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This information has been designed to acquaint you with the Lovington Municipal School District. You will find that you will get more out of your school experience if you will become actively involved in the activities offered to you. Meet the challenge and take advantage of all the opportunities extended to you as a student of the Lovington Municipal School District. 

We have included information that will be of benefit to you and perhaps answer many questions.  If there is something you do not understand, please feel free to call the school office. Additional board policy may be found at under the School Board link. 


The mission of the Lovington School District is to inspire every student to think, learn, achieve, and serve.


The Lovington School Board hereby gives public notice, as required by the Amended Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, to all parents of students under the age of 18 and to students 18 or older that the Lovington Municipal School System maintains the following educational records directly related to students:  academic records, personal information, disciplinary records, health records, and standardized testing records. 

A student's records will be filed at the building in which he/she attends school. For access to a student's records please contact the building principal. Access to education records is limited to: 

  • Parents of students under 18. 
  • Parents of students over 18 if said student is dependent as such as defined in the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Students. 
  • Officials of this school district who have a legitimate educational interest. 
  • State and local officials to whom information is required to be reported. 
  • Certain testing organizations. 
  • Accrediting organizations. 
  • Appropriate persons in connection with an emergency. 
  • Subpoena or court order. 
  • A school or schools in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. 
  • Any person with the written consent of the parents of students under 18 or the written consent of students 18 or older. 

The Lovington Municipal School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its educational programs, activities, and employment.  Furthermore, it provides equal access to designated youth groups. The following person is designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Robert Arreola
District Activities Director
701 West Avenue K
Lovington, New Mexico 88260-5514
Telephone:  (575) 739-2266 


The provisions in this Handbook apply:

  • During regular school hours;
  • During the transportation of students;
  • During times and places where school administrators and/or staff have jurisdiction including, but not limited to, school-sponsored events and activities such as dances, field trips, athletic functions, and other school-related activities.

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FERPA Notice
Student Record Requests
The Lovington Municipal School District recognizes the rights of parents and guardians to access their student’s educational records in accordance with FERPA. In addition, students who are at least 18 years old may access their own records. In brief, these rights include:
Parents, guardians, or students who are emancipated or at least 18 years old

  • have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records  
  • have the right to request that a school correct records that they believe to be inaccurate
  • have a right to a formal hearing if a school decides not to change the record
  • have a right to place a statement with the record about his/her view of the contested information after the hearing, if the school decides not to change the record.

Parents, guardians, or students who are emancipated or who are at least 18 years old must give written permission for a school to release a student’s educational record to third parties not exempted by FERPA. FERPA also allows schools to disclose a student’s information without consent, to the following parties or under the following circumstances. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) to provide student directory information to the military unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. Parties who may receive student information without parental consent include:

  • School officials with a legitimate educational interest
  • Other educational institutions where the student is enrolled or seeks to enroll
  • Department of Education, state or local education authorities
  • Appropriate parties connected to financial aid for the student
  • Certain state or local officials
  • Accrediting organizations
  • Organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of the school
  • Judicial order or subpoena
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health or safety emergencies

School sites shall direct all questions about fulfilling these requests for student information to the Custodian of Records. LMSD will redact students’ personally identifiable information from responses to requests for records from third parties.   

Any parent, guardian, or person having custody and control of a "school-age person" is responsible for the school attendance of that person until that person has reached at least eighteen (18) years of age unless the person has graduated from high school, received a school equivalency credential or withdrawn on a hardship waiver. The school-age person has the right to attend public school within the school district of residence. The school-age person shall attend school for at least the length of time of the school year that is established in the school district in which the child is a resident or enrolled. A "school-age person" means a person is at least five (5) years of age prior to 12:01 a.m. on September 1 of the then-current school year.

Pregnant and parenting students must have the same educational opportunities as their peers. The regular school attendance of a child of school age is required by state law. Regular school attendance is essential for success in school; therefore, absences shall be excused only for necessary and important reasons. Such reasons include, but are not limited to illness, injury, bereavement of a family member, other family emergencies, and observance of major religious holidays of the family's faith or religious instruction and tribal obligations. For religious instruction and tribal obligations written consent of a parent and approval of the principal are required. A student may be excused for authorized reasons and time shall be provided for the student to make up the work.

An unexcused absence means an absence from a class or school day (half of the student's approved program) for which the student does not have an allowable excuse. Absent means not attending a class or school day for any reason, excused or not except for interscholastic extracurricular activities.

In the event of a necessary absence known in advance, the parent is expected to inform the school. If the absence is caused by an emergency, such as illness, or injury the parent is expected to telephone the school office, if possible. When a student returns to school following an absence, a note of explanation from the parent is required, unless the parent notified the school before the absence.

School administrators are authorized to excuse students from school for necessary and justifiable reasons as determined by the circumstances surrounding the cause of the absence.

The District shall provide interventions for students who are missing school, depending on the number of absences.

Intervention is called for if a student misses five percent (5%) or more of classes or days of school. A public school shall provide interventions to students who are absent or chronically absent, which may include:

  • assessing student and family needs and matching those needs with appropriate public or private providers, including civic and corporate sponsors;
  • making referrals to health care and social service providers;
  • collaborating and coordinating with health and social service agencies and organizations through school-based and off-site delivery systems;
  • recruiting service providers and business, community, and civic organizations to provide needed services and goods that are not otherwise available to a student or the student's family;
  • establishing partnerships between the public school and community organizations, such as civic, business, and professional groups and organizations and recreational, social, and out-of-school programs;
  • identifying and coordinating age-appropriate resources for students in need of:
  • counseling, training, and placement for employment;
  • drug and alcohol abuse counseling;
  • family crisis counseling; and
  • mental health counseling;
  • promoting family support and parent education programs; and
  • seeking out other services or goods that a student or the student's family needs to assist the student to stay in school and succeed.

The attendance team may be convened to establish;

  • a specific intervention plan for the student,
  • weekly progress monitoring, and
  • a contract for attendance.

If a student misses twenty percent (20%) or more of the classes or days of school. The attendance team shall:

  • notify the parent in writing by mail or personal service;
  • provide the date, time, and place for a meeting to be held with the parent, principal of the school, and the attendance team;
  • establish non-punitive consequences for the student at the school level;
  • Identifying appropriate specialized support needed to help the student address the underlying causes of excessive absenteeism, and
  • apprising the student and the parent of the consequences of further absences.

Student-teacher incompatibility, if alleged, will require consultation with the teacher and a meeting initiated by the principal with the student, parent, and teacher.

If a student does not respond to intensive support as implemented above but continues displaying excessive absenteeism, the School Board shall consult with the Superintendent in executive session on the issue and shall cause the student to be reported to the probation services office of the appropriate judicial district for the purpose of an investigation as to whether the student should be considered a neglected child or a child in a family in need of family services, subjecting the child to provisions of the Children's code.

The records supporting such action shall be provided to the juvenile probation services office by the Superintendent within ten (10) days of the identification of the student as excessively absent.
Consequences shall not include out-of-school suspension or expulsion but should focus on intervention and fostering retention of students in the educational setting. 

Only after the exhaustion of intervention strategies may the District consider withdrawal of the student from membership in the school.  Consulting with the juvenile probation services office or the caseworker for child services should be accomplished before such action.

