Frequently Asked Questions
What if my son/daughter must be absent?
We ask that parents excuse absences within 48 hours. It is best if you can call the attendance office at 768-2300 extension 1569 on or before the day of the absence. If that's impossible, you will need to notify the school on the morning your student returns. All absences not verified by the end of the school day following the absence will remain unexcused.
The school will excuse absences for the following:
Illness of a student or an immediate family member.
Death of a relative or close friend, including the necessary travel time to and from the place of the funeral.
Medical or dental appointments.
Subpoena, legal detention, driver's license.
Unexcused absences include:
Truancy/Ditching, in which a student misses one or more classes without the parent's or administrators' prior knowledge and/or permission.
Whenever a student leaves the school without checking out through the office, even if the parent calls at a later time.
Whenever a parent fails to notify the school within 48 hours of an absence.
The district allows students eight (8) absences each semester. All absences-excused or unexcused (excluding suspension) - count toward the eight-day limit. After eight absences, course credit will be lost unless the student has documented medical, bereavement, or emergency reasons for missing additional days over eight.
What is the school's tardy policy?
CRUHSD Tardy Procedures
Students will be considered tardy if they are not in their seat or at their assigned station when the tardy bell rings. All tardies will be assigned by the classroom teachers. Any student more than two (2) minutes late to class is to be counted tardy-truant. After two (2) tardies in an individual class, the student will be assigned to after school detention by the teacher.
Tardy one (1) – Excused. Use for emergencies only.
Two (2) unexcused tardies in the same class –after school detention, parent notification by the teacher
Three (3) unexcused tardies in the same class – up to two (2) days after school detention, parent notification by the teacher
Four (4) unexcused tardies in the same class – up to three (3) days after school detention, parent notification, Class IV Violation
Five (5) unexcused tardies in the same class – Friday School or Parent Partnership Program. *Only one make up day is allowed.
Six (6) unexcused tardies in the same class – Loss of credit for that class and student is removed from class/campus for that period.
What is the policy for Student Identification cards?
Students must wear their school-issued ID card during the school day to present to any staff member, check out library books, attend school activities, and obtain a yearbook or for any other identification purpose. The ID card is to be visible at all times on the upper torso of the body by a school-approved lanyard. On registration, we will issue students an ID card free of charge. Replacement cards will cost $3.00; lanyards/clips will cost $2.00. Students must have their ID cards to ride the bus. To avoid suspension, students must wear their ID cards during school hours.
What is the policy concerning automobiles?
If a student wants to park his or her vehicle on school grounds, we require they register it at the school office. Proof of driver's license, insurance, and registration will be required. Students should use automobiles only for transportation to and from school and cars should be parked as soon as the student arrives at school in the morning and should not be used until school is dismissed at the end of the school day. If a student is to work on his car in auto class, he must obtain a permit to drive the car to the shop. No sitting in parked cars or hanging out in the parking areas. Any automobile violations may result in the loss of parking privileges.
Does the school allow visitors on campus?
While parents and legal guardians are always encouraged to visit, we cannot give students passes for their peers or other family members to attend classes with them. The administration must approve and issue visitor passes.
Does the school allow guests at school-sponsored activities?
Guests are welcome at school-sponsored activities as long you request the guest pass from the administration and submit it 72 hours in advance of the activity. We will not grant guest passes for individuals over the age of 20, under the age of 14, or junior high school students. We will not admit guests without a guest pass and proper photo identification.
Does River Valley High School have a dress code?
Dress Code Information
In order to limit distraction and facilitate a business-like atmosphere, we have adopted a modified uniform of approved school shirts. The board-approved shirts are polo or tee shirts, long or short-sleeved, which can be worn with a crew neck, hooded, or zippered sweatshirt in cold weather. The approved colors are red, black, grey or white, and they must bear the River Valley High School logo. On special/activity days, students will be able to dress for their clubs, organizations or interscholastic activities such as spirit week or game days with the approval of the Principal.
We do not permit the following:
Altered school polo or tee shirts.
Shorts shorter than six-inch inseams (even if leggings are being worn).
No holes or start of holes in pants above the 6-inch inseam.
Pants more than two inches from waist (no excessively baggy clothing or sags).
Skirts or dresses with less than a six-inch "inseam" (no more than 4 inches above top of kneecap).
Bandannas ("rags") or any other item, accessory, or hairstyle representative of gang identification. (We will turn over any gang related items to the school resource officer.)
Clothes bearing phrases or slogans that are sexually suggestive, promote or suggest the use of drugs or alcohol, or contain vulgar language or ethnic slurs, or any logos or words other than those approved by Governing Board policy.
Students may not wear sunglasses, head coverings, or visors in the buildings.
