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School Information

This information is a supplement from the Mesa County Valley School District #51 handbook. Please take time to read the handbook as well as this supplement. Both are designed to familiarize you with the goals of our school and the procedure used to implement these goals.






Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 
K-5th Grades 8:55 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday Early Release
K-5th Grades 8:55 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

The school office operates between 8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.



The safety of our students is our number one priority.
Walk, Bike or Use the LOOP! It is the safest, most effective way to pick-up and drop your students off!

AM Procedures: The drop-off for students is located in the loop on the East end of the school. Please be patient and courteous to ensure the safety and well-being of the staff and students. If you need to visit the office or plan on walking your child in, please park on D1/2 road. You can also park on 32 1/2 road, but please avoid the crosswalks and bus zones. Also, please do not block driveways in the Cul-De-Sac on 32 ½ road. The parking lot is by permit only and is reserved for staff members.

PM Procedures: Students who are picked up will be walked to the loop by their teacher on the East side of the school. If you are parking and walking in to pick up your child, you must park on D1/2 road or 32 1/2 road. The parking lot is by permit only and is reserved for staff members.

Please be KIND to our duty personnel. Duty personnel often need to remind visitors or families of the policies we have in place to keep all children safe. Every employee works at Rocky Mountain because they love children and want to keep them safe. We believe that we should all treat each other the way we want our children to be treated.

***Although it may take some time to pick your child up, please refrain from picking your child up early. This causes students to miss instruction and violates our attendance policy.


Visitor Pass

Parents are encouraged to visit their children's classrooms or any of the district's other instructional facilities. This is one of the best ways to know what is going on at school.

Visitors MUST sign in at the office and receive a visitor's badge or sticker before entering the school.
We encourage parents to join students for breakfast in the cafeteria daily from 8:15-8:45 a.m. and Morning Meeting in the gym from 8:45-9:00 a.m. each Friday.

Please allow students to walk down the hall to their classrooms on their own in the mornings.
For the safety of all students, we ask parents to remain in the cafeteria or gym (on Fridays) before school, not in the hallways with students.

Please be sensitive to the learning environment while visiting, especially when allowing younger siblings to visit the classroom. It is best to have younger siblings visit brother or sister at lunchtime with the parent. Please call the office by 9:30 am if you plan to buy lunch when you visit. If you would like to schedule a visit, you can call the office or email your child's teacher.



Please know we will deliver any emergency/urgent messages to your child. However, in return, we ask that arrangements for any changes in your child's routine be made before they come to school in the morning in writing to the teacher. Students cannot use the telephone to get permission to go home with a friend.



Flashing Red Light


School closings will be announced on our district website and local television and/or radio stations. If an emergency arises while school is in session, we must have accurate information. Please complete the emergency section of the enrollment form very carefully. Emergency contact numbers are VERY important. If there is a change in address or phone number, promptly inform the school office of the changes.


Box of Bandaids

Rocky Mountain has a Health Assistant available during school hours. If a child becomes ill or injured at school, he/she will be cared for, and the parent/guardian will be notified. If your child becomes ill, please make arrangements to pick your child up as soon as possible. Simple first-aid will be administered, but no medication will be given unless the medication and written permission are on file. The parents/guardians or family physician are responsible for further care. If your child contracts strep throat, chicken pox, or any other contagious disease, please immediately inform the school Health Assistant or office staff.


Medicine Bottle

The form, "Request for Medication to Be Given at School," must be completed, signed by the physician and parent, and on file in the school for prescription medications to be administered by the school health assistant or trained staff. The state requires the school to have a doctor's signed order to give prescription medications at school. Please check with your physician regarding the necessity of giving medication during school hours.

Prescription medication must be in the original container labeled by the pharmacist with the student's name, time and number of days, name of medication, doctor's name, and dosage. Over-the-counter (non-prescription) medication supplied by the parent in the original container may be given with only a parent's signature on the permission form. Forms are available in the school office and at most physician's offices. New forms must be completed each school year, or the doctor must change the prescription. If it is necessary to send liquid medication to school, please bring a dosage spoon with the medication. The parent is requested to bring and pick up medications. Medications not completely used or picked up by the parent will be discarded at the end of the school year.


Report Card

The Rocky Mountain staff is committed to communication between students, teachers, and parents. Pupil progress is reported through formal parent-teacher conferences, and report cards are sent home four times yearly. Watch for information on the dates and times of the parent-teacher conferences. Our goal for conferences is 100% parent attendance. Additional conferences may be initiated as needed by the parents or teachers throughout the year. Report cards are sent home after each quarter (October, January, March, and May).



Dress Code

School is your child's workplace, and consequently, we ask that they dress appropriately. Children should dress according to the weather. If it is cold, please send your child to school with warm clothing. Any dress deemed inappropriate is not allowed to be worn at school. Please help your child make choices conducive to a positive learning environment.


Below are standards for permissible clothing for boys and girls at school:

  • Shorts should be long, approximately 3 inches or less above the knee, and should not be tight fitting (such as Spandex). 
  • Shirts should have at least 3 inches of material covering both shoulders. (halter tops and spaghetti straps are not appropriate for school.)
  • Chains or spike clothing are not permissible.
  • Clothing with references to alcohol, tobacco, gangs, weapons, crudity, adult or mature themes, or violence is not permissible.
  • Baseball caps, stocking caps, and visors may be worn to school and during recess but must be removed when in the school building. Bandanas, scarves, and other types of related headwear should not be worn at school.

Let's keep the focus on learning!



Children are allowed to bring their own playground equipment to school with the exception of hard bats or balls. No electronic devices are allowed at school including CD players, Game Boys, etc. All items brought from home must be clearly marked with the child's name. The school cannot be responsible for items lost or stolen. Safety is our prime concern and we reserve the right to exclude any items we deem unsafe or inappropriate.



Students at a table

At Rocky Mountain Elementary, All Students Can Eat A FREE Hot Breakfast and lunch!
(For breakfast, students must arrive between 8:25 - 8:50 a.m.)

Breakfast and lunch are served to those who wish to dine at our cafeteria, or students may bring lunch prepared from home.  Additional milk or juice can be purchased for $0.80. Parents are always welcome to visit school and eat lunch with their children. An adult lunch costs $4.15.