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Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to Mountain School. The staff at Mountain has been hard at work creating a unique and rigorous learning adventure for you. We are anxious to get started on another tremendous year of learning.

If you haven’t already met me, I am the new Principal, Dr. Brian Grass. I have moved to Santa Fe from Los Angeles, and am beyond excited to help lead this fantastic school. I have been a Principal for 12 years, and I come to Mountain with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm.

The ongoing school improvement construction has come to an end. We are finally able to see and use the new covered walkway and breezeway, new gym floors, new carpeting and brand new air conditioning! We are so grateful to the taxpayers of Los Alamos for providing these long overdue improvements to our school. What a difference in our learning environment.

Another new introduction to our Mountain family is Pre-School. We are getting two new Pre-Kinder classes at our school for the new school year. We are so confident in the strength of our early education experience at Mountain, that we think an additional group of little ones will add to our already stellar reputation. Please help to welcome our new Pre-K families.

This year has been challenging to say the least. Since we are starting the school year fully remote, it is more important than ever that we work together. The decision by the school board to start fully remote, will allow our teachers and staff to devote individual time learning each new student’s needs, as well as offer the time and resources to more properly plan for our eventual in person school days, which will not be far away.

We are pleased to have you as partners in this educational year. As the school year progresses, we encourage you to call or email, to more fully communicate your hopes and expectations for your child. We always look forward to your suggestions as to how to improve your child’s educational experience. Please reach out to your child’s teacher, or to our active PTA, to find out how to better help us create a unique experience for your child. And feel free to email me if you should have any questions or concerns. I will always return your emails or phone calls.

One of our goals is to see that the parents and guardians of students, just like the students themselves, feel at home at Mountain. To accomplish this goal, Parent Newsletters are sent home each week, throughout the year. Emails and phone calls are also utilized to ensure constant communication between family and school.

We are glad to have you with us this year, and we want to assure you that we will do our best to help your child experience positive academic, social and emotional growth. We believe that excellence lives at Mountain. If we treat everyone with kindness and respect, learning can be a joyful experience for everyone involved. The mission of our school is to Learn, Improve, Observe, Nurture and Succeed. If we work together, our Mountain students will go far. As your new principal, I am honored to take this journey with you.

Sincerely,

Brian Grass
Principal
663-2325
b.grass@laschools.net

*PLAYGROUND SUPERVISION BEGINS AT 8:05am*

8:15am – 1st bell rings (signals that school begins in five minutes)

8:20am – School begins

DISMISSAL on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Kindergarten – 6th grade – 3:20
School buses leave at 3:27pm
Supervision ends at 3:35pm

DISMISSAL on Wednesday
Kindergarten – 6th grade – Noon
School buses leave at 12:07pm
Supervision ends at 12:15pm

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 this 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 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:
    • S/He is 18 years of age or
    • S/He is usually home during the
    • S/He could walk to school, if
    • S/He is known to your
    • S/He is both aware and able to assume this

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 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:
    • 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
    • Any child who is home waiting for the bus will not be picked up and remains the responsibility of the parent or
    • In any situation, if the student’s bus does not arrive at the stop within fifteen (15) minutes, the student should return
    • 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’
  3. In case of a hazardous release event (i.e. chemical spill) near the school area, Shelter procedures will be implemented to provide “in place” 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 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.

Parental Roles in Emergency Preparedness

  • Discuss the Standard Response Protocol with your child(ren)
  • Please make sure to update your student’s school emergency Call or come by the school to update. Remember to update again when necessary.
  • Sign up for E-Alerts on the school and district You’ll be notified by email whenever an emergency results in a delay, cancellation, or early dismissal.
  • As part of your family plan, know your student’s 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 Please include doctor’s orders for the prescription and parental permission for a dispensation of the medication and any special storage instructions.
  • Notify and provide the school with the special dietary needs of your

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.

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

The purpose of any computer utilization is to enhance the educational experience. All students and staff are required to have a signed district Technology Agreement on file. Use of computers is a privilege and not a right. Inappropriate use will result in the cancellation of those privileges. LAHS administration will determine what is inappropriate use and that decision will be final. Inappropriate use will result in the closing of an account at any time or by removal from a computer-based class.

• Ethical Use of Technology Board Policy 6144R