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Bell Schedules

Bell Schedule






7:41                                                    First Bell

7:43                                                    Classes start


9:45 – 10:00                                     Recess (K-2)


10:00 – 10:15                                   Recess (3-5)


11:15 - 11:45                                                Lunch Recess Grades K-2


11:45 - 12:15                                                Lunch Recess Grades 3-5


1:50                                                    Dismissal


                              INSERVICE DAYS AND EARLY RELEASE DAYS


 Oñate will have inservice days throughout the year to provide professional development opportunities for the staff.   Parents often wonder whether or not students attend school the correct amount of time.  Please be reassured that they do.


Students in New Mexico schools are required to have a school year consisting of at least one hundred eighty full instructional days, exclusive of any release time for in-service trainingThis equates to 990 hours for grades K-5 (excluding a 30 minute lunch period).  In all New Mexico schools, recess time is counted as instructional time as long as it does not exceed 30 minutes per day.  The hours of instructional time each school offers is reviewed annually by the Public Education Department to assure compliance.  Onate’s schedule exceeds the required time and consequently makes up for the inservice days and early release time.





An abbreviated day schedule will be used on mornings when street conditions would endanger the safety of students and employees on their way to school.  A decision to initiate an abbreviated day schedule will be announced by 6:00 a.m. through the news media ie., KOB Radio (AM 77).  If no announcement is made by that time, a regular school day will be held.  If an abbreviated day is declared, the instructional day will begin two hours later and end at the regular time. 



9:43 – 1:50


No breakfast will be served on abbreviated days.  If severe weather conditions exist, schools may be closed.  Days are made up per State Department of Education guidelines.


                                                    EMERGENCY DISMISSAL


Emergency dismissal procedures will be used in the event of severe weather conditions or conditions that might endanger the safety of students and/or employees.  The decision to designate "emergency dismissal" will be announced via the news media.  Please make necessary arrangements to acquaint your child with appropriate procedures should this situation occur. The Emergency Dismissal Form you completed as part of the registration process will be kept on file in the office.  Should any information change please notify the office immediately.  Emergency evacuation (including fire and lockdown drills) and other safety procedures will be practiced at regular intervals. PLEASE NOTE:  In the event of an emergency dismissal situation it is important that telephone lines be kept clear.  The school staff is prepared to deal with situations as they occur, but there are limited telephone lines available.





If it is absolutely necessary for your child to be excused from class during school hours, please notify the teacher or the office in advance.  Please do not request a child's dismissal by telephone.  For your child's safety and protection, the parent is required to come into the school office to sign the child out.  You are asked not to go directly to the classroom to pick up your child as the office will call them.  Parents will be asked to show a photo ID when signing students out. Only parents or adults (over 18 years of age) who are listed on the Dismissal Form will be allowed to sign out students before dismissal time.


Students are NOT allowed to walk home alone while school is in session.  Families are encouraged to arrange doctors', dentists' and other appointments so that they do not interfere with the instructional day. If it becomes necessary for parents to go out of town, please notify the teacher or the office regarding procedures, emergency contact information, and names and telephone numbers of authorized parties.


            There is no supervision after school so please pick your students up on time. If students are not picked up at dismissal time they will be brought to the school office.   Any child left unsupervised or not picked up by 2:15 PM will be referred to APS Police.  If you have an emergency and must change your previously arranged plans, you may call the office and the staff will attempt to reach your children to let them know of the change.  Although every attempt will be made to forward your information, we cannot guarantee that the change in plans will be relayed to your child.


            The office and your child’s teacher should be notified of any custody issues involving your child.  Appropriate legal information that clearly states who has legal custody or access to the child must be provided.  The school cannot legally deny access to a custodial parent unless specific, written documentation prohibiting such contact is provided.  Please update the documents each year in the office.  The office staff will adhere to the paperwork on file and no “word of mouth” agreements will be accepted.