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Extracurricular And Cocurricular Activities   

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Pursuant to Education Code 35160.5, the Board adopts this policy establishing eligibility requirements for student participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities for grades 7-8.

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

Pursuant to 5 CCR 4925, the district is prohibited from discriminatory practices in its extracurricular and cocurricular activities.

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. 5 145.3 -Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.7 -Sexual Harassment)

The California Supreme Court in Hartzell v. Connell rendered the assessment of fees for extracurricular activities illegal. The district may charge fees for activities which have no direct tie to the educational program, such as dances and competitive sports.

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

Education Code 35160.5 requires that in order for students to be eligible to participate in extracurricular and cocurricular activities, students in grades 7 and 8 must demonstrate satisfactory educational progress in the previous grading period including but not limited to:

1. Maintenance of a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale

2. Maintenance of a minimum progress toward meeting graduation requirements

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

(cf. 6164.5- Student Success Teams)

(cf. 6176 -Weekend/Saturday Classes)

(cf. 6177 -Summer School)

(cf. 6179-Supplemental Instruction)

The principal or assistant principal has discretion to revoke a student's eligibility for participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities when in the opinion of the principal or the assistance principal, the student's conduct is unsatisfactory to warrant the privilege of engaging in extracurricular or cocurricular activities.

(cf. 5144 -Discipline)

Education Code 35160.5 requires annual review of this policy, as it relates to the participation of students in grades 7-8 in extracurricular and cocurricular activities. Thus, the Board shall annually review this policy and implementing regulations.

Legal Reference:


35145 Public meetings

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

35179 Interscholastic athletics; associations or consortia

48930-48938 Student organizations


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:


001.90 Access to School-Related Activities and Events by Disabled Students, LO: 3-0

409.87 Requirements for Pupil Participation in Extracurricular and Cocurricular activities, AB 2613, CIL: 86/87-11


California Association of Directors of Activities:


adopted: January 13, 1987 Santa Maria, California

revised: March 9, 1988

revised: June 6, 2007