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Summer School Hours

June 28 - July 1

Online Remote Classes Start at 9 am to 4 pm
School open from 9-2pm for the Summer.

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Here is what our Full entry plan looks like:

  • Beginning Tuesday, April 16th, students will attend school Monday – Thursday.

  • Students will attend from 8:30am – 1:30pm.

  • Students will continue to work on their Google Classes with teacher support.

If your son/daughter will be attending, here are some reminders: 

  • Make sure your student brings their fully charged laptop and their charging cord.

  • Masks must be worn at all times and worn properly. Gaiters, bandanas, scarves, and masks with vents will not be permitted. Masks will be provided if needed.

  • Social Distancing will be practiced.

  • Students will not be allowed into labs if they have a fever or Covid-like symptoms and must be picked up immediately.

  • Please have students bring water bottles as we have bottle fillers that have replaced water fountains.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Martinez at 575-527-5916.

Full Reentry

Here is what our Full entry plan looks like:

  • Beginning Tuesday, April 16th, students will attend school Monday – Thursday.

  • Students will attend from 8:30am – 1:30pm.

  • Students will continue to work on their Google Classes with teacher support.

If your son/daughter will be attending, here are some reminders: 

  • Make sure your student brings their fully charged laptop and their charging cord.

  • Masks must be worn at all times and worn properly. Gaiters, bandanas, scarves, and masks with vents will not be permitted. Masks will be provided if needed.

  • Social Distancing will be practiced.

  • Students will not be allowed into labs if they have a fever or Covid-like symptoms and must be picked up immediately.

  • Please have students bring water bottles as we have bottle fillers that have replaced water fountains.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Martinez at 575-527-5916.

Full Reentry

Here is what our Full entry plan looks like:

  • Beginning Tuesday, April 16th, students will attend school Monday – Thursday.

  • Students will attend from 8:30am – 1:30pm.

  • Students will continue to work on their Google Classes with teacher support.

If your son/daughter will be attending, here are some reminders: 

  • Make sure your student brings their fully charged laptop and their charging cord.

  • Masks must be worn at all times and worn properly. Gaiters, bandanas, scarves, and masks with vents will not be permitted. Masks will be provided if needed.

  • Social Distancing will be practiced.

  • Students will not be allowed into labs if they have a fever or Covid-like symptoms and must be picked up immediately.

  • Please have students bring water bottles as we have bottle fillers that have replaced water fountains.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Martinez at 575-527-5916.

Graduation of the Class of 2021

Las Montañas Charter High School will be holding its graduation ceremony at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 

Each graduate student is allowed to invite five guests (children and babies count as guests).

The student will give the names of their five guests to the school so they will be on a list to get in. Anyone without permission will not be allowed in the convention center.

Inside the venue, social distancing, mask-wearing will be required and temperature checks will be done upon entrance.

YOU AND YOUR GUESTS MAY BEGIN TO ARRIVE @ 5:30 (ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 6:00)

SENIORS: PLEASE SUBMIT THE NAME OF YOUR 5 GUEST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO MRS. SALAS.

Summer School for Current Students

Summer School for Current LMCHS Students: June 7th through July 22nd.

Students will be able to continue working on the classes that they were assigned for this school year, throughout the summer.

Teachers will be available remotely for summer school. Online support and one-on-one zoom time with teachers will be Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact your teachers individually to set up times, if needed. During the summer the office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Contact Mrs. Dunbar or Mrs. Parker to go over classes and credits or to add more classes to your summer schedule.

Description / Period

Start Time

End Time

Length

Breakfast

8:00 AM

8:25 AM

25 MIN

1st Period

8:30 AM

9:37 AM

67 MIN

2nd Period

9:41 AM

10:48 AM

67 MIN

3rd Period – (A Lunch)

10:52 AM

11:59 AM

67 MIN

A-Lunch Mandatory Frontloading

11:39 AM

11:59 AM

20 MIN

4th Period – (B-Lunch)

12:03 PM

1:10 PM

67 MIN

B Lunch Mandatory Frontloading

12:50 PM

1:10 PM

20 MIN

5th Period – (C Lunch)

