Frequently Asked Questions

From time to time, we all have questions. We’ve compiled a list of the questions our student community and families ask the most, so you can get the information you need 24-7. And, if we haven’t answered your question here on our website, please give us a call or stop by during regular office hours; we’re happy to help!


My child must miss school. What is the procedure for reporting absences and for make-up work?

We operate on a four-day school week, Monday - Thursday. Whenever possible, please schedule appointments and planned absences on non-school days. If your child must be absent due to unexpected illness or circumstances, please contact our office and let us know. We require students to request make-up work immediately upon returning to school. We allow students the number of days they were absent to complete their work. We will not permit students who miss school on the day of extracurricular activities, including sports games and field trips, to participate.

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What is the procedure for arrival and dismissal each day?

Our school day begins at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 3:43 p.m. For the safety of your child, and to ensure adequate supervision, we request that you do not drop your child off prior to 7:45 a.m. or allow your child to remain on campus after we dismiss school.

We do not permit private vehicles to drive through our campus from 7:30 – 8:10 a.m. and from 2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Please drop your child off at the cafeteria each morning by entering through the high school entrance and going around the back of the high school gym to the cafeteria.

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Is there a breakfast and lunch meal program?

Yes, we have both. We encourage and welcome all students to participate in our free “nutritional boost” program offering a morning breakfast supplement. Preschool students should go directly to their classroom, while all other students go to the cafeteria for their “boost.” We also provide daily lunch meals. Please visit our Nutrition page for pricing and menus.

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My high school child drives to school. Do you allow students to leave campus during the day?

No. We operate a closed campus and do not permit students to leave campus without prior approval from a parent or guardian.

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Under what circumstances might school be cancelled, and and how will I know if it is?

We will only cancel school if there is a significant safety risk during circumstances such as extreme weather, equipment failure, or a public crisis. We will provide emergency information for school closure or delays via the following media outlets: KRQE TV, KOAT TV, KOB TV, and KNFT FM.

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Does Animas Public Schools have a dress code?

We believe students generally conduct themselves in a manner similar to the way in which they dress and groom. Therefore, we encourage students to dress neatly and attractively. We will not permit any type of dress or grooming deemed disruptive. Determination of appropriate attire is at the sole discretion of the building principal. We request all students adhere to the following general guidelines:

  • We require students to wear shoes. For safety concerns, we strongly discourage flip-flops.
  • We require covered midriffs. We do not permit mesh shirts, tank tops, or tube tops. We require at least a two-inch shoulder strap. We do not allow exposed underwear, headbands, PE clothes (except in PE), or other distracting clothing. We require shirts to be long enough so that the student can raise his/her hand without exposing skin at the midriff or lower back.
  • We do not permit students to wear bottoms that expose their under wear or to wear tight or revealing Spandex style bottoms. We require students to wear pants at the normal waist height that do not sag excessively in the crotch. We require short lengths to be below the fingertips when the arms are extended at the side.
  • We do not permit hats in the building or any apparel with gross or obscene pictures or words.
  • We discourage facial hair. At the discretion of the building principal, we may require a student to shave facial hair if we believe it to adversely affect his appearance or present the student or the school in a negative manner.
  • With the exception of normal ear piercings for female students, we do not permit piercings or other disruptive jewelry, including earrings for male students. Disruptive jewelry includes loops, studs, spikes, and so forth worn in or on exposed body parts such as the nose, tongue, eyebrow, etc.
  • We do not permit students to wear their hair dyed in unnatural colors such as purple, blue, pink, or yellow.
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My child must take medication during the school day. How do I set this up?

We are happy to dispense medication to your child in compliance with the following stipulations:

  • We require a completed medical referral and medication permit form on file.
  • We require parents/guardians to deliver the medication in the original, labeled container.
  • Students may not transport medication on the school bus.
  • We require a written statement from the child’s physician stating that the medication (prescription or over-the-counter) must be administered during school hours.
  • We will only dispense medication as labeled by the pharmacist.
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My child needs to ride a different bus or change bus stops. How do I make arrangements?

We require parents or guardians to provide a written request to the bus contractor. We also permit parents/guardians to phone the school prior to 2:00 p.m. to request a bus change. Please provide the bus number and stop your child should use. For the safety of our students, we do not permit our bus contractors to drop students off at an undesignated bus top. For additional information and guidelines regarding school transportation, please review our Transportation Guide found on Our District page.

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Animas Public Schools | Located At: #1 Panther Blvd., Animas, NM 88020
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 85, Animas, NM 88020  Phone: (575) 548.2299  Fax: (575) 548.2388