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School District Announces School Closures Policy

on November 22, 2013 - 7:04am

LAPS News:

As winter approaches, we anticipate days when weather will present a challenge for school transportation either because of ice or snow or both.

These will be the days when school is delayed, cancelled, or dismissed early. The decision to close school or delay the start of school will be made by 5:30 a.m. in order to notify bus drivers, school employees, and parents in a timely manner. The announcement will be made via the media of television, radio and websites.

Major local network television stations will be contacted when a decision to delay, close, or dismiss early is made. Information about the decision can be viewed in the scrolling banner that runs along the bottom of the TV screen. Local media including KRSN (FM 107.1 and AM 1490) radio station, Los Alamos Monitor, and Los Alamos Daily Post will also be contacted. Information about the status of school will be available on the school district’s information line (663-2223) and on the district website: laschools.net. Each school may also place the information on their info line. 

In addition, parents and staff are encouraged in advance to login to the district website using the E-alerts button in the upper right corner of the district homepage, and then use the My Account drop down>Edit Account Settings to subscribe to the district homepage to have E-alerts delivered by email and to have mobile E-alerts delivered by text message. Registration for E-alerts is only required once unless one changes their email address or cell phone information in which case you would need to re-register. The District will conduct a test of the E-alert system on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 26  by sending out the following message: This is an E-alert test of the Los Alamos Public Schools snow delay, closure or early release system.

The Los Alamos Public Schools coordinates the decision-making process for delayed starts, closures, and early dismissal with Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). LANL generally opens at 10:00 A.M. when school is delayed.  To accommodate LANL employees with children enrolled in the school district, LANL parents are welcomed to drop their school children off at school starting at 9:40 a.m. while on their way to work. Similarly, parents should note that all buses will report to their assigned bus stop two hours after their scheduled pick up time.

There will be no classes for students at all five Los Alamos elementary schools when there is a two-hour snow delay on a Wednesday. The YMCA reminds parents the Wednesday after-school program will proceed as scheduled at 12 p.m. On Wednesdays, it is the parent's responsibility to transport their children to and from the Y program school site.

When there is a two-hour snow delay, morning pre-school is cancelled, but the afternoon pre-school will meet as usual. Parents are reminded that when school is dismissed early or cancelled for the day, All after school programs including athletics (both home and away contests) and activities are cancelled.

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. There may be times when school is delayed or cancelled and the sun comes out. Similarly, there may be times when school is in session and the weather gets worse, which may result in an early dismissal. We understand that the people who live in Los Alamos come from many different parts of the United States and even the world and will have different levels of tolerance for dealing with adverse weather conditions. Ultimately, the final decision is made by parents on whether it is perceived to be safe to send a student to school. 

School Information Lines:

  • District Office                        663-2223                                
  • Aspen Elementary                 663-2277
  • Barranca Mesa Elementary    663-2732                                
  • Chamisa Elementary             663-2472
  • Mountain Elementary             663-2327                                
  • Pinon Elementary                  663-2682
  • Los Alamos Middle School     663-2377                                
  • Los Alamos High School        663-2512 
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