Vista USD | BP 6145.5 Instruction
Student Organizations And Equal Access
The Board of Trustees believes that student groups reinforce the instructional program, give students experience in civics and government, and provide social and recreational activities. Student groups also serve to honor outstanding student achievement and enhance school spirit and students' sense of belonging. Prior to meeting on school grounds, all student groups shall be authorized by the principal or designee in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation.
The Board encourages students to pursue interests which may not directly relate to the district's curriculum and, to that end, has created a limited open forum.
All student-initiated groups shall be given equal access to meet on school premises during non-instructional time without regard to their religious, political, philosophical, or other speech content. The Board shall ensure that: (20 USC 4071, 4072)
1. The meeting shall be voluntary and student-initiated.
2. There shall be no sponsorship of the meeting by the school or staff. The term sponsorship means that school staff are promoting, leading, or participating in a meeting. The assignment of a teacher, administrator, or other school employee to a meeting for custodial purposes shall not constitute sponsorship of the meeting.
3. Employees of the school shall be present at religious meetings only in a non-participatory capacity.
4. The meeting shall not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the school.
5. Non-school persons shall not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend activities of student groups.
All student groups shall have equal access to the school media to announce meetings, including the public address system, the school newspaper, bulletin boards, and school web site. However, the principal or designee may issue a disclaimer that such activities are not school-sponsored.
All non-curriculum-related student groups shall be given equal access to meeting space and school equipment.
No school shall deny equal access or a fair opportunity to meet, or otherwise discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, or with any other youth group listed as a patriotic society in Title 36 of the United States Code, for reasons based on the membership or leadership criteria or oath of allegiance to God and country. (20 USC 7905)
52 Designation of secondary schools
53 Designation of high schools
48907 Student exercise of free expression
48950 Freedom of speech
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
5531 Supervision of extracurricular activities of students
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
7904 School prayer
7905 Boy Scouts equal access
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 36
20101-240112 Patriotic organizations
Prince v. Jacoby, (2001) 303 F.3d 1074
Culbertson et al. v. Oakridge School District, (2002) 258 F.3d 1061
Good News Club et al. v. Milford Central School, (2001) 121 S.Ct. 2093
Ceniceros v. Board of Trustees of the San Diego Unified School District, (1997) 106 F.3d 878
Board of Education of Westside Community School District v. Mergens By and Through Mergens (1989, 8th Cir.) 867 F.2d 1076
Perumal et al v. Saddleback Valley Unified School District, (1988) 198 Cal. App. 3d 64
Student Coalition for Peace v. Lower Merion School District Board of Directors, (1985) 776 F.2d. 431
Hartzell v. Connell, (1984) 35 Cal. 3d 899
U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov
Policy VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: May 19, 2011 Vista, California