1:14 PM

2:21 PM

67 MIN

C Lunch Mandatory Frontloading

2:01 PM

2:21 PM

20 MIN

6th Period

2:25 PM

3:32 PM

67 MIN

7th Period

3:36 PM

4:43 PM

67 MIN

Current Open Scholarships:

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes (2021)
by Foot Locker Foundation

Up to $25,000 per recipient, Up to 20 recipients

https://www.goingmerry.com/scholarships/foot-locker-scholar-athletes-2021/7996

Founded in 2001, Foot Locker Foundation is the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., which leads the celebration of sneaker and youth culture around the globe through a portfolio of brands including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay, Footaction, Runners Point, and Sidestep. The company operates 3,113 stores in 27 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and New Zealand. Since its inception, the Foundation has developed significant partnerships, programs, and initiatives to improve and enrich communities across the country. Our mission is to promote a better world for today’s youth by creating, developing, and supporting innovative educational programs and encouraging health and well-being through physical activity.

Current Open Scholarships:

GoTranscript Academic Scholarship Program

Minimum eligibility requirements: High school senior or current full-time college freshman
Application deadline: Applications are accepted year-round
Award amount : $1,000

Leads Roster and Publicity.ai SEO & Content Marketing Scholarship

The Lead Roster B2B Sales & Marketing Scholarship is a highly competitive award for high school and college students interested in sales & marketing. Unlike most scholarships which require a simple essay and “good luck” to win, the Lead Roster scholarship puts the tools for winning in your hands by judging your entry on your ability to market and sell your own ideas! If you are interested please click on the following links: Lead Roster B2B Sales & Marketing Scholarship

Daniels Scholarship Program

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities. It is a “last dollar” scholarship that pays toward tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses. Scholars may attend any nonprofit accredited school in the United States.

Current Open Scholarships:

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes (2021)
by Foot Locker Foundation

Up to $25,000 per recipient, Up to 20 recipients

https://www.goingmerry.com/scholarships/foot-locker-scholar-athletes-2021/7996

Founded in 2001, Foot Locker Foundation is the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., which leads the celebration of sneaker and youth culture around the globe through a portfolio of brands including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay, Footaction, Runners Point, and Sidestep. The company operates 3,113 stores in 27 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and New Zealand. Since its inception, the Foundation has developed significant partnerships, programs, and initiatives to improve and enrich communities across the country. Our mission is to promote a better world for today’s youth by creating, developing, and supporting innovative educational programs and encouraging health and well-being through physical activity.

Current Open Scholarships:

GoTranscript Academic Scholarship Program

Minimum eligibility requirements: High school senior or current full-time college freshman
Application deadline: Applications are accepted year-round
Award amount : $1,000

Leads Roster and Publicity.ai SEO & Content Marketing Scholarship

The Lead Roster B2B Sales & Marketing Scholarship is a highly competitive award for high school and college students interested in sales & marketing. Unlike most scholarships which require a simple essay and “good luck” to win, the Lead Roster scholarship puts the tools for winning in your hands by judging your entry on your ability to market and sell your own ideas! If you are interested please click on the following links: Lead Roster B2B Sales & Marketing Scholarship

Daniels Scholarship Program

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities. It is a “last dollar” scholarship that pays toward tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses. Scholars may attend any nonprofit accredited school in the United States.

Graduation Course Requirements

Course

Credits Needed

English

4 credits

Math

4 credits (one credit = or > than Algebra 2)

Science

3 credits (2 with lab credits)

Social Studies

3.5 credits (including United Sates History & Geography, World History & Geography, Government & Economics and .5 credits of New Mexico History

Physical Education

1 credit

Career Cluster, Workplace Readiness, or Language other than English

1 credit

Health Education

0.5 credits

Electives

7.5 credits

TOTAL CREDITS

24.5 CREDITS

Note: 

One of the above courses must an Honors course, Advance Placement (AP) course, Dual Credit course or a Distance Learning course.

Parent Notification

(in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act, Title I, Part A, Section III and New Mexico Public School Code 22-10A-16)
Parents' Right to Know

Dear Parents:

The federal No Child Left Behind Act, and the state Public School Code, permits you as a parent, the right to request information about the licensure and other qualifications, teaching assignment, and training of your child’s teacher, instructional support providers, including paraprofessionals, and school principal(s) who may work with your child.

