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Novato USD |  BP  6145  Instruction

Extracurricular And Cocurricular Activities   

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The Board of Education 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 extracurricular and cocurricular activities without compromising the integrity and purpose of the educational program.

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 gender, sexual orientation, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability. Requirements for participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities shall be limited to those that are essential to the success of the activity. (5 CCR 4925)

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

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

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

No student shall be prohibited from participating in extracurricular and cocurricular activities related to the educational program because of inability to pay fees associated with the activity.

(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to participate in extracurricular and cocurricular activities, students in grades 7 through 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

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

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)

The Superintendent or designee may grant ineligible students a probationary period of not more than 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.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide the necessary assistance to help ineligible students achieve the academic standards required by law.

(cf. 6164.5 - Student Success Teams)

(cf. 6177 - Summer School)


1. Academic Requirements

In order to encourage and promote academic excellence, all students participating in extra/co-curricular activities shall demonstrate satisfactory minimum progress in meeting the requirements of graduation by undertaking the prescribed course of study and meeting standards established by the district.

2. Grade Point Requirement

In order to be eligible for participation in extra/co-curricular activities, a student in grades 6 through 12 shall have earned a minimum 2.0 or "C" grade point average during the previous grading period with no more than one "F" grade.

If any "F" grade would prevent the student from maintaining minimum progress toward meeting the high school graduation requirements prescribed by the Board, the student shall not be deemed to meet the eligibility requirements.

The grade point average and determination of eligibility shall be based on the quarter grading period or the semester grade.

3. Attendance

Students are required to maintain regular attendance as determined by the administration of the school

Students are required to be in attendance at classes or for a minimum of four periods the day of a game or activity

If the game is on a Saturday, attendance is required on the preceding Friday

No student shall be denied participation in any on-going extra/co-curricular activity or athletic competition because of an absence from classes or an activity session (e.g., rehearsal, practice) resulting from a religious holiday, a medical or dental appointment, or any other reason listed to be an excused absence in accordance with Board Policy 5113 and accompanying regulations or by prior approval of the school administrator.

1. Citizenship

The minimum citizenship standard shall require students, while at school or at school-sponsored activities, to act in a manner that is appropriate for an atmosphere of learning.

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

2. Alcohol and Other Drugs

Students who are suspended for drug and /or alcohol offenses, as defined in "Grounds for Suspension or Expulsion" in the Administration Rules and Regulations of Board Policy 5131.6 Alcohol and Other Drugs, shall be excluded from all extracurricular activities, including athletics and graduation, for up to 40 school/participation days on their first and second offense during the student's enrollment in any NUSD school.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5131.6 Alcohol and Other Drugs

Probationary Period

1. General

The principal or designee, may grant ineligible students a probation period of not more than one grading period. Probation of less than one grading period may also be authorized. Students granted probationary eligibility must meet the required standards by the end of the probationary period in order to remain eligible for participation. A student may by granted no more than two probationary periods during the time spent in grades 6 through 12.

When a student is ineligible or placed on probation, the principal shall inform both the student and parent/guardian of this fact in writing. The principal or designee shall also consult with the student's teachers and suggest a program of remediation to correct the student's grade deficiencies.

2. Athletics

All academic, attendance and citizenship eligibility standards listed in Policy 6145 apply to participation in athletics. All Marin County Athletic League guidelines for eligibility also apply.

All schools shall:

• Submit to the commissioner each sports season a list of student athletes who are on probation

• Allow a student one probationary period only during high school which shall be no longer than one grading period (one semester)

• Have students apply for probation

• Have eighth grade final quarter grades count for freshman eligibility

• Have no ninth grade students on probation except for special circumstances approved by the high school principal

• Allow students only four years of eligibility from the date of eight grade graduation per North Coast Section guidelines

• Allow students to be eligible if they haven't reached the age of 19 prior to September 1.

A student on probation is not eligible to suit-up with the team.

Special Conditions

Transfer students must have met (and presently meet) California Interscholastic Federation minimum requirements. They will be expected to meet the district's standards by the end of the first full grading period in Novato.

When students are simultaneously enrolled in college classes for which they receive credit toward high school graduation, their college grades shall be included in the computation of their grade point average.

Receiving an "Incomplete" shall have no effect on a student's academic eligibility as long as the resolution of the "Incomplete" would not lower his/her grade point average below 2.0. If the resolution of an "Incomplete" could lower the student's grade point average to below 2.0, the student shall be considered ineligible until the "Incomplete" is removed and the grade point average determined.

In the event a student finds that he/she is academically ineligible to participate in extra/ co-curricular activities in the first grading period of the upcoming year, he/she may request that the total spring and summer school grades be used to determine eligibility for the first grading period of the upcoming school year.

All students participating in athletics and spirit leading shall be given a copy of the

athletic contract, waiver of liability, and medical form (Exhibit B, Policy 6145.1) which must be signed and returned prior to participation.


Extra/co-curricular activities shall be under the supervision of school authorities and certificated employees whenever they are conducted under the name of the school district.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop regulations, which provide for:

1. Determining which activities and programs are affected by the eligibility requirements of this policy.

2. Identifying and monitoring ineligible students.

3. Assisting ineligible students to become eligible for participation in such activities, including but not limited to counseling and tutoring.

4. Determining which activities may not be entered into after the onset of the activity.

Annual Policy Review

The Board shall annually review this policy and implementing regulations.

Student Conduct at Extracurricular/Cocurricular Events

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:


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

49700-49704 Education of children of military families


350 Fees not permitted

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

5531 Supervision of extracurricular activities of pupils


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


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

Management Resources:


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


California Association of Directors of Activities:

California Department of Education, Educational Options Office:

California Department of Education, Foster Youth Services:


adopted: August 4, 2009 Novato, California

revised: June 1, 2010