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Welcome to Monte Vista High School - Home of the Mustangs

 

Monte Vista’s faculty, students, and community are proudly represented through our high achieving academic, arts, and athletic programs, as well as our many clubs, organizations, and community service projects and programs. Our students are proud to serve and represent their community and welcome the responsibility that comes with being a part of the Monte Vista Community. We are a public high school that is four-time State Distinguished, fully WASC accredited, and a recipient of National Blue Ribbon and California State Gold Ribbon Awards.

 

Monte Vista is committed to students demonstrating their college and career readiness through a rigorous academic program. Our faculty and staff includes teachers, counselors, administrators, and support personnel who are dedicated to helping our students develop and achieve their goals. Monte Vista High School offers college prep courses in all academic areas as well nearly 40 AP, Honors, and Accelerated courses.  A wide range of courses in visual and performing arts, physical education, and technology are also available.  Our Career Technical Education courses are articulated with local community colleges which allow our students to earn college credit while attending Monte Vista. We are also proud to offer a comprehensive Special Education program that supports our students with special needs with a variety of resources and practices. 

  

Monte Vista is proud to support one of the finest Visual and Performing Arts Programs in Northern California with our drama, dance, instrumental music, and choir programs all regularly earning local, state, and national accolades. MV’s Speech and Debate program also earns national acclaim and our resurgent Robotics Program continues to make progress at the state level. 

 

Monte Vista’s Athletics Program is among the best in Northern California with teams and individual athletes regularly competing for league, section, and state championships. Monte Vista fields 24 varsity teams and is a long time member of the East Bay Athletic League and the North Coast Section. Our athletes are proud to represent our community on the field and on the court.

 

Monte Vista’s ASB Leadership Program supports more than 100 clubs which represent a wide range of social, identity-based, and community service programs. 

 

Ultimately, our vision at Monte Vista is to have every member of our school community arrive on campus excited to be here because they are in a safe environment doing meaningful work and they will go home at the end of the day feeling that their effort was worth it.

 

If you want to be part of something excellent, you have come to the right place.

 

Welcome to the Stampede!

 

OUR MISSION

Monte Vista believes that education and academic excellence is a shared responsibility involving students, school staff, family, and community. We offer our students learning opportunities to develop intellectually and physically in order to meet or exceed state standards. Monte Vista provides a safe environment that fosters resilience and promotes ethical and emotional growth, lifelong learning, and citizenship. We provide a comprehensive support system that guides our students to reach their full potential.

 


STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Students will develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Students will learn to communicate effectively utilizing multiple modalities.
  • Students will collaborate effectively
  • Students will be ethical, responsible citizens.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Welcome to Monte Vista High School

Administration

Student Government

Student/Teacher/Home Communication

Scheduling Classes (add or drop)

Grading Policy

Academic Code

Homework Policy

Student, Parent, Teacher Responsibilities

 

Graduation Requirements

Counseling Information

Attendance Policy

Tardy Policy

Expected Behavior and Discipline

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Emergency and Health Services

Visitors on Campus

 

 

Associated Student Body of Monte Vista High School

 A leadership class meets daily to plan and implement student activities for the school. The class is composed of student leaders who are in appointed and elected offices. Elections are held annually in the spring for class and ASB officers, with freshman elections beginning the second week of the school year. Student government is the student's voice. If you have a question or concern please contact leadership.   

 

Students running for elected positions in student government, as well as parents of those students, will have the ability to request voting totals detailing the results of an election in accordance with all applicable Public Record Request and Student Privacy provision of California law. Names and other identifying information of candidates who received less votes than the requesting students shall be redacted.

 

ASB President:  Lilly Van Wagenen

ASB Vice President:  Sofia Viscuglia

ASB Treasurer:  Chiara O’Leary DiGiorgio

ASB Secretary:  Lily Blankenship

 

Senior Class President, Class of 2022:  Chloe Parris

Vice President, Class of 2022:  Ryan Dillon

Treasurer, Class of 2022:  Hannah Lockyer

Secretary, Class of 2022:  Grace Wuischpard

 

Junior Class President, Class of 2023:  Rachael Ragasa

Vice President, Class of 2023:  Taylor Lorscheider

Treasurer, Class of 2023:  Ella Economos

Secretary, Class of 2023: Izzie Yu

 

Sophomore Class President, Class of 2024:  Brooke Salamera

Vice President, Class of 2024:  Maddy Park

Treasurer, Class of 2024:  Juliane Stark

Secretary, Class of 2024:  Michael Cahn

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT / TEACHER / HOME COMMUNICATION

Communication Guideline: The outline below sets the process for addressing a student's academic or athletic concerns and will govern communications between staff and others in the MVHS community. If any step in the line of communication is not followed, the issue in question will be immediately referred back to the first skipped level.

