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Frequently Asked Questions

If You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got the Answers!

Kindergartners always have lots of questions, and sometimes, so do their parents. We put together a list of the most common questions and answers, so you can find the info you need in a jiffy. Of course, if we haven’t answered your question, you are always welcome to call us during regular office hours.

How old does my child have to be to attend kindergarten?

In accordance with NM state guidelines, we require children to be five years old before September 1 of the corresponding school year.

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What do I need to do to register my child for kindergarten?

We’re so glad you asked! Please visit our Registration and Readiness page for everything you need to know about registering your child. We’ll see you soon!

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What is the procedure for morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups?

Safety is our first priority. We provide hand-to-hand delivery of all students to and from school.
To ensure student safety and maintain a good traffic flow, we will have staff members at the front of the building between 7:45-8:10 a.m. Please allow us to open the car door to allow your child to exit. Upon exiting the vehicle, students will enter the building and go outside to the back playground.
Parents picking students up at the end of the school day meet in the cafeteria or gym at 3:05 p.m. We require you to sign out your child in the office if you will be picking him/her up prior to regular release time.

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My kindergartner will be riding the bus. What can he/she expect?

Safety is our first priority. We provide hand-to-hand delivery of all students to and from school. Our staff greets students as they exit the bus each morning. We also load bus riders at the end of the school day. Each child has her bus number taped to the strap of her backpack to ensure correct delivery. Please keep this information on the backpack strap throughout the remainder of the school year.
If your child will not be riding the bus on a particular day, we require a note from home or will be sure she gets on the bus.

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My child is having a birthday. Can we bring in treats?

We get excited about birthdays too! Whenever possible, we observe birthdays on or close to a child’s birthday as possible. You are welcome furnish light refreshments at snack time that day; just be sure to make arrangements with the teacher in advance. And, out of kindness and fairness to all of our young students, please do not deliver personal birthday party invitations at school.

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Will the children get to participate in any school parties?

Yes! Who doesn’t love a good party? We “party” in observance of the following occasions: Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and the end of the school year. Our teachers always appreciate a helping hand for these fun events.

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Can my child bring in snacks to eat?

We allow students to bring snacks to school as long as there is enough for the entire class. Prior to sending in snacks, please check with your child’s classroom teacher about possible diet restrictions or allergies of other students.

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Is there a nurse at the school?

Yes, we have a nurse on our campus at all times. Rest assured that we will address your child’s health needs immediately. In addition, our school nurse checks every child’s vision and hearing during the school year and evaluates height and weight.

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When should I keep my child home from school?

We request that you keep children at home who exhibit symptoms of a temporary infection such as a cold, fever, or serious cough. If your child is exposed to a contagious disease, please watch for symptoms and inform our school nurse.
Children should remain at home if they have any of the following:

  • Rash of unknown origin
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

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My child will be absent from school due to illness or other reasons. What do I need to do?

Kindergarten is mandatory in New Mexico, so your child should attend school unless he/she is ill. We require you to notify us of your child’s absence and the reason by calling us at (575) 746-6282. We also require you to send in a written, signed excuse upon your child’s return. We want our students to develop habits of regular school attendance at this early age. Students who attend school every day during the week can look forward to running through the “Friday High-Five Tunnel!”

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What do I need to do if my child will be late to school?

Punctuality is very important. Students who consistently arrive late will often experience problems in school. We believe students should establish the habit of reporting on time and be seated in their classroom before the tardy bell rings 8:15 a.m. However, we understand there may be times when your child arrives late. In this circumstance, please escort your child into the building, sign-in, and notify Mrs. Shearman or Mrs. Garcia.

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What is the earliest I can drop my child off at school?

Due to varying family circumstances, some students must arrive before 8:00 a.m. We will provide supervision beginning at 7:45 a.m. For the safety of your children, please do not drop off or send your children to school prior to this time.

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May I visit my child on campus?

We expect volunteers on our campus as long as they have been cleared through the volunteer process.

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Where can I find out about school cancellations or delayed schedules during bad weather conditions?

In case of severe or inclement weather, tune in to KSVP radio 990 for information and announcements regarding school closures for all schools in Artesia Public School District.

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Do you serve lunch and breakfast?

Yes, we do! For menus, pricing, or information about free and reduced price meal program, please see the information on the district Food Services page.

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What time does school start and end?

The first bell rings at 8:10 a.m. and we dismiss at 3:05 p.m.

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Is there a dress code?

Kindergarten students move a lot! We encourage students to wear comfortable play clothes that they can manage without assistance and to wear sneakers on the days that they have scheduled PE classes. While we do not require uniforms, we have established the following guidelines:

  • We require neat, clean, and well-groomed hair.
  • We allow students to wear shorts mid-thigh or longer.
  • We do not permit bare midriff and see-through clothing.
  • We do not permit tank tops or spaghetti strap shirts unless a T-shirt is worn underneath or a jacket covers the top.
  • We will not allow any apparel we deem indecent or distractive to student learning.

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