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Administration List

Office Staff List

Support Staff List



Bell Schedule

Health Office

  • Student Medication Policy

Cell Phones/Electronic Devices

  • Student Acceptable Use of Personal Electronic Devices
  • Student Rights & Responsibilities
  • Personal Electronic devices School Confiscation Process

Absences and Attendance

  • Excused Absences
  • Unexcused Absences
  • Tardy Policy


  • APS Sponsored Sports
  • Tentative Schedule for APS Sponsored Sports
  • Athletics Participation Requirements


  • Who to Call
  • Responsibilities
  • General Rules
  • Safety Practices
  • Student Responsibilities

Dress Code Policy

  • General Requirements
  • Discipline Policy
  • In-School-Suspension
  • Accountability Cards
  • Positive Behavior Recognition
  • Guidelines


Early Pick-up

Field Trips


Classroom Deliveries

Food in the Classrooms

Student Supervision

Emergency Drills


Lunch Detention Rules

District Title I Parent Involvement Policy

Parent Involvement Timelines

Parent/Student Handbook

Handbook Essentials


Attendance is a key factor in student achievement. All students are expected to be present each day school is in session. Regular attendance is essential to a student’s success in school. Persistent absenteeism creates a true hardship for a student and is regarded as a very serious problem. Absences are classified as excused or unexcused.


  • Personal illness
  • Religious commitment
  • Death in the family
  • In School Suspension
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Circumstances beyond student’s control


  • Missing class for lack of sufficient reason
  • No note from parent or guardian
  • Out of school suspension
  • Arriving later than 15 minutes to a class
  • Circumstances which in the judgment of Administration constitutes unexcused absence.

Please call the school’s Attendance Line at 833-7540 (press 2) to report your child’s absence.

Tardy Policy

  • 1 Tardy = Student marked in SYNERGY. Verbal Warning to the student.
  • 2 Tardies = Student marked in SYNERGY. Teacher/Parent contact.
  • 3 Tardies = Student marked in SYNERGY. Lunch detention assigned. Teacher/Parent contact.
  • 4 tardies = Student marked in SYNERGY. 2 Days of lunch detention assigned. Teacher/Parent contact.
  • 5 or 7 Tardies = Student marked in SYNERGY. Teacher Writes Referral/ Parent Contact by Administrator/ 5 days Lunch Detention.
  • 8 Tardies =Teacher Writes a Referral 1 day ISS Parent Contact by Administration
  • 9+ Tardies in a class = Teacher Writes a Referral with 3 days ISS and Administrative/ Parent Conference

**Tardy consequences are per grading period. Teachers are responsible for holding students accountable and entering data into SYNERGY.

Cell Phones / Electronic Devices


If a student is using his/her cell phone during school hours it will be placed in the school’s safe for parent pickup.

Students MAY NOT use cell phones during lock downs, fire drills, evacuations, or any emergency procedures conducted at JCMS.

****JCMS is not responsible for theft or replacement of cell phone/ electronic devices. ***

Student Acceptable Use of Personal Electronic Devices

For purposes of this procedural directive, “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.

For purposes of this procedural directive, “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.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The student who possesses a personal electronic device shall be solely responsible for its care.

Student possession of personal electronic devices on all school campuses, including athletic fields, and school buses, at school-sponsored activities and while the student is under the supervision and control of school district employees shall be permitted. All students may use these devices on campus before school begins and after school ends. In addition, students in high school grades 9-12 may use such devices during their lunch period as determined by the school administration.

These devices shall be kept out of sight and powered off or silenced (not on vibrate) during the school day and during any school-sponsored activity meeting or practice held on Albuquerque Public Schools property. The requirement that personal electronic devices be turned off may not apply in the following circumstances when the student obtains prior approval from the principal or his/her designee:

  1. The student has a special medical circumstance for self or family member.
  2. The student is using the device for an educational or instructional purpose with the teacher’s permission and supervision.

Personal Electronic Devices School Confiscation Process

Return Process

First Offense: The student’s parent/legal guardian may retrieve the personal electronic device from the administrative office within thirty minutes of the start or end of the instructional day. Parents/legal guardians must sign the personal electronic device out from the log kept in the administrative office.

Second Offense: The student’s parent/legal guardian may retrieve the personal electronic device no sooner than seven days after its date of confiscation within thirty minutes of the start or end of the instructional day. Parents/legal guardians must sign the personal electronic device out from the log kept in the administrative office.

Third Offense: The student’s parent/legal guardian may retrieve the personal electronic device at the end of the semester in which the device was confiscated within thirty minutes of the start or end of the instructional day.

Dress Code Policy

Jimmy Carter Middle School students have a dress code that they must follow. Students who come to school in violation of the dress code will receive consequences based on JCMS discipline rules and policies. Consequences may include trash duty, lunch detention, and ultimately discipline referrals resulting in time in ISS or suspension. The dress code is strictly in effect during the school day.

General Requirements

Albuquerque Public Schools shall prohibit student dress that may present a health or safety hazard, violate municipal or state law or present a potential disruption to the instructional program. Albuquerque Public Schools shall prohibit attire or accessories that advertise, display or promote any drug, including alcohol or tobacco, sexual activity, violence, disrespect and/or show bigotry towards any group. School administration reserves the right to interpret and enforce the general requirements outlined by APS.


Allowed Prohibited Attire & Other Guidelines


  • Any Polo style shirt
  • Any solid color tee shirt
  • Any JCMS shirt
  • Any Albuquerque Public High School shirt
  • Any college or university shirt (UNM, NMSU, CNM, etc…)
  • Shirts must have short or long sleeves; no sleeveless


  • Navy blue, khaki, black or gray Dockers style uniform pants
  • Blue, khaki, black or gray jeans
  • Pants/jeans must not sag, be frayed, or have holes


  • Same color and fabric guidelines as pants
  • Must be knee length or longer (personnel reserves discretion)


  • Any solid color (pull-over or zip-up)
  • Large graphics, logos or sayings must follow APS guidelines
  • Shirts worn under sweatshirts/hoodies/ sweaters MUST be in compliance with the dress code
  • No leggings, tights, spandex, pajama pants, sweatpants
  • No sunglasses or hats/headwear of any kind worn inside/outside buildings
  • No baseball caps
  • No gang-related clothing or accessories
  • No tank tops, bare midriffs, or sleeveless shirts
  • No slippers or open-toed shoes (including flip-flops and all sandals)
  • No skirts


“When in doubt, leave it out.”

(In other words, if it’s not listed in the left column, don’t wear it.)

Parents: Your enforcement of the JCMS dress code with your student(s) is critical to daily, uninterrupted academic focus. We appreciate your help.

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