High School Policies

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Absences and Tardies

There are no excused or unexcused absences or tardies. All absences/tardies are treated the same.

ON CAMPUS AND ONLINE STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE LAST DAY OF EACH SEMESTER.  STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE A ‘0’ FOR ALL WORKED MISSED ON THE LAST DAY.  TEACHERS DO NOT HAVE LEEWAY FOR ANY REQUEST TO TAKE TESTS EARLY OR MAKE UP MISSED WORK FOR THE LAST DAY OF EACH SEMESTER.

Late arrival to class in excess of 15 minutes at the start of school or after any break will result in a ½ day absence for the time period. Students arriving more than 15 minutes late at both sessions receive a full absence.

Students who leave class without teacher permission will receive a cut, which is equivalent to a full day of absence.

Tardies are awarded to students who arrive late to class, but within 15 minutes of the start time. There are no excused or unexcused absences or tardies. All absences and tardies are counted. Examples of combinations of absences and tardies appear below.
2 tardies = ½ day absence
2 tardies + ½ day = 1 absence
4 tardies = 1 absence
4 tardies + 1 absence = 2 absences
6 tardies = 1 ½ days absence
8 tardies = 2 days absence

YEARLONG CLASS: Dismissal will result with any combination of absences and/or tardies that exceed the equivalent of two (2) absences.  Absences/tardies are accumulative for the six weeks.
Maximum tardies = 8
Maximum absences = 2 days of absence

SEMESTER CLASS: Dismissal will result with any combination of absences and/or tardies that exceed the equivalent of one (1) day of absence.
Maximum tardies = 4
Maximum absences = 1 day of absence or combination

TRUANCY/CLASS “CUT”
1 truancy (“cut”) = a full day of absence

On Campus Instruction

Students who attend “on campus” instruction will be required to comply with all LA County Department of Health mandates including, but not limited to, the wearing of masks and adhering to social distance guidelines at all times.  Parents are requested to reinforce these guidelines by emphasizing the importance of adherence to these rules.

Should we be alerted by the Department of Health to suspend on campus learning, we will immediately transition to a distance learning format.  The daily schedule will remain the same for the duration of the summer session however students will receive instruction from their teachers via remote learning.  Please see DISTANCE LEARNING POLICIES below.

Zero Tolerance Policy

Palos Verdes Peninsula Summer Schools maintains a zero tolerance policy in regard to 1) the use and/or possession of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, e-cigs/vape products, and/or weapons; 2) instances of violence or harassment; and 3) inappropriate use of electronic information. Dismissals from summer school occur when students violate attendance and/or disciplinary codes. PVPSS reserves the right to dismiss from summer school any student whose conduct does not adhere to the goals and standards listed here.

PALOS VERDES PENINSULA SCHOOLS SAFE SCHOOLS PROGRAM – CODE OF CONDUCT

The Palos Verdes Unified School District Code of Conduct has been adopted for use by Palos Verdes Peninsula Summer Schools. Some adjustments have been made in the disciplinary consequences to conform to the summer school schedule.

CATEGORY 1 VIOLATIONS – ZERO TOLERANCE VIOLATIONS RESULTING IN DISMISSAL

  • Selling illegal narcotics/drugs/controlled substances
  • Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell drug paraphernalia
  • Brandishing a knife/weapon at another person
  • Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm
  • Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or a sexual battery
  • Possessing an explosive

Immediate dismissal with an F/U; referral to local law enforcement agency; meeting with student and parent(s) to discuss possible intervention programs and need for additional counseling will result from infraction. No refunds allowable.

CATEGORY 2 – ZERO TOLERANCE VIOLATIONS RESULTING IN DISMISSAL

  • Causing serious physical injury to another person (particularly those acts that are premeditated) except in self­ defense
  • Possessing a knife (particularly a “switchblade” knife or any “dirk”, “dagger,” or other instrument that my be used with the intent of inflicting bodily injury [reference: penal code sections 653(k) and 626.10]), or other dangerous instrumen/object of no reasonable use to the student
  • Unlawfully possessing/using, furnishing, or being under the influence of any narcotics/illegal drugs/controlled substances
  • Extortion/robbery
  • Assault or battery against any school employee as defined in sections 240 and 242 of the penal code.
  • Involvement (use, sale, furnishing, purchase, and/or possession} with alcohol
  • Possession or use of tobacco, or any product containing tobacco or nicotine products
  • Theft, or attempted theft of, damage to, or attempted damage to, school or private property; destruction of (including graffiti, vandalism, etc.), or attempted destruction of, school or private property; knowingly received stolen school or private property

Immediate dismissal with an F/U; possible referral to local law enforcement agency; meeting with student and parent(s) to discuss possible intervention programs/counseling will result from infraction. No refunds allowable.

CATEGORY 3 VIOLATIONS

  • Possession/use of an imitation firearm (a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm)
  • Possession/use of any “look-alike” weapon (if used to threaten to cause injury to another individual or results in disruption of school activities
  • Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing, as defined in penal code section 245.6(b) (referenced in 48900(q))
  • Possession of a knife or other dangerous instrument/object
  • Intimidation, any act of hate violence, or threatening to cause injury to another person (grades 4-12)
  • Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of school personnel in the performance of their duties
  • Gang activity/involvement or any gang-related action/behavior that is damaging or disruptive to a safe and orderly school, including the wearing of apparel/insignias/accessories with gang connotations
  • Involvement (use, sale, furnishing, purchase, and/or possession) with alcohol
  • Racial/religious/sexual harassment (grades 4-12)
  • Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity/vulgarity
  • Falsification or forgery in relation to official documents
  • Violation of dress standards, including wearing of unsafe or disruptive attire or unsafe footwear
  • General violation of school rules, including violations of acceptable use policy for electronic resources (e.g., computer networks, electronic mail, and the internet)
  • Classroom disruption
  • Cheating on examinations and/or other classroom work, including plagiarism (i.e., to represent the work/words of another as one’s own without crediting the source) – “0” grade/”U” citizenship
  • Unsafe acts such as throwing food or any other object, running in corridors, climbing fences or buildings, or any other actions which threaten campus safety or order

Possible dismissal/suspension; possible referral to local law enforcement agency; parent contact; conference with student and parent(s) to discuss possible intervention programs and need for additional counseling will result from infraction.