Upon a written request by a parent for attendance data the school shall provide the following information within five (5) days:

  • absence data,
  • preventive measures,
  • resources to address the causes, and
  • a corrective action plan and interventions including follow-up procedures.

Food and Nutrition
Food/drinks are not to be allowed in the building or classrooms without prior approval by the principal. Food deliveries will not be accepted at any school campus at any time.   

All students are to meet the requirements as set forth by the Lovington Board of Education and the State of New Mexico. A record of individual immunizations is maintained in the nurse's office.  Failure to have up-to-date immunization records is cause for disenrollment. 

Student insurance is available to all students.  Forms will be available in the Main Office. 

Medication may be given at school under Lovington Schools Medication Policy. If you feel that a doctor will prescribe medication that needs to be taken at school, please pick up a "Physician order and Medication" form from the office. 
Non-Resident Students  
Students whose parents, or legal guardians, are not residents in the Lovington School District MAY be admitted for attendance. Continued attendance is expressly conditioned upon compliance with the rules of the Lovington Schools and of the school attended. 

Out-of-district students who are currently expelled or suspended from another school district will not be allowed to attend Lovington Schools. 
Pledge of Allegiance
State Law, section 22-5-4.5, requires that the "Pledge of Allegiance shall be recited daily in each public school district (see District Policy I-8250).

Leaving School During School Hours 
Students are under the jurisdiction of the school during school hours. School personnel will attempt to see that no pupil leaves the school during school hours, voluntarily or involuntarily in company with anyone that is not authorized by the parent or guardian to take the child. To ensure compliance with this rule, school personnel shall request identification of unfamiliar individuals who request the removal of a child from school property. If said individuals refuse to identify themselves or if they do not have parental/guardian permission to take the child, the child will not be allowed to leave school. A record of who may pick up a child will be kept in the school office. 

Student Directory Information
If a parent, guardian, or student who is emancipated or who is at least 18 years old does not want to disclose any or all of the types of information designated below as directory information from a student’s education records without their prior written consent, the parent, guardian, or student who is emancipated or who is at least 18 years old must notify the school district in writing. 

Lovington Municipal School District recognizes the following types of information as student directory information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Name of school
  • Current grade
  • Graduation year
  • Eligibility and participation in officially recognized activities
  • Height and weight of athletic team members
  • Honors and awards received
  • Yearbooks
  • Identification in visual media, including photographs, videotapes, and visual images, depicting school programs or activities
  • A student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used by the student for purposes of accessing or communicating in electronic systems, but only if the identifier cannot be used to gain access to educational records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user’s identity, such as a personal identification number (PIN), password, or other factors known or possessed by the authorized user.

A primary purpose of directory information is to allow LMSD to include the type of information from student education records in certain school and district publications. Examples include:

  • A playbill, showing a student’s role in a drama production
  • The annual yearbook
  • Honor roll or other recognition lists
  • School and district websites and newsletters
  • Graduation programs and
  • Sports activity sheets showing team members’ height and weight

Directory information is available to anyone who asks for it; its use is not limited by LMSD, however, LMSD expects that all information be used ethically.
Through the annual registration process, the district shall notify students and parents/legal guardians of the option to withhold directory information. Parents/guardians or students who are at least 18 years old may refuse to allow LMSD to designate any or all of those types of information about their student as directory information, provided the notice of such refusal is given to LMSD upon annual registration. Parents, guardians, or students who are emancipated or who are at least 18 years old may also designate in writing all or any of those items that they do not wish to be designated as directory information. If the parent, guardian, or student who is emancipated or who is at least 18 years old, desires to opt out after the annual registration process, they will need to submit an opt-out through the Student Information System and notify the building administrator.
Parent opt-out for student directory requests from military recruiters or recruiters from institutions of higher education:
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act mandates that, upon request by a military recruiter or recruiter for an institution of higher education, school districts must provide access to all currently enrolled secondary school student’s directory information, specifically names, addresses, and telephone listing, except in instances when the parents have “opted out” of the release of directory information about their student without their consent. A secondary school student who is emancipated or who is at least 18 years old or the parent or legal guardian of the student may request that the student’s directory information not be released to any military or post-secondary recruiter by submitting an online opt-out request. The District shall notify students and parents, legal guardians, and students of this option to withhold directory information. The District shall comply with these “opt-out” requests regarding the release of student directory information.  

Opt-out for Third-Party Requests
Directory information for students whose parents have blocked the release of their directory information under FERPA will be excluded from any third-party data requests. LMSD will give notice to parents or guardians of the matters considered to be directory information and the time period for opting out at least annually through the registration process or other reasonable forms of parental notification.
When a third party submits a request for student directory information, the Custodian of Records may inform the requester that pursuant to NMSA 22-21-2(A), it is against the law to sell or use student, faculty or staff lists with personal identifying information obtained from a public school or a local school district for the purpose of marketing goods or services directly to students, faculty or staff or their families by means of telephone or mail.


Transportation Policies, Procedures, and Rules for Students  

  1. Introduction: It is the intent of the Lovington Municipal School District to provide the safest, most efficient, and most enjoyable to and from school bus transportation possible. With your cooperation, we will be able to achieve this goal. 
  2. Student Transportation Rules: 
  • No student is to vape, smoke or use tobacco in any form on the school bus. 
  • No student is to use profane or obscene language or gestures on or near the school bus. 
  • No student is allowed to drink or have in his possession drugs or alcoholic beverages on or near the school bus. 
  • No student is to ride with arms or head projecting out of the window. 
  • Students must not throw objects out the window of the bus or throw objects of any kind inside the school bus. 
  • Fighting by students will not be tolerated on or around the school bus. 
  • Students must remain in their seats while the bus is in motion. 
  • No student shall cause physical damage or vandalize a bus.  (Such as cutting seats, breaking windows, etc.) Any damage incurred by a student will be paid for by the student. 
  • The bus driver may assign seats to any or all students whenever it seems advisable. 

Please note: 
Failure to comply with the Policies, Procedures, and Rules will result in suspension of bus privileges. The first suspension will be temporary, but a second serious breach of good conduct will bring about suspension from the school bus for the remainder of the school year. Consequences for students receiving bus referrals will be handled as follows: 

     1st referral:     Conference/Warning 
     2nd referral:    Up to 1-week suspension from bus 
     3rd referral:     1-week suspension from bus      4th referral – 2-week suspension from bus 
     5th referral:     Possible suspension from the bus for the remainder school year  

Visitors and Guests on Campus
The parents/guardians of students should report to the Principal's Office of the school, where arrangements will be made for visits to students, teachers, departments, classes, or activities. Students will not be called out of class for anyone other than persons listed on their sign-out permission form. The legislature of the State of New Mexico has passed a very strict law regarding trespassing on school property. This law makes unwarranted trespassing a criminal offense. Therefore, all visitors must present a photo ID and will be required to have a pass from the Main Office before visiting the school areas. The same courtesy will be extended to other visitors except when the site of the group or the nature of the visit might make it necessary to make special arrangements. If arrangements are properly made in the office, the visitor(s) will have a form properly completed and signed by the principal.

Withdrawal from School Procedures 
A student withdrawing from school for any reason (moving, dropping out, etc.), regardless of age, must have his/her parents notify the office in person, giving the reason and date of leaving. The office will assist the student in completing the check-out procedure.  All fees and fines must be cleared before records will be sent to the forwarding school. 


