Welcome to Animas Public Schools

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Welcome to the virtual home of Animas Public Schools, home of the Panthers! We are a community of families with strong generational ties to our land and to our past. Located 37 miles southwest off Interstate-10, you won’t find sidewalks or traffic here, but you will find people, most with a little dust on their boots, who are proud of who they are and what they do. You will find a community committed to providing the best education available to its children.

Animas Public Schools serve New Mexico students in preschool through 12th grade who reside in Animas, Hachita, Playas, Rodeo, and Cotton City. We bus many of our students from up to 60 miles away. Because of these extreme distances, we operate on a four-day week, Monday - Thursday.

Social Media Letter to Parents

We believe conversations about your child's use of social media can best take place between you and your child. It is important to note that we do not monitor our students use of social media outside of school. Sometimes, we can track issues in school back to sites like Facebook, Snap-Chat, and Instagram. Therefore, recently we have had a number of conversations with our students about the general use, dangers, and responsibilities that come with technology and social media.

We have stressed a number of things that may not align with what is often on TV, in movies, or even on social media at the national level. We believe that we can use social media to celebrate our differences as opposed to making fun of each other. We can also use it to encourage each other to do our best and celebrate our successes as opposed to mocking each other for our failures. Social media can bring us together and make us stronger as a community, rather than using it to tear us apart.

Additionally, because students often access social media on their phones, and cell phone use has become a distraction in our classrooms, we have also discussed with our students the appropriate use of cell phones in school and on school trips. The students have also been informed that there will be a zero tolerance policy when it comes to non-educational usage of cell phones in our classrooms.

Please take a moment to read District Administrator/Principal Jeff Gephart's social media letter to parents in its entirety regarding this important issue.

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