No hats are allowed on campus during school time
ID CARDS AND LANYARDS
o ID cards are school property and may not be defaced in any way.
o ID cards and lanyards must be worn on the upper torso at all times during school hours.
o Lanyards only must be worn, not clips
o First ID and lanyard are free. Replacements cost $3.00 for the ID card and $2.00 for the lanyard.
o Students shall wear ID cards at all times, unless for safety reasons, teachers direct otherwise during specific classroom activities.
o ID cards must be worn to ride the school bus
School T-Shirts or Polo shirts must be worn during school hours (7:00am – 3:45pm)
*For a complete listing of dress code information please refer to our student handbook.
Students must wear the approved school shirts in an unaltered state. On special/activity days, students will
be able to dress for their clubs, organizations or interscholastic activities such as spirit week or game days
with the approval of the Principal. Pants must have a 6-inch inseam or longer and skirt length must be
equivalent to a 6-inch inseam or longer (even if leggings are being worn).
BOARD APPROVED SHIRTS AND COLD WEATHER DRESS
SHIRT STYLE: POLO OR TEE, LONG OR SHORT SLEEVES IN APPROVED COLORS WITH THE APPROVED
SCHOOL LOGO. LADIES VERSION OF THE APPROVED SHIRT IS AVAILABLE.
COLD WEATHER: CREWNECK, HOODED, OR ZIPPERED SWEATSHIRT LETTER JACKETS/SWEATERS, OR
JACKETS IN SCHOOL APPROVED COLORS.
LOGO: APPROVED RIVER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL LOGO ON FRONT LEFT TORSO OF GARMENT
COLORS: RED, BLACK, WHITE OR ASH GRAY (RVHS)
UNACCEPTABLE CLOTHING DURING SCHOOL HOURS
• Altered school polo or tee shirts.
• Shorter than 6-inch inseam (even if leggings are being worn).
• No holes or start of holes in pants above the 6-inch inseam.
• Skirts or dresses with less than a 6-inch “inseam” (no more than 4 inches above top of knee cap).
• Bandannas ("rags"), excessively baggy clothing or any other item representative of gang
• Hairstyles or accessories representative of gang identification.
• Visible undergarments or bike shorts
• Clothes bearing phrases or slogans which are sexually suggestive, promote or suggest the use of
drugs or alcohol, or contain vulgar language or ethnic slurs, or any logos or words other than those
approved by Governing Board policy.
• Sunglasses, head coverings/visors may be worn on campus, teachers will determine if they may be
worn in the classroom.
• Any gang related items will be turned over to the school resource officer.
• Shoes must be worn.
SCHOOL DRESS REGULATIONS
• School T-shirts or Polo shirts must be worn during school hours (7:00 am – 3:45pm).
• The school shirt logo may not be placed on any other shirts.
• School shirts may not be altered in any way and must be clearly visible.
• The following shirt alterations are unacceptable as defined by the school administration to include, but
not limited to:
• Defaced shirts
• Names added to shirts
• Rolled up sleeves
• Cut-off shirts
• Knotted shirts
• Half shirts
• Shirts tied at waist or top of pants
• Exposed midriff
• Spirit Days/Spirit Weeks (approved by the school administration)
• Students can wear club shirts, approved school activity shirts, approved school shirts.
• Adhere to student handbook rules, except when school shirts are not required but must meet
the minimum standards for school dress.
• Themes/styles are approved by the administration.
• Picture Day
• Adhere to student handbook rules.
• School shirts must be worn on Picture Day (student may bring other clothes to change into).
What are the eligibility requirements for my son/daughter to participate in A.I.A. sponsored activities?
Students participating in extracurricular activities (athletics, AIA sponsored events, club/organizations, student council) must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be passing all classes in which they are enrolled. Students earning less than a 2.0 GPA or failing any class will be declared ineligible until such time as the student’s GPA is raised to 2.0 and/or the student is no longer failing the class, to be determined by 1-week grade checks. Eligibility begins on the Monday following the grade check. Any student that receives an “F” on a semester report card will be ineligible for a minimum of 6-weeks. Grades from the May report card would affect fall and winter sports athletes. Grades from December report card would affect winter and spring sports athletes.
If a student transfers from one school to another within Colorado River Union High School District, without a corresponding change of domicile by the student’s parents or guardian, for one year from the date of the transfer the student’s eligibility for interscholastic competition in the new school is limited to those activities in which he or she has not completed during the previous twelve months. (AIA bylaw 15.10)
Students may appeal hardship circumstances in accordance with AIA bylaw 15.04.
