Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll my child?
Whether you are enrolling your child school for the first time or switching schools, the registration process is relatively simple and can be completed by visiting the Natomas Unified School District Enrollment website.

What time does school start and end?
School starts at 7:45 a.m.

TK/K students are dismissed at 1:38 p.m.
Elementary students are dismissed at 1:55 p.m.
7/8 graders are dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

Where are the lost and found items kept on campus?
If your student has lost or misplaced an item, ALS lost and found is located in the Cafeteria next to classroom B5.

How do I inform the school when my student is absent?
Parents/guardians must clear all absences in advance of the absence or upon return to school by calling the attendance office at 916-567-5500, or by writing a note including the following information:

  • Student’s full legal name (please print name clearly)
  • The day(s) and date(s) of absence(s)
  • Reason for the absence
  • Parents/Guardian name and the relationship to the student
  • Home and work phone numbers

What do I do if I am concerned about something involving my child?
From time to time concerns arise regarding a student’s performance, or a specific event, which occurred at school. If you have a concern please follow the Path to Successful Communication:

  • Address the matter with the site Staff Member directly (teacher, coach, etc.) by scheduling an appointment 24 hours in advance
  • If unresolved, please contact the school administrator(s)
  • If unresolved, contact Constituent and Customer Services for informal resolution at (916) 561-5253
  • If unresolved, a formal complaint form is available through Constituent and Customer Services

How do I visit my child’s classroom?
We welcome visiting parents and guardians. Please contact the office to schedule a convenient time for a visit. Per Ed Code: No visitations to classrooms without 24-hour notice. We appreciate your support as we watch out for your child’s safety.

Does American Lakes have an After School Program?
Yes – we have selected The Center as our After School Program. The After School Safety and Education (ASES) program provides a safe and supportive place for students after school. This program is designed for students to receive academic support and an engaging enrichment program. ASES begins immediately after school is dismissed and you may begin picking up your student(s) at 5:30 p.m. with the program ending at 6 p.m. If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Bonton, Program Manager of The Center at (916) 288-7623 or at [email protected].

When can I bring my child cupcakes for his/her birthday?
Baked goods, for the use of celebrations, must be approved by administration and provided directly to the class by the teacher.

How can I get involved?
Parents and guardians are encouraged to volunteer at American Lakes. Opportunities for involvement include:

  • Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)
  • School Site Council (SSC)
  • English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
  • School Improvement Program (SIP)

Please be aware that if a volunteer is going to be with an American Lakes student, including on field trips, you must have the necessary fingerprint clearance and TB certificate on file. Once your information is one file with NUSD, you can volunteer for the entire time your child attends school in our district, as long as the TB test is up-to-date. You can find this information on our website and we have packets in our office as well. Learn more about how you can get involved by visiting the Natomas Unified School District Volunteer page.