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Lunch Policy


DVHS is a closed campus and students may not leave campus for lunch. Parents may not call in to excuse their student for lunch; therefore, all students must remain on campus until the end of their school day. Students leaving campus without permission will be immediately subject to school discipline. We discourage parents from dropping off their child’s lunch. If dropping off a lunch is absolutely necessary parents must do so in the attendance office no later than 12:00noon. The lunch must be clearly labeled with the student’s name. Students will not be called to the office; they will pick up the lunch in the quad at the beginning of lunch and must show their student ID.

Under no circumstances during the school day should students arrange for food deliveries to campus. Drivers on campus will be escorted off and the food will not be delivered.   (ie: pizza delivery)



Students are not allowed to use their car as a “locker” to hold their school-related materials, as parking lots are off-limits during the school day. The parking lot is considered an out of bounds area. Students that leave the school gates and enter the parking lot during the school day are subject to disciplinary action, and potential administrative search.


DVHS Attendance Policies and Procedures


Parents need to call the attendance line before 9:00 a.m. to clear an absence. Please use the directory at the right to determine which Attendance Secretary to report the absence to.

Please give the following information:
  • Student’s legal name (please spell). No nicknames, please!
  • Student’s ID#
  • Grade
  • Reason for absence
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Your name and relationship
Excused absence reasons: Medical/dental appointments (doctor note required), illness, religious holidays, court appearances, funerals, and 1 day in-state college visits with a letter of confirmation from the college or a 2 day out of state college visit with a letter of confirmation from the college.  
Arriving late: Students arriving late must have a parent call the attendance line prior to the student arriving at school giving the same information as above as well as the approximate time of arrival. Students must always sign in at the front office upon arrival before going to class.
  • Students whose late arrival results in missing one or more entire periods must have a parent call attendance line to clear the absence within 48 hours or it will be changed to an illegal absence (cut) and disciplinary action will be taken.
Leaving early: We will no longer call students out of class to leave early.  Parents must call the attendance line before 9:00 a.m. Please give the same information as above as well as the time the student will be leaving campus. Students need to come to the front office to obtain an OFF CAMPUS PASS either before school or at brunch or lunch. Then, at the designated time, they can show the pass to their teacher and come sign out in the front office. Students are not allowed to leave their classroom without a pass.
  • If a student leaves campus without signing out in the front office, it will be considered a cut and disciplinary action will be taken. Parents cannot clear these absences after the fact. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Tardies: Only tardies due to excused absence reasons (see above) will be excused. Medical Facility notes are required for all medical appointments upon checking in. If you forget to obtain a note, you may have your doctor fax a copy to "Attn:  Attendance" at 925-479-6597. All other reasons will result in an unexcused tardy.
IMPORTANT NOTE!! Students must ALWAYS sign in and out in the front office for partial day absences, even if a parent has called in. This is our only way of knowing when the student actually arrives and/or leaves campus. Students who leave school and do not sign out  and/or arrive to school and do not sign in  will be given cuts for the periods that they miss and will be subject to disciplinary action.  Parents cannot clear these cuts. This policy is outlined in the student handbook.
Automated phone calls and email dialer messages for all unverified (uncleared) absences will be sent home to the primary parent’s home every day at 10:00 am. and 6:00 p.m. Due to the new safety measures implemented by the District, you will receive a call/email until your student actually checks in. If you have already called in to let us know your student will be arriving late, you may disregard the message/email.
  • All unverified absences not cleared within 48 hours will be considered as a cut and disciplinary action will be taken.
  • Students attempting to clear their own absences will be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Students who believe they were marked absent in error should get a yellow clear slip from the office, fill it out, have the teacher sign and confirm the error - bring it to the attendance secretary in the front office.

To report an absence:

  1. Call 925.479.6400
  2. Press 1
    1. Press 1 for A-Ge
    2. Press 2 for Gh-Lio
    3. Press 3 for Liu-Sal
    4. Press 4 for Sam-Z

Appointments Required

Parents are not allowed to visit teachers or classrooms without an appointment.  Please make arrangements with the teacher directly via email or telephone.  Teachers will notify us of the appointment so we can be expecting you when you arrive.  You will need to sign in at the front office and obtain a Vistor's Badge before going on campus.

Visiting Campus?

If you need to visit campus for any reason, please park in one of the marked Visitor stalls in the main parking lot.  If these stalls are all full and you need to park in the student parking area, please obtain a Visitor Parking Pass from the front office when you check in to avoid being ticketed.

Forgotten Items

Forgotten items (lunches, books, homework assignments, etc.) may be left on the table in the front office however, we will NOT call students out of class or at brunch or lunch to come pick them up.
  • We are NOT responsible for lost or stolen items left in the front office.
  • All cash drop offs must go to the bookkeeper’s office.
  • No sport bags or equipment can be left. It will be removed by the Athletic Director.
  • We are NOT able to accept forgotten items such as cell phones, Ipods, cameras, or any other valuable items.