Summer Break Policies

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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 – 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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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
  • 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.


  • 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

If we must transition to distance learning, 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

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.


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


    • 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
    • Engage in face-to-face and voice/text contact with faculty


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

    “Summer Break” ​(1-5)
    PEP​ (6-8)
    High School (9-12)​

    ​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

    Covid-19 Regulations and Refund Policy

    Please take time to review the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19 and Travel Advisory via the links below:

    Home Quarantine Instructions (revision 5/3/21)

    Travel Advisory and Guidance

    Out of an abundance of caution and in the best interest of the health, safety and well-being of your child and all others including our staff members participating in our summer school program, we will abide by all rules and regulations set forth within the documents referred to above.

    In brief summary, should we receive word that a student attending our summer program has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we will immediately notify the parents of any student who was observed to be in close contact with that student (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.)  Students considered in close contact must quarantine for a period of ten days as stipulated in the Department of Health guidelines. 

    As a general courtesy, we will notify the parents of all students who are enrolled in the same class as the student who tested positive for COVID-19. (PLEASE NOTE: Laws pertaining to the confidentiality of all students preclude us from identifying any individual student)

    In the unlikely event that three or more students enrolled in the same class have been diagnosed with COVID-19, we would immediately transition that class from an “on campus” program to a distance learning format for the remainder of the summer session.

    It should be noted, we do not issue refunds nor provide alternative means of receiving instruction should it be necessary for a student to be placed in quarantine in compliance with Los Angeles County Department of Health mandates.