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Student Handbook 2022-23

Welcome to Monte Vista High School - Home of the Mustangs

Welcome to Monte Vista High School - Home of the Mustangs

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Student Handbook/Planner for Monte Vista High School 2022 - 2023

 
 
 
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The Monte Vista School Community is committed to celebrating every person on our campus as an individual and as a member of the Stampede. This is accomplished by building positive connections to our school through a variety of academic, arts, and athletics programs as well as an amazing community of students and educators. Our aim is that every student or staff member is excited to come to school because they feel connected to someone or something at Monte Vista, feel they are in a safe environment doing deep, meaningful work, and go home at the end of the day feeling that their effort was worth it.

Monte Vista is fully WASC accredited and a 2021 California Distinguished School. Our students, faculty, 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. 
  
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 is recognized as one of the top programs nationally and our Robotics Program regularly receives recognition 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 23 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, in the pool, 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. 

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

Welcome to the Stampede!

OUR MISSION

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

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.
STUDENT RIGHTS

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 an 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

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 their parents/caregivers.
  • Know and obey school rules and follow directions and requests of school personnel.
  • Be courteous and respectful to 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 the school handbook regarding rules and policies.
  • Lost student ID cards must be replaced. Go to the attendance office to get a replacement ID card.
ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY of MVHS (LEADERSHIP)

ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY of MVHS (LEADERSHIP)

A leadership class meets daily to plan and implement student activities for the school. The class is composed of student leaders who are in elected and appointed 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. 
 

2022-23 ELECTED OFFICERS:

 
ASB (MVHS Schoolwide)
President: Felix Miranda 
Vice President: Madelyn Doolittle 
Treasurer: Ella Economos 
Secretary: Hartley Barnett
 
SENIOR CLASS of 2023
President: Steve Chung  
Vice President: Ainsley Jacobsen
Treasurer: Thomas Rasmussen
Secretary: Aubrey Simpson
 
JUNIOR CLASS of 2024
President: Maddy Park
Vice President: Siena Oh
Treasurer: Brooke Salamera
Secretary: Michael Cahn
 
SOPHOMORE CLASS of 2025
President: Travis Hodges  
Vice President: Dylan Reyes 
Treasurer: Mateo Fernandez
Secretary: Ava Stolarzyk
 
FRESHMAN CLASS of 2026 - TBD
STUDENT / TEACHER / HOME COMMUNICATION

STUDENT / TEACHER / HOME COMMUNICATION

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.
 

Process of Communication: ACADEMIC

  • Student speaks with teacher
  • Student and parent/caregiver communicate with teacher
  • Student and parent/caregiver communicate with counselor and teacher
  • Student and parent/caregiver communicate with counselor, assistant principal and teacher
  • Student and parent/caregiver communicate with counselor, assistant principal, teacher, and principal
  • Student and parent/caregiver communicates with district administration and site personnel as needed
 

Process of Communication: ATHLETICS

  • Student/athlete speaks with coach
  • Student/athlete and parent/caregiver communicate with coach
  • Student/athlete and parent/caregiver communicate with coach and athletic director
  • Student/athlete and parent/caregiver communicate with coach, athletic director, and principal
  • Student/athlete and parent/caregiver communicate with district office and site personnel as needed
VISITORS ON CAMPUS

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, are in place. Student visitors are not allowed on campus during the school day. All visitors must observe parking regulations. 

Students may not ride bicycles, skateboards, or roller skates/blades on campus. Bicycles may be stored in the racks near the 900 (Science) and 400 (World Language) buildings.
CLOSED CAMPUS

CLOSED CAMPUS

Monte Vista is a closed campus. Students may not leave campus during the school day unless their parent/caregiver has phoned 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.
ATTENDANCE POLICIES & PROCEDURES
 

ATTENDANCE POLICIES & PROCEDURES
 

There is no such thing as Senior Ditch Day!


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. 

Parents/Caregivers must notify the school regarding all absences whether excused or unexcused. Absences that are not cleared after 48 hours upon student arrival back at school will be entered as a cut and students may face disciplinary consequences. 
 
