Summer Program Policies

2021 Archbishop Mitty High School
Summer Program Policies

Section I: General Program Policies

Section II: Academic Policies

I. General Program Policies:

BEHAVIOR

The behavioral policy at Archbishop Mitty High School is based on our educational philosophy that emphasizes both the development of community and the personal responsibility of individuals.  It also conforms to the guidelines established by the Diocesan Department of Education which call for “....reasonable controls to promote the individual student’s development and self-discipline and a Christian environment in which the rights and responsibilities of individuals are recognized and upheld.”  The individual, in turn, must assume responsibility for his or her actions. To that end, an individual who is uncooperative or deceives the faculty or administration, specifically during a disciplinary investigation, is liable for dismissal.

The following is not permitted:

  • Chewing gum
  • Eating or drinking in school buildings other than the cafeteria
  • Inappropriate physical displays of affection
  • Inappropriate language (spoken or displayed)
  • Littering
  • Loitering
  • Raucous or disturbing behavior anywhere on campus
  • Skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, and shoes with retractable wheels on school property.
  • Smoking or Vaping
  • Students in a classroom, gymnasium, pool, or office area without a staff member present to supervise. 

SERIOUS INFRACTIONS

The following are behaviors for which individuals may face significant disciplinary actions:

  • Any behavior that is degrading, offensive, inflammatory, or devalues the dignity of a person, including Internet communications, the display of posters, cartoons, written words, drawings, symbols, and gestures.  Verbal assault/harassment, including derogatory comments and jokes/slurs as well as threatening words spoken to or about  any person on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, immigrant status, homelessness, economic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, medical condition, physical appearance, or physical or mental disability.
  • Willfully threatening harm to another person or self, even if there was no intent to carry out the threat. If the circumstances surrounding the incident were such that the person threatened would reasonably fear for his or her safety (this is also a criminal offense).
  •  Failure to report to faculty or administrator knowledge of actions or plans of another individual where those actions or plans, if carried out, could result in harm to another person(s) or damage property.
  • Any misconduct of a sexual nature.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE 

As a Catholic co-educational high school, Archbishop Mitty High School (AMHS) respects and promotes the dignity and worth of each human being.  As such, we find individual use and abuse of alcohol and drugs incompatible with our mission and philosophy.  Such use also jeopardizes the safety of everyone in this educational community.  AMHS expects individuals to avoid any use of, involvement with, or possession of alcohol or drugs.  Therefore, in responding to the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol by children at AMHS, the school’s actions will always be guided by the following norms delineated in the Administrative Handbook of the Department of Education of the Diocese of San Jose:

Possessing, selling, giving away, using, or being under the influence of drugs and/or hazardous substances on the campus, at school functions, or at a time and place that directly involves the school, renders a student liable to expulsion.  (5177.1)

AMHS reserves the right to contact local law enforcement when a student is found to have used, been in possession of, sold, or distributed any drugs and alcohol.

CANCELLATION POLICY

A camp, class, or academic course will not be refunded once registration closes.  Registration closes at the end of the day on the Monday the week before camp or class begins.  An individual can receive a refund up to the Monday of the week before their Summer Program or class begins.  The academic course $200 registration fee is non-refundable.  

DRESS CODE

An important goal of a dress code is to teach young people that in the larger arena of life, different types of dress are appropriate for different settings.  Parents and guardians who send their children to Archbishop Mitty High School (AMHS) Summer Program, and children who choose the AMHS Summer Program experience, accept the judgment of the Administration as final in matters of school policies and procedures, including dress code. To that end, individuals in this setting are expected to be clean and neat in their personal appearance, observing standards of modesty, moderation, and good taste.  

“Modesty in dress” at this educational institution requires that students refrain from wearing such items as tight-fitting and revealing clothing, and from displaying visible cleavage, visible underwear, bare midriffs, etc.  Attire that is distracting or extreme is also prohibited.  Since the parent is the primary educator of the student, it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the child is in the correct dress code on a daily basis while on campus. 