 

Line of communication - Academic

  1. Student speaks with teacher
  2. Student and parent communicate with teacher
  3. Student and parent communicate with Counselor and Teacher
  4. Student and parent communicate with Counselor, Associate Principal and teacher.
  5. Student and parent communicate with Counselor, Associate Principal, Principal and Teacher
  6. Student and parent communicate with District Administration and site personnel as needed.

 Line of communication - Athletics

  1. Student/athlete speaks with coach
  2. Student/athlete and parent communicate with coach
  3. Student/athlete and parent communicate with coach and Athletic Director
  4. Student/athlete and parent   communicate with coach, Athletic Director, and Principal
  5. Student/athlete and parent communicate district office and site personnel as needed.

 

SRVUSD FAMILY HANDBOOK

The Family Handbook is made available each year to all parents/guardians of students in the district. State and federal law require school districts to notify parents each year about certain policies and procedures. These policies are contained in this packet. Reading them will help keep you informed about our schools. If you have questions about any of the policies, or if you have questions about curriculum or other areas not included, please speak with your child’s teacher or principal, or contact the SRVUSD’s Educational Services Division at the District Office. The most current Handbook information is online at www.srvusd.net/parents/handbook To assist you in understanding your role as parents, the following descriptions and notices are provided: 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION 

  1. Emergency information: Up-to-date and accurate contact and emergency information is contained in the District Student Information System, Infinite Campus. Parents should update this information whenever changes occur. Parents will be required to verify contact and emergency information for their students once a year during Annual Update (www.srvusd.net/annualupdate). 

 

  1. Medical Health Care and /or 504 Plan: Students with a medical condition that requires management and/or emergency care during the school day will be individually assessed to determine the need for a health care plan and/or 504 accommodations. 

 

  1. Free/Reduced Lunch Notice: The government provides a free and reduced-price lunch program to all families. If you are eligible, complete the application and return it to your child's school. 

 

  1. Student Insurance Notice: Parents are financially responsible for students at all times. The District does not pay for the costs of accidental injuries to students, nor does the district pay for student accident insurance. Student accident insurance must be provided by your own policy and/or the student insurance offer enclosed. If you desire this coverage, follow the instructions on the notice. 

 

  1. Civil Defense and Disaster Policy and Procedure: District information is available at the local school or the SRVUSD Educational Services Division at the District Office. 

 

  1. News Media/Photo Release Form: On occasion, news media request an interview with a student or group of students and, many times, desire to take photographs. In addition, the school and/or district may wish to use a student's image or words in school/district publications. For school/district-initiated publicity, a parent must give permission or refusal for Media/Photo release. 

 

  1. Liability When Students Are Not On School Property: The district is not responsible nor in any way liable for the conduct or safety of any student at any time when such student is not on school property, unless the district has undertaken to provide transportation for such student to and from the school premises, has undertaken a school-sponsored activity off the premises of the school, has otherwise specifically assumed such responsibility, or has failed to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. In the event of such a specific undertaking, the district, board, or person authorized by the district shall be liable or responsible for the conduct or safety of any student only while such student is or should be under the immediate and direct supervision of an employee of such district or board. Parents shall be informed of any field trips or other activities that require their student's absence from the school premises during the regular school day and shall be informed if their student is allowed to leave school premises during the lunch period. (E.C. 44808) 

 

  1. Education Code (E.C.): Questions regarding sections cited in this notice may be directed to the school office or the Educational Services Department at the District Office. 

 

  1. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Questions regarding sections cited in this notice may be directed to the school office or the Technology

Department at the District Office

 

SCHEDULING CLASSES

Students are given scheduling information in the spring. Changes in schedules will be possible only as the master schedule permits.

  

ADD / DROP POLICY

Dropping a course is a very serious matter and requires the signatures of the teacher, counselor, student, and parent.

