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Fontana USD  |  5000 |  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. (Education Code 35160.5)

No extracurricular or cocurricular program or activity shall be provided or conducted separately, and no district student's participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities shall be required or refused, based on the student's actual or perceived characteristics such as age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, gender expression, gender identity, gender, mental or physical disability, nationality, national origin, race, or ethnicity, religion, sex, or sexual orientation, or on the basis or a person's association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Requirements for participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities shall be limited to those that are essential to the success of the activity.

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

In order to provide for the health and safety of students, the district will conduct mandatory drug testing for all high school students who choose to participate in extracurricular leadership programs. This test will be held randomly. The intent of the drug-testing program is to create a safe, drug-free environment for students and to assist them in getting help when needed.

(cf. 5131.61 - Drug Testing)

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.

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/cocurricular 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)

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)

Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in extra/cocurricular activities, students in grades 7 through 12 must demonstrate satisfactory educational progress in meeting the requirements for graduation.

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

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 their privilege, or whenever a student tests positive for drugs.

Probation of one semester or less may be authorized by the Superintendent or designee. If a probation period is granted, student participation in the drug testing program is required.

(cf. 5131.6 - Drug Testing)

Students granted probationary eligibility must meet all the required standards by the end of the probationary period in order to remain eligible for participation.

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

The Board shall annually review this policy and implementing regulations.

Any decision regarding the eligibility of any child in foster care or a child of a 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)

When attending or participating in extracurricular and/or 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.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

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 FONTANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: June 20, 2001 Fontana, California

revised: December 8, 2010

revised: October 2, 2013