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Parent Need To Know

Daily Information

Classes begin:  8:15 a.m.  (Tardy bell rings at 8:20 a.m.)

Full Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Half Day:  Wednesday

Daily Bell Schedule
Checking Students Out of School:  If arrangements have not been made in advance with attendance to pick up a student from school, the parent or guardian must come into the school and have a driver’s license or a picture ID that verifies his or her identity as a custodial parent in order to check the student out of school.
Barranca Elementary School

Procedures

Barranca Mesa has adopted the following discipline agreements and procedures in order to promote a positive learning environment and to ensure the safety of our students.

Barranca Mesa School 5 Basic Agreements:
• Show respect for others and their possessions.
• Keep hands, feet, and objects to ourselves.
• Use playground equipment safely and correctly.
• Use appropriate language.
• Follow directions the first time they are given.

Any behavior which is unsafe, disruptive, infringes on the rights of others, and keeps teachers from teaching and students from learning will not be tolerated.

Disciplinary Action: Depending on the behavior, any of the following disciplinary actions may be taken by school personnel:
• Written notice – automatic five-minute time out
• Written notice with immediate consequence
• Problem solving conference
• Student sent directly to principal for extreme infractions
• Wednesday afternoon detention or suspension or other action as determined by principal
• Chronic discipline problems will result in individual discipline plans
• Parent/Family Notification of Discipline Action

K-3rd Grades – We will send a notice home for each written notice.

4th-6th Grades – We will not send a notice home until a child has received a second written notice in a nine week period. We want children to take responsibility for their actions and inform their parents/families.

Detention Procedure:
If a student receives two written notices within a nine-week period, a form will be sent home explaining that if a third written notice is given within the same nine-week period, a Wednesday detention between 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. will occur. A parent/guardian signature on this form is required and the form must be returned the following day.

If the student receives a third written notice, parents/guardians will be notified that the Wednesday detention will take place as soon as possible. A form will be sent home detailing the detention procedure. This form also requires a parent/guardian signature and the form must be returned the following day.

Emergency Procedures:

Safety Standard Response:

A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by students, teachers, staff, and administration.

Safety Standard Response Flyer to download

During a Lockdown  (Examples: wild animal on or near the campus, armed person, hostage situation, drive-by shooting)
• Students will be accounted for and secured in locked areas.
• No one out, No one in! There will be no exceptions until the area is cleared by the Incident Commander and/or the police.
• All cell phone and pagers will be off.

During Shelter in Place  (Examples: events of nature such as flood, blizzard, windstorm, environmental concern)
• Staff will be unable to release students until an “all clear” signal has been given.
• Please await further instructions.
• When parents are able to pick up their child, the parent will need to present identification.

During an Evacuation/Relocation  (Examples: events that render the school unsafe; fire, gas leak, chemical spill, bomb threat)
• All personnel and students will leave the building by the safest route to their assigned area.
• There they will await further instruction.
• Students will re-enter the building when the incident is remedied.

Relocation to Another Site
• Students will re-locate to the tennis courts.

Incident Commander may change the location according to the situation.
• Each teacher will have a student attendance list. The location of each student will be determined by his/her class.
• Parents will be able to pick up their children only when an “all clear” signal has been given by the police or the Incident Commander.   Identification will need to be presented to Barranca Mesa Staff

Parental Roles in Emergency Preparedness
• Please make sure to update your child”s school emergency card. Call or come by the school to update. Remember to update again when necessary.
• Discuss this school plan with your children.
• Stay calm in emergencies! At Barranca Mesa Elementary School, we have emergency plans in place. We have planned, prepared, and practiced for such emergencies.

Things parents can do now:
  • Please make sure to update your student’s school emergency card. Call or come by the school to update. Remember to update again when necessary.
  • Sign up for E-Alerts on the school and district websites. You’ll be notified by email whenever an emergency results in a delay, cancellation, or early dismissal.
  • Sign in and wear a Chamisa Volunteer or Visitor badge when you are in the building.
  • As part of your family plan, know your student’s schedule. Please check the accuracy of this schedule with your child.
  • Parents with students currently taking emergency medication (i.e. medication for diabetes, seizures, anaphylaxis, asthma, etc.), please provide the nurse with a three-day supply of medication in a prescription container that is clearly marked with your child’s name and dosage. Please include doctor’s orders for the prescription and parental permission for dispensation of the medication and any special storage instructions.
  • Notify and provide school with special dietary needs of your student.
    You might want to think about having your student have a change of clothes and personal hygiene articles (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, contact lens kit) in their locker.
  • Stay calm in emergencies! At Barranca, we have emergency plans in place. We have planned, prepared, and practiced for such emergencies.

Barranca  Handbook

To find out if there is a Delayed Start, School Cancellation, or Early Dismissal due to Snow or Ice:
• Visit the District Office homepage announcements at www.laschools.net
• Subscribe to E-Alerts to receive e-mail notifications using SchoolMessenger.
• Call 663-2223 (LAPS Info-Line)
• Watch one of the local morning news programs
• Call your school”s info line (below)
• Tune in to KRSN AM 1490

This message is to provide district wide procedures, communications strategies, and to help us further prepare for the winter of 2015-16.  The information may be particularly important because the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting ~150% of the annual average snow fall for northern New Mexico this year.

Communications:
•  The decision to close school or delay the start of school will usually be made by 5:30am.
•  Official announcements will be made via the media, district web page, LAPS E-Alerts, the school district’s information line (663-2223), and each individual school line.
•  We will be coordinating with LANL and the County on all decisions about a delayed start, cancelation, or early dismissal.  In general, if the Lab is on a delay, school opening will be delayed.  If the Lab is closed due to weather, our schools will usually be closed.
•  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.
•  This information will be used to update the LAPS webpage and Employee Handbook.

