School Hours & Schedule
Office Hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
||Wed (Banking Day)
Dual Lang. Kindergarten
|8:00 - 12:30
8:00 - 2:00
|8:00 - 12:30
8:00 - 12:30
|10:15 - 10:25
10:15 - 10:25
11:45 - 12:25
|8:00 - 11:45
8:00 - 11:45
|1st - 3rd
4th - 6th
|8:15 - 2:15
8:15 - 2:31
|8:15 - 1:15
8:15 - 1:31
|10:15 - 10:25
10:15 - 10:25
|11:45 - 12:25
12:30 - 1:10
|8:15 - 12:15
8:15 - 12:15
Arrival at School: No child is permitted on the school grounds without teacher supervision. Supervision begins at 8:00 a.m. for all students. Students are not to arrive before supervision begins unless they are enrolled in childcare or Kindergarten. Kindergarten students can line up outside classrooms starting at 7:50 a.m., there teachers will lead them into the classrooms at 8:00 a.m. 1st - 6th grade students can walk down to the lower playground when the gates open at 8:00 a.m. When the bell rings at 8:10 a.m., students line up and proceed to their classrooms. Students are considered tardy when the 8:15 a.m. bell rings and the student is not in the classroom.
Dismissal: Unless your child is enrolled in an after-school program, he/she is expected to go directly home after dismissal. To assure their safety, students are not permitted to play in front of school. Make the instructions for pick-up with your child very clear, and visit the Monty Lane page for the drive-thru lane guidelines. When students are not picked up, they may use the school phone to call home. Students are asked to sign a log so the office can keep track of the number of times students call for assistance. If a student's name is listed in this log repeatedly, the Principal may call home to get the situation resolved.
Early Dismissal Wednesday (Banking Day): There is an early dismissal every Wednesday to provide for planning and training of the staff. Supervision for the banking hour is available for a fee from the RAP afterschool program, call 818-957-5845 for information.
Traffic: Because many families are driving their children to and from school, the traffic flow around the school is of great concern. The staff parking lot is not to be used for student drop-off or pick-up.
Drop Off/Pick Up in front of school: A safety lane called "Monty Lane" exists for student drop-off and pick-up. Please remember to pull up as far forward as you can in the safety lane when dropping off or picking up your child(ren). Children are to enter and exit cars from the passenger side only. When picking up your child, if you don't see your student, drive around the block and try again. Safety volunteers will help direct traffic, please give these volunteers your courtesy and respect. For additional information, please see the Monty Lane webpage.
Attendance: Student attendance is to be regular and punctual. It is the responsibility of all students to make up class work missed during an absence. Students who are tardy to school, thereby missing instructional time, may be required to make up work after school. Please note: In grades 4-6, students with excessive tardies and absences may be sent to Saturday School.
Absences: All absences from school must be verified by a note signed by a parent or guardian upon returning to school. The note is to state the dates of the absence and the reason for the absence (illness or other reason). If your child has been ill with a communicable disease or surgery, or is wearing a cast or splint, he/she must report to the health office upon return with a note from the doctor stating any restrictions.
Instructional Minutes: If you know in advance you need to pick up your student early for a dental or medical appointment, please write your classroom teacher a note or email them in advance. The teacher will then send the student up to the office for pick up at the time indicated on the note. The office should not be put in the position of interrupting the entire classroom calling for students, unless it is an emergency. Forgotten homework, musical instruments and lunches are NOT to be walked down to the classrooms. This procedure causes loss of instructional minutes. These items can be dropped off in the office and every effort will be made to connect the child with their items. The office will not call the classroom, but will place them in the teacher mailbox for pick up. There is no guarantee the item will be picked up. Please be respectful while others try to learn.
Field Trips: Parent permission is required for students to attend any field trips. Students who do not return a GUSD "Parent Permission to Attend Field Trip" form will not be permitted to participate on the designated trip. Notes on stationery or telephone permissions cannot be accepted. The office is not able to fax a copy of the permission slip. All field trips are approved by the principal. Volunteer drivers going on any field trip must be insured, have seat belts for all passengers and fill out a Volunteer Automobile Form. These are kept on file in the school office for the school year. Please see the Volunteer Driver General Information regarding use of private passenger vehicle on field trips.
School Visitation: We are committed to maintaining a school that is safe and secure. Parents, volunteers, and other visitors must check in at the office and obtain a pass to be worn while on campus.
Leaving School Grounds: We maintain a sign-out sheet in the school office for students who need to leave school for dental, medical appointments, or other personal reasons. A parent must sign out a student who leaves school early for any reason. A note from the parent/guardian informing the teacher of the early dismissal is required. Anytime a student is taken off campus, the classroom teacher must be informed.
No Smoking Policy: Smoking by adults is prohibited at all times everywhere on campus and at any school-related function, including field trips.
Volunteers: We welcome volunteer participation. The state requires all adults who work with students in or out of the classroom to have a TB clearance on file in the office.
Health Services: We have the services of a Health Clerk/Typist five days a week, during school hours. A nurse is on campus approximately twice per week.
Medication Taken at School: No student may have any medication in his/her possession at school. This applies to all medication, including non-prescription items. All medication must be kept in the school office along with a written form signed by the doctor or parent.
School Telephone: We limit the use of the telephone to urgent and school-related matters only. Students are strongly discouraged from calling home for forgotten items or to make after-school plans. Please be sure that plans for after-school pick-up are made before your child comes to school. It is possible to connect calls directly to teachers. To avoid interrupting instruction, we will only connect calls to the classroom during non-teaching hours.
Cell Phones: Cell phones may be brought to school for use before and after school and may only be used in front of the school. During school hours they must be kept in a backpack and turned off. Any phones used during school hours or not in the appropriate areas will be confiscated and returned to a parent. Security of cell phones is the responsibility of the student.
Cafeteria: The cafeteria menu is available on the cafeteria webpage. School lunch with milk costs $2.00. Milk only costs .50 cents. All students are allowed one credit lunch in case of forgotten or lost money. This credit lunch must be repaid the following day, at the cost of $2.00. Once repaid, the student again has a credit lunch available.
Care of School Property: Students are responsible for taking care of textbooks, library books, P.E. equipment, other school property, and personal belongings. Students and parents will be held financially responsible for lost or damaged books, or damage to school property and equipment.
After-School Supervision: We do not have free after school playground supervision programs. Your child should go directly home at the conclusion of the school day. If, for example, you are unable to pick up your child on time, please advise them (in detail) of an alternate way to deal with this sometimes-frightening reality. Advise them to go to the Office for help. If you have an emergency, please notify the Office so they can be on the lookout for your child. Unfortunately, if you call the Office after dismissal time, the office does not have the means to get a message to your child who might be waiting on the sidewalk.
Monte Vista does have self-supporting child care unit on campus. This program is called Early Education and Extended Learning Programs (EEELP), please visit the EEELP webpage for detailed information.