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Navajo Parent/Student Handbook

Navajo Parent/Student Handbook (PDF)

Handbook Essentials


Please notify the school each day your child is absent even if you know he or she will be absent for multiple days. Check with your child’s school to determine the best way to let them know about your child’s absence(s).

If your child needs to leave school early for any reason, please notify the school and follow the school’s rules for early dismissal.

Absences may be excused for the following reasons with appropriate documentation:

  • Illness, which prevents a child from being at school (including chronic illness documented on a health plan, IEP or 504 plan)
  • Limited family emergencies; family deaths
  • Medical, health or legal appointments
  • Suspensions
  • Religious commitment
  • College visit for 12th grade students or other students with principal approval.
  • Deployment of a military parent as defined in the “Military Children” procedural directive.
  • Limited extenuating circumstances as approved in advance by the school principal.
  • At least ten (10) days for students who provide documentation of the birth of the student’s child and parentage. Additional excused absences to the student after the birth of the child if deemed medically necessary by the student’s physician.
  • An additional four (4) days for the students who provide appropriate documentation of pregnancy or that the student is the parent of a child under the age of thirteen needing care.

Absences will be unexcused for the following reasons:

  • Illness of another sibling, parent or family member that is not an emergency.
  • Family activities or trips during the school day.

APS understands that life is sometimes complicated and seeks to support academic success for every student. Please reach out to staff at your child’s school if you are having problems getting your son or daughter to school on time.

Dress Code:

  • Student dress and grooming is to reflect high standards of personal conduct so that each student’s attire promotes a positive, safe and healthy atmosphere within the school.
  • Schools may customize their individual dress codes to address the needs and standards of their communities and neighborhoods through use of a process that ensures input from students, parents, faculty and staff of the school, and other interested community members.
  • Some schools have adopted student dress policies in addition to the regular dress code.

All schools that have adopted a uniform dress code policy also allow students to wear:

  • “Docker” style pants in black, navy or khaki color; and
  • Solid color Polo style shirts in white, light blue, dark blue or green
  • Schools may accept other colors of pant and shirt styles as well.
  • No student shall miss instructional class time for the first two weeks of the school year or within the first two weeks of the student’s date of enrollment (whichever is later) because they do not have a school uniform. However, the student’s dress must meet the regular dress code as outlined above. If your family cannot provide a school uniform, please let the school know and they will support you.
  • Students and their parents/guardians have the responsibility to be aware of the school-specific dress codes and must conform to those requirements.
  • The responsibility to interpret and enforce the dress code policy rests with each school principal.

Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures

Thank you in advance for adhering to the following expectations regarding Drop-off and Pick-up. We put these procedures in place to ensure the safety of our students, families and staff. Failure to follow the below expectations will result in APS Police becoming involved to assist us in ensuring our students' safety.

Our staff is on duty beginning at 8:45 AM. If your child arrives before this time, there is no adult on campus to watch them and the risk increases for them to get hurt or abducted.

  • Driver must remain in the vehicle at all times
  • Please pull ALL THE WAY FORWARD
  • Students must exit from the passenger side of the vehicle and along the SIDEWALK ONLY
  • Please do not drop students off along the parking barriers separating the Kindergarten drop-off area
  • Please do not drop students off in the Cafeteria driveway


Kindergarten Drop-off Rules

  • For the safety of our students please either park in the parking lot and walk your child to their class or drop-off along the sidewalk only
  • Please do not drop your child off along the barriers

Afternoon Pick-up Procedures

  • To ensure the safety of all of our students, families and staff, student pick up is allowed only after the YIELD/KEEP RIGHT sign
  • Please pull up as far as possible as directed by duty staff.
  • Students may enter the vehicle on the passenger side only.
  • There are three (3) designated pick-up spots, marked with flags. Please pull up to each flag.
  • Your child will not step off the sidewalk until your vehicle comes to a complete stop.
  • Please do not leave your vehicle for any reason, nor at any time in the pick-up/drop-off lane.