Dispute Resolution Process2018-02-21T13:44:39+00:00

Dispute Resolution Process

The district encourages informal resolution of all complaints, concerns and grievance, when possible. Complaints, concerns or grievances  should be expressed as soon as possible to allow early resolution at the lowest possible level. However, where the informal process has not resulted in satisfactory resolution of a complaint, concern or grievance, all individuals are encouraged to formally address their grievances, without fear of retaliation.  Please see the resources below to understand more.

The School District strictly prohibits offensive conduct, such as violence, threats, name-calling, bullying, cyber bullying, harassment, intimidation, or criminal acts, and other target based misconduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for students, regardless of motive or reason.

No person shall be subject to reprisals for good faith reporting, or participating in the investigation, of a potential violation of this policy.

No employee or student may knowingly give false reports or information under this policy.

The School District encourages anyone who is a target of such physical or verbal misconduct to report such claims. We appreciate you taking time to fill this out. Los Alamos Public Schools believes in creating safe environments for all students, and this is one important step in that process.

Elementary School
Two options to report offensive conduct:

  • Students or their parents may report such offensive conduct to the principal, assistant principal, or counselor of the school. (Incident Form)
  • To file an online Incident Report with the District click here. The Incident Report form is for students, parents and staff of Los Alamos Public Schools to report offensive conduct. Once completed, this report will be sent to the school’s principal for follow up.

Los Alamos Middle School
Four options to report offensive conduct:

  • Students or their parents may report such offensive conduct to the principal, assistant principal, or counselor of the school. (Incident Form)
  • To file an online Incident Report with the District click here. The Incident Report form is for students, parents and staff of Los Alamos Public Schools to report offensive conduct. Once completed, this report will be sent to the school’s principal for follow up.
  • Tips can be reported via email at: lamstip@laschools.net Email reports can be anonymous
  • Telephone at 663-2380.  Telephone reports can be anonymous.  

Los Alamos High School and Topper Freshman Academy
Four options to  report offensive conduct:

  • Students or their parents may report such offensive conduct to the principal, assistant principal, or counselor of the school. (Incident Form)
  • To file an online Incident Report with the District click here. The Incident Report form is for students, parents and staff of Los Alamos Public Schools to report offensive conduct. Once completed, this report will be sent to the school’s principal for follow up.
  • Reports can be reported via email at: lahshelp@laschools.net Email reports can be anonymous
  • Telephone at 663-2570.  Telephone reports can be anonymous.  

Los Alamos Public School’s programs, activities, and practices will be free from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression, genetic information; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

District Compliance Officers
The district designates the individual(s) identified below as the employee(s) responsible for coordinating the district’s efforts to comply with state and federal civil rights laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and to answer inquiries regarding the district’s nondiscrimination policies.

Position/Mailing Address Area of Compliance
Assistant Superintendent For Learning and Accountability

P.O. Box 90, Los Alamos, NM 87544

All others including ADA/504
Director of Human Resources

P.O. Box 90, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Employee
LAHS Athletics and Activities Director

1300 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Title IX as related to athletics

Reporting Discrimination
Any person, including students, employees, clients, contractors, or members of the public who feels that they have been discriminated against by the Los Alamos Public Schools on the basis of disabilities, may use the grievance procedure. Every effort should be made to resolve problems at the school or district level.

Any student who feels that they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination described district policy 5130 iis strongly encouraged to immediately contact the site administrator or compliance officer. In addition, any student or employee who observes any such incident is strongly encouraged to report the incident to the site administrator or compliance officer, whether or not the alleged victim files a

Any person who feels aggrieved by an action of the Los Alamos Public Schools should submit a written formal grievance of the incident.

Investigation Time Frame
Upon receiving a grievance of discrimination, the the compliance officer will immediately investigate the complaint:

  1. Within five working days of the receipt of the written grievance, the Compliance Officer, or designee, will acknowledge, in writing, receipt of the grievance.
  2. The investigation will be completed within twenty (20) school days, and if the investigation requires more time, the Compliance Officer will inform the parties involved. The Compliance Officer will make a written report to the Superintendent upon completion of the investigation.  
  3. If the grievance involves alleged misconduct by certified personnel, any necessary reports will be filed with the New Mexico Public Education Department. The report shall include a determination of whether the allegations have been substantiated as factual and whether they appear to be violations of this policy.  The Compliance Officer will maintain a copy of the completed report.
  4. The Los Alamos Public Schools, through the Compliance Officer, will initiate appropriate steps to implement decisions reached through this process.

To file a grievance with the District online, click here.

To download the form and submit to the appropriate compliance officer,  click Discrimination Grievance form.

If you have a grievance, we welcome your constructive criticism with the expectation that any concern will be resolved at the point of origin.

Please provide written documentation describing dissatisfaction, when proceeding to the next level.

Resolution Process
Level 1: Teacher/Employee

Talk with the staff member to resolve the issue.

Level 2: Principal/Supervisor

If you are not satisfied with the disposition of the of the grievance at Level 1, you can notify the principal  in writing by using the Informal Resolution with principal or you can complete a grievance with the District online, click here. The principal or other administrator will have four (4) workdays to seek a satisfactory resolution of the problem and give a formal answer to the parent. If the parent is not satisfied with the formal answer, the parent may begin the formal grievance procedure.

Formal Grievance

Level 1:
Within five (5) work days after the staff member’s formal answer, the parent can put their grievance in writing to the Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Accountability.  The written grievance should be addressed to the Assistant Superintendent, Los Alamos Public Schools, 2075 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544 using the Parent Formal Grievance form or you can complete the grievance online, click Formal Grievance.

Within ten (10) workdays from receipt of the grievance, the Assistant Superintendent shall hold a conference with the aggrieved person or render a written resolution related to the grievance.

Level 2:
In the event that either the aggrieved person or the staff member is not satisfied with the disposition of the grievance at Level 1, they may request a hearing before the Superintendent, Los Alamos Public Schools, 2075 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544.  Within ten (10) workdays from receipt of the grievance, the Superintendent shall hold a conference with the aggrieved person or render a written resolution related to the grievance.  Level 2 hearings will end the grievance process except for those cases involving a long-term suspension or expulsion.

Level 3:
In the event that either the aggrieved person or the staff member is not satisfied with the disposition of the grievance at Level 2, and the case involves a long-term suspension or expulsion, they may request the Superintendent to schedule a hearing before the Los Alamos School Board at its next regular meeting.  The School Board will determine if the hearing is to be open or closed.

Great Schools. Great Place to Live. Great People

Los Alamos Public Schools is ranked as one of the premier school districts in the United States. LAPS serves as the primary school district for Los Alamos County, a county recently recognized as a Top 10 County for public schools. See links below on our outstanding achievements for the school district and our outstanding partnership with Los Alamos County.

#1 School District in New Mexico

Top 10 Counties in America for Education

Best Places to Live Top 10

Los Alamos Country #1 for Quality of Life