and/or a District Attendance Office liaison. They are your resources to help.

Welcome the help. When a child is absent he/she loses instructional time, which impairs his/her opportunities to learn, grow, and achieve.

Review the complete APS Attendance Policy

KENNEDY ATTENDANCE POLICY

Teachers will take attendance by the class period for each instructional day. Students who miss more than 1/2 of a class period are considered absent for the entire period.

A parent/guardian must notify the school in writing that the student will be/is absent. The required for can be uploaded from here or you can get a form from the office. The form must accompany your student when he/she returns to school. This documentation can be e-mailed to the attendance secretary on the day the student returns to school. At the latest, a written note can be delivered to the secretary on the day the student returns to school, Phone calls are not accepted, but appreciated in the sense of letting that student’s teacher know the student may be out due to illness. The school needs written documentation. If the documentation is not received within 3 days of the absence the absence cannot and will not be excused.

Absences may be excused for the reasons listed above.

If a student is absent the day of a game or performance they will not be able to participate in that game or performance or attend that school activity.

Dress Code

Kennedy Middle School is a place of learning and business. It is the belief of this school that appropriate dress contributes to a productive learning environment. Students are expected to dress in a manner that reflects an attitude and spirit attuned to learning and which enhances academic, personal and social growth.

As part of learning to live within appropriate limits (as one must likewise do in adult life and in virtually all workplaces and professions), students are expected to use good judgment, to respect themselves and others, and to demonstrate modesty in selecting

attire. Simply, apparel or appearance, which tends to draw attention to an individual rather than to a learning situation must be avoided.

Since we believe both students and parents share the responsibility for the students attire and in light of changing clothing styles, it becomes necessary to remind students and parents that attire worn outside of school is not necessarily appropriate for school, In short, Kennedy Middle School is not the place for “Fashion Statements”. In addition, we respectfully ask that parents and guests dress with respect to this philosophy when visiting our school.

Consequences at Kennedy Middle School will include being sent home, suspension and/or parent conference. If the staff or administration determines the clothing or accessory to be disruptive, unsafe or unhealthy, students will not be able to appear with that item on campus. KMS will contact parents to see if they can bring new clothes so the student can get back to instruction. If a student also had alternative ideas such as using their PE gear for the remainder of the day, this is acceptable as well. These item(s) will be confiscated and may be returned to a parent after school the following day.

Keeping the above philosophy in mind, there are some specifics to be aware of.

  • Students are expected to be neat, clean and appropriately dressed for learning
  • Shoes must be worn at all time. (ie, no slippers) The following items are prohibited:
  • Clothing, hairstyles, jewelry, or accessories that:
  • display insignias which suggest illicit behaviors, gang affiliation, or abuse, Clothing in “uniform colors” or displaying symbolism such as name shirts or memory shirts.

The following items are also prohibited: Clothing, hairstyles, jewelry, or accessories that:

  • Advertise, display or promote any drug (including tobacco and alcohol), gang affiliation, sexual innuendo, violence, weaponry, profanity, hate, or bigotry towards any group. Tattoos fitting this description must totally covered at all times.
  • that disrupt the educational process, including but not limited to, excessive body piercing, muscle shirts, white tank undershirts, shredded/frayed, off-the-shoulder, low cut see-through, or minimal clothing, are prohibited. Shoulder Straps for female attire must be minimum of (2) inches wide.

(Cleavage, must be completely covered)

  • Sagging pants. (pants below waist line) if the shirt is too long to determine if pants sag below the waist, students may be required to tuck in their shirt. Pants must fit at waist, Underwear cannot be visible above pant waistband.
  • Headgear of any kind as hats, bandanas, do rags, scarves, hair nets, sunglasses, and gloves are permission to wear hats inside the gymnasium only during after-school sporting competitions.
  • Accessories including, but are not limited to, belt loop or wallet chains and any other long chains spiked jewelry, and extended belts.
  • Hair of a color or style that creates a distraction or safety hazard.

In line with this philosophy students need to remain “covered up” at all times. Attire should be no shorter that the point where the fist ends when the student is standing up straight. No skin should show between the bottom of the shirt/blouse and the top of the

pants/shirt. Modesty is the key word. Clothing with holes, cut, or worn in a manner to reveal underlying skin usually not appropriate for school. If you have practical difficulties meeting these dress code requirements, please see the counselor for assistance.

This Dress Code Policy is in accordance with Manzano High School dress code as it has been Kennedy policy for past 4 years. This policy is in detail for any questions that should arise.

Review the complete APS Student Dress Policy

Cell Phones / Personal Electronic Devices

From the APS district policy on cell phones:

Albuquerque Public Schools shall permit student possession of personal electronic devices on all district property and 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” means the period of time between the first scheduled bell and the last scheduled bell of the school day and any other time in which instruction occurs.

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

For purposes of this policy, “personal electronic device” means any device that a student is in possession of which electronically communicates, sends, receives, stores, reproduces or displays voice and/or text communication or data. These include, but are not limited to cellular phones, pagers, smart phones, music and media players, gaming devices, tablets, laptop computers and personal digital assistants.

As instructed in the procedural directive, KMS further defines this policy as follows. The instructional day is defined as 7:50 AM (first Bell) to 3:05 PM. KMS Administration has determined that the lunch period is part of the instructional day and therefore the use of electronic devices during lunch is prohibited. ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING AND SHOULD NOT BE VISIBLE. Teachers may grant

use of electronic devices during the instructional day for instructional purposes only. Students must have a specific task to accomplish and specific time frame for use.

Teachers are required to confiscate with flexibility any student cell phone; (and any other electronic device) they see or hear that violates this policy. Headphones and earbuds that are visible constitute use and therefore will be cause for confiscation.

Upon confiscation, the staff member will place the personal electronic device in secure location until the staff member can take the personal electronic device to the administration office. For the first offense, the device will be available after school the day of confiscation . For the 2nd offense the device will be returned a week from the day of confiscation. For the 3rd offense the device will be available on the last day of the current semester. Device confiscated under this policy can only be picked up by a parent or guardian who is on the check out forms between 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM or by appointment with the administration. If a student refuses to surrender an electronic device they will receive additional consequences for defiance of school personnel. (See discipline matrix).

If you need to contact your child, please call the office and we will relay the message. This eliminates the interruption of instruction and keeps your child from having to violate this policy. Every classroom and office space at Kennedy has a telephone that will be made available to students needing to contact parents.

Review the complete APS Student Acceptable Use of Electronic Devices