ABSENCE - 24-hour attendance line (602) 449-5301

Absences/Attendance

Each student is expected to be present and punctual for all classes throughout the school year. When a student is absent, parents must call the 24-hour attendance line at (602) 449-5301 by 10:00 a.m. each day the student is absent in order for the absence to be excused. If an absence is not excused by 10:00 a.m., it becomes a truancy.

For the safety of our students at Vista Verde Middle School, we will only release students to those persons authorized on the emergency card. Please have your Government issued photo I.D. ready to show before you come to the Attendance Office to pick up your child.

Attendance Program (C.U.T.S.)

Vista Verde uses C.U.T.S. (Court-Unified Truancy Suppression Program) through the Maricopa County Juvenile Court Center. Its primary purpose is to improve school attendance.

Arizona State law 15-803 requires that children must attend school between the ages of 6 to 16 years. Parents are required to ensure that their children attend school during school hours. A child who is habitually truant or who has excessive absences may be issued a citation to court for violation of this law. Absences may be considered excessive when the number of absent days exceeds 10 percent of the number of required attendance days. Paradise Valley Unified School District requires 180 days of school attendance each school year. Chronic illness and other documentation from a physician will be accepted as an excused absence and will not be considered an excessive absence or a truancy. It is, therefore, important that all documentation for illness or medical appointments be submitted to the nurse and attendance office.

Tardy Policy

Every student must be in his/her designated classroom by the time the final bell rings, or that student will be considered tardy. Being late to class is a disruption and interferes with the learning of the entire class. School begins at 8:00 a.m. Parents need to call the school office to excuse a child’s tardiness before she/he arrives at school, or sign the child in at the Attendance Office. The tardy policy each semester is the following:

  • Tardy #1: Verbal warning

  • Tardy #2: Parent contact

  • Tardy #3 & every tardy after: Referral to the office with appropriate consequences assigned

Truancy Policy

Students will receive consequences for truancies in accordance with PVSchools Governing Board policy.

A student is truant if she/he:

  • Is absent from school without prior permission from the parents.

  • Is absent from class without permission.

  • Leaves school without signing out in the Attendance Office.

  • Comes to school but does not attend classes.

  • Obtains a pass to go to a certain place and does not report there.

  • Reports to a designated place but does not return to class in a timely manner.

  • Becomes ill and goes home or stays in the restroom instead of reporting to the nurse’s office.

  • Is absent more than 10% (or 18 days) of the school year without a doctor’s note. Parents cannot excuse a child after the child has missed 10% (or 18 days) of the school days; at that point, only a doctor’s note can excuse the child.

Bell Schedule Full Day

Period

Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Period 4

Period 5

Period 6

Period 7

Period 8

7th Grade

8:00 - 8:53 a.m.

8:57 - 9:45 a.m.

9:49 - 10:37 a.m.

10:41 - 11:29 a.m.

(Lunch) 11:33 a.m. - 12:03 p.m.

12:07 - 12:55 p.m.

12:59 - 1:47 p.m.

1:51 - 2:40 p.m.

8th Grade

8:00 - 8:53 a.m.

8:57 - 9:45 a.m.

9:49 - 10:37 a.m.

10:41 - 11:29 a.m.

11:33 a.m. - 12:21 p.m.

(Lunch) 12:25 - 12:55 p.m.

12:59 - 1:47 p.m.

1:51 - 2:40 p.m.

Bell Schedule Half Day

Period

Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Period 4

Period 5

Period 6

Period 7

Period 8

7th Grade

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

8:34 - 9:00 a.m.

9:04 - 9:30 a.m.

9:34 - 10:00 a.m.

10:04 - 10:30 a.m. (Lunch)

10:34 - 11:00 a.m.

11:04 - 11:30 a.m.

11:34 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

8th Grade

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

8:34 - 9:00 a.m.

9:04 - 9:30 a.m.

9:34 - 10:00 a.m.

10:04 - 10:30 a.m.

10:34 - 11:00 a.m. (Lunch)

11:04 - 11:30 a.m.

11:34 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.