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General Information

LVMS ARRIVAL   The students arrive at 7:10 A.M. and homeroom begins at 7:30 A.M. If a student arrives after 7:30 A.M., he/she is marked tardy. Please be aware that there is no supervision of students prior to 7:10 A.M. and students should not arrive before this time. All students who RIDE to school by bus or car enter in the upper lobby (gymnasium entrance), door number 2. All students who WALK to school should enter in the lower lobby (by the flagpole), door number 10. 


LVMS DISMISSAL   Dismissal begins at 2:26 P.M.  Buses exit the bus lot as soon as they have loaded.  Students who walk are dismissed from door number 15 near the practice field. Students who are car pickup are dismissed from door number 13 and are released to the parking lot adjacent to Bell Street. Students are not permitted to be in the school building after school hours without supervision. When there is a home athletic event, students not on the team need to leave the building and return at game time if they plan to cheer on the Rams. 


REQUEST TO CHANGE STUDENTS DISMISSAL TIME  Because we must be accurate in accounting for students at the end of the day, we ask that any change in your child's normal dismissal routine be put in writing and submitted to office personnel by 11:00 a.m.  Office personnel must have ample time to record and verify changes, notify the student, and notify the staff members who supervise dismissal.


Early dismissal, notes for walking, and bus pass notes are due to the office before 11:00 A.M. Parents/guardians can also send a picture of a signed note to [email protected].


EXCUSES FOR ABSENCES   When a student is absent from school, he/she is required to have a written excuse signed by his/her parent upon return.  If a student or parent does not submit the excuse to the school office within three days after his/her return, the absence will be recorded as unexcused.


SCHOOL DELAY/CANCELLATION   School delays and cancellations are announced via the Call One System, and on local radio and television stations as soon as the information is available.


VACATIONS   A student may be granted one vacation not to exceed five days during the school year.  The student must be in good academic standing and meet attendance requirements - a student may not have missed more than 5% of the school year at the time of the vacation request. Requests for exceptions may be reviewed by the school principal. The student's parent or guardian must appear in person at the school to complete a Vacation Request Form.  Forms will not be sent home with students. Requests for vacations during the PSSA will not be granted.


HEALTH INFORMATION   Pennsylvania State Law requires students to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, mumps, measles, hepatitis B, rubella and varicella. This information must be recorded in the school medical records.  


It is important that you are aware of the immunization requirements. All students must have fourth polio after their fourth birthday to be compliant. If your child is not compliant he/she may not attend the first day of school. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Davis, our school nurse, at 724-238-6412 extension 507.


All seventh graders must have 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine and 1 dose of Tdap vaccine. Please give the nurse an updated copy of your child’s immunizations before the first day of school. Students who are not compliant may not attend the first day of school. All seventh graders must have a dental exam and a scoliosis screen. Please return private exam forms to the nurse.


All sixth graders must have a physical exam which may be completed at school.  Please return private exam forms to the nurse. 


Forms may be obtained from the health office at the middle school or online: Health Services – Health Services – Ligonier Valley School District (


All prescription and non-prescription medication must have a Physician Recommendation form completed before the nurse is permitted to administer at school.



LVMS has a Care Closet in the nurses office. The closet has a stock of everyday items that our students might need to make their day a little better or things they may need at home but don't have access to.  Students will be able to ask to visit the nurse to access the closet at any time. The items will be purchased or obtained through donations, grants, and proceeds from the Ram Café.  

Some of the things that may be in the Care Closet include:
Hygiene Products    
School Supplies    
Special Requests

SCHOOL DANCES   Dances are held as an extension of the school’s physical education program.  The purpose is to promote physical activity and positive socialization.  Dances are held for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students only.  Guests may not attend.  The dances are sponsored by school organizations and run from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.  There are safety rules in place that govern all dances. 


No student is permitted to leave a dance early unless one of his/her parents comes to the door and requests for him/her to be released. 


If a student is riding home with another parent or sibling, a note should be written and given to one of the chaperones.


Students should not walk home after dances.  There is limited lighting at certain areas on Bell Street that make it difficult for motorists to see students who may be walking.


STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE  An annual activity fee of $50 is required of all middle school students who seek the opportunity to participate in any or all of the extracurricular or athletic programs offered by the School District.  For parents/guardians with multiple children participating in activities in grades 7 through 12, there is a cap of $150 per family.  This annual fee must be paid by the date established by the principal.  Failure to pay this annual fee by the deadline will prevent a student from participating in any extracurricular club or athletic program until such fee has been paid.  For programs that require competitive processes among students for final selection, payment of this fee only guarantees a student the opportunity to participate in the selection process.


PROGRESS REPORTS  Progress reports are available to parents online through the Powerschool portal.  However, if you would like to receive a progress report by mail or need assistance with Powerschool, please contact the school office at 724-238-6412.