Within the first 3 weeks of the semester, classes may be dropped without the class or grade appearing on the transcript. If a student wants to drop a course after the 3rd week, the student should contact his/her counselor to discuss possible options pertaining to the drop. School Board Policy states "beyond the third week of a semester, the teacher may give an "NM" grade indicating "no mark" or an "F" grade depending on the quality of the student's work to date and provided that proper notice concerning the possibility of failure has been given to the parents." Parents may request a teacher- conference to discuss the implication of the "F" grade.

 

Advanced Placement and Honors Courses:  Advanced Placement or Honors level courses are year-long. Dropping these courses and entering a regular college prep class may not be possible, due to space availability. If a student does switch to a regular class, the grade will be carried over to the new class.

 

PROGRESS REPORTS/GRADING POLICY

All grades are accessed through the parent portal.  Progress reports are available in the middle of the 6th week of each quarter. These reports may indicate a student's progress to date in each class or in only some classes. The primary purpose of the progress reports is to notify students and parents of unsatisfactory progress.

 

Grades are issued four times a year and are available within two weeks of the end of each quarter/semester. Be aware that only the semester grades are permanent and become part of the student's transcript. The 1st and 3rd quarter grades are considered progress report grades and the 2nd and 4th quarter grades are the semester grades and part of the permanent record.

 

Student participation and attendance may be included in the teacher's grading criteria. Students shall comply with the class requirements for the completion of assignments and for reporting to class with required materials. AR5121 (b)

 

VARIABLE CREDIT AND PASS/FAIL

All courses for which a variable number of credits can be earned based on the achievement of certain learning objectives must be approved by the principal as variable credit courses. The learning objectives and the credits earned upon completion must be clearly established in the course outline, a copy of which shall be kept in the office of the principal. A course may be designated as a pass/fail course. The principal shall approve all such designations and a copy of such approval shall be kept in the office of the principal. AR 5121 (b)

 

NOTIFICATION OF GRADES

Parents of students who are to receive an "F" grade will receive proper written notification by the teacher. Teachers who desire to give an "F" grade for a drop must mail the parents a written notification at the time of the drop.

Notification will include:

  • The teacher's intent to give the student an "F."
  • That such grade will be included in the computation of the grade point average.
  • The parent's right to request a conference with the teacher to discuss the implications of the "F". AR5121(c)

 

PASS/FAIL

Pass/Fail grades are given for Sports Team Participation (PE Athletics) and Teacher’s Aide (TA) positions. Pass/Fail grades are not acceptable for college admissions requirements and are not offered in academic classes. The only exception to this is when a teacher's class policy allows a pass/fail option, is established at the start of the course, and approved by the principal. This must be established by a contract at the start of the course. A PASS is not computed into a student's GPA. A PASS in an academic class signifies mastery of course material. An "F" or Fail grade is computed into a student's GPA.

   

 

Grading Scale

 
A Exceeding Standard 
B Meeting Standard 
C Approaching Standard 
D Below Standard 
F Not Meeting Standard 
P Passing (for classes pass/fail) 
N Not Enrolled 
Withdrawal from class while failing 
Incomplete - work must be completed within time from or grade becomes an F.
NM No Mark
 

ACADEMIC HONOR CODE 

Monte Vista High School regards the academic conduct of our students to be a critical part of their education. Academic INTEGRITY requires students to properly demonstrate their talents through the utilization of suitable formats, proper citation methods, and HONESTY for themselves, their fellow students, and their instructors. We believe it is critical to master this behavior during high school in order to successfully navigate the educational systems and/or work environments our students will encounter once they leave Monte Vista High School.

 

“Cheating denies the value of education, damages the ethical character of the individual student, and undermines the integrity of our school community. The Monte Vista Academic Code affirms that we value learning for its own sake and that we therefore demand personal integrity and intellectual honesty in all academic work. Cheating is dishonest.  It harms you and it harms the other students who do not cheat. We, therefore, will not condone nor will we tolerate any student submitting work that is not produced solely by the student’s own initiative.