Bullying Policy
Bullying and harassment will not be tolerated as stated in the Lovington Municipal School Board Anti-Bullying Policy. Bullying behavior by any student in the Lovington Schools is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension. Students and parents should report bullying or harassment of any kind to school officials. 
Bullying means any repeated and pervasive written, verbal, or electronic expression, physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to cause distress upon one or more students in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop, or at school activities or sanctioned events. Bullying includes but is not limited to, hazing, harassment, intimidation, or menacing acts of a student which may, but need not be based on the student’s race, color, sex, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation.  
Bullying/Student Harassment/Cyberbullying Prevention (see J-2550)
Cyberbullying, as defined below, is prohibited when such bullying creates or is certain to create a hostile environment on the school campus that is so severe or pervasive as to substantially interfere with the targeted student's educational benefits, opportunities, or performance. 
Bullying and harassment is prohibited in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop, or at school activities or sanctioned events. Anti-bullying shall be included as a part of the health education curriculum as set forth in NMAC. 

"Harassment" means knowingly pursuing a pattern of conduct that is intended to annoy, alarm or terrorize another person. 
"Bullying" by another student means any repeated and pervasive written, verbal, or electronic expression, physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to cause distress upon one (1) or more students in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop, or at school activities or sanctioned events. Bullying includes but is not limited to, hazing, harassment, intimidation, or menacing acts of a student which may, but need not be based on the student's race, color, sex, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. 
"Cyberbullying" means electronic communication that: 
targets a specific student; 
is published with the intention that the communication be seen by or disclosed to the targeted student; 
is in fact seen by or disclosed to the targeted student; and  
creates or is certain to create a hostile environment on the school campus that is so severe or pervasive as to substantially interfere with the targeted student's educational benefits, opportunities, or performance. 

A licensed school employee who has information about or a reasonable suspicion that a person is being harassed, bullied, or cyberbullied shall report immediately to the school principal, an administrator, the superintendent, or any of these school officers. 
Any school administrator who receives a report of harassment, bullying, or cyberbullying shall take immediate steps to ensure a prompt investigation of the report and shall take prompt disciplinary action in response to these acts upon confirmation of the occurrence through such investigation. Such action may include the least restrictive means necessary to address a hostile environment on the school campus resulting from confirmed harassment, bullying, or cyberbullying that includes; 

  • counseling, 
  • mediation, 
  • Discipline up to but not including expulsion, in addition to other civil and criminal prosecution. These punishments may be in addition to any customary discipline that the District presently dispenses.      

Where disciplinary action is necessary, District policies and regulations pertaining to permissible penalties and procedures shall be followed as in policy. 
Search and Seizure
The Board of Education, in recognition of the necessity of conducting searches and seizures from time to time in order to enforce school policies, adopts the following policy for students regarding searches and seizures. 

  1. Definition: As used in this policy "contraband" means any substance, material or object prohibited from school pursuant to school policy or state or federal law, including drugs, alcohol, fireworks, or weapons.
    • Rules regarding Searches and Seizures: The District reserves the right to search persons, personal effects, and vehicles as follows: 
      • A pat-down search of a person may be conducted on the basis of a reasonable, individualized suspicion that such a person is in possession of contraband. Any such search shall be conducted in private by an authorized school official of the same sex as the person to be searched and in the presence of a witness of the same sex. Strip searches are not permitted. 
      • Lockers, desks, and similar storage facilities are school property and remain at all times under the control of the school; however, persons using such facilities are expected to assume full responsibility for the security of their lockers and desks and similar facilities. Periodic general inspections of lockers, desks, and similar facilities may be conducted by school officials for any reason, at any time, without notice, and without consent. 
      • Persons are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right. The district retains the authority to conduct routine patrols of school parking lots and inspections of the exterior of automobiles on school property.  Such patrols and inspections may be conducted without notice and without consent. The interiors of vehicles on school property may be inspected whenever a school official has a reasonable suspicion that contraband is within such a vehicle. 

Sexual Harassment Policy 

  1. General Policy 
    • All individuals associated with the District, including, but not necessarily limited to, the Board, the administration, the staff, and students are expected to conduct themselves at all times so as to provide an atmosphere free from sexual harassment. 
    • Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favor, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when made by a member of the school staff to a student or to another staff member, or when made by a student to another student where: 
      • Submission to such conduct is either explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education; or
      • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or education decisions affecting such individual; or 
      • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s educational or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive or educational environment. 
  2. Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: 
    • Suggestive or obscene letters, notes, invitations, derogatory comments, slurs, jokes, epithets, assault, touching, impeding or blocking movement, leering, gestures, or display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, or cartoons. 
    • Continuing to express sexual interest after being informed that the interest is unwelcome. (Reciprocal attraction between peers is not considered sexual harassment.) 
    • Implying or withholding support for an appointment, promotion, or change of assignment; suggesting that a poor performance report will be prepared; suggesting that probation will be failed; implying or actually withholding grades earned or deserved; or suggesting that a scholarship recommendation or college application will be denied. 
    • Coercive sexual behavior used to control, influence, or affect the career, salary, and/or work environment of another employee; or engaging in coercive sexual behavior to control, influence, or affect the educational opportunities, grades, and/or learning environment of a student. 
    • Offering or granting favors or educational employment benefits, such as grades or promotions, favorable performance evaluations, favorable assignments, favorable duties or shifts, recommendations, reclassification, etc, in exchange for sexual favors. 

Anyone who is subject to sexual harassment, or who knows of the occurrence of such conduct, should inform the compliance officer, as provided in ACA-R. 
A substantiated charge against a staff member in the District shall subject such staff member to disciplinary action. 
A substantiated charge against a student in the District shall subject that student to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion. 
All matters involving sexual harassment complaints will remain confidential to the extent possible. 
Student Dress Code 
The Lovington Municipal Schools recognize that parents are primarily responsible for students’ dress and general appearance. However, student behavior and academic expectations are influenced by dress and grooming. Therefore, the following requirements for student dress in secondary schools (grades 6-12) shall be based upon the following principles: 

  1. Clothing shall be designed, constructed, and worn in a proper manner and shall not be vulgar, indecent, or suggestive. 
  2. Clothing or attire that is vulgar or depicts indecent slogans, pictures/graphics, or phrases that may depict a sexual meaning or illegal substance, including gang affiliation, will not be permitted. This includes but is not limited to bracelets or shirts with phrases that depict “gender-specific anatomy”. 
  3. The general appearance of the student and his/her clothing shall not interfere with the instructional program. 
  4. Clothing and general appearance of the student shall not constitute a health or safety hazard. 
  5. Cleanliness of body and clothing will be expected of all students. 
  6. The hair shall be clean and well-groomed. 
  7. Make-up and hair shall be worn in a fashion that is not disruptive to the educational process. 
  8. Skirts or shorts shall not be higher than 6 inches from the top of the knee (as a student bends his or her knee on a chair). Pants with holes in them higher than the required 6-inch limit shall have leggings underneath. Leggings/tights shall be permitted if the garment over the leggings covers both the front and back of the student’s pelvic girdle.  
  9. Appropriate footwear shall be part of regular attire. 
  10. Students shall not wear chains which are designed to be worn on wallets, pants, or as dog collars, including collars with spikes.  
  11. Body piercing will be allowed, with the exception of gauging or bars, provided they do not create a distraction or safety hazard. 
  12. Pants shall be appropriately sized at the waistband and shall be worn above the hip bones. Sagging pants or shorts worn below the waist are prohibited.  
  13. Belts must be the appropriate length and shall be contained in belt loops. The tip of the belt may not hang unless it does not reach the next loop. 
  14. Pajamas or sleepwear shall not be worn. (No house shoes) 
  15. Sunglasses shall not be permitted in the buildings without a medical note filed in the principal’s office. 
  16. Sleeveless shirts shall be at least 2” at the top of the shoulder. A bare midriff is prohibited. Tops/shirts shall be of sufficient length to cover the top of the pants, shorts, and skirts, even while sitting. The neck opening on any type of shirt may not exceed the equivalent of the second button below the collar of a dress shirt. Undershirts are required for any see-through, low-cut neck or arm opening, tank top, shirt, or blouse. Basketball jersey-type shirts shall not be worn unless a ¼ sleeve tee shirt is worn underneath. 
  17. Hair and facial hair shall be kept neat, clean, and well-groomed. Beards and mustaches shall be kept well-shaped.  