Students participating in fall and winter activities will be granted eligibility based on their previous (end of second semester) grading period. At the time of initial enrollment in the ninth (9th) grade, a student is eligible for interscholastic competition at any member school. (AIA bylaw 15.5)
A student exceeding 8 unexcused absences in a semester will lose eligibility for two (2) weeks. Any unexcused absences after that will result in an additional two (2) weeks of ineligibility.
Members of competitive activities being declared ineligible may continue to practice, but will not compete.
“N/C’s” (no credit) will be considered an “F” for eligibility purposes.
NOTE: Students who withdraw (W/D) from a class will use their withdrawal (W/D) grade for eligibility purposes.
How do I register my student?
Registration is open during the two weeks before school begins in the fall. All students will receive their registration cards, student ID cards, assigned lockers. We will keep schedule changes to a minimum and will notify parents and students by mail concerning the registration schedule. New enrollees must either be sixteen years of age, have a certificate of completion of the 8th grade, or a transcript from another accredited high school, as well as documentation for the appropriate immunizations and a birth certificate or other proof of identity. Parents and students can find more information on registration on our district site.
What are the immunization requirements?
Arizona State Law requires that students be immunized against tetanus, rubella, poliomyelitis, and diphtheria, pertussis, measles, and mumps. Incoming 9th graders must also have hepatitis B (3 doses) and MMR (2 doses). Our district site also has more information on immunization requirements.
What are the guidelines for student schedule changes?
We handle all valid requests for a schedule change in August during walk-through registration. The time line for schedule changes is as follows:
0 - 1 Weeks: Student initiated
0 - 2 Weeks: Student/Parent/Teacher initiated
2 - 4 Weeks: Teacher/Administration initiated only
5 + Weeks: Administration initiated only
Parent permission is required on all core class changes.
We will only approve and process schedule changes for these reasons:
Changes necessary to meet graduation requirements.
Changes necessary because of failure of prerequisite course.
Changes required for health reasons (doctor's verification required).
Changes required because of completion of course in summer school or correspondence class.
Changes required because of course conflicts appearing on computer schedule.
Changes required because of previous documentation or student/teacher conflict.
Changes required due to incomplete enrollment information and/or inaccurate scheduling.
What are the graduation requirements for River Valley High School students?
(22) Units of approved credit are required for graduation.
(21) Must be academic.
Beginning with the Class of 2017 state mandated Civics Test.
English (5 units)
U. S & Arizona Government (.5 unit)
U. S & Arizona History (1 unit)
World History/World Geography (1 unit)
Essentials of Free Enterprise (.5 unit)
Mathematics (4 units)
Science (3 units)
Fine Arts or Career Technical Education (CTE) (1 unit)
Physical Education (1 unit)
Electives (5 units)
TOTAL 22 UNITS
Any class that a student fails must be made up online through CRUHSD Academy.
What are non-academic classes?
Non-academic classes include teacher's assistant, library assistant, laboratory assistant, and office assistant. Only juniors and seniors with a 2.5 grade average may apply. No student is to be a T.A. for more than 1 period without administrative approval. Students may drop/add their TA position only during the first ten days of each semester.
What are Arizona Universities' entrance requirements and recommendations?
Admission requirements to colleges and universities vary greatly. Students should consult the catalog of the college or university they are interested in attending to determine the exact requirements. You may obtain catalogs from the college. Applicants to Arizona universities must meet the following requirements:
Math (i.e. Algebra 1-2, Integrated Math 3-4, 5-6, Calculus, Geometry) 4
Lab Sciences (Science processes, Biology, Chemistry Physics) 3
Social Sciences (One year of U.S. History and one year of another social science) 2
Foreign Language (two years of same language) 2
Fine Arts 2
Students who are deficient in any one or two of the core curriculum may be admitted; however, the deficiencies must be removed within one year. (Note: The ACT or SAT examination is required for admission to all state universities in Arizona. It is highly recommended that this exam be taken during the spring of the junior year.)
When does the school issue progress reports and what is the grading scale?
It is our policy to inform parents of their student's progress with a nine-week report on Synergy. Parents are encouraged to request conferences with the counselor and/or teachers as soon as they see any indication of possible failure rather than wait for the notice to arrive. The guidance office can coordinate progress reports on a more frequent basis.
The grading scale is:
A 90-100% Superior work
B 80-89% Above average
C 70-79% Average
D 60-69% Below average
F 0 -59% Failing to meet minimum competencies
I Incomplete Work not completed
Cr Credit A passing grade but not a letter grade
NC No Credit Due to absences
NG No Grade Class was audited only.
NOTE: Students who withdraw (W/D) from a class will use their withdrawal (W/D) grade for eligibility purposes. Students who W/D early must be passing to be eligible to enroll in another class.