 

Cheating includes, but is not limited to the following:

< >Plagiarizing* or turning in any work as your own that is the work of another person or outside source. Plagiarism, as noted below, also includes incorrectly citing material used in a student’s work.  Copying another student's work or class assignments OR allowing another student to copy your work or class assignments. Putting your name on someone else's paper/project, unless it is a group project/paper. Copying another student's answers on a quiz/test. Giving another student help on a quiz/test, including telling a student what is on an upcoming quiz/test. Creating, possessing, or using a "cheat sheet" on a quiz/test. Fabrication - making up references, statistics, or facts. Tampering with a teacher's grade records. Stealing and/or selling quizzes/exams or in possession of an exam or quiz (e.g. picture of an exam on a cell phone or other camera). Unauthorized possession or use of teacher manuals/solution manuals. Using an unauthorized electronic device during quizzes/exams or having the electronic device out at the time of assessment. Talking/communicating during a quiz/test; no communicating, person to person or electronically, is permitted until ALL quizzes/exams are turned in. Accessing an outside source (e.g., internet) without permission from the teacher. Soliciting or having another individual take a course or exam.  

 

*Plagiarism is defined as presenting materials or work prepared by another person/persons as the student’s own work without crediting the source. This includes, but is not limited to failing to expressly acknowledge the research, writing, or work by someone other than the student, claiming authorship as his/her own; presenting as his/her own, or as new and original, an idea or product derived from an existing source, or using improper citation methods.

 

PROCEDURES & CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATING MONTE VISTA’S ACADEMIC CODE 

< >Student will receive a zero for the assignment pertaining to the violation. Subject area teacher will contact parents AND report violation to administration to be recorded in the student’s disciplinary file. Repeat offenders will be subject to suspension from class and/or further disciplinary action. A student who solicits another individual to take an exam or course will receive no credit for that exam or course.  

 

HOMEWORK POLICY (BP 6154)

< >The Grade Level Guidelines of this policy are based on the needs of the average student. The amount of homework assigned to students should be different in elementary, middle, and high school. The amount of time a student spends on assigned homework depends on factors such as the student's needs, learning ability, subject, school schedule, testing schedule and assigned homework due dates. Time spent on homework should be balanced with the importance of personal and family well-being, and the wide array of family obligations experienced in our society today. Parents and teachers should make students aware that learning occurs at home, school, and in the world around them. Homework should be the result of collaborative efforts, thoughtfully considered, and coordinated to improve student learning. Homework should be purposeful and meaningful to students. Legitimate purposes for homework include practicing a skill or process that students can do independently but not fluently, elaborating on information that has been addressed in class to deepen students' knowledge, and providing opportunities for students to explore topics of their own interest. Reading is an integral part of learning and is a consistent part of homework. Homework will reflect the accommodations and modifications of curriculum that is stated in a student's IEP or 504 plan. Assigning homework over holidays is highly discouraged. Homework is defined as any work assigned to be completed outside of class.   

 

 

High School

< >As a guideline, total homework assignments should have an estimated completion time of 3 hours or less of on task work per night, including reading. Long term projects should be included in this time frame. Some elective classes such as, but not limited to drama, speech and debate, music, and athletics, will require additional time. Though communication within a high school setting is challenging due to larger numbers of students, staff, and course offerings, staff should make efforts whenever possible to be aware of homework, projects, and testing schedules across the curriculum. Long term assignments should have clear check points. If weekend homework is deemed necessary, the amount should not exceed a regular day's assignment. Students may choose to use weekends for review, voluntary work, projects, or completion of make-up assignments. AP, Honors, and Advanced courses are higher level classes and will require more extensive homework. The homework needs of Del Amigo and Venture will be site based due to the unique nature of their respective programs.  

 

Students are responsible for:

 Ensuring understanding of the homework and asking for clarification or help when needed.

 Regularly completing assigned homework in a timely manner.

 Managing time by staying focused, on task, and planning effectively for long term projects.

 Bringing home all necessary materials.

 Putting forth their best effort to produce quality work.

 Completing or making up assignments and tests when suspended from school if required by the teacher. (Ed Code 48913) (cf.5144.1 –Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

 

Parents/Guardians are responsible for:

     Being an advocate for their child, while encouraging the child to advocate for himself/herself.

      Encouraging reading at all grade levels.

      Providing an appropriate environment for homework to be done.

     Providing a healthy balance between homework, extra and co-curricular activities, and family commitments.

     Contacting the teacher if their child is not consistently able to do the homework by himself/herself within the time guidelines, or if challenges or questions arise.

 

Teachers are responsible for:

 Sharing expectations for homework with students and parents early in the school year.

 Encouraging a partnership between family and students that promotes timely communication and supports families in the homework process.

