Senior High Student Enrollment
Parents are expected to inform the school when their children will be absent. If we don't hear from parents, our automated phone system will notify them the day of the absence. Let us know right away if you change phone numbers. Parents should provide notes from doctors and dentists to excuse children for appointments, illnesses or injuries. If parents do not authorize absences within one day after their children return to school, absences are unexcused. If students miss more than nine days in a semester, MPS may withhold grades or credit. We will review prolonged illnesses and unusual circumstances. If we have not heard from parents after children miss 10 days in a row, they will be withdrawn from school.
Students are tardy if they are not seated when the bell signals the start of class. They are considered absent if they are 10 or more minutes late.
Students must be in school until they successfully complete the 10th grade or reach the age of 16. Attendance officers may talk to students about legal consequences of truancy. If students are habitually truant or excessively absent, parents and students may be cited and referred to the court. Students are habitually truant if they have five or more unexcused absences. They are excessively absent if they have 18 or more excused or unexcused absences.
Mesa Public Schools does not provide accident medical/dental coverage for students for injuries/illnesses occurring at school. Parents may voluntarily purchase a student accident insurance plan. Parents are financially responsible for any medical, dental, ambulance, or other health care expenses or transportation home, which might occur as a result of such illness or injury. If your child needs medication or other health services at school, you must make arrangements with the school health office.
A student may be considered eligible for services as a “Homeless Child or Youth” under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act if he or she is presently living:
- In a shelter, temporary shared housing, or transitional living program
In a hotel/motel, campground, or similar situation due to lack of alternatives
At a bus station, park, car, or abandoned building
Please contact Homeless Assistance Services at 480-472-0291 for information.
Opt Out Options
Student Internet and MPSConnect Access
Mesa Public Schools provides students internet access and Student MPSConnect accounts, which include email, calendars, documents and file storage to support academic activities. Teachers provide guidance and direction on the appropriate use of the internet and MPSConnect. In
accordance with the federal Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the district uses filters to block access to web content that is inappropriate. Unless you opt out, your child will be provided school internet access and an MPSConnect account accessible from school or home. Home web content
filtering and monitoring is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
District News and Media Coverage
Your child may be interviewed, photographed, or audio- or video-recorded by the news media or district staff for print, radio, television, internet content or other medium.
In limited situations, the district may disclose "directory information," which is the student's name, address, email address and telephone number; the parents' names, addresses and telephone numbers; the student's photograph; date and place of birth; class/grade level; enrollment dates; weight and height if the student is a member of an athletic team; awards received; and extracurricular participation. Unless the parent opts out of directory information releases, the district will disclose such information only if the request is from (i) a post-secondary institution such as a college or university; (ii) a law enforcement agency or the Department of Child Safety; or (iii) a vendor selected by the school to provide a school-related service, such as class photos and yearbooks. Under no circumstance will the district provide directory information to a person or entity for a mass marketing purpose.
Requests by Military Recruiters
The district must release a high school student's name, address and telephone number to military recruiters, unless you direct otherwise.
How to Opt Out
- You may opt out of district and news media coverage or directory information releases by completing an Opt Out form and submitting it to the school office within the first two weeks of school or enrollment, whichever is later.
- You may opt out of student internet access or requests by military recruiters by completing an Opt Out form and submitting it to the school office anytime during the school year.
- This form must be resubmitted each school year. For more information, see the district's Information & Guidelines.
The Opt Out form is available in the school office or at www.mpsaz.org/optout. Please also share your opt out selections with your child's teacher.
Student Handbooks and Behavior Guidelines
During the first week of school, your child will be given classroom rules, a student handbook and an Information & Guidelines pamphlet concerning student behavior expectations to bring home and share with you. If you do not receive this from your child within the first two weeks of school, or if you need more information, please contact the school office.