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In This Handbook:
  • Welcome Students/Parents
  • People Who Can Help
  • Official School Calendar
  • Class Schedules
  • Attendance
  • Tardies
  • Cell Phones/Electronic Devices
  • Bicycles, Skateboards, Rollerblades
  • Restricted Areas
  • Unauthorized Items
  • Valuables/Personal Items
  • Discipline Policy
  • Shool Wide Positive Behavior Support
  • Expected Behaviors
  • Bullying
  • Consequences
  • Out of School Suspension
  • Disability Harassment
  • Dress Code
  • Activities
  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse
  • Buses
  • Field Trips
  • Fire Drills
  • Food Services
  • Health Office
  • Make Up Work
  • Insurance
  • Lockers
  • Lost and Found
  • Textbooks
  • Visitors/Sign-out
  • Grading Procedures
  • Student-Led Conferences
  • Conferences
  • Messages to Students
  • Intervention Policy
  • Schedule Changes
  • Testing
  • Traffic Flow Pattern
  • Parent-Teacher Association
  • Withdrawals
  • WEB Program


EMS Handbook Essentials


It is the parents’/guardians’ responsibility to notify the school each day their child is absent for any reason by calling the attendance office at 292-2530 X33502. This is a 24-hour a-day voice mail.

You may also report an absence via the ParentVUE app or website. 

New Mexico law dictates that students between the ages of six (6) and eighteen (18) years of age are mandated to attend public school, private school, home school, or a State institution.

Daily attendance is mandatory to fully benefit from the instructional program. The district recognizes, however, that there are situations that dictate a student’s absence. Therefore, in accordance with District guidelines, absences may be excused for the following reasons:

  • Illness
  • Medical appointments (students need to bring a doctor’s note to the office after the appointment)
  • Death in the family
  • Religious commitment
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Other circumstances as agreed to by the principal

An unexcused absence is any absence that does not adhere to the prescribed District guidelines (listed above), is not school-related, or is not reported within two (2) school days.

Excessive excused or unexcused absences (defined as five) or more absences per semester, will result in a mandatory truancy meeting for parents and students. In addition, the student may be recommended for retention and /or disciplinary action. APS generates a truancy notification for unexcused absences. Students who have excessive absences will be referred to Children’s Court.

Students leaving school during the day while classes are in session must sign out in the Main office. For safety reasons, parents will ALWAYS be asked for a picture ID when signing out his/her child. Parents must pick up their child(ren) in the Main office.


Per District policy, the only excused tardy is a doctor or dentist appointment. Students arriving late to school must have parents call ahead, write a note, or accompany their child to the Attendance desk for the tardiness to be excused. All other tardies are unexcused. The tardy policy will be reviewed with the students at the beginning of the year. Excessive tardies will result in disciplinary actions (per semester). According to APS policy, out-of-town trips/vacations are NOT excused.

Cell Phones/ Electronic Devices

For the 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, smartphones, smartwatches or glasses, music and media players, gaming devices, tablets, laptop computers, iPads, headphones/earbuds and personal digital assistants.

Student use of personal electronic devices, including cell phones, will be at the discretion of the teacher. Devices should not be used at lunch, in the cafeteria, or anywhere on school grounds during the instructional day without staff approval. Students will be notified about what is acceptable during the class period. There are three instances that will be posted at the front of the class for student reference. Confiscation is at teacher's discretion.

Revised Policy for 2021-2022

  • All Personal Electronic Devices must be turned off and stored in a backpack or locker during school hours.
  • All headphones must be stored in a backpack or locker during the school day.
  • Teachers will have discretion in allowing the use of Personal Electronic Devices in the classroom for educational purposes.
  • Failure of students to follow the request to store Personal Electronic Devices or use of the Personal Electronic Devices for other than teacher-approved activities will then lead to confiscation of the Personal Electronic Device in accordance with the School/District Personal Electronic Device policy.
  • If a student violates the use of cell phones or electronic devices the device is confiscated and secured in the office until picked up by a parent or guardian.

If a device is confiscated by school personnel, the procedure for reclaiming the device is as follows:

  • 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.

The school assumes no responsibility for theft, damage, or replacement of cell phones/electronic devices.

Dress Code

The dress code policy at Eisenhower Middle School complies with the APS Student Handbook and District Dress Code Policy.

Eisenhower Middle School is very proud of our well-groomed student population. Students should be neat and clean at all times. Eisenhower students may dress in their individual styles keeping the modesty zone (mid-thigh to the shoulders) covered with school-appropriate wording/logos on any clothes. Hats may be worn outdoors, facing the front and for appropriate weather conditions. Students may wear shoes appropriate for the weather with a hard sole. Please, no slippers/house shoes.

Dress Standards

All shirts, tops, blouses must meet the following criteria (JACKETS AND SWEATERS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS STANDARD):

  • Must have sleeves that cover the shoulders.
  • Must be long enough to be tucked in. They do not need to be tucked but must be long enough to be tucked if needed for safety.

All pants, shorts, dresses, and skirts must meet the following criteria:

  • Must reach between mid-thigh and the top of the knee at a minimum
  • Are worn at the waist.

NON-COMPLIANCE: Students will be directed to dress appropriately and will change into clothing provided by the school. Students may pick up their own clothing at the end of the day. Repeat dress code offenses will result in disciplinary action as per the school discipline policy. Refusal to comply will result in a conference with the family and a school administrator as well as consequences as per the school discipline policy.

Pick-up/Drop-off Procedure

The safety of the Eisenhower students is of utmost importance to all of us. Therefore, parents are asked to follow the traffic pattern (shown by the arrows on the parking lot) when dropping off and picking up their child(ren) both morning and afternoon. Please do not use the staff parking lot as a drop-off location. Signs are posted for safety. Also, please observe the 20MPH speed limit, when lights are flashing, on Juan Tabo- while school is in session for the year.


As a community, we are all responsible for helping our students, staff, and families arrive and depart safely. The behaviors we model teach our students safety and respect for the safe passage of others. In order to provide for the safety of our community as over 1,000 people arrive and depart campus each day, please be aware of the following:

  • Cars must pull as far forward as is possible and continue moving forward as traffic permits. This keeps traffic moving and limits the congestion which is dangerous and frustrating for everyone.
  • City ordinance prohibits parking in the crosswalk zone for safety purposes. We appreciate your courtesy if you are asked to move.
  • Students must use the sidewalk and crosswalks to get to their ride. Please do not encourage them to cross through the parking lot or pick them up in the road or in driveways. 
  • U-turns in the middle of the road are not safe.
  • Students must enter and exit vehicles that are pulled over to the curb in the appropriate areas clearly marked by signs or painted curbs.