Delayed Start
•  Students should arrive at school for these start times
o  9:50am – LAHS
o  10:00am – LAMS
o  10:20am – Elementary schools (On Wednesdays, no school when there is a two-hour delay, YMCA programs start at noon)
o  Morning Pre-School is cancelled; afternoon Pre-School will meet as usual
•  Busses will arrive at bus stops two hours later than the usual pickup time
•    Parking lots will usually be cleared and ready for buses and cars by 7:30am.  Please allow our maintenance staff to clear the parking lots.
•  Parking lots will usually be cleared and ready for buses and cars by 7:30am.  Please allow our maintenance staff to clear the parking lots.
•  Sidewalks will usually be cleared by 8:00am
•  With regard to employees reporting to work, safety comes first
o  Certified staff should arrive no later than 2 hours after their normal start time
o  Classified staff should follow instructions from their immediate supervisor

Employees:
For delayed opening/Early Dismissal:

o    School site personnel (which includes teachers, instructional assistants, clerks and secretaries), should arrive no later than 2 hours after their normal start time.  Time missed beyond the delayed start will be charged leave.

o    Classified staff (260 day employees):
• Follow instructions from their immediate supervisor.  Based on their regular schedule, Non-certified staff will report to work or remain at work, if possible.  Custodians and maintenance staff may be called in early for snow removal.  Employees unable to report to work will notify their supervisor.  However, lost time must be made up as specified below:
•    An employee may use annual leave for absences on days when schools are closed because of inclement weather.
•    Sick leave may not be used for inclement weather absences.
•    With the approval of an employee’s supervisor, an employee may use comp time to cover short-term absences on “abbreviated days”.
•    No School Days/Bad Weather/Emergency Days
o    School site personnel (which includes teachers, instructional assistants, clerks and secretaries), will not be required to report to work on those days when there is no school for the entire day and will not suffer any loss of pay or accumulated leave.  They will be required to work any days or portions of days, which may need to be made up to meet state requirements without any additional compensation. (Snow days)

o    Classified staff (260 day employees) should follow instructions from their immediate supervisor.  Site administrators and maintenance/custodial supervisors will determine the essential employees on bad weather or emergency days. Employees unable to report to work will notify their supervisor.  However, lost time must be made up as specified below:
•    An employee may use annual leave for absences on days when schools are closed because of inclement weather.
•    Sick leave may not be used for inclement weather absences.
•    With the approval of an employee’s supervisor, an employee may use comp time to cover short-term absences on “abbreviated days”.

When you see snow and ice on the roads, please:
1.  Make safety your first priority
a.  Be extra cautious when driving
b.  Wear footwear that helps prevent slips, trips, and falls

2.  Take advantage of the learning opportunities
a.  Weather provides an incentive for students to write stories, learn science, and even calculate travel times
b.  If possible, allow students to talk about their experiences getting to school in the snow
3.  Exercise special patience
a.  Snow and ice can cause stress; thus, try “giving an extra hand to your neighbor”
b.  Remember that people have different tolerances for weather and we want to be understanding of each other
c.  Consider getting up earlier than usual to clear snow and provide extra travel time

Going To and From School
The school district assumes responsibility for students when they are using school bus transportation as they come to and from school and when they are on the school grounds between 8:05 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. on regular school days. The schools are not responsible for children while they are walking, riding bicycles, or otherwise coming to and from school. In this area, the County and the parents share responsibility for the children. However, the school and the Aspen PTO have an active interest in maintaining and assuring the safety and welfare of students who are walking or bicycling to and from school and will work cooperatively with the police, parents, and the County Transportation Committee in promoting and educating children in pedestrian and bicycle safety and law enforcement.

Early Dismissal/Snow Day Plan
On days of deep snow or exceptionally bad weather, schools may choose to follow a 2 hour delay plan. Any activities scheduled before school, such as band or orchestra, are canceled on snow days. Students should arrive at school two hours later than usual. If a 2-hour delay is called on a Wednesday, there will be NO school at the elementary level. Announcements concerning snow days will be made over the radio station KRSN AM 1490, on major local television channels (4, 7, or 13) beginning at approximately 6:30 a.m., or call the district info line at 663-2223.

On rare occasions, school will be dismissed early because of unusually heavy snowfall or other emergency situations. This decision is made by staff in Los Alamos Schools Central Office in collaboration with LANL staff and Los Alamos County staff. When this occurs, there will be radio messages to inform you of the decision. We ask your cooperation at this time. Please make a plan with your child ahead of time so he or she knows where to go after school is dismissed. We will send home a form for you to fill out to share your plan with us. This will help us know what you and your child have decided to do. Each teacher will keep a copy of your plan at school. Keep your email address current since we will send out a general announcement to our Barranca Family email list. When the decision to dismiss early occurs, it generally precedes early county and laboratory closings. For that reason, it is important for students and school staff to proceed home quickly so the roads may be clear for subsequent county and laboratory traffic. Please understand that the school phone lines must remain open during this time. Please go over the plans with your child to avoid any confusion.

Volunteers and visitors are always welcome at Barranca.  Please pre-arrange a time, even after school, to visit/volunteer with the teacher of the class you plan to visit/volunteer.

For the safety of all our children, it is imperative that all visitors sign in and obtain a visitor”s badge – even if you plan to be here for only a few minutes.

Sometimes your quick visit during lunch, or right after school, may be the only break a teacher has in a day.  Some lessons require minimal interruption, and in those cases, a visitor may disrupt the teacher”s plan.

Our of respect, please make an appointment for such visits.  Teachers can be contacted by e-mail, phone or in person by appointment.

Be sure to get a visitor”s badge before proceeding to the classroom.

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