If you are interested in requesting this information, please contact Caz Martinez at (575) 527-5916.

Full Reentry

Here is what our Full entry plan looks like:

  • Beginning Tuesday, April 16th, students will attend school Monday – Thursday.

  • Students will attend from 8:30am – 1:30pm.

  • Students will continue to work on their Google Classes with teacher support.

If your son/daughter will be attending, here are some reminders: 

  • Make sure your student brings their fully charged laptop and their charging cord.

  • Masks must be worn at all times and worn properly. Gaiters, bandanas, scarves, and masks with vents will not be permitted. Masks will be provided if needed.

  • Social Distancing will be practiced.

  • Students will not be allowed into labs if they have a fever or Covid-like symptoms and must be picked up immediately.

  • Please have students bring water bottles as we have bottle fillers that have replaced water fountains.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Martinez at 575-527-5916.

First Day of School

LMCHS will begin school on August 5, 2021. Please contact us for any questions or concerns.

1405 S. Solano Dr.
Las Cruces, NM 88001

(575) 527-5916

[email protected]

ACCESS TESTING

Important Information 

 

Hello Families, 

ACCESS is a state assessment given to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade who are designated as English Learners.  All Las Montañas Charter High School English Learners will take this assessment in the Spring however, you may also select for your child to take it this Fall (This is a “makeup” from the Spring 21 Assessment because at that time we were in a Remote Learning setting and did not test students with the ACCESS test.  This opportunity is being offered to our students this year.  

If you select this option, your child will have ACCESS scores from Fall 21 and Spring 22 this school year.  

Please contact Mr. Estrada at- [email protected] if you would like your child to take the Fall 21 ACCESS test by Friday, September 3rd.  

I understand that by contacting  Mr. Estrada my child will take the ACCESS test this Fall and again Spring this school year.  

Please contact Las Montañas Charter High school (575-527-5916) if you have any questions.  Thank you!

 

 

Información Importante

Estimadas familias,

ACCESS es una evaluación estatal que se les da a estudiantes de K- 12.º grado designados como aprendices de inglés. Todos los Aprendices de inglés de Las Montañas Charter School tomarán esta evaluación en la primavera, sin embargo, usted también puede optar porque su hijo la tome este otoño. (Esta es una “recuperación” de la Evaluación de primavera 2021 porque en ese momento estábamos en un entorno de aprendizaje remoto y no evaluamos a los estudiantes con la prueba ACCESS. Esta oportunidad se ofrece a los estudiantes que están en los grados 9-12 este año.

Si selecciona esta opción, su hijo tendrá resultados de ACCESS del otoño 2021 y la primavera 2022 este año escolar.

Por favor contactar [email protected]  si desea que su hijo tome la prueba ACCESS de otoño 2021 antes del viernes 3 de septiembre. Entiendo que contactando, los estudiantes enumerados tomarán la prueba ACCESS este otoño y nuevamente en la primavera este año escolar.

Comuníquese con Las Montañas Charter High School (575-527-5916) si tiene alguna pregunta. Gracias.

Graduation of the Class of 2021

Las Montañas Charter High School will be holding its graduation ceremony at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 

Each graduate student is allowed to invite five guests (children and babies count as guests).

The student will give the names of their five guests to the school so they will be on a list to get in. Anyone without permission will not be allowed in the convention center.

Inside the venue, social distancing, mask-wearing will be required and temperature checks will be done upon entrance.

YOU AND YOUR GUESTS MAY BEGIN TO ARRIVE @ 5:30 (ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 6:00)

SENIORS: PLEASE SUBMIT THE NAME OF YOUR 5 GUEST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO MRS. SALAS.

Summer School for Current Students

Summer School for Current LMCHS Students: June 7th through July 22nd.

Students will be able to continue working on the classes that they were assigned for this school year, throughout the summer.

Teachers will be available remotely for summer school. Online support and one-on-one zoom time with teachers will be Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact your teachers individually to set up times, if needed. During the summer the office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Contact Mrs. Dunbar or Mrs. Parker to go over classes and credits or to add more classes to your summer schedule.

