Calendar & Hours of Operation


The Ark operates in two sessions: school year (fall and spring) and summer sessions.  The summer session begins the first working day after Los Alamos Schools dismiss for the summer.  The school session begins on the same day the Los Alamos Schools begin fall classes.  Enrollment for each session is for the entire session only.  A calendar of scheduled special events and scheduled closures will be available the first day of each session.  Calendars are available through the Ark office.  Closure or operation for the December break will be evaluated each year.  A decision to operate will be made by the Ark Board by October 15 based on the families to be served during that time and available staffing.


The Ark follows the holiday schedule for the Lab which post 12 paid holidays.  There may be other days that we close earlier in the day taking into consideration the well being of our staff.  Examples can be early closing on Christmas Eve.  See the current list of LANL holidays. 

The Ark is closed from Christmas Day through New Year’s Day based on LANL closing.

The Lab recognizes these 12 paid holidays:
» New Year’s Day                                          » Martin Luther King Jr. Day
» President’s Day                                          » Memorial Day
» Independence Day                                     » Labor Day
» Columbus Day                                             » Veteran’s Day
» Thanksgiving Day (and day after)           » Christmas Day
» Energy Conservation Day

Weather Emergencies

No credit is given for snow days.  The Ark is closed or delayed when the LANL closes or delays for weather.  The Ark opens half an hour before the lab opens.  If the Lab is open and the schools are closed for snow days, the Ark will be open.  All children normally registered for that day may come.  When LANL closes early, the Ark will close 30 minutes after the Lab closing due to weather and late pick-up fees will apply.  This is to be mindful of safety for the Ark staff as they travel home.


Hours of Operation

The Ark is open from 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.  Children are registered for specific hours and days.  Children shall be picked up by the hour specified in the contract.  All children must be picked up by 5;30PM.


Late Pickups

Please call the Ark before the scheduled pick up time if you are going to be late picking up your child.

If children are not picked up by the time specified in the contract, additional charges will apply.

In consideration of our staff, it is important that we respect their time off and plans after closing.   Teachers and office staff have additional work that must be completed after the last child leaves.  A late pickup results in teachers being paid additional time.

 If a child is not picked up by 5:30pm, the following rates will apply:

  1-5 min $5;  6-10 min $15;  11-15min $25

Should such late pickup occur without prior notification, the Ark may take one or more of the following actions:

  1. Attempt to reach you at home, work or school.
  2. Call the people listed on the “Emergency and Authorization Card” as “persons to contact”.
  3. Call the Child Protective Services and/or the local Police Department.