 Designing homework assignments that clearly articulate their purpose and expected outcome, allowing for student questions and planning.

 Providing timely feedback to students.

 Ensuring any homework assigned is directly related to the classroom instruction and consists of clear, purposeful, and engaging activities.

 Assigning homework that is appropriate and differentiated as needed.

 Teaching the skills necessary for students to complete the homework and become successful independent learners.

 Articulating and planning with all curricular areas.

 Providing makeup work for suspended students.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

SRVUSD students must complete a minimum of 220 credits of coursework to satisfy graduation requirements. Please check the MV website for specific information.

  

WEIGHTED GRADES

Honors and advanced placement (AP) courses in academic areas are weighted according to district policy. Only honors and advanced placement courses are weighted for college entrance purposes. (See your counselor with respect to classes taken outside of the district.)

 

California Scholarship Federation

Student membership is earned semester by semester and is based solely on grades.

Students fill out an application shortly after the beginning of each semester. Membership for 4 semesters qualifies the students for life membership earning them a seal on their diplomas & other recognition.

  

National Honor Society

A student must earn a 3.5 GPA for 3 semesters to apply. In addition, the student must demonstrate involvement in extracurricular clubs and activities, leadership roles and service to the community outside of school. GPA & service requirement must be met each semester.

 

 

COUNSELING INFORMATION

Counselors

 

Janelle Mincy

Rebecca Wiest

Kristin Tegeler 

 

 

 

Jessica Gilmour

Sarah Wells

 

Jennifer Wright

Christy Brown

David Solomon

 

 

Support Counselor

Career Center

 

 

 

COUNSELING SERVICES

Monte Vista High School provides a variety of counseling services including assistance in educational planning, monitoring of academic progress, intervention support to achieve school success, college entrance and career planning, interpretation of standardized testing and personal guidance and or crisis intervention. In addition to individual meetings with students, the counseling department offers a comprehensive program with a special focus on each grade level. Classroom visits with freshmen review graduation requirements and four-year plans; meetings with sophomores discuss official transcripts and post high school options; and guidance for juniors and seniors includes a continued discussion of college and career plans and the college admissions process. Evening meetings are held annually for parents of each grade level to further delineate information presented to students.

 

Each student is assigned to a counselor based on alphabetical groupings according to the student's last name. Students may sign up to see their counselor through an online QR code or the following link tinyurl.com/MVCounselorRequest, which is now available. Student drop in times are available during brunch, lunch, and/or after school.

 ATTENDANCE POLICIES & PROCEDURES

The Monte Vista School faculty and staff believe that there is a direct relationship between good attendance and high achievement. Students with good attendance achieve higher grades, enjoy school, realize success, gain the necessary credits for graduation, and learn positive habits that carry over to their personal and occupational achievement. 

We see it as the responsibility of each parent, teacher, administrator, and staff member to promote and stress the value of good attendance. It is also the responsibility of the staff to carry out all attendance policies in a fair, firm, consistent, and timely manner. 

Although some absences may not be avoided, prolonged or frequent absences have a negative effect on students’ academic progress as well as their connection to our school’s many programs and activities.  Students who have excessive absences, excused or unexcused, will be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB).  Possible outcomes may include a fine of up to $500.00, directed to perform up to 400 hours of community service, lose their driver’s license, and/or may be removed from MVHS and placed into an alternative high school.

 

Attendance Phone Numbers

Last Names A-G Absences (925) 552 2890

Last Names H-O Absences (925) 552-2806

Last Names P-Z Absences (925) 552 2817

Fax Number for doctor’s notes  (925) 743-1744

 

Automated phone calls and email dialer messages for all unverified/uncleared absences will be sent home to the primary parent’s home every day at 10:00 am. and 5:00 p.m.  Absences must be cleared within 48 hours or the absence will be treated as a CUT and disciplinary actions will be taken.

To Correct an Absence:  Students who believe they were marked absent in error should get an Absence Correction Form from the attendance office, fill it out and give it to their teacher to clear the absence and return to the attendance office within 48 hours. Please report all absences & late arrivals by 9:00 a.m.

Attendance Hours

The attendance office is open at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m. on days when school is in session.  Parents or guardians must notify the school regarding all absences whether excused or unexcused. Absences must be cleared within two days of returning to school.  Absences that are not cleared after 48 hours upon student arrival back at school will be entered as a cut and student may face disciplinary consequences.

