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Lemoore 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 of students and enhance students' feelings of connectedness with the schools. The district shall encourage and support student participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities without compromising the integrity and purpose of the educational program.

(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

(cf. 5148.2 - Before/After School Programs)

Prerequisites for student participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities shall be limited to those that have been demonstrated to be essential to the success of the activity. No extracurricular or cocurricular program or activity shall be provided or conducted separately on the basis of any actual or perceived characteristic listed as a prohibited category of discrimination in state or federal law, nor shall any student's participation in an extracurricular or cocurricular activity be required or refused on those bases. (5 CCR 4925)

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

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

(cf. 6145.5 - Student Organizations and Equal Access)

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.

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

Unless specifically authorized by law, no student shall be charged a fee for his/her participation in educational activities, including extracurricular and cocurricular activities and materials or equipment related to such activities. (Education Code 49010, 49011)

(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)

(cf. 3452 - Student Activity Funds)

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to participate in extracurricular and cocurricular activities, students in grades 9-12 must demonstrate satisfactory educational progress in the previous grading period, including, but not limited to: (Education Code 35160.5)

1. Maintenance of a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all enrolled classes. Students entering the 9th grade at the start of the fall semester with less than the 2.0 minimum grade point average from their previous school shall remain eligible during a probation period lasting until the end of the first six week grading period. There is no provision for granting bonus points for Honors, Advanced Placement or college classes.

2. Maintenance of minimum progress toward meeting high school graduation requirements.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

3. Eligible students shall have the same access to services, rights of participation and resources offered in that school.

4. An "Ineligibility List" will be published at the end of each progress and grading period that consists of all students below 2.0. Students on that list will remain ineligible until the next Ineligibility List is published.

5. To participate in extracurricular activities, a student must be present in all classes the day of the activity. Exceptions will be made only with prior notification to the principal or an assistant principal.

6. Students who are ineligible as a result of Spring semester grades may include courses taken in the following summer session in the recalculation of their eligibility along with the last grading period grades. Courses taken in the summer will be added to the courses of the preceding grading period and the grade point average will be recalculated. Summer school grades can never replace a grade that was previously earned in a class. Grades earned from extra programs such as concurrent enrollment, community colleges, correspondence courses, etc., cannot be used in changing eligibility for the fall semester. Summer school credits can only be counted toward making up deficiencies incurred in the grading period immediately preceding. Students can only use two courses during summer school to help with the recalculation of eligibility. Summer school grades shall not impair an athlete's scholastic eligibility achieved in the grading period immediately preceding.

7. The Athletic Director will assist students and advisors to arrange a Study Skills program and tutorial help for student athletes. Students who attend summer school for the purpose of athletic eligibility must attend a Study Skills program in the Fall in order to maintain and continue participating in athletics and activities. Any student failing to complete the Study Skills Program can be declared ineligible.

8. Specifically, activities affected by the eligibility policy are:

a. Athletics: students ineligible may not compete, scrimmage or suite up, but may practice with the team as particular sport regulations allow.

b. Student Government: students holding ASB or class office will lose their office upon ineligibility, and are not necessarily entitled to that office once they again become eligible. Students in the leadership class may wish to remain, and their grade in the class will not be affected by the loss of office. Student government may add more stringent requirements* for eligibility to participate in Student government and ASB sponsored activities, including Pep Squad.

c. Student Performances: drama, student radio station, and other performances, including "backstage" and support functions, are governed by this policy. Performances solely intended for a particular classroom are allowed.

*Those requirements will be reflected in the Student Government constitution.

d. Competitive or Demonstration Teams: forensic, FFA, FHA/Hero, FBLA, or other competitive groups are governed by this policy.

e. Field Trips that are not part of a class requirement.

9. Students that are suspended are not eligible to compete during the suspension, nor for the remainder of the week during which a suspension occurred, including any weekend activities on weekends of a week during which a suspension occurred.

The Superintendent or designee may grant ineligible students a probationary period not to exceed one semester. Students granted probationary eligibility must meet the required standards by the end of the probationary period in order to remain eligible for participation. (Education Code 35160.5)

Any decision regarding the eligibility of a homeless student, foster youth, or 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 - Education for Homeless Children)

(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 extracurricular and cocurricular activities when the student's poor citizenship is serious enough to warrant loss of this privilege.

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.

(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))

Annual Policy Review

The Board shall annually review this policy and implementing regulations. (Education Code 35160.5)

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 homeless students and foster youth in extracurricular activities and interscholastic sports

48930-48938 Student organizations

49010-49013 Student fees

49024 Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate

49700-49703 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:

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Pupil Fees, Deposits, and Other Charges, Fiscal Management Advisory 12-02, April 24, 2013

CALIFORNIA TASK FORCE REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE

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

COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING PUBLICATIONS

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

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Association of Directors of Activities: http://www.cada1.org

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

California Interscholastic Federation: http://www.cifstate.org

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

Policy LEMOORE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: August 22, 2019 Lemoore, California