The Summer Program reserves the right to regulate against upcoming fads or fashions that reflect negatively on the school and/or person.  Interpretation and judgment in matters pertaining to dress and personal appearance are, obviously, necessary.  In this area the Director of Summer Program is the final and sole judge of what is, or is not, acceptable for an individual. 

The following are not permitted:

  • Clothing displaying language or symbols related to tobacco, drugs and alcohol are not permitted.  Clothing displaying language or symbols of an offensive nature (sexist, obscene, or sexually suggestive), satanic lettering or pictures, violent expressions or images (including those connected to entertainment)
  • Caps, hats, visors, sport headbands, thermal ear bands, or sweatshirt hoods worn while inside any building
  • Bandanas or kerchiefs
  • Excessive jewelry and/or makeup (considered distracting).
  • Tight-fitting, spandex, or other form-hugging materials worn alone or wearing such garments under short skirts.
  • Pajama bottoms, palazzo pants, beach pants, or camouflage pants
  • Slippers of any kind, including open heeled shoes like or similar to those sold by the Ugg brand
  • Sunglasses inside of any building
  • Visible display of tattoos

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

An Emergency Situation is a circumstance that results in a potential threat to the health and safety of the individuals on campus. Such situations would include, but are not limited to, the following:  fire, earthquake, explosion, emission of toxic fumes, bomb threats, weapons and/or intruders on campus.

The school is prepared to deal with such situations.  A copy of the current Archbishop Mitty High School (AMHS) Emergency Operations Plan is available in the Summer Program Office. The plan outlines administration, staff, student, and parent responsibilities in an Emergency Situation.  

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CAMP REGISTRATION

International students are welcome to register for camps in our Summer Program.   However, our Summer Program is not designed to support students whose English language skills are below grade level.  The ability to listen, respond, and react in English is required for camp work and activities.  It is an important safety issue, and therefore we reserve the right at any time to dismiss an International child from camp without refund if they are deemed not fluent in the English language at grade level.

ILLNESS

If a student becomes ill while attending a class or camp, the student should communicate such illness immediately to their adult supervisor.  If it is determined a student should leave, he or she must report to the Summer Program office where their condition will be evaluated and the parent/guardian notified. 

In the event that a student will not attend class or camp (either in-person or virtually via Zoom),  we require the parent to notify the Summer Program office by submitting the "Reporting an Absence Form" located on the Summer Program homepage.  Whenever possible, a student's absence should be reported at the earliest convenience, preferably a date before the student is absent. Academic course students must also refer to and abide by the policies outlined below under Academic Program Policies, Attendance.

IMMUNIZATION RECORD REQUIREMENT

When registering, you will be required to confirm that your child’s immunization record is up to date and on file at your child’s current school as per the State of California Requirement (CDPH286).  At any time, we reserve the right to request the record.  Failure to comply would be probable grounds for dismissal without refund.

REGISTRATION TIMELINE

Registration closes on the Monday prior to the start date of the camp or course.

Camps and courses are filled on a first come first serve basis. If your camp or course choice is unavailable (does not appear on the registration), then maximum capacity has been reached.  A wait list is not available. Once enrollment is full, you may log into your registration account whenever possible to view any potential openings that may occur.  

On April 15, 2021, seats in some select academic courses may be released and become available at that time.  

SAFETY & SECURITY

Contacting Your Child(ren) During the Day

The Main and the Summer Program Offices do not take messages for students/campers except in a medical or serious family emergency.  Doctor appointments, ride information, messages from employers, etc., are not considered emergencies.  In the case of an emergency, please call the Summer Program Office: 408.342.4200

Closed Campus

A student shall not leave campus for any reason during their scheduled day (including break time) without first gaining approval from the Summer Program.  Once individuals are on campus,  they are not allowed to go to a vehicle (parked in a lot or on the street) during his/her scheduled day to obtain belongings, including books, lunches, projects, etc.  In an emergency situation, he/she may request a Release Slip from the Summer Program Office.  

Campus Visitors

Due to Covid protocols, visitors will not have access to our campus unless approved in advance by the Summer Program office. Email or phone the summer office for details  (408) 342-4200.

Search of Vehicles and Bags

Searches are necessary at times for maintaining order, security, health, and welfare of children and the rest of the school community. Archbishop Mitty High School reserves the right to examine the contents of personal individual property including but not limited to backpacks, cell phones, and student vehicles when there is reasonable suspicion of a violation of law or of school policy wherein dangerous, stolen, or illegal goods may be present. A student’s refusal to cooperate with such an examination may be considered sufficient reason to suspend the student and immediately dismiss the student from the Summer Program.

Parking Regulations

Parking on the Archbishop Mitty campus is on a first-come, first-served basis and in areas only designated for non-employees.  Archbishop Mitty is not responsible for the vehicle or its contents.  Individuals should make every effort to hide from view any valuables left inside their vehicles. All students must be licensed and covered by insurance.  Students are expected to comply with the DMV first-year driving restrictions with regard to transporting other students.  Students parking on city streets are subject to city enforcement of all laws. There shall be no speeding over 5 m.p.h. or any form of reckless driving on school grounds.  Drivers on campus must obey the direction of parking lot supervisors to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

TECHNOLOGY USE

Student cell phone and personal listening device use (including iPods and smart watches) is not permitted on campus while individuals attend a camp or class (including break and lunch time).  

The Summer Program reserves the right to monitor all activity on the AMHS electronic network. Students have no expectation of privacy with respect to usage of the electronic network, even if the use is for personal purposes.  Students are responsible for their individual personal accounts and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use them, which includes, but is not limited to keeping passwords private.

Zoom Video Conferencing

When a student encounters an issue accessing Canvas and/or Zoom, the student  must email the teacher immediately and complete an IT Help Desk Request (located on our Summer homepage). All Zoom sessions are recorded inclusive of a video, audio, screen shares, and chat sessions are saved by the teacher. The Zoom instruction each day is not solely lecture, and thus a recording to view later is not adequate make-up for missed tests, projects, etc. 

While utilizing any portion of the AMHS electronic network and equipment, students are expected to exhibit responsible behavior and to refrain from engaging in inappropriate use. Students may be held responsible for any damage that is caused by their inappropriate use of the network or equipment. The Diocese of San Jose authorized representatives will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through the AMHS electronic network.

II. Academic Program Policies:

ACCREDITATION

All courses taught for credit at Archbishop Mitty High School are University of California and California State University approved courses.  The rigorous, college preparatory curriculum offered prepares students for admission to the leading colleges and universities in America.  Archbishop Mitty is a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited high school.

AGE 

Academic high school credit is only granted to students entering 8th grade or older upon successful completion of high school course work.  Additionally, we maintain a strict year-in-school requisite listing what rising grade a student must be in to be eligible to register for academic classes and earn high school transcript credit.  Please consult the ‘Year-In-School Registration Requisites’ link on our webpage before registering for any course. If, at any time, we determine a student is enrolled in an academic class he or she is not eligible for based on our ‘Year-In-School Registration Requisites’, then this student will be dis-enrolled with no refund and no transcript credit.

ATTENDANCE

When an academic student is absent, the parent/guardian must inform the Summer Program Office by completing the "Reporting an Absence Form" found on the Summer Program homepage (https://www.mitty.com/summer-program), before 8:30 a.m the day of the absence. 

Each 6-week academic course is the equivalent to a year of curriculum taught at an accelerated pace for 10 high school credits. A registered student may only miss one class day in a 3-week semester, and shall take the final exam(s) in order to be eligible for transcript credit.  

Final exams are given on the last day of each 3-week semester and will not be rescheduled to accommodate absences. A student who misses more than three (3) days in 6-weeks of instruction will be dis-enrolled.  No refund of any tuition is permitted once a student is dis-enrolled.

INTEGRITY

Integrity is an important component of any educational experience and in all areas of life.  A component of personal integrity is academic integrity.  It is the right, privilege, and responsibility of each individual to contribute to and work in a community of trust.  A student’s integrity in his/her academic work is directly linked to his/her intellectual growth.  A high level of academic integrity is expected from all Summer Program students in his/her classwork, homework, laboratory work and examinations. 

Violations of academic integrity (as outlined in the school’s Honor Code) include cheating, plagiarism, and theft of academic materials. 

For purpose of definition:

Cheating means giving or receiving an unfair, dishonest, or deceitful advantage over others in school work. Cheating refers to an immoral way of achieving a goal. It is generally used for the breaking of rules to gain advantage in a competitive situation. Cheating is the reward for ability by dishonest means.

Plagiarism means presenting as one’s own, the works, the opinions, the ideas, the arrangement of materials, or the thought pattern of someone else (including on the Internet) without proper acknowledgement. The presentation in one's own work of another's ideas, methods, research or words without proper acknowledgement constitutes plagiarism. This includes close paraphrasing as well as quoting entire lines of another's work, either verbatim or nearly verbatim.

Any incident of academic dishonesty is considered a violation of the school’s Honor Code of conduct.  Violations of academic integrity result in both academic and disciplinary consequences.

REGISTRATION FEE

A $200 non-refundable fee is required in addition to tuition fees in order to register for our academic high school credit courses.  Registration fees are non-refundable.

REPORT CARD

A report card will be sent to the parent/guardian email address provided at registration at the end of each 3-week semester. 

STUDENT EMAIL ADDRESS REQUIREMENT

When registering a student for an academic class, the student email address entered must be different from the parent email address as it is intended for academic use while the student is working remotely.

TARDINESS

General Tardiness:  

Students are held responsible for being on time to class each day.  A student who is not in attendance when a teacher begins class will be marked tardy.  Students deemed tardy, must obtain an admit slip from the Summer Program office so as not to be counted as absent.  

Excessive Tardiness:  

After 30 minutes into the start of class, the missed instructional time is recorded as a day absence, not a tardy.  Archbishop Mitty High School considers three (3) tardies to be excessive in each 3-week semester.  Excessive tardiness may result in dismissal without credit or refund.

TEXTBOOKS

Students are required to purchase any and all books and supplies required for a course they are taking prior to the first day of school.  It is important the exact book (new or used) listed on the Summer Program ‘Textbook List’ is the one purchased in advance so that a student has access to the book on the first day of class.  The student is solely responsible to verify the ISBN number for the book he/she purchases matches the ISBN provided on the Summer Program ‘Textbook List’.

TRANSCRIPTS

The request to have an official transcript sent to the student’s school is available during registration or can be requested in writing by emailing the Summer Program office (summer@mitty.com) at any time prior to July 27, 2021. 

To ensure transcript documentation is accurate, a student’s full name, home address, date of birth, and school attending next year should be supplied accurately during registration (without all lower or all upper case lettering). A student must take the final exam(s) and meet the Academic Program Attendance policy in order to be eligible for transcript credit.

An official transcript contains the grades and credits earned for each semester. The transcript is an official document solely communicated between educational institutions. Report cards will be provided to parents and transcripts will be sent at the request of the parent to the student’s school attending next year.  It is the responsibility of the student to verify that Archbishop Mitty High School transcript credit will comply with the student’s school requirement before registering for a course.  

TUITION

Course tuition is $1,300 for two full semesters (6 weeks).  Students needing only one semester may register as such by choosing the appropriate semester at registration.  One semester tuition is $650 (3 weeks).  The registration fee is an additional $200 and is non-refundable.