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Desert Vista

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Attendance, Dress Code & Cell Phone Policies

Attendance

Only parents or legal guardians may call the Attendance Line. Please speak clearly, spell the last name of the student, and give the student’s ID number. For your convenience, please call the Attendance Line if:

  1. A student must leave school early. Dial the attendance line, 480-706-7906, and press 1 to request an Off Campus Pass for a student. Please state if the student is being picked up and by whom or if the student will be leaving campus by themselves. 
    THEY MUST SIGN OUT IN THE FRONT OFFICE PRIOR TO LEAVING CAMPUS TO BE EXCUSED! Calls must be received on the same day the student is leaving campus.
  2. A student will be absent or arrive late to school. Dial the attendance number before 3:00 p.m. on the day of the absence and press Option 2 for a freshman or sophomore
    Option 3 for a junior or senior.
  3. You have a question or concern regarding attendance. Please press 0 for assistance. Notes regarding an absence are not accepted.

Excessive absences, (11 or more) excused or unexcused, may result in a loss of credit per class per semester.  Eleven absences in four or more classes may result in the student being withdrawn from school.

Desert Vista has implemented an automated calling system. If your child is marked absent in one or more classes, you will receive an automated phone call. If your child was absent, please call the appropriate attendance line option. If you think your child was marked absent in error, please have the student check with his/her teacher the following day.

Desert Vista is a closed campus. Students will not be released during their lunch hour unless picked up by parents or legal guardians. Please come in and sign the student out. Students are not to be picked up curbside.

Parents going out-of-town and leaving student(s) in the care of a designated adult must provide the attendance office with a notarized statement of the caretaker’s name and telephone numbers.


DRESS CODE

A dress code at Desert Vista has been established to promote a positive school environment. We want to provide the freedom for students to express themselves within the set of parameters listed below.
  • Attire or accessories, which advertise, display and/or promote any drug, alcohol or tobacco; sexual activity, violence, disrespect and/or bigotry towards any group or person are not allowed.
  • Dress, jewelry and other accessories that present risk to the health, safety, and general welfare of the students, or which express obscenities, immodestly expose the chest, abdomen, legs or buttocks are prohibited. (No BBBB (breasts, bellies, backs or butts). Spaghetti straps, tube tops, halter tops, razor back or dresses without over-the-shoulder straps are not acceptable forms of attire. Low cut or see-through shirts, underwear worn as outerwear, tube tops, halter tops, tops that are low-cut, pants must pulled to hip level and secured tightly to ensure that undergarments are not exposed and that pants are not dragging on the ground, cut-offs, muscle tee’s, spiked jewelry and/or wallet chains are examples of clothing which are not permitted to be worn at school.
  • Shoes must be worn. House slippers or shoes with soles similar are deemed unsafe and not school appropriate.
  • Sunglasses and hats may not be worn in the classroom.
  • Pajamas are prohibited.
  • No bandanas or doo rags are allowed at school or school activities.

On campus, the faculty, staff and administration have the responsibility to interpret and enforce this policy. The administration retains the final discretion to determine that the garment or accessory meets the dress code. Dress code policies will be displayed on and around campus.

Any student violating this policy is subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, warning, parent conference, in-school suspension, short-term suspension or long-term suspension. In addition, the student will remove the garment or accessory and replace it with an appropriate alternative provided by the school, the student, or the parent, depending upon the circumstances.


CELL PHONES, ELECTRONICS AND DIGITAL DEVICES

In order to meet our goals, we have modified our school cell phone usage policy. We must minimize distractions if we are to maintain academic excellence. Cell phones will be prohibited during instruction time and between passing periods. Phones may be used before school, during lunch, and after school only. Students caught using their phones during those unauthorized periods will result in the phone being confiscated by staff or security personnel.

Phone will be available for parent pickup only. If students do not follow school policies, they will be considered to be insubordinate and appropriate discipline will result. Students are encouraged not to bring ipods, paging devices, mp3 players, laser pointers, portable dvd players, headsets, cameras or video recorders, any game playing device, CD players, or any personal electronic or digital music devices on campus. Lost or stolen cell phones or devices are the responsibility of the student. Bringing the item to school is at the students’ own risk for loss/theft.

Desert Vista is not responsible for stolen or missing equipment and it is strongly encouraged that they not be brought to campus.

Attendance Line

Voicemail Message System
Available 24 Hours A Day:
480-706-7906
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