FAQ 2017-06-30T09:15:52+00:00


Our school district has contracted with SchoolMessenger, a leading provider of notification services for parental outreach, emergency broadcasts, student attendance alerts and other communications for education.

The SchoolMessenger system is designed to automatically notify parents for reasons that impact the safety and academic performance of students. SchoolMessenger will extend the district’s existing community outreach efforts and emergency preparedness procedures, as well as inform parents of upcoming school events such as statewide testing and parent meetings. As a comprehensive communication tool, SchoolMessenger will contribute to the district’s involvement initiatives, allowing the district to engage the broader educational community about a wide range of topics affecting students’ academic success.

SchoolMessenger will not replace current school communication methods. Principals will still be accessible for live visits and will continue to communicate via current methods including paper-based memoranda. The district’s acquisition of the SchoolMessenger system is intended to extend its commitment to remain personally connected with parents by offering additional and timely communications.

To learn more about SchoolMessenger please visit their web site at www.schoolmessenger.com.

InfoSnap: Online Student Registration System for 2017

The Los Alamos Public School District is excited about our online student registration/data validation system for the upcoming school year, powered by InfoSnap. The system is a secure and green process that will allow the district to verify all student demographic, emergency, and medical information for students prior to the start of the new school year. Additionally, the system will allow electronically signing of the annual permission forms.

When it is time to fill out the online form, you will receive a letter/email from LAPS with instructions on how to access the system for your student. The letter/email will contain a link and a secure “snapcode” that links directly to your student’s information. You will create an account that you will use each year for this process and submit a form for each student in your family. For those families with more than one student attending LAPS, you will have the option to copy all generic family information to all other students within your family. We would appreciate all families to take action and complete these forms as soon as possible after receiving the letter/email. Your student’s registration will not be complete until the forms have been submitted. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may visit the respective school site and use a school computer to complete the process. If you have any further questions, please contact the school office or Pierce Jones via email, p.jones@laschools.net or by phone (505) 663-2660.
There will also be an online version of Athletics registration for the Middle School and High School using InfoSnap. If you do not have access to the Internet, contact your child’s school and you can make an appointment to use a school computer to complete the process or we will still make paper forms available if parents do not wish to use the online registration process.
NOTE: New Students do not need a “snapcode” you may begin the registration process by clicking on the link below:

Returning Student Registration click here.
NEW TO THE DISTRICT Online Student Registration ONLY click here.

After registering please be sure to visit the Athletics home page to register your athlete through InfoSnap.
We are no longer registering through FamilyID.


The PowerSchool Parent Portal is the school district’s electronic student management system where student information is collected and stored. The Parent Portal gives parents access to information about their children.  You will need a User ID and password to access this system. Please contact your student’s school office to obtain the information you need to log on to the PowerSchool Parent portal.

Parents can also sign up to receive various reports (see screenshot, below) in the PowerSchool Parent Portal, and can set the frequency of “How Often” to Never, Once a Week, Once every 2 weeks, Monthly, or Daily.  Reports can be sent to more than one email address by entering multiple addresses in the Guardian’s Email Address field, separated by a comma and no space in between the different emails.

The usefulness of the reports will depend on whether/to what extent, your student’s teacher is using the PowerTeacher gradebook.  Not all schools post grades, however, all do post attendance.  Attendance is posted by teachers and by the office. Some teachers assign and post grades to PowerSchool at different times. Some may give grades to their students every day and some may give far fewer grades during the marking periods. This is up to each teacher and depends upon their grading system.  If you see grades in PowerSchool for some teachers but not others, this is a normal function of the way teachers assign and post grades.

Information about delayed start, school cancellation, or early dismissal due to snow or ice

  • SchoolMessenger will send you e-mail or text notifications if you have signed up to receive notifications.
  • Call 663-2223 (LAPS Info-Line)
  • Watch one of the local morning news programs
  • Tune into 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 snowfall for northern New Mexico this year.


