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Attendance Policies

Regular school attendance is necessary for maximum academic achievement. In addition, punctuality and dependability in meeting assigned responsibilities are qualities valued in our society. In order to assist in developing desirable behavior patterns, as well as to increase the student's classroom learning, FCPS and MVHS require that students be punctual and regular in school attendance.

There are serious consequences for violating the state's compulsory school attendance laws, including failure of classes because of missed work, referral to the truant officer, and possible court involvement. When a student is absent, he misses hours of instruction and classroom experience. If absences are unexcused, the student may not be allowed to make up the work missed and may lose the privilege of participating in athletics and other extra-curricular activities.

We ask that you read the Letter to Parents and Attendance Flyer with your student and ensure that he understands the requirements and the consequences for violating them.

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Attendance Numbers:

Subschool I: Grade 9 703-619-3209
Subschool II: Grade 10 703-619-3281
Subschool III: Grade 11 703-619-3158
Subschool IV: Grade 12 703-619-3159
Comprehensive Services Site 703-619-3353

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Dress Code

Dress Code Letter

Dress Code Video

All students are expected to dress appropriately for a K-12 educational environment. Any clothing that interferes with or disrupts the educational environment is unacceptable. Clothing with language or images that are vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene or clothing that promotes illegal or violent conduct, such as the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia, or clothing that contains threats such as gang symbols is prohibited. (See page 13, section II.A.2.k. for additional information regarding gang-related clothing.) Clothing should fit, be neat and clean, and conform to standards of safety, good taste, and decency. Clothing that exposes cleavage, private parts, the midriff, or undergarments, or that is otherwise sexually provocative, is prohibited. Examples of prohibited clothing include, but are not limited to: sagging or low-cut pants, skirts/dresses/shorts shorter than three inches above the knee, low-cut necklines that show cleavage, tube tops, halter tops, backless blouses or blouses with only ties in the back, studded belts, chain belts, clothing constructed of see-through material, pajamas (to include bedroom slippers), and head coverings inless required for religious or medical purposes.

Athletic attire not in accordance with these standards may only be worn by students while they are participating in physical education classes and other athletic events, not at other times during the school day.

Parents of students requiring accommodation for religious beliefs, disabilities, or other good causes should contact the principal. Students not complying with this code will be asked to cover the non-complying clothing, change clothes, or go home. Repeated infractions will result in disciplinary action. The current version of Regulation 2613 provides additional details.

The following are prohibited while inside the school building or while participating in authorized school activities:

  • Bare feet.
  • Clothing that is too tight or too loose so as to be immodest.
  • Sagging pants (worn below the waistline).
  • Leggings without a skirt or dress (see Dress Code Letter for more specifics).
  • Skirts/dresses/shorts shorter than three inches above the knee
  • Clothing that is transparent or has holes that may expose the seat or parts of the body unique to the male or female.
  • Clothing that advocates or depicts illegal or violent conduct, such as the unlawful use of weapons, alcohol, drugs, tobacco or tobacco products.
  • Clothing that contains inflammatory, vulgar or suggestive writing, slogans, pictures, or emblems.
  • Studded belts, chain belts
  • Pajamas (to include bedroom slippers)
  • Clothing that contains threats, such as gang symbols.
  • Tank tops, sleeveless T-shirts, halter tops, backless blouses, strapless blouses or dresses, clothing exposing the midriff.
  • Hats, caps, skullcaps, sunglasses, combs, picks, bandannas, etc. (Items subject to confiscation) Exception: Headwear customarily recognized for its religious significance.
  • Clothing or articles that may indicate membership in a gang.

Any other clothing that is disruptive to the educational process.

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Electronic Device Registration

FCPS is currently implementing a new self-registration process that auto-directs devices to a secure, pre-determined network during the registration process. Once connected, students will have access to FCPS resources on their personal devices. The process is very simple. Anyone with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) device can simply choose FCPSonboard from their personal device to gain access to the wireless network. The screen prompts will guide them through the process of configuring the wireless network on their device. BYOD users will only be required to complete the registration process one time per school year.

This automated solution will: 1) make BYOD registration more efficient for school staff as they no longer have to manually register devices, 2) ensure that FCPS can account for each and every student device that accesses the FCPS network, 3) provide for better data collection of BYOD devices on the FCPS network, 4) improve data for recovering lost or stolen BYOD devices, and 5) improve network security and control.

Students requiring assistance registering their device should see their school technology support team.

Student participation in BYOD is governed by the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document. Parents and students are required to read and accept the Acceptable Use Policy for Student Network Access within the SR&R document. BYOD permission is now acknowledged by signing the parent and/or guardian signature sheet within Students Rights and Responsibilities.

More information about the FCPS BYOD program can be found at the following location.

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MVHS - Home of the Majors Facebook Page!

MVHS - Home of the Majors Facebook Page!

Mount Vernon High School has created a Facebook page. This page will be used to keep the community informed of events, both academic and extra-curricular and share positive news about the great things happening at Mount Vernon High School.

To see our Facebook page, please click here. If you are a member of facebook, please join us!

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Honor Code

I will neither give nor receive unauthorized aid on any test, quiz, research paper, lab or any other student-generated work as long as I am enrolled at this or any other academic institution. Click here to see the Mount Vernon High School Honor Court Constitution.

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Honor Roll Criteria

  • Cum Laude 3.0-3.39
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.4-3.79
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.8-4.5

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Late Bus Schedule

Day Depart Time
Mondays 3:15 p.m.

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Motto, Vision, Mission and Core Values

Motto: "A Culture of Excellence"

Vision: Mount Vernon High School prepares its culturally diverse student body for the future through a rigorous course of study in a positive and supportive environment. Mount Vernon High School graduates are lifelong learners who are prepared to live in and contribute to a global society.

Mission: Mount Vernon High School inspires, enables and empowers students within a culture of excellence to meet high academic standards, lead ethical lives, and demonstrate responsible citizenship.

Core Values:

  • We believe in academic excellence.
    • Students reach their full academic potential by pursuing a rigorous academic program.
    • Faculty and staff work collaboratively using best practices in an environment of trust to maximize the learning experiences of the students.
    • The community is both recipient and contributor to the academic program and a strong partnership is essential to promote student learning.
  • We believe in building relationships.
    • Students appreciate diversity and honor self and others through words and actions.
    • Faculty and staff demonstrate fairness in judgments and actions with all students and with each other.
    • Community members are involved and informed ambassadors for Mount Vernon High School.
  • We believe in citizenship and character.
    • Students learn, internalize, and practice skills and ethics necessary to become responsible citizens.
    • Faculty and staff are role models of ethical behavior.
    • A dynamic partnership among students, parents, teachers and staff members, and the community is critical in developing responsible citizens and future leaders.

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Registration

If you are new to the Mount Vernon area and need to register your child for school, please call Student Services at 703-619-3112 to make an appointment. You will need the following information for your child:

  • Proof of Residency (a deed or lease)
  • Birth Certificate
  • A current transcript. For students entering high school for the first time, a report card will suffice.
  • Immunization Record

If you are not sure what school boundary you reside in or would like more information on school assignment please visit the FCPS Boundary Information System.

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Spanish Language Hotline

Mount Vernon High School has a Spanish Language Information Hotline. Call for information on Mount Vernon and school events, 703-619-8220.

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Supplies List

Teachers will inform students of required supplies during the first week of school.

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