 

Authorized

Attendance

Clearance Line

Absences may ONLY be cleared by a telephone call personally made by the parent, guardian, or person listed on the emergency card.  Calls made by the student or persons not authorized to clear a student’s absence violate rules for attendance and will result in student disciplinary action.

Full Day

Absence

 

 

 

 

Parents need to call the attendance line before 9:00 a.m. to clear an absence.

Please give the following information:

  • Student’s legal name (please spell the last name)
  • Grade  
  • Reason for absence
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Your name and relationship

Excused absence reasons: Medical/dental appointments (doctor note required), illness, religious holidays, funerals, *court appearances and *college visits require a verified letter.

 

Arriving Late

Arriving late: Students arriving late must have a parent call the attendance line prior to the student arriving at school giving the same information as above as well as the approximate time of arrival. Students must always sign in at the front office upon arrival before going to class. 

For partial day absences: Students whose late arrival results in missing one or more entire periods must have a parent call attendance line to clear the absence within 48 hours or it will be changed to an illegal absence (cut) and disciplinary action will be taken.

Leaving Early

Leaving early: Parents must call the attendance line before 9:00

a.m. We do not call into the classroom to have students released. 1-    Parent calls the attendance line with the same information as above as well as the time the student will be leaving.  2-    Student comes to the front office before school or during brunch/lunch to get an OFF CAMPUS PASS.

  1. Student shows pass to teacher at designated time to leave classroom.
  2. Student signs out in the front office.  If a student leaves campus without signing out in the front office, it is considered a cut and disciplinary action will be taken. 

Parents cannot clear these absences after the fact.  NO EXCEPTIONS

Excused Tardy

Tardies: Only tardies due to excused absence reasons (see above) will be excused. Medical notes are required for all medical appointments upon checking in. If you forget to obtain a note, you may have your doctor fax a copy to "Attn:  Attendance" at 925-7431744. All other reasons will result in an unexcused tardy.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE!! Students must ALWAYS sign in and out in the front office for partial day absences, even if a parent has called in. This is our only way of knowing when the student actually arrives and/or leaves campus. Students who leave school and do not sign out and/or arrive to school and do not sign in will be given cuts for the periods that they miss and will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Parents cannot clear these cuts.

 

Unexcused

Tardy to

Classes

Consequences

An unexcused tardy is defined as being late to class without written notification from a staff member. An unexcused tardy cannot be cleared.

 

Consequences:

1st   Tardy:  Verbal warning by teacher

2nd  Tardy:  Verbal warning by teacher

  3rd  Tardy:  Written notice to student and parent by teacher

4th Tardy:   Monday or Thursday Detention

5th Tardy:   Monday School

6th Tardy:  Monday School, SART Meeting, and possible SARB referral

Excused

Absences

 

 

 

Make-up work resulting from an excused absence must be completed within a reasonable period of time commensurate with the length of the absence.

·         Illness

·         Medical Appointments (EXCUSED WITH A MEDICAL SLIP ONLY)

·         Approved School-Related Activities

·         Funeral Services

·         Court Appearances

·         Observation of Religious Holidays

·         Employment Conference (requested by parent)

·         Family Emergency

·         College Visits (with a letter of confirmation from the college )  

Hall Sweeps

Every student at Monte Vista High School is required to report to class on time. At the conclusion of passing period, any student outside of his or her assigned classroom without an appropriate pass is subject to the consequences in the tardy policy.

Illegal

Absences

And Cuts

  • Cutting/Leaving class without permission
  • Forged phone call or no phone call from parent prior to student leaving campus
  • Failure to sign in or out of school prior to leaving campus
  • Failure to clear absence within 48 hours returning to school

Unexcused Absences

(Examples)

  • Vacation
  • Personal Reasons Overslept
  • Car Trouble, etc.

Unexcused

Absence

Consequence

A computer-generated email will alert parents of an absence. Students may receive disciplinary action due to cutting classes, including work detail, detention, Monday school, or suspension. Students who have more than 3 cuts in a semester in a class may be dropped from the class with loss of credit.  Students with excessive absences and illnesses may be sent to the SRVUSD SARB team and receive further consequences.   

Irregular

Pattern of

Attendance

Per District policy students may accumulate ten (10) scattered excused absences from a class during the entire school year. If a pattern arises where a student repetitively misses class (excused) on a scheduled test day or when a major assignment or project is due, a referral to administration will be made on the third occurrence.

