FAQ


Looking for quick answers without having to refer to the handbook? We've listed some of the most frequently asked questions here. If you can't find what you are looking for, feel free to contact the office for more details.



When can I drop my child off/pick them up from school?

You may drop your child off at school by 7:45 a.m. Please do not bring your son or daughter any earlier because we will be unable to supervise them.

Our drop off procedures are as follows:

  • If you bring your child to school please pick up and drop off at the east end of the campus by the gymnasium. We ask that students remain on the sidewalk and walk to classrooms to get ready for the Walking Program.
  • Visitor parking is at the south end of the campus in the fenced in area. There is absolutely no parking or driving in the fenced bus-loading zone during school hours.
  • Students need to exit the bus and go directly to their classrooms or the school gymnasium for the Walk Program. Please have your son or daughter stay on the sidewalk to ensure his/her safety.
  • When dropping off your child, pull into the fenced parking, east side of the parking area and have your child exit the vehicle immediately.
  • We ask that you do not drop off your child behind buses, cars, or trucks, as that creates a dangerous situation for your child.
  • Use caution when backing or driving out of the parking area.
  • If it is after 8:15 a.m., we ask that parents escort their child to the front office to sign in.

Our pick-up procedures are as follows:

  • Teachers will escort students on the sidewalks while they proceed to their bus line and wait for the "go-ahead" to enter the bus.
  • Students may enter the bus only when the teacher gives permission to proceed.
  • If you pick up your child, they will stay in the waiting area, bus loading area/office hallway until a staff member on duty dismisses him/her. Please ensure that your child is completely inside the vehicle and buckled up with the door securely closed before you drive away.
  • Parent vehicles are to wait until all buses leave the school grounds.
  • To ensure that your child is safe, please use extreme caution when pulling out and driving away.


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What if my child is absent from school?

If you know that your child will need to be absent from school, please notify the school before your child is absent. If you would like to get homework for an extended absence ahead of time, please give the teacher at least 24 hours notice. While we realize that things do come up, please try to schedule doctor's appointments, vacations, and other non-emergency events after school hours or during a normal school vacation.

When your child is absent, he/she must be excused. This means you may call the morning of the absence and let the office know the reason he/she will not be attending. If you are unable to call, you may send in a written note when your child returns to school, explaining why your son or daughter was absent. If we do not receive a note or a call from you, we will record your chid's absence as unexcused.

                
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What if my child is late to school?

Please accompany your child to the Principal’s office when he/she is tardy for school and do not allow him/her to enter the school office by himself. Any student marked tardy three or more times will not receive a Perfect Attendance Award at the end of the school year. Three tardies equal one full day absence. The Mesa Vista Consolidated Schools’ Truancy Policy is available upon request at the Principal’s office for all parents/guardians.


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What if my child has an appointment during the school day?

We will not release a student from school at times other than regular dismissal hours except with the principal’s permission and in accordance with the campus sign out procedures. Authorized persons must sign students out at the office and pick them up in the classroom. We will allow Only those listed as authorized on the registration to sign students out. If parents want to authorize somebody else to pick up their child, they must do so in writing to the office.
REMINDER- It is the responsibility of the parents to notify the office when emergency information
changes.


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Can my child go home with another student?

In the interest of your child’s safety, you will need to write a note requesting another adult give your student(s) a ride home, ride to another location, or ride in another vehicle. The Principal’s secretary must clear this written note in the morning prior to releasing the student. We will only allow people listed on your child’s student registration card to check your child out of school. If you would like your child to get off at a different bus stop, you must send in a written note with the date, a phone number, and the parent’s/guardian’s signature. We ask that your child give the note to the Principal’s secretary in the morning for verification. Once we verify the note, your student will receive a written note signed by the Principal, and he/she will need to give that note to the bus driver before he/she can ride the bus. We are sorry we cannot honor telephone requests.


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Can my child take his/her own medication at school?

If your child needs to take medication at school, we ask that parents only drop off or pick up medication. You must have a prescription from a doctor, the medication must be in the original bottle, and the bottle needs to be labeled with the following information:

  • Name of student
  • Name of medication
  • Directions for dosage and storage
  • Time of day medication needs to be administered
  • Physician’s name and date the medication was prescribed

We are not able to change dosage or time dispensed if you call with that request.


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What shots does my child need to enter school?

Before your child starts school or when you transfer into our school district, you are required to present an approved New Mexico Department of Public Health immunization certificate for your child.

Students will need at least 4 DPT (Diphtheria, Pertusis, and Tetanus) and Polio shots (the last after age 4), 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) shots after 12 months of age, and 3 Hepatitis B shots for admission to school. For Varicella immunization, students require 1 dose for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades or a history of having the disease.

