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Handbook Contents

In this handbook:

  • Attendance
  • Before and After School Care
  • Bikes, Scooters & Skateboards
  • Birthday Parties
  • Bus Service/Student Transportation
  • Cafeteria
  • Change of Classroom
  • Counseling
  • Curriculum Night
  • Custody Issues
  • Daily Bell Schedule
  • Dates Calendar
  • Disaster Instructions
  • Discipline Policy
  • Dress Code
  • Electronic Devices
  • Emergency Information
  • Field Trips
  • Fire Drills/Lock Downs
  • Flag Display and Pledge of Allegiance
  • Friends of the Library
  • General School Rules
  • Harassment
  • Homework
  • Illness and Injury
  • Immunization Requirements
  • Inclement Weather
  • Instructional Council
  • Insurance
  • Join-A-School Program and Corporate Sponsors
  • Late Arrivals
  • Leaving School Early
  • Library
  • Lost and Found
  • Medications
  • Nightly Reading
  • Parent Involvement
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Parking Lot Safety
  • Pets
  • Photography and Video Taping
  • Physical Education
  • Progress Reports
  • PTO
  • Redirector
  • Redistribution Policy
  • Section 504 and ADA
  • Student Messages
  • Student Placement
  • Transferring Out of School
  • Visitors to Campus
  • Website


This handbook has been created for you to help your student be successful at school.

2021-2022 John Baker Parent/Student Handbook


Attendance Line (505) 298-7486 option 2

  • According to state law, school attendance is mandatory for children.
  • Students will be excused for the following absences and tardies; a doctor/dental appointment, death in the family, religious commitment, illness, family emergency, or diagnostic testing.
  • When missing school for an illness or an appointment, a doctor's note shall be required, especially for absences of three consecutive days or more and whenever a pattern of absences is present.
  • Family vacations are unexcused absences.
  • Students with no unexcused absences or tardies will receive monthly attendance certificates.

Review the complete APS Attendance Policy


Students are considered late if they arrive after the 7:45 bell has rung.

  1. Be escorted to the office by a parent or guardian.
  2. Check in at the office to receive a tardy slip.
  3. Return the tardy slip to the classroom teacher.

Student Release:

  • Students may be released to designated adults during school hours.
  • Adults are required to show photo identification.
  • Children will not be released during the school day to walk home alone.

Cell Phone / Electronic Devices Policy

Use of personal cell phones, iPads, iPods, electronic books, MP3 players, etc. is not permitted during the school day. Cell phones must be kept off or silenced and out of sight while on campus. Students are not allowed to receive or make calls or text messages. Students needing to call home during the day need to ask school staff. The misuse of cell phones and other forms of technology that could include, but not be limited to, the unauthorized taking of pictures, cheating, invading privacy, etc, is not permitted.

Review the full APS Policy. If a student violates APS policy the item will be taken away and stored in the administrative office. Parents will need to retrieve the device.

Dress Code

  • Hats may be worn for specific instructional, safety, religious or medical reasons; bills face forward.
  • No spaghetti straps, see-through or bare midriffs, alcohol advertisements or gang related clothes.
  • Tank tops with 2” wide straps may be worn.
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses are to be fingertip length.
  • No sagging waists or crotches on pants or exposed underwear.

Review the APS Student Dress Policy for complete information.