Description / Period

Breakfast

Start Time

8:00 AM

End Time

8:25 AM

Length

25 MIN

Description / Period

1st Period

Start Time

8:30 AM

End Time

9:37 AM

Length

67 MIN

Description / Period

2nd Period

Start Time

9:41 AM

End Time

10:48 AM

Length

67 MIN

Description / Period

3rd Period – (A Lunch)

Start Time

10:52 AM

End Time

11:59 AM

Length

67 MIN

Description / Period

A-Lunch Mandatory Frontloading

Start Time

11:39 AM

End Time

11:59 AM

Length

20 MIN

Description / Period

4th Period – (B-Lunch)

Start Time

12:03 PM

End Time

1:10 PM

Length

67 MIN

Description / Period

B Lunch Mandatory Frontloading

Start Time

12:50 PM

End Time

1:10 PM

Length

20 MIN

Description / Period

5th Period – (C Lunch)

Start Time

1:14 PM

End Time

2:21 PM

Length

67 MIN

Description / Period

C Lunch Mandatory Frontloading

Start Time

2:01 PM

End Time

2:21 PM

Length

20 MIN

Description / Period

6th Period

Start Time

2:25 PM

End Time

3:32 PM

Length

67 MIN

Description / Period

7th Period

Start Time

3:36 PM

End Time

4:43 PM

Length

67 MIN

Compulsory Student Attendance Policy

  • I. PURPOSE
    • To establish responsibility for recording and excusing student absences and to outline procedures for monitoring and improving
      attendance and for follow-up with students and parents in accordance with requirements set forth in 22-8-2 (NMSA 1978).

  • II. DEFINITIONS
    • A. “Attendance” means students who are in class or in a school-approved activity. If a student is in attendance up to one half of the total instructional time during a school day, the student will be counted as having attended one-half of a school day. If the student attends school for more than one-half of the total instructional time, the student will be counted as having attended for the full day (6-10-8-7 NMSA 1978)
    • B. “Hazardous weather conditions” means weather conditions that would endanger the health or safety of the student when in transit to and from school, as defined and/or approved by the Superintendent of the charter school or his/her designee. C. “Immediate family members” means the child, spouse, father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, siblings, step-siblings, half-siblings, grandparents, mother-in-law, father-in-law, foster parents, guardians, and others who reside in the same household with the student.
    • D. “Long-term illness” means acute or chronic health-related problems that require a student to be out of school more than three consecutive days, as verified by a health-care professional’s written note to the student’s school. E. “Recurring illness” means any medical or mental conditions that requires a student to see a health care professional on a recurring basis with standing appointments; and, that such appointments occur at least once per month. F. “Short-term illness” means any medical or mental conditions that keep a student out of school for three or fewer consecutive days, as verified by the parent.
    • G. “School sponsored/school sanctioned activities” Means:
      • 1. Events or activities sponsored or held by school clubs, athletics, extracurricular or curricular classes.
      • 2. School coordinated visits to college/university campuses on officially designated visitation days or on alternate visits when the student has applied for admission to that particular college/university.
      • 3. Days in which a student is suspended, short-term, from school.
    • H. “Work” means employment in a gainful trade or occupation or engagement in an alternative form of education to which the parent/guardian consents, and which is approved by the Superintendent of the charter school or his/her designee.

  • III. PROCEDURES: RECORDINGS ABSENCES
    • A. Each classroom teacher shall be responsible for taking daily student attendance.

