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Escondido Union HSD  |  BP  6145  Instruction

Extracurricular And Cocurricular Activities   

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The Governing Board recognizes that extracurricular and cocurricular activities enrich the educational and social development and experiences of students. The district shall encourage and support student participation in extra cocurricular activities without compromising the integrity and purpose of the educational program.

District programs, activities, and student clubs are available to all persons without regard to actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. (EC 200, 220 and 260; 5 CCR 4925 and 4926.)

No student shall be prohibited from participating in extra/cocurricular activities related to the educational program because of inability to pay fees associated with the activity related to the educational program, including materials or equipment.

Any complaint alleging unlawful discrimination in the district's extracurricular or cocurricular programs or activities shall be filed in accordance with BP/AR 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that disabled students have access, to the extent possible to extracurricular and cocurricular activities, student organizations and school-related social events, regardless of the severity or nature of their disabilities.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

Extra/co-curricular activities shall be supervised by district employees whenever they are conducted under the name of the district.

(cf. 4127/4227/4327 - Temporary Athletic Team Coaches)

Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in extra/cocurricular activities, students in grades 9 through 12 must demonstrate satisfactory educational progress in meeting the requirements for graduation, by undertaking the prescribed course of study and meeting the standards of proficiency established by the district.

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

The Superintendent or designee may exempt from eligibility requirements extra/cocurricular activities or programs which are offered primarily for the student's academic or educational achievement.

To encourage and support academic excellence, the Board requires students in grades 9 through 12 to earn a minimum 2.0 or "C" grade point average during the preceding grading period in order to participate in extra/cocurricular activities.

The grade point average and determination of eligibility shall be based on 6 week grades.

Students with any "F" grades must also maintain minimum progress towards graduation in order to meet eligibility requirements.

Ineligible students may be granted a probation period of not more than one grading period. Students granted probationary eligibility must meet the required standards by the end of the probationary period in order to remain eligible for participation. An appeal process is available for students with extenuating circumstances.

The Superintendent or designee may grant ineligible students a probation period of not more than one semester.

The Board desires to balance the academic needs of students with the benefits they receive from participating in school activities. In implementing this policy, the Superintendent or designee shall help ineligible students regain eligibility.

(cf. 6164.5 - Student Study Teams)

Any decision regarding the eligibility of any child in foster care or a child of an active duty military family for extracurricular or cocurricular activities shall be made by the Superintendent or designee in accordance with Education Code 48850 and 49701.

(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)

(cf. 6173.2 - Education of Children of Military Families)

The Superintendent or designee may revoke a student's eligibility for participation in extra/cocurricular activities when a student's poor citizenship is serious enough to warrant loss of this privilege.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

Student Conduct at Extracurricular/Cocurricular Events

When attending or participating in extracurricular and cocurricular activities on or off campus, district students are subject to district policies and regulations relating to student conduct. Students who violate district policies and regulations may be subject to discipline including, but not limited to, suspension, expulsion, transfer to alternative programs, or denial of participation in extracurricular or cocurricular activities in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation. When appropriate, the Superintendent or designee shall notify local law enforcement.

Annual Review

The Board shall annually review this policy and implementing regulations.

(cf. 6145.2 - Interscholastic Competition)

(cf. 6164.4 - Identification of Individuals with Exceptional Needs)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35145 Public meetings

35160.5 District policy rules and regulations; requirements; matters subject to regulation

35179 Interscholastic athletics; associations or consortia

35181 Students' responsibilities

48850 Participation of foster youth in extracurricular activities and interscholastic sports

48930-48938 Student organizations

49024 Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate

49700-49704 Education of children of military families

CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION

Article 9, Section 5 Common school system

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

350 Fees not permitted

4900-4965 Nondiscrimination in elementary and secondary education programs receiving state financial assistance

5531 Supervision of extracurricular activities of pupils

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42

2000h-2-2000h-6 Title IX, 1972 Education Act Amendments

COURT DECISIONS

Hartzell v. Connell, (1984) 35 Cal. 3d 899

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Student Fees Litigation Update, ELA Advisory, May 20, 2011

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Pupil Fees, Deposits, or Other Charges, Fiscal Management Advisory 11-01, November 9, 2011

CALIFORNIA TASK FORCE REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE

Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: Preliminary Final Report, March 2009

COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING CODED CORRESPONDENCE

10-11 Information on Assembly Bill 346 Concerning the Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate (ASCC), July 20, 2010

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Association of Directors of Activities: http://www.cadal.org

California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov

Commission on Teacher Credentialing: http://www.ctc.ca.gov

Policy ESCONDIDO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: June 4, 2002 Escondido, California

revised: April 29, 2014