There will be certain days during the school year that will allow for dress attire other than what is addressed in the dress code. These dates will be announced.  
On certain occasions, a more stringent dress code may be enforced.  For example, shorts will not be acceptable at special events such as graduation, awards ceremonies, installations, or other events so determined by the administration and/or activity sponsor.  Also, Prom is a semi-formal occasion that requires special dress. 
Failure to follow the dress code as written above will cause the student(s) to be assigned disciplinary consequences by an administrator. Items in violation may be confiscated. If students are sent home for dress code violations, unexcused absences will be issued for the school time missed. Repeat violators could face consequences up to expulsion from the Lovington Municipal School system.  

Tardy Policy

  1. Secondary students with NO tardies in any one given class in a nine (9) weeks period will be rewarded with 1.5 points added to his/her 9-weeks grade. A student with only ONE (1) tardy will be rewarded with 1.0 point added to his/her 9-week grade. A student with TWO (2) tardies will be rewarded with 0.5 points added to his/her 9-weeks grade. 
  2. Secondary students will receive one (1) warning from teachers during each class period. When the student receives his/her second tardy within that class,  the office will be notified and the student will be assigned a consequence.  Each subsequent tardy will result in additional consequences.   
  3. A student is considered tardy if he/she misses fewer than 10 minutes of the class. If the student is late 10 minutes or greater to the class, the student will be considered absent. Students who arrive or pick up more than 10 minutes before the end of a class will be counted absent for that class. 


Truancy is defined as the deliberate absence from school without the prior knowledge or consent of the parents and/or without proper school authorization. The student automatically forfeits his right to a grade in the day's courses and will, therefore, receive a "0" for the classes missed. The student may, on the first offense, make up the work missed and receive the average of the "0" and the grade of the make-up work. Failure to make up the work automatically gives another "0".  In subsequent truancies, no make-up will be allowed for credit. 
Administrative Action may be administered by the Principal/Assistant Principal. 

  1. FIRST OFFENSE: The first time that a student is truant, said student will be in ISS for one day.   
  2. SECOND OFFENSE: The second time a student is truant, said student may be placed in ISS for up to five (5) school days. The student will forfeit the right to participate in activities for a period of two weeks (10 school days).   
  3. THIRD AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES: If a student is truant more than twice from school during the school year, said student will be referred to the JPO and placed in ISS for a period of time to be determined by the administrator. 

Alcohol and Drug Abuse 
The Lovington Municipal Schools recognize that alcohol and drug abuse is a treatable health problem. Health problems of youth are primarily the responsibility of the home and community, but the schools share that responsibility because misuse, abuse and dependency problems often interfere with school behavior, student learning, and the maximum possible development of each student. The schools shall intervene with persons manifesting a sign of misuse or abuse and make an effort to educate and aid them. 
The Lovington School Board prohibits students from using or being under the influence of, possessing, selling, giving away, or transporting alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or drug paraphernalia on school property or at school-sponsored activities or in school vehicles. 
The schools shall endeavor to educate and counsel students and staff concerning the abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or controlled substances. Every reasonable effort shall be made to provide for students and staff, an environment that is free of alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or controlled substances. 
School authorities shall give consideration to the health, safety, and educational rights of all students when administering consequences for students who use, are under the influence of, possess or distribute alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or controlled substances on school premises or while engaged in school-sponsored activities. 
The schools will allow students to self-report drugs and/or alcohol to an administrator prior to being caught. A student may only do this one (1) time and the student will be referred to Lovington Municipal School District counseling services. 
Consequences for Consumption, Possession, and Distribution of Alcohol, and/or Drugs
Description: If a staff member suspects, witnesses, or can substantiate a student's consumption, distribution, and/or possession (actual or constructive) of alcohol, other illegal drugs, unauthorized drugs, or controlled substances while at school, on school property (at any time) or at a school-sponsored activity then:

  1. The staff member will immediately inform the principal or principal's designee of the details.
  2. The administrator/designee will meet with the student to discuss the situation and hear the student's explanation.
  3. The administrator/designee will decide the next steps regarding the suspected consumption, possession, and/or distribution of alcohol and/or other illegal drugs or paraphernalia.
  4. The administrator/designee will notify the parent/guardian and/or police/juvenile probation officer, and the student will be released to the parent/guardian and/or police/juvenile probation officer pending investigation.
  5. The student will be expelled for up to one year. The following will be required of the student and/or parent during the expulsion:
    • Information and material on available community resources will be discussed with the parent/ guardian.
    • The student cannot be reinstated until a meeting is held with the principal and/or designee, parent/guardian, student, and others deemed necessary by the principal.  It may be required that a no-use contract be signed by the student and by the parent/guardian. As part of the reinstatement, the parent/guardian must agree to the student's and/or family's participation in a rehabilitation and/or educational program. This may include community service, professional drug use/abuse evaluation, urinalysis, counseling, etc.  The parent/guardian and student with the assistance of an appropriate community professional will present a written plan of action that is acceptable to the principal.
  6. The above provisions do not exclude less serious consequences (including long-term suspension, and placement in the Choices program) if, in the administrator’s judgment, the student's behavior necessitates such action.

Tobacco and Vaping
The use, possession, and distribution of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, vapes, nicotine liquid containers, alcoholic beverages, mood-altering substances, and illicit drugs are prohibited in the following locations:

  • School grounds.
  • School building.
  • School parking lots.
  • School playing fields.
  • School buses and other District vehicles.
  • Transportation pick-up areas.
  • Off-campus school-sponsored events.