  • IV. PROCESS AND CONTENT
    • A. Student absences shall be considered excused if they fall within the following reasons and students provide verification.
      • 1. Short and long-term mental and physical illnesses.
      • 2. Recurring illnesses.
      • 3. Observance of religious holidays.
      • 4. Bereavement.
      • 5. As required by law, disciplinary actions or short-term suspensions.
      • 6. Required court proceedings.
      • 7. School-sponsored/school-sanctioned activities, including school sports participation, field trips and academic competitions.
      • 8. Hazardous weather conditions.
      • 9. Work approved or sponsored by the school (i.e., service learning, EXCEL activity).
      • 10. When a student is not physically in the classroom but remains under the direct supervision of the school district, the absence(s) shall be documented as excused and are not counted as part of the 90 percent attendance calculation. School-sponsored/school sanctioned absences include, but are not limited to:
        • a. Standardized testing.
        • b. School sports participation.
        • c. Field trips and academic competitions.
        • d. Health center, nurse, counseling/guidance and administrative office visits.
        • e. Principal-approved student government and/or student council activities.
    • B. All excused absences for illness shall be verified by a parent or other adult who is legally responsible for the care of the student or by the school authority responsible for the absence. Verification shall be provided to the school within four (4) school days of the absence. If verification of the absence is not presented within four (4) school days, the
      absence shall be coded as unexcused.
      • 1. Long-term illness shall be verified in writing by a community health-care professional (doctor, dentist, optometrist, mental health counselor etc.) or school nurse.
      • 2. Recurring illness shall be verified in writing by a community health-care professional (doctor, dentist, mental health counselor, etc.) that the absence is recurring and necessary.
      • 3. Short-term illness shall be verified in writing by a parent, community health-care professional (doctor, dentist, mental health counselor, etc.) or school nurse.
    • C. It shall be the responsibility of the student to make up any and all schoolwork he/she missed due to absence, regardless of the reason for the absence.
      • 1. When absence is excused, the teacher shall provide the student with resources in order to learn the material missed during the absence(s).

  • V. MONITORING ATTENDANCE.
    • A. Student absences shall be reported to the student’s parents/guardians on the student’s quarterly report card.
    • B. LMCHS and outside agencies, shall develop and implement a continuum of interventions designed to support regular school attendance.
    • C. High Schools:
      • 1. In order for a student to receive credit for a class, he/she must be in attendance for a minimum of ninety (90) percent of the days the class is offered or has received approval of an appeal for credit.
      • 2. High school students with excessive absences and/or tardies, both excused and unexcused, may be referred for appropriate intervention. At the discretion of the school principal/designee, students who have been absent for fifteen (15) days may be referred to appropriate school staff and/or outside agencies for intensive interventions designed to increased regular attendance. (LMCHS )
      • 3. A student and the student’s parent/guardian shall be provided verbal and written notice from the school at such time as a student’s attendance in any class drops below ninety (90) percent of the days the class is offered during any grading period.
        • a. Phone call procedures. When a student has reached their third (3rd), seventh (7th)
          and tenth (10th) absence, a designated person from LMCHS will contact the parent or
          guardian of the student and inform them of the absences.
        • b. Written procedure: When a student has reached fifteen (15) absences, the school will send written notification to the student’s parents or guardians that the student has reached fifteen (15) absences. The written parent notification shall indicate the need to schedule a parent/teacher conference to discuss available interventions that address the student’s attendance patterns and academic progress.
          • i. It shall be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact the school to
            schedule such a conference.
          • ii. A translator shall be made available during the conference if requested by the
            parent/guardian.
    • F. HIGH SCHOOL APPEALS:
      • 1. Students who violate the ninety (90) percent attendance requirement (7 unexcused absences per semester) will be given a No Credit “NC” and will be required to successfully complete the terms of an attendance contract in order for the NC to be removed from their record. The contract will serve to assist students that have lost credit due to not meeting the attendance policy for a semester and will serve as the appeal and contract for credit. The minimum attendance requirement does not impact the acceptance of credit awarded through alternative means, such as online courses.
      • 2. Approved absences that are coded as “excused” shall not be included when calculating whether a student has failed to meet the ninety (90) percent attendance requirement.

  • VI. REPORTING (NMAC 6-10-8)
    • A. The school shall maintain class attendance records by class period for every instructional day for each student in each school or school program in the school district or charter school in a manner verifiable by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED).

Current Open Scholarships:

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes (2021)
by Foot Locker Foundation

Up to $25,000 per recipient, Up to 20 recipients

https://www.goingmerry.com/scholarships/foot-locker-scholar-athletes-2021/7996

Founded in 2001, Foot Locker Foundation is the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., which leads the celebration of sneaker and youth culture around the globe through a portfolio of brands including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay, Footaction, Runners Point, and Sidestep. The company operates 3,113 stores in 27 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and New Zealand. Since its inception, the Foundation has developed significant partnerships, programs, and initiatives to improve and enrich communities across the country. Our mission is to promote a better world for today’s youth by creating, developing, and supporting innovative educational programs and encouraging health and well-being through physical activity.