  • The decision to close school or delay the start of school will usually be made by 5:30 a.m.
    Official announcements will be made via the media, district web page, LAPS SchoolMessenger, 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 canceled for the day, all after school programs including athletics (both home and away contests) and activities are canceled.
  • This information will be used to update the LAPS web page and Employee Handbook.

Delayed Start

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


For Delayed Opening/Early Dismissal:

  • 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. Classified staff (260 day employees):
  • 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

  • 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

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

Emergency Procedures at LAPS

Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, we want you to be aware that the schools have made preparations to respond effectively to such situations. In fact, public schools in New Mexico are built to meet stringent construction standards, and they may be safer than your own home in the event of a disaster.

Should we have a major disaster during school hours, your student(s) will be cared for at this school. Los Alamos Public Schools have detailed emergency response plans, which have been formulated to respond to a major catastrophe. While the specific details of these plans cannot be made public, we will provide any information necessary for your emergency planning needs and peace of mind, in case of an emergency. After you have thoughtfully reviewed these process, please sit with your child(ren) and help them to understand that it is necessary for them to follow the directions of any school personnel in times of an emergency drill or actual emergency situation. The safety of all depends on all personnel and students treating drills and emergency directions with serious respect.

Your cooperation is necessary in any emergency:

  1. Do not telephone the school. You can receive updated information through an emergency communication system, provided by the school district and Los Alamos County. Telephone lines may be needed for emergency communication.
  2. In the event of a serious emergency, students will be kept at their schools until they can be picked up by an identified, responsible adult who has been listed as such on a LAPS emergency card, which is required to be completed by parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year. Please be sure you consider the following criteria when you authorize another person to pick up your child at school:
    1. S/He is 18 years of age or older.
    2. S/He is usually home during the day.
    3. S/He could walk to school, if necessary.
    4. S/He is known to your child.
    5. S/He is both aware and able to assume this responsibility.

During an extreme emergency, students will be released at designated reunion sites, to be identified by the Incident Commander and located on school  campuses. Please instruct your student to remain at the school until you or  your designee arrives.

  1. Turn your radio to AM 1610 for emergency announcements. If students are to be kept at school, radio stations will be notified. If electrical service is not affected, information will be relayed via LAPS to the radio and television broadcast media. In addition, information regarding day-to-day school operations will be available by accessing our website, or subscribing to our E-Alerts web-based system. All sites have hotline numbers, which will be updated.
  2. In the event that any emergency takes place during the time that students expect to be transported to or from school:
    1. If students are on the bus at the time, they will be kept on the bus, and the driver will ask for assistance through radio contact with the school and district personnel.
    2. Any child who is home waiting for the bus will not be picked up and remains the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
    3. In any situation, if the student’s bus does not arrive at the stop within fifteen (15) minutes, the student should return home.
    4. In the event that an emergency occurs in the afternoon, the driver will make every attempt to continue delivering the students to their homes. Should road conditions prevent the driver from delivering students to their home or to school in the morning, the students will be delivered to the nearest district site, and that site’s personnel will communicate with home school personnel to inform them of the students’ whereabouts.
  3. In case of a hazardous release event (i.e. chemical spill) near the school area, Shelter-In-Place procedures will be implemented to provide “in place” protection. All students and staff will clear the fields, report to their rooms, and all efforts will be made to prevent outside air from entering the classrooms during the emergency. “Shelter-In-Place” signs will be placed in classroom windows or hung outside classroom doors during a drill or emergency. Students arriving at school during a Shelter-In-Place drill or event should report to the school office or to a previously designated area at the school because classrooms will be inaccessible. When the dangerous incident has subsided, an “all clear” signal will be given.

In the case of a county-wide evacuation, which would include the schools, that evacuation would proceed in accordance with the protocols established in the Los Alamos County Emergency Operations Plan. Please access the County’s website for this county-wide evacuation plan.

Please discuss these matters with your immediate family. Planning ahead will help alleviate concern during emergencies.

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