Attendance Procedures (Clearing an Absence)
Each student has three school days to clear an all-day absence. If he/she fails to do so, the absence is classified as a truancy according to state law. If the student is tardy over 30 minutes into the class, it is considered truant. Truancies cannot be cleared and make-up work/tests will not be given. Each student has one day to clear a single period absence. For more information on tardy and truancy policies, see the Student Behavior Guidelines.
Bicycles. Skateboards, and Scooters
In order to minimize accidents in the hallways, students are not to ride bicycles, skateboards, scooters on campus at anytime. Please walk with them from the public sidewalk to the secured fenced area. Racks are provided to park and lock all bicycles. Bicycles and skateboards will be confiscated if students are discovered riding them until parents come to claim them.
The Career Center, located in room 109, is available to students, staff and parents each school day. Students should become familiar with the Guidance Information System (GIS), the College View Program and other software programs to help them make informed decisions. Services include:
Career Exploration, College Information, Scholarship Information
Applications Military Information
Apprenticeship Information Job Showing Program
Vocational/Trade School Information Job Placement
Work Permits Program Enrollments
Several interest inventories and aptitude batteries are available to students. All 9th grade students will take the E-Choices interest inventory, the COPS Interest Inventory in the 10th grade and will have the opportunity to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) in the 11th grade. The results of the inventory interest tests will be discussed with each student and kept in their portfolio housed in the Career Center.
Change of Address
Students are responsible for keeping the school informed of any changes of address or phone number that can be used in case of emergency. Random home checks are conducted to verify residency.
No student is to leave the campus at any time during school hours for any reason except by pass from Attendance, Health, or R.O.P. offices. Students may earn the privilege for an off-campus lunch pass. An individual student's earned credits, G.P.A. and CAHSEE results determine this privilege for eleventh and twelfth grade students only.
Electronic devices are not allowed including IPods, CD players, headphones, radios or walkie-talkies. Some pagers are permitted for medical reasons. These reasons must be cleared in advance through the Student Affairs Office. Cellular phones and pagers are not to be used during the school day. They are to be kept silent and out of sight so as not to be disruptive to the learning environment (EC 48901.5) If any electronic devices are detected, they will be confiscated and turned over to the Student Affairs Office. Only parents can pick up the devices after 3:00pm.
Fees for lost or overdue books must be paid before students are cleared for graduation or admission to fall classes. Fees are paid at the Student Affairs Office or online at the Webstore. The Student Affairs Office accepts CASH ONLY.
Each student must get clearance from each teacher on the permission slip before attending an all-day field trip. In addition, a parent signature must be on file granting permission for all off-campus activities.
A wide selection of food and beverages are available from locations throughout the campus and cafateria during lunch. Applications for free or reduced lunch may be picked up in the cafeteria office and will be available at registration. No food or drink are allowed in any classroom. Wherever student choose to eat, they are expected to show school pride by keeping the area free of trash.
Hallways and Hall Passes
During class all hallways should remain empty. Students excused from a classroom while classes are in session must carry a Hall Pass. MHS uses a standardized pass system. While using the hallways during class, students are expected to maintain an academic learning environment by not running, yelling, using profane language, or making excessive noise.
All students are given a current MHS ID card upon registration. Every student must carry his/her current ID at all times. As the name indicates, the card is used for identification of the holder. No library services or business transactions will be provided to any student not presenting their I.D. card. I.D. cards are FREE. It is each student's responsibility to make sure his/her ID picture has been taken.
Internet Usage Agreement
All students must have a MHS Internet Acceptable Use Policy Release on file with the Media Center to use school computers in our labs.
Law enforcement officers are a vital resource to our school and provide many programs and links to the community. Although police presence on campus is assuring to our community, some students may feel intimidated by law enforcement officers. Students should feel free to ask any questions concerning the law and make every effort to cooperate with the officers when required to do so.
Lockers are available for the safekeeping of books and other student property needed at school. MHS accepts no responsibility for vandalism or lost articles. Students are encouraged to remove all items from their lockers at the end of each school day and weekends because of the threat of locker vandalism and theft. The school reserves the right to search lockers at any time in the interest of a safe and orderly school operation.
Lost and Found
If clothing, books, backpacks or notebooks have been lost, check first in the Media Center. The Media Center staff maintains a Lost and Found cabinet.
If a student is ill or unable to attend school, the parent should call the counseling office to inquire about make-up work or communicate with teachers via School Loop. Usually, make-up assignments can be collected from teachers if applicable and the parent may stop by the school to pick them up within 48 hours.
The Media Center maintains a study hall atmosphere throughout the school day and after school. Many services are available and the staff is there to assist students with academic needs. The computers are available whenever teachers have not reserved them for use during their classes. Library books are available for circulation to students with an I.D. card. Students are financially responsible for all items including textbooks that are checked out. Unpaid fees, damages and losses may result in the student not participating in graduation ceremonies.
If parents need their student to leave school for an appointment or other preplanned commitments, a phone call to the attendance office should be placed before the time the student leaves. When the parent arrives to pick up the student, the parent should report to the attendance office and the student will be called from class. Upon returning from an appointment, the student should report to the attendance office before going back to class. If a student leaves school without getting clearance through the office, that student is marked truant.
By law, any medication that is to be taken while in school must be stored and administered in the Health Office, where the Health clerk can verify it has been prescribed. Staff may not dispense medication, including aspirin.
Messages and Deliveries
Messages delivered to students during class time are limited to official school business and urgent parent communication as relayed through the attendance office. We encourage students not to have items delivered. The delivery of balloons or flowers to students during the school day is prohibited as it can disrupt the learning environment. All deliveries will be kept at the front office for the student to pick up at the end of the day.
The school newspaper, The Wildcat, provides students with bi-monthly information about activities and events around the campus. This paper is provided free for all students.
Student Drop Off
Student pick-up and drop-off zones are located along Colorado and Madison Avenue before and after school. During school hours, however, all gates are locked and student access is restricted. Please be advised to use only the one hour parking area along Colorado Blvd.for late drop-offs.
Open during lunch and after school, our student store provides drinks, PE uniforms, school supplies, spirit items and spirit wear. The student store is located in the mid-campus building across from the science building.
Students are responsible for textbooks that are issued to them. It is the student's duty to put a book cover on each textbook and maintain it in good condition. Free book covers are often available from the Media Center. Charges will be levied for lost or damaged books. When a student withdraws from a class, textbooks must be returned to the Media Center.
Monrovia High School is a closed campus. Families are welcome to visit your student's classroom any time, but it is necessary to obtain approval in advance by contacting your student's counselor. Guest speakers and other guests would need to obtain permission in advance from the Student Affairs Office ext. 2882.
Limited parking spaces are available for short-term parking. These spaces are located in the Madison lot and in front of the Administration Building for the one hour parking. Please do not park in any space designated for school personnel. Remember that all visitors to MHS must check in at the front office.