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Bell & Abbreviated Schedule & Cancellation

Bell Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
7:50 A.M.-1:57 P.M.

Warning Bell will ring at 7:45


When schools have to be delayed because of bad weather, it will be announced on the media about 6:00 am. In such cases, school will start 2 hours later than normal (9:43am). Lunch will be served, but no breakfast. Buses transport students on a delayed basis in the morning and on a regular schedule in the afternoon. There is NO Before school program on abbreviated or cancelled days.

School Cancellation

APS sometimes decides later to cancel school for the whole day, so keep listening to the radio. When APS cancels school, the day must be made up at a later time in the year. Make-up days for 2014-2015 are

  • 5/26/2016
  • 5/27/2016
  • 5/31/2016
  • 6 /1 /2016

Emergency conditions that necessitate closing individual schools early will be handled on a school-by-school basis. The principal will keep you informed of the situation.


School starts at 7:50 AM. A warning bell will ring at 7:45. Students who arrive in class after 7:50 a.m. are considered tardy. Students who are excessively tardy may be referred to the Children’s Court Liaison.

Daily attendance is mandatory if students are to have the full benefit of the instructional program. The district recognizes, however, that there are situations that make absences necessary. Therefore, in accordance with district guidelines, absences may be excused for the following reasons:

  • Doctor’s appointments

  • Illness

  • Death in the family

  • Family emergency

  • Religious commitments

  • Diagnostic testing

Please note that family vacations do not constitute excused absences.

When a student is absent for any reason, it is the responsibility of the parents to call the school attendance line at 898-0272 ext. 5 prior to 7:45 AM on the day of absence. If we do not receive a call prior to 7:45 AM you will be contacted by ParentLINK by phone. We offer this service as part of our Safe School Plan.
After 3 days of unexcused absences you will receive a phone call from the school. After 5 days of unexcused absences you will receive a phone call from the classroom teacher, as well as being contacted by the school counselor to begin an attendance contract. After 10 days of unexcused absences you will receive a letter from the district along with a possible home visit.

In accordance with district policy, students with excessive absences will be referred to the Health/Mental Health Team and an attendance contract will be developed with possible intervention strategies. (See APS Student Behavior Handbook for details)

If your child is out for illness 3 or more days, please provide us with a copy of a doctor’s note for our records.

Students are also required to be at school on time. Any student who is not in their classroom by the 7:50 a.m. bell, will need to have a parent sign them in at the front office. Students will not be allowed to enter their classroom if late, until they are signed in by their parent.

Attendance and Tardies are tracked by each classroom teacher. When every student is in class, and on time, their classroom earns a letter to spell the word A-T-T-E-N-D-A-N-C-E. Once this word is spelled out, the class will be announced in the Vision, and students will receive prizes.