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  • Abbreviated Schedule
  • Agendas
  • Assessment/Testing
  • Attendance Requirements
  • Tardies/Leave Earlies
  • Birthday Books
  • Cafeteria Procedures
  • Campfire Program
  • Cell Phones
  • Character Counts
  • Child Abuse/Neglect
  • Collaboration and In-services
  • Conferences
  • Daily Schedule
  • Discipline Policy
  • Procedures and Rules
  • Dismissal Procedures
  • Dress Code
  • Electronics
  • Field Trips
  • Illness
  • Immunizations
  • Informed Consent
  • Interruptions
  • Library 
  • Lost and Found
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Non-APS Service Providers
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  • Pick Up/Drop Off Area
  • Playground Information
  • Student Insurance
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Student/Parent Handbook

Handbook Essentials


  •  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.
  • A doctor's note will be required for absences longer than three consecutive days or when a pattern of absences is established. 
  • Family vacations are considered unexcused absences.
If Your Child is Absent:

If your child is absent, please call the school before 9 a.m.  296-5655 (press 3).  You may call and leave a message anytime before school hours. Please leave your child's name, teacher and reason for absence. If the absence is not reported, you will receive a phone call from the school and an automatic message from School Messenger. Please make sure all contact numbers are up to date in the office. 

Late Students Will:

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

Student Release:

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

​​  Please be aware that picking up students before the end of the school day interrupts the instruction for the entire class.  Please  try to avoid picking your child up between 2:00 and 2:40.  If you do need to pick up your child during that time, please do not go to the child's classroom.  Go to the office to sign your child out, and the office will call for the child. 


Cell Phone Policy

Cellular phones may be brought to school to ensure the safety of the student walking to or from school but the phone must remain off during the entire school day and must remain in the backpack of the student. Phones that are brought out during the day and “played with” will be confiscated by the teacher or an adult. Confiscated phones can be picked up by a parent or guardian in the office at the end of the day. Students may not use phones with cameras to take pictures of other students while on campus.


Dress Code

The Manzano High School Cluster dress code, developed by a committee of parents, students, and teachers, provides a framework for maintaining a safe and positive school climate. Having a unified dress code benefits the transition of students from one level to another. These standards provide assistance for making appropriate personal choices that are acceptable for the students attending one of the twelve schools that feed to Manzano High School. Since Chelwood is a member of this cluster, students will abide by this dress code. We believe the guidelines provided accommodate a wide range of clothing styles and personal taste.

Consideration and consequences may vary according to grade level. Consequences vary but may include using clothing bank attire to change, being sent home to change, or being required to tuck in a shirt tail. If the staff or administration feels the clothing or accessory to be disruptive, unsafe or unhealthy, students will not be able to appear with that item on campus. The item(s) will be confiscated and may be returned to a parent by appointment with an administrator or school police.

Students are expected to be neat, clean, and appropriately dressed. Shoes must be worn at all times. The following items are prohibited:

  • Clothing, hairstyles, or jewelry that disrupt the education process, including but not limited to, excessive body piercing, muscle shirts, white tank undershirts, spaghetti straps, shredded, off the shoulder, low cut, see through, or minimal clothing are prohibited.
  • Sagging (pants below the waistline) is unacceptable. If the shirt is too long to determine if pants sag below the waist, students may be required to tuck in their shirt.
  • All attire should be no shorter than the point where extended fingers end when the student is standing up straight. No skin should show between the bottom of the shirt/blouse and the top of the pants/skirt when arms are stretched upward.
  • Clothing, tattoos, or accessories which advertise, display or promote any drug (including tobacco and alcohol), sexual innuendo, violence, weaponry, profanity, hate, or bigotry towards any group are unacceptable.
  • Clothing or accessories that display insignias, which suggest illicit behaviors, gang affiliation, or abuse are not permitted on campus. Clothing in “uniform colors” or displaying symbolism such as name shirts or memory shirts is not allowed.
  • Headgear of any kind as hats, bandannas, and hair nets, sunglasses, and gloves are prohibited inside any school facility. Banned accessories include, but are not limited to, belt loop or chain wallets and key chains, spiked jewelry and extended belts. Physical education students will wear attire specified as appropriate to their enrollment as requested by their school site. Hats are not to be worn inside any school building or classroom.

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