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Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities   

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For purposes of applying eligibility criteria for student participation, extracurricular and cocurricular activities shall be defined as follows: (Education Code 35160.5)

1. Extracurricular activities are not part of the regular school curriculum, are not graded, do not offer credit, and do not take place during classroom time. Extracurricular or cocurricular activities include athletic team practice and games, cheerleading practice and performance, marching band, after-school student club activities, and after-school student government activities. Extracurricular activities have all of the following characteristics:

a. The program is supervised or financed by the school district.

b. Students participating in the program represent the school district.

c. Students exercise some degree of freedom in the selection, planning, or control of the program.

2. Cocurricular activities are programs that may be associated with the curriculum in a regular classroom.

An activity is not an extracurricular or cocurricular activity if the following conditions apply: (Education Code 35160.5)

1. It is a teacher-graded activity or required program for a course.

2. It is a program that has as its primary goal the improvement of academic or educational achievements of students is not an extracurricular or cocurricular activity as defined by this directive. This would include academic events such as spelling bees and county honor band.

3. It is conducted during the school day, including thirty minutes before the first regular period and thirty minutes after the last regular period.

Eligibility Requirements

All students enrolled in a secondary school shall show satisfactory educational progress in classes taken during the previous reporting period or they will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular or cocurricular activities. To be considered for eligibility, the student must have been enrolled in the equivalent of at least five classes during the previous reporting period. (Note: A class requiring a double period would count as two classes.)

"Satisfactory educational progress" shall include the following(cf. Education Code Section 35160.5(b)):

1. Maintenance of minimum passing grades which is defined as at least a 2.0 grade point average of all enrolled courses on a 4.0 scale. G.P.A. may not be rounded up to produce eligibility.

For the middle school, quarter grades will be used in calculating the grade point average. For the high school, six-week reporting period grades will be used for this purpose. (Note: The grade given in the third and sixth reporting period is the semester grade.)

2. Maintenance of minimum progress towards meeting high school graduation requirements prescribed by the Governing Board. The high school student must be enrolled in the equivalent of at least five periods of courses, considering all district and college courses in which the student is enrolled.

To maintain eligibility, students must have earned the units of credit given below by the end of the semester indicated:

Ninth grade - first semester 20

Ninth grade - second semester 50

Tenth grade - first semester 80

Tenth grade - second semester 110

Eleventh grade - first semester 140

Eleventh grade - second semester 170

Twelfth grade - first semester 200

Initial Scholastic Eligibility

1. Students initially entering the sixth grade shall be scholastically eligible to participate in all activities.

2. Students initially entering the ninth grade shall be scholastically eligible to participate in all activities if they have met the above requirements in the last reporting period of the eighth grade.

3. Students, initially entering the ninth grade, who have achieved less than a 2.0 GPA in the last reporting period of the eighth grade, shall be eligible to access probation (see "Probationary Period" below).

Summer School Grades

In the event students are not academically eligible to participate in activities in the first reporting period of the upcoming year, they may request that current summer school grades be added to the grades received in the spring semester, and that the average of the total spring semester and summer school grades will be used to determine eligibility for the first reporting period. For the purpose of determining eligibility, courses taken during second semester will be ignored in the calculation if they are repeated during summer school. The summer school grade will be used instead.

Probationary Period

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Governing Board has approved a provision that allows students who do not maintain minimal progress towards meeting graduation requirements and/or maintaining a 2.0 Grade Point Average in the previous grading period remain eligible to participate in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities during a probationary period.

1. The probationary period may not exceed one grading period unless a season begins within 15 school days of the end of a grading period.

2. A student can access one probationary period during 6th, 7th, or 8th grade; one probationary period during 9th or 10th grade, and one probationary period during 11th or 12th grade.

3. Probationary periods cannot be used back-to-back.

A student may access probation if he/she has:

1. Achieved at least a 2.0 GPA and passed four classes during the most recent grading period, but is not on track to graduate.

2. Achieved less than a 2.0 GPA but no more than one "F" and is on track to graduate.

3. Achieved, as an incoming 9th grade student, less than a 2.0 on the grades earned in the 8th grade (see Initial Scholastic Eligibility).

During the probationary period, school staff, in cooperation with the parent and student, will develop, implement, and monitor an academic plan to remediate the grade(s). The academic plan, for any 9th grade student who accesses "Initial Scholastic Eligibility" probation, will be monitored at every grading period during the student's 9th grade year.

When a student becomes ineligible to participate in extracurricular or cocurricular activities in the upcoming grading period, or when he/she is subject to probation, the principal or designee shall provide written notice to the student and his/her parent/guardian.


All extracurricular activities conducted under the name or auspices of a district school or any class or organization of the school, regardless of where the activities are held, shall be under the direct supervision of certificated employees. (5 CCR 5531)

Any noncertificated person working with students in a district-sponsored extracurricular student activity program shall possess an Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing or shall have cleared a Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check prior to beginning his/her duties, in accordance with BP 4127/4227/4327 - Temporary Athletic Team Coaches. (Education Code 49024)

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

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

(cf. 4212.5 - Criminal Record Check)


approved: February 8, 1996 Fairfield, California

revised: July 31, 2014

revised: July 25, 2016