Unfortunately, any student who is not up-to-date with his/her immunizations will be unenrolled within a week. We will not allow the student to return to school until he/she has received all of the necessary shots and you provide the school with an updated copy of the immunization form.


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How will I know if school is closed or delayed because of the weather?

In the event of heavy snowfall, the Albuquerque TV stations will indicate if the Mesa Vista schools have a two-hour delay or are closed by 7 a.m. A two hour delay means that the schools begin and the buses run 2 hours later than usual. Please note that we will not serve breakfast on days when there is a delay.

                
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How does breakfast and lunch work at the school?

We offer all students free breakfast and lunch. We consider meal times to be more than just feeding children, and it is an integral part of our school curriculum. We teach children etiquette, orderly conduct, respect for the rights of others and the value of proper nutrition. Because the health of your child is important to us, we will not allow sodas or juice during meals. In the event that your child cannot have milk, we will issue them a juice upon written permission. Also, if your child does not eat certain foods because of religious or health reasons, please notify us upon your enrollment to our school.


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When do you give out report cards?

We will give out report cards after each 9-week grading period; approximately 7-10 days after the grading period ends.


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What is the grading scale?

We base our letter grades on the percent correct for student class work and homework, presentations and assessments.
A= 90-100
B= 80-89
C= 70-79
D= 60-69
F= 0-59


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What is Read and Respond?

Read and Respond is a program that helps children foster a love of reading by reading with a parent. We ask that each night (Monday-Thursday) you read with your child for 20 minutes, then fill out and sign the Read and Respond forms at home. Reading with your child each evening helps develop independent reading skills, reinforces concepts he/she learns in school, and improves reading fluency.


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Can I visit my child’s classroom?

Here at Ojo Caliente we welcome you to be a part of your child’s learning environment. As a visitor, you must sign in at the front office and receive a visitor’s pass before going on campus. Please remember that teachers are not available for conferences during the school day, so if you have a concern, please make an appointment to visit with the teacher at another time.


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What is the dress code?

The Mesa Vista Board of Education believes that proper etiquette, social customs, and good grooming are a definite part of the educational process and the representation of our schools. It is suggested that students wear to school or school functions, neat, clean, appropriate clothing, that meets the standards of this educational environment. Any extreme in clothing, hair, cosmetics, jewelry, hanging key chains or wallet chains, or appearance that may disrupt the normal operations of the school will not be acceptable. Withthat in mind, we enforce the following dress code policies:

  • Student’s hair will be clean, neat, and well groomed.
  • Students must wear appropriate clothing and shoes at all times.
  • Sagging pants/shorts or the fashion design of sagging pants or shorts will not be worn in school premises or during school activities, to include spandex or tight fitting attire. Pants or shorts straps are to be fastened or snapped in order to prevent sagging of pants/shorts.
  • Half-length or baremidriff shirts/blouses, muscle shirts, or sports bra exposing body parts are not to be worn in school premises.
  • Girls may wear dresses of appropriate length (4 inches above knee) or shorts (6 inches above knee).
  • Students are not to wear T-shirts, tank tops, halter tops, sports bras, muscle shirts, jackets, attire or flash bandannas with either pictures, logos, phrases, letter or words printed on them that are bias, prejudicial, vulgar, profane, obscene, or disruptive in the judgment of the school administration. This will include, but not be limited to: gang, suggestive postures, nude/semi-nude figures, pictures or logos of alcoholic beverages, obscene gestures or words, or words of pictures that depict tobacco or prohibited substances; and figures in sexually suggestive postures.
  • Students are not to wear sunglasses, handkerchiefs, bandannas or hats of any kind within the school building unless approved by the school principal for special occasions. Hats should be interpreted literally as “hats” and will include caps, visors, and similar hat-like apparel. Scarves or kerchiefs worn next to the head will not be considered “hats”.

Please see the student handbook, page 23, for the full dress code policy.


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Can my child bring electronics to school?

We know students love to show their friends items they are proud of, but please do not allow your child to bring anything to school that will disrupt the learning process. These items include, but are not limited to, toys, radios, cell phones, ipods, electronic games, earphones, or animals or pets of any kind. If your child does bring these things to school, we will take the item(s), place it in the office, and parents may pick the items up at the end of the school year.


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Will my child be able to participate in field trips?

Teachers plan field trips during the year to enrich the classroom learning. A signed permission slip is required for all students who attend the field trip. If you would like to chaperone your child’s field trip, contact his/her teacher. You will need to fill out a Liability Release form before being able to chaperone. Please be aware that all students that ride a bus to the field trip must also return on the bus. If you would like to take your child home directly from a field trip, you must present a written note to the principal at least 24 hours before the trip takes place. We will be unable to honor phone call requests.


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