A student found in possession of a vape pen or vape paraphernalia will be sent home immediately pending investigation. If a guardian cannot be contacted the student will be placed in ISS until one is contacted. After the investigation, a decision will be made by the school administration. If the determination includes drug violations, the student may contest the administrative decision by submitting to a drug test within 24 hours from the accredited drug testing business contracted with by the Lovington Municipal School District or a local hospital at the student’s expense. If the drug test is negative for illicit drugs then the vape product will be considered a tobacco product and the tobacco policy will be enforced. If the drug test is positive for illicit drugs, the drug policy will be enforced.
Consequences for Tobacco Products 
Administrative Action by the Principal/Assistant Principal for Tobacco Products:

  1. FIRST OFFENSE: The first time that a student is in possession, consuming, and/or distributing any tobacco products, said student will be in ISS for two days or one day of Out of School Suspension. The student will forfeit the right to participate in extracurricular activities for a period of one week (5 school days). Weekends, Holidays and Summer School does not count toward the one week (5 School days). 
  2. SECOND OFFENSE: The second time a student is in possession, consuming, and/or distributing any tobacco products, said student will be placed in ISS for five (5) school days or two days of Out of School Suspension. The student will forfeit the right to participate in extracurricular activities for a period of two weeks (10 school days). Weekends, Holidays and Summer School does not count toward the two weeks (10 School days).  
  3. THIRD AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES: If a student is in possession, consuming, and/or distributing any tobacco products more than twice during the school year the said student will be placed in ISS for a period of time to be determined by the administrator or Out of School Suspension determined by the administrator. The student will forfeit the right to participate in extracurricular activities for a period of four weeks (20 school days). Weekends, Holidays and Summer School does not count toward the four (4) weeks (20 School days).

General Discipline 
The following are prohibited activities: criminal or delinquent acts; gang-related activities; sexual harassment; disruptive conduct; refusal to identify self; and refusal to cooperate with school personnel. 
A student may be subject to disciplinary action when the student engages in the above or those below:   

  • Engagement in conduct that is disorderly, i.e., intentionally causing public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, by: 
  • Fighting or engaging in violent behavior; making unreasonable noise; using abusive or obscene language or gestures; obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic; creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act that serves no legitimate purpose. 
  • Engages in conduct that is insubordinate, i.e., failing to comply with the lawful directions of a teacher, school administrator, or other school employees in charge of the student. 
  • Engages in threatening and intimidating a staff member. 
  • Endangers the safety, morals, health, or welfare of others by any act, including but not limited to:
    • Selling, distributing, using or possessing alcohol, drugs, or other controlled substances or drug paraphernalia; selling, distributing, using or possessing weapons, fireworks, or other dangerous instruments or contraband; selling, using, or possessing obscene materials; using profane, vulgar, or abusive language (including ethnic slurs); gambling; hazing, engaging in lewd behavior (including nudity or pornographic materials).  
  • Engages in any of the following forms of academic misconduct: 
    • Lateness for, missing, or leaving school or class without permission or excuse; cheating (including but not limited to copying, using unauthorized help sheets and the like, illegally obtaining tests in advance, substituting for a test-taker, and other forms of unauthorized collusion); plagiarism. 
  • Engages in conduct violating the Board’s rules and regulations for the maintenance of public order on school property. 
  • Has a record of excessive absenteeism. 
  • Is believed to have or actually has committed a crime. 
  • Taking the property of another through means of force or fear. 
  • Unauthorized possession and/or sale of property of another without consent of the owner. 
  • Deliberately or maliciously destroying, damaging, and/or defacing school property or the property of another individual. 
  • Engages in violating the District’s Technology Acceptable Use Policy. 

Use of Physical Force 
Reasonableness of use of physical force in self-defense, defense of others, and defense of property will be considered as a mitigating factor in determining penalties for misconduct. The threat or use of physical force by a student is not reasonable (i) when made in response to verbal provocation alone, (ii) when assistance from a school staff member is a reasonable alternative, or (iii) when the degree of physical force used is disproportionate to the circumstances or exceeds that necessary to avoid injury to oneself or to others to preserve property at risk. 
Discipline Consequences  
The range of penalties that may be imposed for violations of student discipline rules include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Verbal warning. 
  • Written warning. 
  • Parent notification. 
  • Notification of law enforcement. 
  • Detention (Noon or After-school). 
  • Suspension from transportation. 
  • Suspension from athletic participation. 
  • Suspension from social or extracurricular activities. 
  • Suspension of other privileges. 
  • Exclusion from a particular class. 
  • In-school suspension. 
  • Confiscation of item in violation. 
  • Involuntary transfer. 
  • Community service. 
  • Suspension. 
  • Expulsion. 
  • Placement in the CHOICES program at New Hope High School. 

Depending upon the nature of the violation, student discipline may be progressive, i.e., generally, a student’s first violation should merit a lighter penalty than subsequent violations. A District employee or agent should take into account all other relevant factors in determining an appropriate penalty. The above penalties may be imposed either alone or in combination. 


Disciplinary Proceedings 
Any teacher, administrator, Board member, parent, or other person may report a violation of student disciplinary rules to an administrator. The administrators will then make an investigation of the charges as deemed appropriate and will institute appropriate proceedings. 
In order to promote effectiveness of student discipline, the assistance of parents in enforcing rules for student discipline shall be invited and encouraged. 
Electronic Devices of Any Type 
Electronic devices of any type, including accessories (i.e. air pods) will be allowed ONLY for educational purposes. All lessons allowing students to use their electronic device will be documented in the teacher's daily lesson plans and approved by the campus administrator. The right to use an electronic device for learning during classroom instruction will be permitted to only those who have signed the LMSD Technology Acceptable Use Policy. 

The use of any electronic device during State Mandated Testing is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Any electronic device not issued by the school will NOT be allowed for any  other purpose. If this policy is violated and an electronic device is stolen while at school, the  school district/personnel will not be responsible for replacement of the electronic device. School issued electronic devices are the responsibility of the student.  Lost, stolen, or damaged school issued devices and parts become the financial responsibility of the student.  All electronic devices found in violation of, or not authorized by, this policy will receive consequences. If it is determined an inappropriate video is on any electronic device, it may be confiscated (i.e. fight, nudity, pornographic images) and turned over to proper authorities with school consequences to follow.   


  1. Cause to be delivered in writing to violator, violator's parents or guardian, written in violator's native language, when necessary. 
  2. Schedule a hearing or accept a written waiver, thereby terminating the remaining procedural requirements. 
  3. Give written notice to violator and parents or guardians of said hearing, written in violator's native language, when necessary. 
  4. Counsel and interpreter, if desired, may be present at said hearing on behalf of violator, parents or guardians. 
  5. Evidence shall be presented at said hearing and violator and parents or guardians may face all witnesses and ask questions. 
  6. Violators may testify and present evidence. 
  7. The Hearing Authority shall make a determination of guilt or innocence based upon the written charges and the evidence presented. 
  8. Written minutes shall be kept of hearing; or a taped transcript shall be kept of the hearing. 
  9. The findings of the Hearing Authority shall be reduced to writing and sent to the violator and parents or guardians, written in the violator's native language, when necessary. 
  10. The parents or guardians shall have ten (10) days to appeal to the Review Hearing Authority the decision of the Hearing Authority. 
  11. The Notice of Appeal must be in writing and delivered to the Superintendent of Schools within ten (10) days after the report of the Authority findings, and the Review Hearing Authority shall review the transcript of the hearing and the findings of the Hearing Authority to ensure that said findings are based upon the evidence presented. 


Grading Practices
The subject grade should be based on pupil mastery of the standard content of the course.