 

EXCUSED ABSENCE REASONS

  • Medical/dental appointments (doctor note required)
  • Illness
  • Religious holidays
  • Funerals
  • Court appearances and College visits - both require a letter of verification
 

ATTENDANCE EXPECTATIONS

Students will be scanned into each class and into Student Support 

  • If students do not scan in, they will be marked ABSENT
  • If students do not scan in within the allotted time frame, they will be marked TARDY
  • If students check in more than 30 minutes late, they will be marked as VERY TARDY


ATTENDANCE CONSEQUENCES

Students and parents/caregivers will receive calls and emails notifying them of absences and tardies.

  • Students receiving multiple tardies will be assigned DETENTION

    • 1st Tardy: Verbal warning by teacher
    • 2nd Tardy: Verbal warning by teacher
    • 3rd Tardy: Written notice to student and parent by teacher
    • 5th Tardy = 1 hour detention
    • 10th Tardy = 2 hour detention
    • 15th Tardy = 3 hour detention 
    • Three-hour detentions will continue for each time a student accumulates five additional tardies (20, 25, etc.)

  • Students receiving multiple cuts will be assigned DETENTION 
    • 3rd Cut = 1 hour detention
    • 6th Cut = 2 hour detention
    • 9th Cut = 3 hour detention
    • Three-hour detentions will continue for each time a student accumulates three additional cuts (12, 15, 18, etc.)
 
 

IMPORTANT !! 

Students must ALWAYS sign in and out in the Attendance Office for partial day absences, even if a parent/caregiver has called in ahead of time. This is our only way of knowing when the student actually arrives and/or leaves campus. 
COUNSELING SERVICES

COUNSELING SERVICES

Monte Vista High School provides a wide range of counseling services to support students in their personal growth and academic development. Counselors meet with students individually to monitor academic progress, provide social-emotional support, and to explore post-secondary options. Counselors collaborate with students, their families, and teachers to provide appropriate interventions and support plans, based on academic and/or mental health related needs. 
 
In addition to facilitating individual and small group meetings, members of the counseling department visit classrooms throughout the year to offer guidance that relates to the specific needs of students in each grade level, such as mental health and navigating anxiety, reviewing transcripts and graduation requirements, or discussing the college admissions process. They also host a variety of educational presentations for caregivers.
 
Each student is assigned to a counselor based on alphabetical groupings, according to the student's last name. To meet with their counselors, students can drop by the Counseling Office before school, after school, during the school day, during Student Support, or during lunch. Students may also request a counseling appointment by directly emailing their counselor or by scanning the QR Code on the signage posted around campus.
 

COUNSELING TEAM

 
Alphabet Counselors: Lauren Bell, Christy Brown, Janelle Mincy, Kristin Tegeler, David Solomon, Jennifer Wright  
 
Support Counselor: Jessica Gilmour
 
Wellness Center Social Worker: Rebecca White
 
Wellness Center Intake Specialist: Ana Mooney
 
College and Career Counselor: Sarah Wells
SCHEDULING CLASSES

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

ADD / DROP POLICY

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

PROGRESS REPORTS / GRADING POLICY

All grades are accessed through the Infinite Campus 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) ).
NOTIFICATION OF GRADES

NOTIFICATION OF GRADES

Parents/Caregivers 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/caregivers 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/caregiver’s right to request a conference with the teacher to discuss the implications of the "F" (AR5121(c) )
ACADEMIC HONOR CODE

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 the individual 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 their own; presenting as their 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/caregivers AND report the 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.  
 
 

EXCERPT FROM SRVUSD 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 / Caregivers are responsible for:

  • Being an advocate for their child, while encouraging the child to advocate for themself.
  • 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

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

SRVUSD students must complete a minimum of 220 credits of coursework to satisfy graduation requirements. Please check the Counseling 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 complete 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 requirements must be met each semester.
EXPECTED BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE POLICIES

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/caregivers 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/Caregiver 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).
 
Harassment of any form including gender, racial, religious, etc. is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
 
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 or nicotine products 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 and/or district's discipline codes and existing laws. 
 
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. 
 
Students that fail to adhere to all behavior expectations as outlined in the SRVUSD Discipline Code risk the loss of their end-of-year privileges including but not limited to Junior Prom, Senior Ball, Senior Picnic, Senior Ceremony, and the Graduation/Commencement Ceremony.
GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION

GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION

Disciplinary consequences for violation of Education Code 48900 may range from detention or suspension to a maximum penalty of expulsion. 
 
