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In light of the horrific school shooting in Florida, we have received numerous calls and emails from concerned parents and guardians wanting to know what measures Albuquerque Public Schools takes to keep its students and staff safe.

 

As Superintendent Reedy stated in a message posted to APS.edu and social media sites and shared with employees, we have asked all of our schools to review their site safety plans which include detailed instructions for a host of possible emergency situations including an active shooter on campus.

 

Here is some information we can share about how we address school safety:

·       Our school safety plans include site and school-specific instructions relevant to each individual school, depending on the design and layout of the building.

·       We require schools to practice lockdown, shelter-in-place and evacuation drills according to these site-specific plans during the school year.

·       In all emergency scenarios, we remind our students and staff to be responsive and follow the directions of all public safety responders.

·       Fortunately for APS, we have our own Police Department that works closely with the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. We have police and security officers assigned to many of our schools, and we have field officers who respond to incidences at all others.

·       Any time a student or staff member sees a suspicious person on campus or encounters a person who is being disruptive, they are asked to contact a police or safety officer or administrator.

·       Visitors to our schools are expected to check in at the front office and wear a visitor’s badge while on campus.

·       We have security cameras in all of our schools.

·       We take seriously every threat or rumor of a threat to students, staff or school. We conduct immediate investigations and take necessary disciplinary action.

·       Anyone who hears of a possible threat to a school is encouraged to contact a school administrator or police. The APS Police Department can be reached at 505-243-7712.

·       We do not discuss disciplinary actions because we are required by law to protect the privacy of all students, including students who may have made threats. However, we can say that students who make threats face disciplinary action that could include suspension and/or expulsion.

 

We all have a role to play in ensuring our schools continue to be a safe place for learning, and it is incumbent on all of us to be vigilant and supportive of one another. Remember, if you see or hear something, say something. You can contact APS School Police at 505-243-7712.

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Posted by: Karen Armstrong
Published: 2/16/18




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Have you seen our wonderful Principal on APS website?  Click the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=111&v=RAlnWIRcbNo

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Posted by: Karen Armstrong
Published: 11/9/17




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Posted by: Karen Armstrong
Published: 11/7/17




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Ms. Spear's class will be announcing the lunch menu on KOB Channel 4 morning news everyday this week!  TUNE IN!

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Posted by: Karen Armstrong
Published: 10/30/17




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Please see attached flyer for Bel Air Annual Turkey Dash Nov. 11th.

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Posted by: Karen Armstrong
Published: 10/16/17




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Update: As of 9:23 a.m., Bel-Air students are all clear to return to class.

 


 

As of 8:42 a.m., Bel-Air students are being evacuated due to a possible gas leak.

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Posted by: Brian Beeler
Published: 8/30/17




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The Staff is so excited to begin our school year!

First day of school is Aug. 14th.  Breakfast will be served at 8:15 am.  First Bell is 8:30 am and the tardy bell is at 8:35 am.

 

School is dismissed at 2:45.

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Posted by: Karen Armstrong
Published: 8/14/17




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http://www.aps.edu/schools/school-calendars

First day of school is approaching - August 14, 2017 for grades 1st - 5th.  School begins at 8:30 am, breakfast is served at 8:15 am in the cafeteria.

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Posted by: Karen Armstrong
Published: 7/25/17




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Dear Bel-Air Elementary School Students and Families,

It is with great honor and excitement that I introduce myself as the new principal of Bel-Air Elementary.  As a longtime educator, former attorney and small-business owner, I am passionate about providing our students with an innovative and invigorating education, one that is necessary to help them grow into successful adults.

During my academic career, I have held the positions of teacher, intervention specialist, instructional coach and intern principal.  In each of my roles, supporting the success of all students has been my priority.  Moving forward, I will continue to ensure that students interests and needs shape their instruction and academic opportunities here at Bel-Air.

As the intern principal last semester, I got to know and witness the amazing work being done here at our school.  During my conversations with staff, teachers and families, I have learned about the immense pride and enthusiasm our community has for our Bengals.  The history of the Bel-Air neighborhood is one of ongoing courage and commitment to education – and I know it will continue.

I am a native New Mexican and the daughter of a public school teacher. I have two children who have gone through APS, and I know how deeply a parent cares about a child’s education. I also know a successful school experience is not possible without the collaboration of staff, teachers, students and families.  I look forward to becoming an integral part of this school and community, and I hope you’ll join me as we work to make Bel-Air the best elementary school in New Mexico.

I look forward to a great year ahead of us.  I welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss ideas for the future of our Bel-Air students. We are going to have fun and we are going to learn together.

Kind regards,

Kathy Casaus, Principal

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Posted by: Kathy Casaus
Published: 6/22/17