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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

Below are some excerpts from our Student Handbook. For the most current school policies about attendance, behavior, grading, homework, graduation requirements, etc. please CLICK:


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

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!



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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


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.


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.


Alphabet Counselors: Lauren Bell, Melnie Hayes, 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


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 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.


Disciplinary consequences for violation of Education Code 48900 may range from detention or suspension to a maximum penalty of expulsion. 
OFFENSE: Ed Code 48900
(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.
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.
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.
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.
Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.
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.
Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
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.
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.
Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
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.
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.
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.
Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.
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.
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.
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.


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. 


  • 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.


  • 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. 


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 so we can help identify the problem and ensure that you receive all messages. 


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.


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.