 
OFFENSE: Ed Code 48900
A
(1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person. 
(2) *Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.
*B
Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object, unless, in the case of possession of an object of this type, the pupil had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the principal or the designee of the principal.
*C
Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.
*D
Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell a controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to a person another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.
E
Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
F
Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
G
Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.
H
Possessed or used tobacco, or products containing tobacco or nicotine products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel. However, this section does not prohibit use or possession by a pupil of his or her own prescription products.
I
Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
J
Unlawfully possessed, or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
K
Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
L
Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
M
Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section, "imitation firearm" means a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.
N
Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in Section 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or 289 of the Penal Code or committed a sexual battery as defined in Section 243.4 of the Penal Code.
O
Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or a witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.
P
Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.
Q
Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing. For purposes of this subdivision, "hazing" means a method of initiation or preinitiation into a pupil organization or body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to a former, current, or prospective pupil. For purposes of this subdivision, "hazing" does not include athletic events or school-sanctioned events.
R
Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (g) of Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel.
T
A pupil who aids or abets, as defined in Section 31 of the Penal Code, the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another person may be subject to suspension, but not expulsion, pursuant to this section, except that a pupil who has been adjudged by a juvenile court to have committed, as an aider and abettor, a crime of physical violence in which the victim suffered great bodily injury or serious bodily injury shall be subject to discipline pursuant to subdivision (a).
 
Additional Grounds: 
  • Sexual harassment. (Ed Code 48900.2) 
  • Committed an act of hate violence. (Ed Code 48900.3) 
  • Harassment, threats, or intimidation creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment. (Ed Code 48900.4) 
  • Terrorist threat against school official or school property. (Ed Code 48900.7)

Any of the above may be referred to a law enforcement agency. 
*The principal or designee must notify law enforcement personnel of these offenses.
DRESS CODE

DRESS CODE

Monte Vista ​High​ ​School’s​ ​student​ ​dress​ ​code​ ​supports​ ​equitable​ ​educational​ ​access​ ​and​ ​is​ ​written​ ​in​ ​a manner​ ​that​ ​does​ ​not​ ​reinforce​ ​stereotypes.​ ​To​ ​ensure​ ​effective​ ​and​ ​equitable​ ​enforcement​ ​of​ ​this​ ​dress​ ​code,​ ​school staff​ ​shall​ ​enforce​ ​the​ ​dress​ ​code​ ​consistently​ ​and​ ​in​ ​a​ ​manner​ ​that​ ​does​ ​not​ ​reinforce​ ​or​ ​increase​ ​marginalization​ ​or oppression​ ​of​ ​any​ ​group​ ​based​ ​on​ ​race,​ ​sex,​ ​gender​ ​identity,​ ​gender​ ​expression,​ ​sexual​ ​orientation,​ ​ethnicity,​ ​religion, cultural​ ​observance,​ ​household​ ​income​ ​or​ ​body​ ​type/size. 
 

OUR VALUES

  • All​ ​students​ ​should​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​dress​ ​comfortably​ ​for​ ​school​ ​and​ ​engage​ ​in​ ​the​ ​educational​ ​environment without​ ​fear​ ​of​ ​or​ ​actual​ ​unnecessary​ ​discipline​ ​or​ ​body​ ​shaming. 
  • Student​ ​dress​ ​code​ ​enforcement​ ​should​ ​not​ ​result​ ​in​ ​unnecessary​ ​barriers​ ​to​ ​school​ ​attendance.
 

