- All students must agree to fully block both arrival and departure travel days to participate in Washington Week.
- NO TOURS OR TRIPS WILL BE PERMITTED BY INDIVIDUAL DELEGATES WHILE TRAVELING TO OR FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. OR WHILE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THIS POLICY INCLUDES ANY OTHER OUTSIDE ACTIVITY, CONFERENCE, SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION OR EVENT OF ANOTHER ORGANIZATION WHICH IS CONDUCTED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. OR THE SURROUNDING AREA DURING THE TIME FRAME OF THE USSYP WASHINGTON WEEK.
All travel provided by The Hearst Foundations is round-trip only and scheduled within the time frames listed below:
ARRIVAL D.C.: Saturday, March 4 between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
DEPARTURE D.C.: Saturday, March 11 between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
- No arrangements for individual religious practices or services other than dietary guidelines will be made during Washington Week. This policy will be strictly observed from the time the student delegates arrive at the Washington area airports, train stations and program site until they return to their home sites.
- The chief state school officer from each state, the District of Columbia and DoDEA must submit in writing to The Hearst Foundations by DECEMBER 1, 2016 the names of their two delegates and alternates. Upon state confirmation of delegates and alternates, the program requires each delegate to submit a statement of participation to be signed by parents or legal guardians. A full informational packet, including a copy of the program rules, travel policy and scholarship regulations and other details relating to the trip to D.C. will then be forwarded to each family.
- It will be the responsibility of the parents or legal guardians to transport (at their expense) each delegate to the nearest commercial airport or train station that provides round trip travel to Washington, D.C. from their hometown. The DoD will provide round-trip transportation for the DoDEA delegates from their homes to Washington, D.C.
- Each delegate will be the guest of the United States Senate throughout the program. Students are required to conduct themselves in such a manner as to be a credit to both the United States Senate and the USSYP.
- The program does not allow any individual or group athletic activities outside of the hotel facility.
- Rules related to the USSYP and scholarship award shall be construed, interpreted and applied by The Hearst Foundations, whose action and determination shall be final and binding.