High School Policies
Attendance Policy – On Campus Courses
There are no excused or unexcused absences or tardies. All absences/tardies are treated the same.
Students who are ill or feeling symptoms of illness should NOT be on campus, even though the absence may affect enrollment. Please make sure to consider the health and safety of everyone else on campus.
ON CAMPUS 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
1 truancy (“cut”) = a full day of absence
PLEASE NOTE: Should a student be exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19, PVPSS will address that situation directly with the student(s) and family.
***Students who are ill or feeling symptoms of illness should NOT be on campus, even though the absence may affect enrollment. Please make sure to consider the health and safety of everyone else on campus.
Attendance Policy – Online Courses
Although online students ARE NOT required to attend virtual sessions, the instructor will provide daily office hours and a weekly review (through Zoom or Teams) for students who would like additional support. Students will be expected to check online for daily updates/announcements and meet all deadlines provided by the teacher. Students should only take an online course if they are motivated, independent learners who can handle the responsibility of an asynchronous class.
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.
Zero Tolerance Policy – please see Code of Conduct
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 SUMMER 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 a Fail/Unsatisfactory grade; 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 may be used with the intent of inflicting bodily injury [reference: penal code sections 653(k) and 626.10]), or other dangerous instrument/object of no reasonable use to the student
- Unlawfully possessing/using, furnishing, or being under the influence of any narcotics/illegal drugs/controlled substances
- 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 a Fail/Unsatisfactory grade; 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.
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 – Techology Requirements for Online Classes
For distance learning/online courses, every student enrolled 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.
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.
- 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.
- Must have a laptop or tablet with working camera and audio features
- Must have reliable WIFI
- Students will be expected to check online for daily updates/announcements and meet all deadlines provided by the teacher
BEHAVIOR CONSEQUENCES (Failure to comply with our Responsible Use Guidelines may result in the following:)
- 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.
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.
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 issued if 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