The District will establish a uniform system of grading. Content of the course shall be set up to be measured by numerical percentages which are then transferred to letter equivalents. The following scale will serve as a guide for the distribution of grades but reasonable alternative letter grades may be approved at the District level:

90% - 100%    =    A
80% - 89%    =    B
70% - 79%    =    C
60% - 69%    =    D
Below 60%    =    F  
The following should be observed in implementing a grading system:

The grading system should be consistent within the class for the entire year.
The student should understand the system thoroughly, such as the content on which the grade for the course depends, the weight attached to various phases of the material, the manner in which the letter grade is devised, and the meaning of the final letter grade which is sent home as a report to the parent.

Report Cards and Records
At a minimum, an average of two (2) grades per week will be kept in the teacher's grade book for each subject (language arts, mathematics, science-health, social studies) in numerical values. The average for the nine (9) weeks will also be recorded in the grade book in numerical values.

Grade reports to the parents are made on a nine (9) week basis. Report cards include an explanation of the system of marks used. Before cards are sent out each nine (9) week period, the teacher should explain the marking system to the pupils.

Cards are sent home according to a schedule that is developed at the beginning of the school year.

Grades A, B, C, D, or F are given in numerical percentages, in the following subjects for grades three (3) through five (5):
Language Arts
Social Studies

Grades A, B, C, D, or F, in numerical percentages, are given in the following subjects in grades one (1) and two (2):
Language Arts

Kindergarten Reporting
Kindergarten (K) teachers will not use letter grades but will report progress in a standard-based system using S, U, and N.

First Grade will not use letter grades/numerical percentages A, B, C, D & F in the 1st nine weeks. S, U, and N will be used 1st nine weeks.

Teachers may use additional reporting forms if they so choose, and conferences are encouraged.

Examinations for Secondary Students 
Single-period examinations are given at the end of each nine-week period. At the end of each semester, a comprehensive exam will be given in each class on a schedule that will be announced at least one week in advance.

  • NINE-WEEKS and SEMESTER examinations will be given only on the day and time as scheduled by the principal.  Any deviation MUST be approved in advance by the principal. Parents are required to conference with the principal prior to the test schedule if an alternate test date is being requested. 
  • All students are required by State Law to take final exams. Any student who does not take a final exam will not receive credit for that course.
  • Report cards will be issued at the end of each nine-week period. Nine weeks grades are determined by counting the daily average at 4/5ths and the nine weeks exam as 1/5th.  The semester grade is averaged by counting every nine weeks' grade as 2/5ths and the semester exam as 1/5th.  
  • Progress reports are sent electronically as scheduled by the Principal.         

Late Work Policy 
All class work and homework is due when the teacher calls for it. Any work turned in after that time will be considered late. Credit will not be allowed for late work after two school days. After the second school day a zero will be given for a missing assignment.   
Make-up Work Policy 

When students are absent they will have the same number of days to make up assignments as the number of days absent. Students are responsible for getting their makeup work from each of their teachers and turning it in within the required timeframe. Number of days missed = number of days to make up work. If a student goes beyond the timeframe, refer to “Late Work Policy.” 



Extra-Curricular Activities Policy 
As a student of the Lovington Municipal Schools athletic/activity program, it is extremely important that I maintain a good public image as well as set a good example.  I shall contribute my best effort to the success of our programs. I agree to conduct myself according to the Lovington Extra-Curricular Activities Policy. I realize that in case I do not live up to this agreement, I could be removed from the activity in which I am involved, in accordance with the following. 

  1. I shall represent the school in a positive manner, promoting good sportsmanship.   
  2. I shall be respectful and courteous to opponents and their supporters, as well as any guests. 
  3. I shall adhere to the rules in our student handbook, athletic handbook, and school board policy handbook. 
  4. I shall not be in the room of the opposite sex. 
  5. I shall be on time whenever time is involved. 
  6. I shall meet all eligibility standards. 
  7. I shall be responsible for all equipment entrusted to my care and return it to the school in the best possible condition.  I understand that I am financially liable for lost or damaged equipment. 
  8. I shall dress in accordance with the school dress code. 
  9. If I am removed from the activity/team for disciplinary reasons, or quit the activity/team, I shall not be allowed to participate in a different activity, until the activity I am removed from has been completed. 
  10. I shall notify the coach prior to missing practice. I understand missing practice for unexcused reasons will result in disciplinary actions. 
  11. I shall ride in school provided transportation to and from all contests, unless released to parents. 
  12. If I am involved in a fight before, during or after an event, I shall be suspended from the next specified event for that activity.  If I leave the bench or sideline when a fight occurs, I shall be suspended from the next athletic contest or dismissed from the team.   
  13. A student shall be in full attendance on the day of a scheduled event or he/she shall not be allowed to participate. (Exemptions are; with Medical, Professional, or Legal Documentation, as approved by the building administrator) 
  14. I shall not possess, distribute, or use tobacco, and/or vape products.  Tobacco and Vaping Policy will be enforced.    

**The student and parent/guardian waive any right to privacy concerning the use of illegal drugs and alcohol that might be obtained from law enforcement agencies, JPO agencies, or other reliable sources. 
Extra-Curricular Eligibility 
In order for a student to be eligible for all extra-curricular activities, the student must have maintained a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and not have failed any class from the previous semester's grading period. Eligibility is based on semester grades. No F’s allowed for eligibility. 

Eligibility for student participation in extracurricular activities is determined by the New Mexico Activities Association's by-laws that are developed to create a level playing field for all student athletes. Changes to enrollment, home residence, academic standing, and family status are some of the factors that determine student eligibility. Parents/ guardians are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations associated with student eligibility PRIOR to making changes to their student's status. Transferring schools may impact a student’s opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities (New Mexico Activities Association By-Laws:   

Extra-Curricular Infractions Away from School (including summer and holidays)   
First Violation for Minor in Possession: The student will not be eligible for any extracurricular activities for 15 (fifteen) school days and 20% of scheduled games for athletes. Students involved in other extracurricular activities will not be eligible for 15 (fifteen) school days and the next scheduled event for the activity they are involved in. 
First Violation for Consumption: The student will not be eligible for any extracurricular activities for 40% of scheduled games for athletes. Students involved in other extracurricular activities will not be eligible for 15 (fifteen) school days and the next scheduled event for the activity they are involved in. 
Second Violation for Minor in Possession or Consumption:  Will result in the student becoming ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activities for 90 school days from date of offense.  
Third Violation for Minor in Possession or Consumption:  Will result in the student becoming ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activities for one (1) year from date of offense. 
The student may participate in practice during this fifteen (15) day time period, but will not suit up or travel.  
**Any student cited for possession or consumption by law enforcement will be required to submit to a drug/alcohol test at the district's earliest convenience. 
***There will be other consequences, consistent from activity to activity after each violation, set by the Athletic Director and the sponsor of the activity. 

****All violations will include drug/alcohol counseling before the student can return to activities. It will be the responsibility of the student to receive counseling and the student must present evidence of such counseling to the school administration, before he/she may return to activities. 
Guidance Counseling
The Guidance Office is available to students in grades 7-12 to assist them in making their school careers successful and in making plans for the future. Students are encouraged to use this resource so that their interests and needs may be met. This office is the link between students and administration. The office will handle the scheduling of classes, registration, next-step plans, student records, credit checks, and schedule changes. Counselors are assigned to cohorts at the high school.  