OTHER VIOLATIONS

Use of skateboards, roller-blades on campus at anytime

  • First Offense – warning and possible confiscation of board/skates for the day
  • Second Offense – confiscation of board/skates and parent contact
  • Third Offense – one day suspension with any additional offense resulting in dismissal

Use of an unauthorized “pager/cell phone” or other electronic signaling device without prior consent of principal/designee

  • First Offense – warning and possible confiscation of phone/device for the day
  • Second Offense – confiscation of device and parent contact
  • Third Offense – one day suspension with any additional offense resulting in dismissal

Distance Learning Policies

Daily participation requires that every student enrolled in each of our summer programs must have a laptop or tablet with working camera and audio features, reliable Wi-Fi and capability for face-to-face and voice/text contact with faculty. Students will be unable to participate in the summer programs without these items as they are critical to their access to course materials and their class participation.

Unfortunately, PVPSS ​does not have equipment available “to loan” to students who wish to enroll.

You will be required to complete the below Data Confirmation in the Aeries portal after your registration is completed. Information below is for reference only.

PVPSS Distance Learning Responsible Use Guidelines

PVPSS believes all students deserve a safe, secure & positive learning environment. We expect students to:

  • Respect others.
  • Be kind.
  • Share positive messages

Be Ready to Learn

  • Arrive at online meetings on time or slightly earlier.
  • Focus on learning and connection activities.
  • Dress appropriately, as you would at school.
  • Use school-appropriate language.
  • Choose an appropriate location, with few distractions.
  • Complete all assignments with academic integrity.  Copying or allowing someone to copy work is unacceptable. Sharing information regarding quiz or exam content is academically dishonest. Taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them on as one’s own (​plagiarism)​ is not permitted at any time.

PROTECT YOURSELF

  • Think before you post.
  • Refrain from publishing personal information.
  • Report any cyber-bullying to your teacher, parent or trusted adult.

DO YOUR BEST​​

    • Ask for help when you need it.
    • Communicate with your teacher.
    • Distance learning is different from at-school learning and can be challenging … talk about it with someone.
    • Take breaks & engage in activities that don’t always involve a screen.

    DAILY PARTICIPATION

    • Must have a laptop or tablet with working camera and audio features
    • Must have reliable WIFI
    • Engage in face-to-face and voice/text contact with faculty

    TECHNOLOGY DIFFICULTIES

    Students experiencing difficulties connecting with their teachers should contact their program administrator ASAP via email as follows:

    “Summer Break” ​(1-5)
    kuykendalls@pvpusd.net
    PEP​ (6-8)
    corwinr@pvpusd.net
    High School (9-12)​
    genovesea@pvpusd.net
    lewisj@pvpusd.net

    ​BEHAVIOR CONSEQUENCES ​(Failure to comply with our ​Responsible Use Guidelines ​may result in the following:)

    First Offence

    • Should a teacher find it necessary to remove a student from class, the student will not be permitted, under any circumstances, to enter into a dispute with the teacher or disrupt the class in any manner.
    • Immediately following the session where a student has been removed, the teacher will contact both student and parent to discuss the behavior(s) exhibited.

    Second Offence

    Should inappropriate behavior of a minor nature be displayed a second time, the student will be removed from the session and a follow-up meeting will be convened including the principal, teacher, parent, and student to discuss the behavior in detail.

    Third Offence

    The student will be dismissed from the program and NO REFUND WILL BE ISSUED.

    Serious Behavior Infractions

    Serious infractions, such as those listed below, will result in the teacher making direct contact with the principal and director. The student will be removed immediately from the program and no refund will be issuedif involved in any of the following acts:

    • Behavior involving inappropriate comments or displaying visual images that may attack or offend any individuals’ race, sex, gender, religion, or national origin
    • Attempting to visit other online classes in which the student is not enrolled. (“Zoom bombing”)
    • Provides a password that would enable other individuals into a class they are not registered
    • Making racist remarks and using misogynistic vulgar content and or language
    • Taking screenshots of others
    • Posting pictures of others
    • Bullying or harassment of others

    Consent Form

    This document will be available through the Aeries portal prior to the start of summer school.

    I have read and reviewed the content of each document listed above with my student and understand and agree that my student will be expected to abide by all of the rules and regulations that have been set forth in each grade level appropriate document.

    I further acknowledge that, by checking the box below my student and I understand that failure to comply with the rules and regulations set forth, may result in the dismissal of my student from the summer program with no refund.

    ☐​ We agree to all terms set forth in the document(s) above

    My student​ is attending: (Please check the appropriate level)

    ______ ​SUMMER BREAK​ ​“Bridge to Success” ​(Grades 1-5)

    ______ ​PEP​ (Grades 6-8)

    ______ ​PVPSS HIGH SCHOOL​ (Grades 9-12)

     

    THIS CONSENT FORM MUST BE COMPLETED BY BOTH PARENT & STUDENT ON/OR BEFORE FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021IN ORDER TO BEGIN
    THE ONLINE SUMMER SCHOOL SESSION