Lunch

MVHS is a closed campus and students may not leave campus for lunch.  Parents may not call in to excuse their student for lunch; therefore, all students must remain on campus until the end of their school day.  Students leaving campus without permission will be subject to school discipline.  Parents dropping lunch off for students must do so on the ledge outside of the attendance office.  Students will not be called to the office; it is up to the student to come claim his or her lunch. Please note: Lunches are left at your own risk.  We are not responsible for lunches that go missing.  We provide this service as a convenience for parents and students, but we do not have the manpower to monitor it.

Forgotten or

Dropped Off Items

Items may be left on the Dropped Off/Forgotten Item Counter in front of the attendance office.  We do not call students out of class for items. We suggest that parents text students to let them know something was dropped off. Students can check their phones during brunch, lunch or between classes to come retrieve items. Please note: Items are left at your own risk.  We are not responsible for items that go missing.  We provide this service as a convenience for parents and students, but we do not monitor it.

 

 

EXPECTED BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE POLICIES

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District strives to maintain an atmosphere in school and at school activities that enhances the potential for success of every member of the school community. The district's commitment to learning includes the concept that, in order to learn, students must be guaranteed an environment that is safe, classrooms where mutual respect is the underlying principle, and rules that are publicized, explained and enforced. The schools' rules derive from the goals of respect for self, for property, and for others. In enforcing the rules of the schools, the district, and the state, the staff believes that students must understand that their actions do have consequences. As students become responsible for their own behavior, they develop the self-discipline needed for good citizenship.

 

Students are reminded that they are under the supervision and authority of any faculty member (including classified staff i.e. aides, custodians, secretaries, etc.) during school hours and outside school hours while they are attending or participating in a school-sponsored activity on or off school grounds. This authority also extends to substitute teachers and any sponsor representing the school in an official capacity. Students will be respectful and attentive to all faculty and staff. Failure to accord proper respect to anyone responsible for supervision in an official school capacity will result in disciplinary action appropriate for the behavior in question.

 

To ensure the success of students in a school environment, teachers, counselors, parents and administrators, must work in a cooperative manner. School staff will be responsible for modeling and teaching students the behavioral standards desired in the classroom and in the school. Parent support is essential to school staffs' efforts to assure that students respect and follow the rules and regulations of the schools. Students must be responsible for appropriate behavior, regular school attendance, and continued striving for excellence.

BEHAVIOR AT SCHOOL AND SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Extra-curricular activities are for student enjoyment. Rules that apply during school hours will apply at all school activities. Behavior that is disruptive or offensive will not be tolerated. Good sportsmanship is expected at all school rallies and sporting events whether or not it is at "home" or "away." Appropriate disciplinary action will be a consequence of unruliness (Refer to the SRVUSD Discipline Code and Behavior Guidelines).

< >Students found to be under the influence or in the possession of alcohol or drugs at school activities will be suspended from school and reported to the police. (Breathalyzers may be used at the discretion of the administration.)

 

< >Possession or use of tobacco is prohibited on campus and in areas adjacent to the campus. Smoking, vaping, or chewing at school activities (this includes but is not limited to Jr. Prom, Senior Ball, Senior Picnic), in cars, or in the vicinity of the school is not allowed. Smoking, vaping, and chewing will be dealt with according to the school/ district's discipline codes and existing laws. Students may not ride bicycles, skateboards, or roller skates/blades on campus. Bicycles may be stored in the racks near the Science and 400 building.

 

< >Gambling is not allowed on campus. Laser pointers are not permitted at school. Harassment of any form including gender, racial, religious, etc. is prohibited and will not be tolerated. All vehicles parked on school property are subject to search if there is reasonable suspicion of the existence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant, firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object. Note: Ed. Code 48915c requires the expulsion of a student who is found in possession of a firearm at school or at any school activity off of school grounds. California Penal Code includes BB guns, starter guns, shotgun shells, and look-a-like guns as firearms. Also, knives are deemed illegal. Unlawful selling of any amount of a controlled substance is grounds for expulsion.

 

 

Students that fail to adhere to all behavior expectations as outlined in Monte Vista High School's Student Behavior Policy and the SRVUSD Discipline Code risk the loss of their end-of-year privileges including but not limited to Junior Prom, Senior Ball, Senior Picnic, Inspirational ceremony, and the graduation/commencement ceremony.