Current Open Scholarships:

GoTranscript Academic Scholarship Program

Minimum eligibility requirements: High school senior or current full-time college freshman
Application deadline: Applications are accepted year-round
Award amount : $1,000

Leads Roster and Publicity.ai SEO & Content Marketing Scholarship

The Lead Roster B2B Sales & Marketing Scholarship is a highly competitive award for high school and college students interested in sales & marketing. Unlike most scholarships which require a simple essay and “good luck” to win, the Lead Roster scholarship puts the tools for winning in your hands by judging your entry on your ability to market and sell your own ideas! If you are interested please click on the following links: Lead Roster B2B Sales & Marketing Scholarship

Daniels Scholarship Program

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities. It is a “last dollar” scholarship that pays toward tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses. Scholars may attend any nonprofit accredited school in the United States.

Graduation Course Requirements

Course

English

Credits Needed

4 credits

Course

Math

Credits Needed

4 credits (one credit = or > than Algebra 2)

Course

Science

Credits Needed

3 credits (2 with lab credits)

Course

Social Studies

Credits Needed

3.5 credits (including United Sates History & Geography, World History & Geography, Government & Economics and .5 credits of New Mexico History

Course

Physical Education

Credits Needed

1 credit

Course

Career Cluster, Workplace Readiness, or Language other than English

Credits Needed

1 credit

Course

Health Education

Credits Needed

0.5 credits

Course

Electives

Credits Needed

7.5 credits

TOTAL CREDITS

24.5 CREDITS

Note: 

One of the above courses must an Honors course, Advance Placement (AP) course, Dual Credit course or a Distance Learning course.

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Parent Notification

(in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act, Title I, Part A, Section III and New Mexico Public School Code 22-10A-16)
Parents' Right to Know

Dear Parents:

The federal No Child Left Behind Act, and the state Public School Code, permits you as a parent, the right to request information about the licensure and other qualifications, teaching assignment, and training of your child’s teacher, instructional support providers, including paraprofessionals, and school principal(s) who may work with your child.

If you are interested in requesting this information, please contact Richard Robinson at (575) 527-5916.

Compulsory Student Attendance Policy

  • I. PURPOSE
    • To establish responsibility for recording and excusing student absences and to outline procedures for monitoring and improving
      attendance and for follow-up with students and parents in accordance with requirements set forth in 22-8-2 (NMSA 1978).

  • II. DEFINITIONS
    • A. “Attendance” means students who are in class or in a school-approved activity. If a student is in attendance up to one half of the total instructional time during a school day, the student will be counted as having attended one-half of a school day. If the student attends school for more than one-half of the total instructional time, the student will be counted as having attended for the full day (6-10-8-7 NMSA 1978)
    • B. “Hazardous weather conditions” means weather conditions that would endanger the health or safety of the student when in transit to and from school, as defined and/or approved by the Superintendent of the charter school or his/her designee. C. “Immediate family members” means the child, spouse, father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, siblings, step-siblings, half-siblings, grandparents, mother-in-law, father-in-law, foster parents, guardians, and others who reside in the same household with the student.
    • D. “Long-term illness” means acute or chronic health-related problems that require a student to be out of school more than three consecutive days, as verified by a health-care professional’s written note to the student’s school. E. “Recurring illness” means any medical or mental conditions that requires a student to see a health care professional on a recurring basis with standing appointments; and, that such appointments occur at least once per month. F. “Short-term illness” means any medical or mental conditions that keep a student out of school for three or fewer consecutive days, as verified by the parent.
    • G. “School sponsored/school sanctioned activities” Means:
      • 1. Events or activities sponsored or held by school clubs, athletics, extracurricular or curricular classes.
      • 2. School coordinated visits to college/university campuses on officially designated visitation days or on alternate visits when the student has applied for admission to that particular college/university.
      • 3. Days in which a student is suspended, short-term, from school.
    • H. “Work” means employment in a gainful trade or occupation or engagement in an alternative form of education to which the parent/guardian consents, and which is approved by the Superintendent of the charter school or his/her designee.

  • III. PROCEDURES: RECORDINGS ABSENCES
    • A. Each classroom teacher shall be responsible for taking daily student attendance.

