Please call the 24-hour attendance line at 303.387.1502 for school absences. There are dedicated attendance secretaries who continually monitor the attendance line, prepare release slips for students, and enter the information into Infinite Campus.


Mountain Vista High School works hard to meet the learning needs of all students in an atmosphere where academics and whole-child education are valued. We know that direct classroom instruction time and day-to-day interaction are critical elements needed for students to reach their full academic potential. We understand that there are always going to be circumstances when students are unable to attend school. In addition, the open campus policy at Mountain Vista High School, which allows upperclassmen to leave the school grounds during the academic day, will create challenges related to attendance. When a student is absent, missed instructional time is impossible to replace. Attendance in class is an important part of the educational process and students are expected to be in attendance every day school is in session. Colorado state law requires every child between the ages of six and seventeen years to regularly attend school. Please note the following issues regarding attendance:

  • Parents may excuse a student absence by calling the MVHS attendance line within 48 hours of the absence 303.387.1502. All absences not excused within the 48 hour period will be considered unexcused and discipline consequences may be assigned.
  • If arriving late for your first period of the day, a doctor's note must be presented to excuse the tardy. A tardy for any other reason is unexcused.
  • Timely attendance in class is essential for academic success. Consequently, three unexcused tardies to a class will equal one unexcused absence for that class.
  • Students who are more than 10 minutes late for any class will be recorded as unexcused absent.
  • Students who accumulate five unexcused absences may be denied credit for the course.
  • Students who accumulate 12 total absences (excused or unexcused) may be denied credit for the course. The action would be recorded as a WF (withdraw failing) grade on the student's transcript, be calculated as a zero into the student's GPA, and be included in athletic/activity eligibility.
  • In some situations, students may remain in the class and have the opportunity to recover credit that has been denied. In this case, students could potentially earn back their credit through after-school and/or Saturday study halls based on the recommendation of the Administrative Team.

Excused Absences

Excused absence are defined as those resulting from temporary or extended illnesses, injuries, or physical, mental, or emotional disabilities; family emergencies; absences due to early release excused by the school for extra- and co-curricular activities; absences which occur when a student is in custody of a court or law enforcement authority; and any other absence approved by the principal. Absences that do not meet these criteria will be considered unexcused. Parents may not excuse students from class because they are not prepared, or because they need to do work for another class. MVHS may request that a doctor's note be provided. Students who are excused must leave the school and /or be off school grounds. Absences due to school sponsored events will not be calculated into a student's total absences for a class.

Students with excused absences are responsible for contacting their teachers to arrange to make up learning opportunities missed during their absences. Students are strongly encouraged to use teacher websites and email to obtain information regarding their missed work. Students will have the number of days missed plus one day to make up work missed during their absences.

Unexcused Absences

Unexcused absences are those with or without prior knowledge and approval of parents or for reasons not acceptable as defined above as "excused absence."

Students with unexcused absences are responsible for learning missed during their absences. Initially, students will receive a grade of a zero for learning missed. Because MVHS values learning, students with unexcused absences can make up work missed for credit, at the teacher's discretion. Learning not completed within the specified time period will result in a grade of zero (no credit).
Student safety is a priority! MVHS does not approve of "ditch days" in any form. All students absent during "ditch days" will be considered unexcused unless a doctor's note is presented to excuse the absence.

Partial Day Absence

A detailed parent/guardian handwritten note is to be delivered by the student to the Attendance Office by 7:35 a.m. the day of partial absence. The following information should be provided:
1. first and last name of parent/guardian and student
2. reason for the partial absence
3. time of requested dismissal, as well as estimated time of return
4. signature
5. Students leaving school for partial day absences must sign out through the attendance office and receive a timed permit to leave the building.

Extended Absences

If a student is going to be absent from school for more than two days for any reason other than an emergency or a medical reason, that student needs to come to the Attendance Office and pick up a pre-arranged absence form. The form must be signed by all of that student's teachers and that student's assistant principal before the absences commence.

Suspension Absences

Per DCSD board policy, suspensions are considered unexcused absences. Students will be allowed to make up the learning missed as a result of an absence due to a suspension for credit. Failure to complete make-up learning missed within the guidelines for regular absences will result in a grade of zero (no credit). Absences due to suspension will not be calculated into a student's total absences for a class.


What happens when my student is tardy to school?
A tardy to a student's first class of the day can only be excused with a doctor's note. This policy is consistent with the policy at Mountain Ridge Middle School.

How many tardies can my student have before receiving a discipline consequence?
The 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th unexcused tardy will result in an administrative consequence. Every 3 tardies will result in an unexcused absence. A student is in jeopardy of losing course credit if he/she reaches 5 unexcused absences in a given class.

What if there is inclement weather?
Student safety is our top concern. When there is inclement weather, we expect that some students will need additional time to ensure their safe arrival. These tardies will be excused.

What if my child has to miss part of a day or a whole day?
Parents can excuse their child's absence from school with a note. However, this will still count towards a student's allotted 12 absences in that course.

The traffic line in the morning looks horrible! What happens if my student is late because the line moves slowly?
MVHS has a "grace" period during the first week of school so everyone can work the bugs out of their morning transportation plans. During this first week, students will be admitted to class and their tardies will not be counted. After the first week, we will begin to count unexcused tardies for the semester.

How many absences will it take for course credit to be in jeopardy?
Students who are absent from school miss valuable instructional time. At MVHS, a student may lose course credit if they accumulate 12 total absences or 5 unexcused absences. (3 unexcused tardies will result in an unexcused absence.)

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