Secondary students must have their school issued ID on them, visible at all times. A student not having their school issued ID visible will be given consequences as outlined in the school discipline matrix.    
Gang-Related Activity
For the purpose of District policy, a gang of three (3) or more people who:  

  • Interact together to the exclusion of others; 
  • Claim a territory or area; 
  • Have a name; 
  • Have rivals/enemies; and  
  • Exhibit antisocial behavior – often associated with crime or a threat to the community.  The type of dress, apparel, activities, act, behavior or manner, or grooming displayed, reflected, or participated in by the student shall not: 
  • Lead school officials to believe that such behavior, apparel, activities, acts, or other attributes are gang related or would disrupt or interfere with the school environment or activity and/or educational objectives; 
  • Present a physical safety hazard to self, students, staff members, or other employees. 
  • Create an atmosphere in which the well-being of a student, staff member, or other person is hindered by undue pressure, behavior, intimidation, overt gestures, or threat of violence, or; 
  • Imply gang membership or affiliation by written communication, marks, drawing, painting, design, gang gestures and emblem upon any school or personal property or on one’s person. 

The principal will coordinate with law enforcement regarding the latest gang signs, symbols, and actions to maintain consideration for constitutionally permitted activities and speech. 
Public Displays of Affection 
Public displays of affection are prohibited on school property. Students who display affectionate behavior, such as kissing, hugging, and all other affectionate physical contact will be counseled and parents shall be informed if necessary. Students will be warned on the first offense. The second offense will result in being referred to an administrator where consequences will be administered. 
In-School-Suspension (ISS) 
Suspension Schools are typically a form of alternative education for students who choose not to follow the rules and procedures of the Lovington Municipal Schools. While at Suspension School, students will be provided with their work from each of their teachers and will be supervised while completing their work. Students who refuse to work or cause disruptions while in ISS will receive additional days in ISS or will be suspended at home for the remaining ISS assignment. Rules for in-school suspension will be given to the student when said student is assigned to ISS. 
When suspension is necessary, it is advisable to contact the parent or guardian by telephone.  If it is impossible to make telephone contact, the student should deliver a note or letter from the principal's office, written in the student's native language, when necessary, outlining the problem and the disposition.  A copy of the note/letter will also be mailed to the parent/guardian.  Students suspended will receive zeros in all classes missed. 



Advanced Placement Classes 
LHS is very fortunate to offer Advanced Placement, which are college level courses. AP exams are scored on a scale of 1-5, with a possibility of receiving college credit and or scholarships. Any student enrolled in Advanced Placement class is required to take the Advanced Placement Exam at the end of the year. The student will reimburse the District for testing fees of AP Course Exams not taken. The students and guardians will be required to sign a contract.  
Bilingual Seal 
The Bilingual Seal Pathway will be presented to incoming freshmen. Upon qualifying for the Bilingual Seal Program, their senior year, the student will be provided the District Bilingual Seal Handbook. Once all requirements are obtained through the course, the student will receive the BiLiteracy Seal on their diploma and transcript as well as the Bi-Literacy Stole to wear at Graduation.   
Students must be ranked a senior and must be on schedule for graduation. Seniors must have a prerequisite of Spanish I and Spanish II (minimum). Seniors may also have Spanish III but may take Spanish III in congruence with the Bilingual Seal class. This will complete the required 4-year credit in a Foreign Language (Option 3 NMPED Bilingual Seal Pathway). 

*Students must read and sign Student/Parent/Teacher/Principal Contract to have in the student file. 
Please obtain more in depth information from the Counseling Department.    
Check Out Procedures 
If a student must leave campus during the day, the following procedures must be followed: The parent will pick up the student at the front office or send a note requesting the release of the student. The parent may also call the office in the event of an emergency. The student must sign the check-out sheet if leaving during the school day and sign in if returning. Failure to sign out could result in truancy and may be filed as such.  
Graduation Procedures 

  • On a date determined by the office, prior to graduation, Seniors will report directly to the gym to have the senior picture made. Be sure to bring caps and gowns. 
  • Senior Class Walk to other campuses will follow the Class Picture. 
  • Seniors will practice for the graduation exercise on the Friday prior to graduation on Sunday, at the Lea County Event Center at 9:00 a.m. ALL SENIORS MUST BE PRESENT AT THE REHEARSAL OR YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN GRADUATION EXERCISES. During rehearsal seniors will be informed of any outstanding fees and fines.  
  • All Seniors MUST report to the north/south side of the Lea County Event Center by 2:00pm on graduation day for roll check.  
  • Graduation will begin at 3:00 p.m. If a senior is not in line for graduation by 2:30 p.m., his/her diploma will be pulled from those on stage, and he/she will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. 
  • Dress Code for Graduation: 
    • Students are to dress in semi-formal dress.   Dress shirts, ties, dress pants or slacks, dresses or skirts, dress shoes or dress sandals.    
    • Tennis shoes, flips flops, shorts, or jeans will not be allowed.   
    • Graduation gowns and caps may not be altered. If sizing is incorrect, notify the Cap and Gown representative immediately. 
  • Immediately following graduation, diplomas MUST be picked up at the designated point in the Event Center. THEY WILL BE PRESENTED PROVIDED ALL ACCOUNTS HAVE BEEN CLEARED. 

Graduation Requirements

  1. As outlined by the State Department of Education:
    1. The district shall be in compliance with graduation requirements as specified currently in Section 22-2-8.4, NMSA, 1978.
    2. Credits shall be transferable with no loss of value between schools that are accredited by the public education department, with the exception of transferring weighted GPAs. Honor courses, requiring weighted GPAs, will be indicated as honors courses in alignment with LHS policies regarding honor’s credits and LHS course offerings. Likewise, only honor courses that are offered at Lovington High School, in alignment with the courses offered during the corresponding school year will be given the indication of weighting for the ranking purpose.
    3. Acceptance of credits earned through correspondence, extension study, foreign study or home study courses, or non-SBE accredited non-public schools is determined by local school board policy. No more than four (4) credits taken by correspondence will be permitted to be used for graduation. Correspondence Courses will be placed on the student transcript as (P) for Pass or (F) for Fail with credit given toward graduation for a pass in the course.  
    4. A final examination shall be administered to all students in courses offered for credit.
    5. Dual Credit, both academic and vocational, may be earned simultaneously from both the public school district and the post-secondary institution(s). Dual  Credit requires an articulated agreement between the two entities and prior approval from the principal or guidance counselor.  ACTA courses and online courses will not be recognized as honors credits for purposes of weighted GPA in class ranking.
    6. Alternative Credit: Local districts may designate a course, known as alternative credit, to satisfy any of the 28 specified credits required for graduation. Alternative credit courses must follow the State Department of Education procedures outlining the utilization of Competency Frameworks with the alignment of local district student competencies and curriculum. For notification, the district must submit documentation to SDE describing these courses. The criteria listed under Elective Credit must be included.  (Section 22-2-8.J, NMSA, 1978).
    7. Elective Credit: Under the statute, the State Board of Education is granted the authority to approve other electives not specified in the statute. Any elective credit, which is approved by the local board of education and meets the following criteria, shall be approved by the State Board of Education for the eighteen (18) elective credits.
    8. Pass all areas of the New Mexico High School Graduation Assessment. The exam is given to students during their junior year. Those areas of the test that are not passed during the junior year must be retaken and passed during the senior year. *Beginning with the class of 2012, students must show competence on a standard-based exam or portfolio assessment in order for a diploma to be earned (NMHSSA).
  2. Successful completion of a minimum of twenty-five (25) units shall be required for graduation.  These units shall be as follows:

English                                                                                                            4 Units
Math*                                                                                                              4 Units 
Science                                                                                                           3 Units
New Mexico Studies                                                                                        1 Unit
U.S. History                                                                                                      1 Unit
World History                                                                                                   1 Unit
Government                                                                                                    .5 Unit
Economics                                                                                                      .5 Unit
Health                                               .                                                              5 Unit
Required Physical Ed.**                                                                                  1 Unit 
Career Cluster,  Workplace Readiness, or Foreign Language                        1 Unit 
                                  The total number of required course credits            17.5 Units
                                   Minimum number of elective course credits             7.5 Units

                                    The minimum number of credits required                   25 Units
* At least one unit of math must be equivalent to Algebra II or higher

** Successful completion of three (3) full semesters of marching band in grades 9-12 equals 1 unit of required physical education. Successful completion of three (3) of the following extra-curricular (after the regular school day) sports seasons in grades 9-12 satisfies the PE requirement.
     Boys                              Girls 
     Basketball                     Basketball 
     Cross Country              Cross Country 
     Football                         Volleyball 
     Tennis                           Tennis      
     Golf                               Golf
     Baseball                        Softball 
     Track & Field                Track & Field 
     Soccer                          Soccer  
     Swim                            Swim 
     Cheer                           Cheer 
High School Diploma 
 To receive a diploma from LHS, students must: 
•    Earn the specified minimum number of credits in the required courses. 
•    Earn the minimum number of credits in elective courses. 
•    Beginning with the class of 2013, students must show competence on New Mexico High School Graduation Assessment or portfolio assessment in order for a diploma to be earned. This replaces the NM High School Competency Exam. 
Honor Graduates 
A student must complete all of the senior year in Lovington High School to be eligible for "Graduation with Honors".  The number of Honor Students is to be computed on a percentage of the total graduates with a ratio of one (1) per twenty-five students and it is computed on the 120th reporting day.  These Honor Graduates will wear a white gown at Graduation.  
Lockers are provided as a convenience to secondary students. Students are responsible for keeping their lockers clean and orderly. No decorations are allowed outside of the locker. Students are advised not to share their locker combinations with others. Locker assignments, combinations, and changes will be handled through the office. The lockers belong to the school. The Administration has the right to search the lockers and its contents at any time. 

Lunch Procedures 
Lovington High School has an open campus for students that are Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  This means students may leave the campus at lunch. Although leaving is allowed, it is discouraged because of traffic congestion and the need to be on time to afternoon classes. Also, the school cannot be responsible for supervision of the students who leave campus. Freshman students will have a closed campus and therefore will not be allowed to leave campus during lunch.

National Honor Society 
National Honor Society (NHS) is a national program recognizing students who display exemplary scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Membership in the NHS is one of the highest honors a high school student can receive.  

  1. Charter requirements: 
    • 3.8 G.P.A.  
    • At least one semester attendance at LHS. 
  2. Students will be notified of eligibility to apply for membership through an application process.  
  3. Students must complete one semester of service projects equal to 14 hours before induction.  These students will be called probationary members until the service requirement is met. 
  4. Upon receiving student's application, the five-member faculty council reviews the applications and decides who is accepted for induction in to the NHS 
  5. The five-member faculty council will be determined by the Principal. 
  6. Students who have been found to be eligible for NHS, but are not inducted into the Society, are not members unless prior arrangements have been made with the NHS advisor. 
  7. Students will pay $2.00 dues prior to the induction ceremony. 
  8. If at the end of any grading period the student falls below the standard for membership, he/she will be placed on probation.  If the grade or disciplinary situation is not corrected by the end of the following grading period, the student will be removed from the Society.  Once a student is dismissed, he/she is never eligible for membership in the National Honor Society again. If a Senior student receives an “F” they will be placed on probation.  It will be determined at the end of the fall semester if the student has met the requirements to remain in the NHS and if the Stole of NHS will be worn during Graduation in the spring.  If however, a senior student receives an “F” in the spring semester, they will be removed from NHS and will not wear the NHS Stole during the Graduation Ceremony.  
  9. Violations of school regulations and policies can result in immediate dismissal as a member of the NHS.   


  • Students will be required to pay for entrance into the prom. The charge will be $25.00 per person.
  • Drinking of alcoholic beverages at the prom by students is not permitted. 
  • Sponsors will consist of faculty, parents, and administrative staff. 
  • The sponsors on duty will remove students that are loitering outside the building.
  • No dresses or dresses with slits that are higher than the fingertips while the arms and hands are extended at the side. 
  • Extremely low cut dresses will not be allowed.  Dresses should be no lower than the center of the breast bone. 
  • Beginning 30 minutes prior to music, no students may leave the facility and then return.  
  • All adults must leave after the coronation of King and Queen which will be at 9:00PM. 
  • LHS and NHHS juniors and seniors are invited to attend the prom. Juniors and seniors may bring a date provided the following guidelines are met. 
  • Dates may not be younger than a 10th grader currently enrolled at LHS and cannot be older than 20 years of age.  Proof of age must be shown and permission must be approved by the Principal.   
  • Dates who are not LHS or NHHS juniors or seniors must be approved by administration prior to the prom. There will be a sign up sheet in the office. 
  • All students attending prom must wear formal attire. 
  • Prom tickets are non-refundable.   

Schedule Changes 
Schedule changes may be requested following enrollment on the designated days according to grade level. Pre-enrollment forms signed by a parent must be on file in order for a change to be made. Schedules will only be changed on the scheduled dates, unless prior arrangements have been made with the guidance department. All schedule changes must have parent signature allowing permission to deviate from the NM Next Step Plan. Schedules are NOT changed after the first day of class of each term without written permission of an administrator, parent, and all teachers involved with the change. 
Guidelines for Schedule Changes after Registration 
During the week of enrollment, you may request schedule changes according to the posted schedule. Once school has begun, changes will only be made if they are considered to be an emergency. However, it is imperative that you choose carefully in your original selection, since changes may only be considered if they meet the following conditions: 

  • Changes are to take place on the scheduled dates according to your classification. 
  • Failure of a prerequisite course or failure to register for a prerequisite course. 
  • Credit needed for graduation and the course cannot be taken in a later semester. 
  • To repeat a previously failed course that will be unavailable in a later semester. 
  • Course needed for a planned college or vocational program, which cannot be taken in a later semester. 
  • Placement in an inappropriate level of a subject according to ability. 
  • Parent permission is required for all schedule changes concerning required classes. 


Student Parking Regulations  
All students will be required to park in the WEST parking lot.  Students are not allowed to park on Ave. K or in the lot across the street from LHS on Ave. K. 
Students are required to park within the designated lines in designated areas only.  No parking in fire lanes or handicapped spaces without appropriate permits. 
All students must obtain a parking permit, of the current year, which must be placed in the front lower right windshield.  All other parking permits shall be removed.  Students may not park in the teacher parking lot north of the school.   
All students must park their car and immediately leave the student parking lot.  No student will be permitted to sit in the car during the day. 
LHS assumes NO responsibility for your car or its contents. Be sure to lock your car, and do not leave valuables in it.