 

Parents, teachers, staff and other students will identify any student who behaves in a manner that defies the Discipline Code & Behavior Guidelines of the district), will inform the school administration of the disruption. District policy will be followed.

 

 

STUDENT RIGHTS

     Receive appropriate educational programs.

     Be informed about school and district rules and regulations pertaining to students.

     Attend school and classes unless removed under due process as specified in the Education Code and district procedures.

     Attend school in academic and social climate that is free from fear and violence.

     Receive fair and reasonable treatment from those who are responsible for enforcing standards of student conduct.

     Examine with assistance of a certificated staff member personal records upon reaching the age of 16.

     Be free from harassment, threats, or intimidation (includes but not limited to ethnic, racial, religious, sexual, sexual orientation), which are pervasive and create intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning atmosphere.

 STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

 Be on time to each class; be prepared to work; bring required materials and assignments to class.

 Explain any illegal absences from class or school activity to his/her parents.

 Know and obey school rules and follow directions and requests of school personnel.

 Be courteous and respectful to the school staff, other students, and the public in general.

 Behave in such a way that it does not disrupt the learning of others.     

 Respect public and personal property.

 Report to a school official behavior from another person that is not welcome, that is personally offensive, that lowers morale, and that therefore, interferes with academic effectiveness.  Read school handbook regarding rules and policies.

 Lost student ID cards must be replaced. 

Go to the attendance office to get a

 

replacement ID card. 

 

 

CLOSED CAMPUS

Monte Vista is a closed campus. Students may not leave campus during the school day unless their parental/guardian has phone in permission and they have signed out at the attendance office prior to leaving as well as signing in when returning. Students who do not follow this procedure will receive a cut for all periods or partial periods missed.

 

Oak Hill Park, the student parking lot and all adjacent areas to the school (including the creek and fire trail) are off limits during the school day. Students found in those areas without valid permits during the school day will receive disciplinary action. Parents are discouraged from calling their students out of school during lunchtime except for valid legal absence. Medical verification may be required to clear excessive absences.

 

 

 EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

Keep our schools safe. See something, say something. Report to our anonymous tip line on the MVHS homepage. 

Should an emergency arise at Monte Vista High School, information regarding the situation will be accessible at: http://www.mvhigh.net NOTE: Parents, please do not call the school or district office during an emergency or come to the campus until requested to do so. Tune to radio station (KKDV FM 92.1) or (KKIQ FM 101.7) for accurate emergency information or check your email for critical information, also text messages via School Messenger. 

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Emergency drills are held throughout the school year. Students receive drill instruction in their classes. Emergency kits, which contain a variety of emergency supplies, are available. Student cooperation and attention are required to promote and protect the safety of everyone in the event of a real emergency.

*Standard Response Protocol  

 

Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight 

Students: Move away from sight and maintain silence 

Teachers: Lock classroom door, Turn out the lights, Move away from sight,

Maintain silence, Wait for responder to open door, Take roll 

 

 

Evacuation! (Directions to Follow) 

Students: Bring your phone, Leave your stuff behind, Form a line, Follow instructions

Teachers: Lead evacuation to location, Take roll, Notify if missing, extra or injured students 

 

 

Shelter! (Directions to Follow) 

Students: Shelter types - Tornado, Hazmat, Earthquake, Tsunamis, Bomb  Students: Shelter methods - Tornado (evacuate to a shelter area), Hazmat (seal room), Earthquake (Drop, cover and hold), and Tsunami (Get to high ground)  Teachers: Shelter type, Shelter method, Take roll .  

STUDENT EMERGENCY INFORMATION

It is the responsibility of the parents to keep accurate, updated emergency information on file for your student.  Parents maintain that data through the Annual Update prompted at the beginning of each school year.  Only persons listed as an emergency contact may authorize a student to leave campus or excuse an absence. In addition, in the event of an emergency, students will only be released to those people listed.   Please contact the Registrar immediately if there is a change of address, phone number (home or work), email, and/or emergency contact person(s).

 

 

 VISITORS ON CAMPUS

Adult visitors on campus must first check into the main office, sign in, and obtain a visitor I.D. badge. Technological applications that promote safety on campus, i.e. safety and security systems, will be in place. Student visitors are not allowed on campus during the school day. All visitors must observe parking regulations.

 

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