HAMILTON-WENHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
The School Committee recognizes the need for student fees to fund certain school activities. It also recognizes that some students may not be able to pay these fees. No student will be denied access into any program because of inability to pay these supplementary charges.
A school may exact a fee or charge only upon School Committee approval. The schools, however, may charge for lost and damaged books, materials, supplies, and equipment.
Students who demonstrate family financial hardship may be exempt from paying fees. However, students will not be exempted from charges for lost and damaged books, locks, materials, supplies, and equipment.
All student fees and charges, both optional and required, will be listed and described annually in each school's student handbook or in some other written form and distributed to each student. The notice will advise students that fees are to be paid, the process for applying for a family financial hardship waiver and the conditions for refunds of fees. No child will be allowed to participate in an athletic or extracurricular activity without first paying the fee or securing a waiver.
In the case of charges for lost or damaged school property, permissible penalties include the denial of participation in extra class privileges (i.e. the Prom) while the student is enrolled in this District. Any fee or charge due to any school in the District and not paid at the end of the school year will be carried forward to the next succeeding school year, as such debts are considered to be debts of the student to the District and not to a particular school.
Adopted: January 22, 2015