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Inside This Handbook

  • Attendance
  • Parent Conferences
  • Dress Code
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Counselor
  • Illness and Injuries
  • Bullying
  • Field Trips
  • Pick-up & Drop-off Info
  • Volunteering Info
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Student/Parent Handbook

The Bel-Air Handbook is one way to communicate important information regarding our school.  Our Handbook incorporates APS policy and procedures. At Bel-Air we strive to be responsible, respectful, caring, and safe and have aligned the Bel-Air Handbook around these guiding principles.

Parent Handbook Essentials


Regular and on-time attendance is essential for students to be successful in school.  We are committed to utilizing every minute of the day for instructional purposes.  Attendance is used by the New Mexico Public Education Department as one measure of the school grade.


Bel-Air adheres to the APS Board of Education absentee policy.  Attendance is monitored by the district’s online record-keeping system.  If parents do not call-in, the automated system will call and let you know your child’s absence is unexcused.  Additionally, the automated system will generate a letter for excessive absences.

Reporting Absences

Please call the school attendance line at 888-4033 before 8:45 to report an absence. Be prepared to provide your name, the child’s name, and the date of the absence, the teacher’s name and grade level, and the reason for the absence.  If your child has a chronic condition or will be out of school for an extended period of time, please contact the school principal and your child’s teacher.  We will work with your to decrease the educational impact of the absences. 

Make-up Work

Students are entitled to make up work for absences.  Please allow 24 hours for teachers to compile make-up work.  Once the make-up work has been assigned, students have the opportunity to complete the work in a period of time equal to the number of days absent, unless other arrangements have been made.  Please note that it is the principal’s decision if work missed due to truancy or out-of-school suspension will be made up.

Traffic flow/ Pick-up and Drop-off

Please adhere to these strict guidelines:

  • Be respectful to the duty staff; their main concern is keeping students safe
    • Please follow pedestrian and traffic rules
  • Pick-up and drop-off is located on the west side of the school
  • Park and pick up students; park in west lot off Candelaria or Adams
  • Pick-up and drop-off along the curb; DO NOT leave the car unattended
  • Follow direction of staff on duty
  • The parking lot inform of the Administrative office is for buses. Please do not pick-up or drop off students; you will be asked to move
  • With your student(s):
    • Review these safety rules
    • Discuss traffic safety and stranger awareness
    • Help them learn their address and telephone number