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Comanche Parent/Student Handbook

Discipline Policy

Our Students Discipline and Self-Management Policies reflect APS’ student discipline procedures to provide consistency in helping our students develop positive and acceptable behavior skills.

  • Staff, students, and parents/guardians are all responsible for the creation, promotion and maintenance of our desired campus environment.
  • All school employees are responsible for monitoring the behavior and safety of all students at Comanche Elementary School.
  • Students must accept correctional guidance from all adults working in a supervisory capacity including teachers, educational assistants, adult volunteers, office staff, and custodians. Classroom teachers have primary responsibility in instructing students concerting our expectation of respect toward all.
  • Staff members are encouraged to engage actively in recognizing and reinforcing positive behaviors exhibited by individual students throughout the school. Staff members are also encouraged to involve the principal, parents/guardians, and/or other staff members in assisting a student with self-management skills as the need arises.
  • Classroom teachers will discuss rules, rights, and responsibilities on a regular basis.
  • Every classroom teacher will establish a process for recognizing, rewarding, and reinforcing good self-management behaviors exhibited by students.
  • Students need to realize that they have control over their behaviors and they are empowered to choose among alternatives that carry either positive or negative consequences.
  • The entire school community- students, staff and parents/guardians- will be made aware of the school’s behavioral aims, rules, and procedures.

Parents/guardians will be asked to join in a partnership with the staff to assist our children in the development of strong, positive self-management behaviors


Lockdowns & Shelter-in-place

What is a Lockdown?

A lockdown is ordered (by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, Albuquerque Police Department, or APS School Police) when a dangerous person is on or near a campus.

Here's what happens during a lockdown:

  • Bathrooms, cafeteria doors, office doors, and gates are locked.
  • Students are moved out of the hallways and into the nearest classrooms immediately. They must stay in those rooms until they are cleared to leave by public safety personnel.
  • Students and staff are kept away from doors and windows.
  • All doors are closed and locked to protect students and staff from the threat.
  • All blinds are closed. Lights are kept on.
  • Attendance is taken.
  • Everyone remains quiet. 

APS has written security procedures for every school.

What is a Shelter-in-Place?

Shelter-in-Place is similar to a lockdown, except that the students and staff are allowed to move around inside their classroom. They are allowed to have organized and supervised restroom breaks, medical attention, food, and water if necessary. No one is allowed in or out of the building.

The decision to go from a lockdown to a shelter-in-place will be a joint decision made by the APS Police Department, the principal and the appropriate superintendent. This decision will be made only when APS School Police have confirmed that there is no imminent danger to the students or staff of the affected school.

Students are allowed to continue their studies in a supervised classroom that is locked and secure. All students are physically supervised during a shelter-in-place.


Dress Code

Congruent with APS policy, the following Comanche dress code was developed by a joint staff and parent committee in the interest of maintaining a safe and productive learning environment.  The responsibility to interpret and enforce the dress code rests with each principal for his/her school.  Student dress may not present a health or safety hazard or present a potential for disruption to the instructional program.  Items from the following categories will be considered unacceptable:

Inappropriate Apparel:                                                

  • Attire or accessories which advertise, display or promote any drug, (including alcohol and tobacco),  weapons, skulls, sexual activity, violence, disrespect and/or bigotry towards any group
  • Shirts, halter tops or blouses showing a bare midriff or off the shoulder
  • See-through shirts or blouses, or tops with less than 2” straps
  • Spiked jewelry, chains, belts with more than 2 inches excess
  • Shorts with less than a 3” inseam
  • Skirt length must be below the fingertips when arms are down by the side
  • Visible undergarments
  • Hats are not to be worn inside except under specific circumstances as approved by the principal
  • Flip-flops, sandals, open-toed shoes, open-back shoes, or “Heelies”
  • Make up

Gang Related Apparel:

  • Any clothing identified by the APD Gang Intervention Unit as gang related such as sagging or bagging pants, hairnets, etc.  Please be aware that clothing depicting certain sports teams is often identified with gang membership. If you are in doubt about a particular article of clothing, please call APD or the school office.  This list will be updated as the trends change.

Dress Code Violations:

  • First Time: The student will meet privately with the teacher, counselor or principal.  The student will be directed to remove makeup, pull up or cover up the article in question.
  • Second Time: Parents will receive a phone call from the teacher, counselor or principal.  The student will be directed to remove makeup, pull up or cover up the article in question.
  • Third Time: Parents and student will meet with the teacher, counselor, or principal.  

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