  • IV. PROCESS AND CONTENT
    • A. Student absences shall be considered excused if they fall within the following reasons and students provide verification.
      • 1. Short and long-term mental and physical illnesses.
      • 2. Recurring illnesses.
      • 3. Observance of religious holidays.
      • 4. Bereavement.
      • 5. As required by law, disciplinary actions or short-term suspensions.
      • 6. Required court proceedings.
      • 7. School-sponsored/school-sanctioned activities, including school sports participation, field trips and academic competitions.
      • 8. Hazardous weather conditions.
      • 9. Work approved or sponsored by the school (i.e., service learning, EXCEL activity).
      • 10. When a student is not physically in the classroom but remains under the direct supervision of the school district, the absence(s) shall be documented as excused and are not counted as part of the 90 percent attendance calculation. School-sponsored/school sanctioned absences include, but are not limited to:
        • a. Standardized testing.
        • b. School sports participation.
        • c. Field trips and academic competitions.
        • d. Health center, nurse, counseling/guidance and administrative office visits.
        • e. Principal-approved student government and/or student council activities.
    • B. All excused absences for illness shall be verified by a parent or other adult who is legally responsible for the care of the student or by the school authority responsible for the absence. Verification shall be provided to the school within four (4) school days of the absence. If verification of the absence is not presented within four (4) school days, the
      absence shall be coded as unexcused.
      • 1. Long-term illness shall be verified in writing by a community health-care professional (doctor, dentist, optometrist, mental health counselor etc.) or school nurse.
      • 2. Recurring illness shall be verified in writing by a community health-care professional (doctor, dentist, mental health counselor, etc.) that the absence is recurring and necessary.
      • 3. Short-term illness shall be verified in writing by a parent, community health-care professional (doctor, dentist, mental health counselor, etc.) or school nurse.
    • C. It shall be the responsibility of the student to make up any and all schoolwork he/she missed due to absence, regardless of the reason for the absence.
      • 1. When absence is excused, the teacher shall provide the student with resources in order to learn the material missed during the absence(s).

  • V. MONITORING ATTENDANCE.
    • A. Student absences shall be reported to the student’s parents/guardians on the student’s quarterly report card.
    • B. LMCHS and outside agencies, shall develop and implement a continuum of interventions designed to support regular school attendance.
    • C. High Schools:
      • 1. In order for a student to receive credit for a class, he/she must be in attendance for a minimum of ninety (90) percent of the days the class is offered or has received approval of an appeal for credit.
      • 2. High school students with excessive absences and/or tardies, both excused and unexcused, may be referred for appropriate intervention. At the discretion of the school principal/designee, students who have been absent for fifteen (15) days may be referred to appropriate school staff and/or outside agencies for intensive interventions designed to increased regular attendance. (LMCHS )
      • 3. A student and the student’s parent/guardian shall be provided verbal and written notice from the school at such time as a student’s attendance in any class drops below ninety (90) percent of the days the class is offered during any grading period.
        • a. Phone call procedures. When a student has reached their third (3rd), seventh (7th)
          and tenth (10th) absence, a designated person from LMCHS will contact the parent or
          guardian of the student and inform them of the absences.
        • b. Written procedure: When a student has reached fifteen (15) absences, the school will send written notification to the student’s parents or guardians that the student has reached fifteen (15) absences. The written parent notification shall indicate the need to schedule a parent/teacher conference to discuss available interventions that address the student’s attendance patterns and academic progress.
          • i. It shall be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact the school to
            schedule such a conference.
          • ii. A translator shall be made available during the conference if requested by the
            parent/guardian.
    • F. HIGH SCHOOL APPEALS:
      • 1. Students who violate the ninety (90) percent attendance requirement (7 unexcused absences per semester) will be given a No Credit “NC” and will be required to successfully complete the terms of an attendance contract in order for the NC to be removed from their record. The contract will serve to assist students that have lost credit due to not meeting the attendance policy for a semester and will serve as the appeal and contract for credit. The minimum attendance requirement does not impact the acceptance of credit awarded through alternative means, such as online courses.
      • 2. Approved absences that are coded as “excused” shall not be included when calculating whether a student has failed to meet the ninety (90) percent attendance requirement.

  • VI. REPORTING (NMAC 6-10-8)
    • A. The school shall maintain class attendance records by class period for every instructional day for each student in each school or school program in the school district or charter school in a manner verifiable by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED).