Atascadero USD | BP 6145.2 Instruction
The Board of Trustees recognizes that the district's athletic program constitutes an integral component of the educational program and helps build a positive school climate. The athletic program shall be designed to meet students' interests and abilities and shall be varied in scope to attract wide participation.
(cf. 3541.1 - Transportation for School-Related Trips)
(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)
(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)
(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education)
(cf. 7110 - Facilities Master Plan)
All athletic teams shall be supervised by qualified coaches to ensure that student athletes receive appropriate instruction and guidance related to safety, health, sports skills, and sportsmanship. Athletic events shall be officiated by qualified personnel.
The Board encourages business and community support for district athletic programs, subject to applicable district policies and regulations governing advertisements and donations.
(cf. 1260 - Educational Foundation)
(cf. 1321 - Solicitation of Funds from and by Students)
(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)
(cf. 1700 - Relations Between Private Industry and the Schools)
(cf. 3290 - Gifts, Grants and Bequests)
Nondiscrimination and Equivalent Opportunities in the Athletic Program
The district's athletic program shall be free from discrimination and discriminatory practices prohibited by state and federal law. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that equivalent athletic opportunities are provided for males and females.
(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)
(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)
(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)
Any complaint regarding the district's athletic program shall be filed in accordance with the district's uniform complaint procedures.
(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)
California Interscholastic Federation
The Board maintains membership in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and requires that interscholastic athletic activities be conducted according to Board and CIF rules, regulations and policies. The Superintendent or designee shall have responsibility for the district interscholastic athletic program while the principal or designee at each participating school shall be responsible for site-level decisions as appropriate.
The Board shall annually designate an employee from each high school to serve as a representative to the local CIF league. Appointees shall represent the district in performing all duties required by the CIF league. In making this selection, the Board shall consider the employee's understanding of the district's goals for student learning and interscholastic and extracurricular activities, knowledge of the athletic programs, awareness of the implications of league decisions for the school and the district, and individual interpersonal communication and leadership skills.
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that CIF representatives report regularly to the Board on league, section and statewide issues, as well as activities and prospective actions related to athletics.
Eligibility requirements for participation in the district interscholastic athletic program, including requirements pertaining to academic achievement and residency, shall be the same as those set by the district for participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities.
(cf. 3530 - Risk Management/Insurance)
(cf. 5111.1 - District Residency)
(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)
(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)
(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)
(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)
(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)
(cf. 6173.2 - Education of Children of Military Families)
In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that students participating in interscholastic athletics governed by CIF satisfy CIF eligibility requirements.
Students shall not be charged a fee to participate in an athletic program.
(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)
The Board values the quality and integrity of the athletic program and the character development of student athletes. Student athletes, coaches, parents/guardians, spectators, and others are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and fair play during all athletic competitions. They shall also abide by the core principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship and the Codes of Conduct adopted by CIF.
Students and staff may be subject to disciplinary action for improper conduct.
(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)
(cf. 4118 - Suspension/Disciplinary Action)
(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)
(cf. 5131 - Conduct)
(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)
(cf. 5131.4 - Campus Disturbances)
(cf. 5144 - Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Individuals with Disabilities))
Health and Safety
The Board desires to give student health and safety the highest consideration in planning and conducting athletic activities.
Students shall have a medical clearance before participating in interscholastic athletic programs. Care shall be taken to ensure that all athletic trainings and competitions are conducted in a manner that will not overtax the physical capabilities of the participants. When appropriate, protective equipment shall be used to prevent or minimize injuries.
(cf. 5131.61 - Drug Testing)
(cf. 5131.63 - Anabolic Steroids)
(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)
(cf. 5141.6 - School Health Services)
(cf. 5141.7 - Sun Safety)
(cf. 5143 - Insurance)
Coaches and appropriate district employees shall take every possible precaution to ensure that athletic equipment is kept in safe and serviceable condition. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all athletic equipment is cleaned and inspected for safety before the beginning of each school year.
(cf. 5142 - Safety)
In the event that an injury occurs, the coach or other appropriate district employee shall observe universal precautions and shall remove the student athlete from the activity and/or seek medical treatment for the student as appropriate.
(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)
(cf. 5141.21 - Administering Medication and Monitoring Health Conditions)
(cf. 5141.22 - Infectious Diseases)
17578 Cleaning and sterilizing of football equipment
32221.5 Required insurance for athletic activities
33354 California Department of Education authority over interscholastic athletics
35160.5 District policies; rules and regulations
35179 Interscholastic athletics
48850 Interscholastic athletics; students in foster care
48900 Grounds for suspension and expulsion
49458 Health examinations, interscholastic athletic program
49475 Health and safety, concussions and head injuries
51242 Exemption from physical education for high school students in interscholastic athletic program
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
5531 Supervision of extracurricular activities of students
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34
106.31 Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities
106.33 Comparable facilities
106.41 Nondiscrimination in athletic programs
Mansourian v. Regents of University of California, (2010) 594 F. 3d 1095
Kahn v. East Side Union High School District, (2004) 31 Cal. 4th 990t
McCormick v. School District of Mamaroneck, (2004) 370 F.3d 275
Hartzell v. Connell, (1984) 35 Cal. 3d 899
Student Fees Litigation Update, Education Legal Alliance Advisory, May 20, 2011
A School Board Member's Guide to CIF and Interscholastic Sports, 1997
CALIFORNIA INTERSCHOLASTIC FEDERATION PUBLICATIONS
Guidelines for Gender Identity Participation
California Interscholastic Federation Constitution and Bylaws
A Guide to Equity in Athletics
Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Care Plan, 2006
Pursuing Victory with Honor, 1999
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION PUBLICATIONS
Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports, Tool Kit, June 2010
Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports, Tool Kit, July 2007
OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Intercollegiate Athletics Policy Clarification: The Three-Part Test - Part Three, Dear Colleague letter, April 20, 2010
California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov
California Interscholastic Federation: http://www.cifstate.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Concussion Resources: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion
National Federation of State High School Associations: http://www.nfhs.org
National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment: http://www.nocsae.org
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency: http://www.usada.org
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights: http://www2.ed.gov/ocr
Policy ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: March 7, 2000 Atascadero, California
revised: October 7, 2014