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Welcome Message

Administration List

Office Staff List

Support Staff List



Bell Schedule

Health Office

  • Student Medication Policy

Cell Phones/Electronic Devices

  • Student Acceptable Use of Personal Electronic Devices
  • Student Rights & Responsibilities
  • Personal Electronic devices School Confiscation Process

Absences and Attendance

  • Excused Absences
  • Unexcused Absences
  • Tardy Policy


  • APS Sponsored Sports
  • Tentative Schedule for APS Sponsored Sports
  • Athletics Participation Requirements


  • Who to Call
  • Responsibilities
  • General Rules
  • Safety Practices
  • Student Responsibilities

Dress Code Policy

  • General Requirements
  • Discipline Policy
  • In-School-Suspension
  • Accountability Cards
  • Positive Behavior Recognition
  • Guidelines


Early Pick-up

Field Trips


Classroom Deliveries

Food in the Classrooms

Student Supervision

Emergency Drills


Lunch Detention Rules

District Title I Parent Involvement Policy

Parent Involvement Timelines

Parent/Student: Expectations

Attendance during Remote Learning (in RED)

Remote Attendance/Contact Documentation and Guidelines

  • Remote learning attendance should be considered within a one-week time frame, not daily. Teachers will enter attendance in all of their graded classes for the previous week each Monday by noon. Advisory attendance will be marked on Monday for that day. 

  • Advisory teachers should follow the rubric for contact attendance.

  • If a teacher is entering an NC for "no contact" for a student they must document in the note section what barriers are getting in the way. 

  • Parents should continue submitting absences via ParentVue, but these do not count towards or against chronic absenteeism while we are in RED.

  • Staff will follow a rubric for determining which attendance code to enter into the system each week.  See links above to view the rubrics in English and Spanish.

  • A parent meeting was held on October 13th at 6PM to discuss the attendance codes and rubrics.  Please see link above to view a recording of that meeting.

Attendance (in GREEN)

Attendance is a key factor in student achievement. All students are expected to be present each day school is in session. Regular attendance is essential to a student’s success in school. Persistent absenteeism creates a true hardship for a student and is regarded as a very serious problem. Absences are classified as excused or unexcused.


  • Personal illness
  • Religious commitment
  • Death in the family
  • In School Suspension
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Circumstances beyond student’s control


  • Missing class for lack of sufficient reason
  • No note from parent or guardian
  • Out of school suspension
  • Arriving later than 15 minutes to a class
  • Circumstances which in the judgment of Administration constitutes unexcused absence.

Please call the school’s Attendance Line at 833-7540 (press 2) to report your child’s absence.

Tardy Policy

  • 1 Tardy = Student marked in SYNERGY. Verbal Warning to the student.
  • 2 Tardies = Student marked in SYNERGY. Teacher/Parent contact.
  • 3 Tardies = Student marked in SYNERGY. Lunch detention assigned. Teacher/Parent contact.
  • 4 tardies = Student marked in SYNERGY. 2 Days of lunch detention assigned. Teacher/Parent contact.
  • 5 or 7 Tardies = Student marked in SYNERGY. Teacher Writes Referral/ Parent Contact by Administrator/ 5 days Lunch Detention.
  • 8 Tardies =Teacher Writes a Referral 1 day ISS Parent Contact by Administration
  • 9+ Tardies in a class = Teacher Writes a Referral with 3 days ISS and Administrative/ Parent Conference

**Tardy consequences are per grading period. Teachers are responsible for holding students accountable and entering data into SYNERGY.

Electronics Policy

Phones, Electronics, Earbuds: All phones, electronics, and earbuds must be shut off during the instructional day (8:10am-3:00pm), and put away completely out of sight.

  • JCMS is not responsible for students’ personal electronics.
  • Violations of this rule will result in the confiscation of the item.
  • Electronics are only returned to a student’s guardian as follows:

1st offense—item is kept in office safe until the end of the day!

2nd offense—item is kept in office safe for at least 7 calendar days!

3rd offense—item is kept in office safe for remainder of semester!

Per APS policy: "When a personal device is confiscated, it shall only be released and / or returned to the student's parent/legal guardian...Each school will have specific procedures for their school when a device is confiscated."

At JCMS all confiscated electronics will only be returned in accordance with the above policies within thirty minutes of the start or end of the instructional day.

Student Acceptable Use of Personal Electronic Devices

For 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, pagers, smart phones, music and media players, gaming devices, tablets, laptop computers and personal digital assistants.

For purposes of this procedural directive, “instructional day” means the period of time between the first scheduled bell and the last scheduled bell of the school day and any other time in which instruction occurs.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The student who possesses a personal electronic device shall be solely responsible for its care.

Student possession of personal electronic devices on all school campuses, including athletic fields, and school buses, at school-sponsored activities and while the student is under the supervision and control of school district employees shall be permitted. All students may use these devices on campus before school begins and after school ends. In addition, students in high school grades 9-12 may use such devices during their lunch period as determined by the school administration.

These devices shall be kept out of sight and powered off or silenced (not on vibrate) during the school day and during any school-sponsored activity meeting or practice held on Albuquerque Public Schools property. The requirement that personal electronic devices be turned off may not apply in the following circumstances when the student obtains prior approval from the principal or his/her designee:

  1. The student has a special medical circumstance for self or family member.
  2. The student is using the device for an educational or instructional purpose with the teacher’s permission and supervision.

Dress Code Policy

Jimmy Carter Middle School students have a dress code that they must follow. Students who come to school in violation of the dress code will receive consequences based on JCMS discipline rules and policies. Consequences may include trash duty, lunch detention, and ultimately discipline referrals resulting in time in ISS or suspension. The dress code is strictly in effect during the school day.

General Requirements

Albuquerque Public Schools shall prohibit student dress that may present a health or safety hazard, violate municipal or state law or present a potential disruption to the instructional program. Albuquerque Public Schools shall prohibit attire or accessories that advertise, display or promote any drug, including alcohol or tobacco, sexual activity, violence, disrespect and/or show bigotry towards any group. School administration reserves the right to interpret and enforce the general requirements outlined by APS.

Dress Code:

APS dress code always applies. In addition, JCMS dress code requires that all clothing be of solid color as indicated below. In addition, all clothing must fit appropriately, clothing that is overly tight, or overly loose, is prohibited.



Any solid color Polo style with a collar, or a JCMS shirt, must

be worn at all times, including under a sweater or sweatshirt, no sleeveless shirts.


Pants / Shorts:

Solid color khaki, navy, or black colors only, Docker style uniform pants or shorts, knee length or longer, no jeans and no jean-like material, cargo pockets are allowed, jogger style that cuff at bottom are allowed, but no sweatpants and no leggings.


Sweatshirts / Sweaters:

Students may wear any solid color sweatshirt or sweater over their collared shirt or JCMS shirt.

Hoodies are discouraged, however, students may wear a solid color sweatshirt or sweater with a hood, as long as the hood is removed upon entering a building.

  • Ball-cap style hats are NOT allowed on campus and will be confiscated immediately.
  • Beanies, other style hats, or head coverings, may be worn outside only.
  • Dress code violations result in a consequence without warning.

ID with Lanyard:

All students will be provided 1 photo ID and 1 lanyard that  must be worn around neck and displayed visibly while on campus at all times.  Lost, misplaced, or forgotten ID’s / lanyards require a student to check-in at the front desk immediately upon entering campus. Temporary ID’s may be provided. Every 3rd temporary ID / lanyard will result in the automatic ordering of a replacement.  A $5 replacement cost will be added to a student’s Synergy account to be paid by parent for replacement.