OUR STUDENT DRESS CODE IS DESIGNED TO ACCOMPLISH SEVERAL GOALS

  • Maintain​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​learning​ ​environment​ ​in​ ​classes​ ​where​ ​protective​ ​or​ ​supportive​ ​clothing​ ​is​ ​needed,​ ​such​ ​as chemistry/biology​ ​(eye​ ​or​ ​body​ ​protection),​ ​dance​ ​(bare​ ​feet,​ ​tights/leotards),​ ​or​ ​P.E.​ ​(athletic​ ​attire/shoes).
  • Allow​ ​students​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​clothing​ ​of​ ​their​ ​choice​ ​that​ ​is​ ​comfortable.
  • Allow​ ​students​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​clothing​ ​that​ ​expresses​ ​their​ ​self-identified​ ​gender.
  • Allow​ ​students​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​religious​ ​attire​ ​without​ ​fear​ ​of​ ​discipline​ ​or​ ​discrimination.
  • Prevent​ ​students​ ​from​ ​wearing​ ​clothing​ ​or​ ​accessories​ ​with​ ​offensive​ ​images​ ​or​ ​language,​ ​including​ ​profanity, hate​ ​speech,​ ​and​ ​pornography.
  • Prevent​ ​students​ ​from​ ​wearing​ ​clothing​ ​or​ ​accessories​ ​that​ ​denote,​ ​suggest,​ ​display​ ​or​ ​reference​ ​alcohol, drugs​ ​or​ ​related​ ​paraphernalia​ ​or​ ​other​ ​illegal​ ​conduct​ ​or​ ​activities.
  • Prevent​ ​students​ ​from​ ​wearing​ ​clothing​ ​or​ ​accessories​ ​that​ ​reasonably​ ​can​ ​be​ ​construed​ ​as​ ​being​ ​or​ ​including content​ ​that​ ​is​ ​racist,​ ​lewd,​ ​vulgar​ ​or​ ​obscene,​ ​or​ ​that​ ​reasonably​ ​can​ ​be​ ​construed​ ​as​ ​containing​ ​fighting words,​ ​speech​ ​that​ ​incites​ ​others​ ​to​ ​imminent​ ​lawless​ ​action,​ ​defamatory​ ​speech,​ ​or​ ​threats​ ​to​ ​others.

Students who wear clothing that is inappropriate for school will be ​asked​ ​to​ ​put​ ​on​ ​alternative​ ​clothing for the remainder of the day. If​ ​necessary,​ ​students’​ ​parents/caregivers​ ​may​ ​be​ ​called​ ​during​ ​the​ ​school​ ​day​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​alternative​ ​clothing​ ​for the​ ​student​ ​to​ ​wear​.  These​ ​dress​ ​code​ ​guidelines​ ​shall​ ​apply​ ​to​ ​regular​ ​school​ ​days​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​any school-related​ ​events​ ​and​ ​activities,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​graduation​ ​ceremonies,​ ​dances​ ​and​ ​prom. 
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
 

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. In the event of an emergency, SRVUSD will communicate information with parents using:

  • Automated phone calls 
  • E-mail notifications 
  • Text messages (if subscribed) 
  • Announcements on the district website 
  • Announcements on social media. 
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW IF THERE IS A DISASTER DURING SCHOOL HOURS
 

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW IF THERE IS A DISASTER DURING SCHOOL HOURS
 

In the event of an emergency PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OR DISTRICT OFFICE. An instant alert system (School Messenger) will communicate the most timely information and updates to parents/caregivers, students, and staff. 

 

Each emergency presents a unique set of variables which will be evaluated prior to a decision to use School Messenger. Those variables include the nature of emergency, time of emergency, estimated duration of emergency, direction given by law enforcement and emergency services agencies, and impact on immediate safety of students and staff. The District's highest priority is to first evaluate and respond to the emergency and ensure the immediate safety of students; and then to notify parents/caregivers.
 
School Messenger's accuracy is dependent on making sure all information is up-to-date in the school district's Infinite Campus records. Any adjustments in your contact information can be made by contacting your student’s school. It is important to keep your contact information up-to-date at all times, even changes in email addresses. 

If you are having trouble receiving email messages from your school or the District, please email communications@srvusd.net so we can help identify the problem and ensure that you receive all messages. 
 
 

IF YOU RECEIVE AN EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION FROM THE SCHOOL OR DISTRICT

The Caller ID will show a call from the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. It will be from an unmonitored phone number: (925) 552-5001 ext. 20001. That phone number does not accept return calls or allow you to leave messages. Don't hang up. Listen to the entire message. If you pick up the voicemail at a later date, listen to the entire message. Do not call the school or the District office. If it is an emergency notification, the message will include instructions.
STUDENT EMERGENCY INFORMATION

STUDENT EMERGENCY INFORMATION

It is the responsibility of the parents/caregivers to keep accurate, updated emergency information on file for your student. Parents/Caregivers maintain that data through the Annual Update process in Infinite Campus at the beginning of each school year. Only persons listed as an emergency contact in the student’s records 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 name(s). Monte Vista’s Registrar can be reached at: (925) 552-2816.