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In this Handbook
  • Albuquerque Public Schools Goals 
  • School District Authority and Jurisdiction 
  • Expectations of Students 
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Dress Code
  • What To Do If You Believe That Your Rights Have Been Violated 
  • APS School Attendance Guidelines
  • Disruption of the Educational Process
  • Consequences for Unacceptable Conduct
  • Extracurricular Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy 
  • School Alternatives For Handling Unacceptable Conduct
  • Disciplinary Considerations for Students with Disabilities Under IDEA 
  • Disciplinary Considerations for Students Under Section 504 
  • Discipline Matrix
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Student Records 
  • Child Custody Issues
  • Glossary of Terms



Children may only be on campus from 7:30 am – 2:05 pm unless enrolled in Parks & Rec.

If your child will be absent, please call the Main Office:

Report an Absence: 291-6837 ext. 5

The parent or guardian must provide the teacher with documentation (e.g. a doctor's note, etc.) concerning their student’s absence upon return to school.

If your child is absent and no communication has been received from home, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. Children with 4.5 absences or more per semester may be referred for additional action. Please be aware that in addition to absences, excessive tardiness may be referred for further action.


Matheson Park has the services of a half-time counselor and a part-time social worker to work with families and children to implement the APS district counseling curriculum. Our counselor meets with classes, small groups, and individuals. Please feel free to contact our counselor concerning school-related issues.

Drop-off & Pick-Up Zones

Student pick-up and drop-off is in the parking lot, north of the school. Cars enter from the northernmost gate going the direction indicated (west) and either park in the lot (if you plan on getting out of the car and walking on campus to pick up your child) or line up in the drive-through lane closest to the curb. 

No one is allowed to get out of their cars when they are in the pull-through lane.  A parent volunteer or staff member will direct traffic in the lot. On-duty staff will direct the pedestrians in the yellow striped area when to cross the street. Pedestrians should not cross the street in front of the pull-through lane or the line of cars exiting the parking lot.

Only daycare vans are allowed into the main parking area in the front of the school. Traffic is not permitted in the bus loading area on the east side of the school.

Early Release

We will not release students after 1:40 pm unless you have an appointment that requires early checkout.  Contact the teacher in the morning if you have changes in your normal pickup process.

Children will not be released from school during school hours unless an authorized adult with picture identification picks them up. All persons authorized to pick children up must be listed on your child’s enrollment card.

Children must be signed out through the Main Office. Adults will be required to show identification before a child is called to the Main Office. Children will not be allowed to wait unattended outside of the school building.