122. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES - Pg.
122. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The Board recognizes the educational values inherent in student participation in extracurricular activities and supports the concept of student organizations for such purposes as building social relationships, developing interests in a specific area, and gaining an understanding of the elements and responsibilities of good citizenship.
For purposes of this policy, extracurricular activities shall be those programs that are sponsored or approved by the Board and are conducted wholly or partly outside the regular school day; are marked by student participation in the processes of initiation, planning, organizing, and execution; and are equally available to all students who voluntarily elect to participate.
For purposes of this policy, an athletic activity shall mean all of the following:
is sponsored by or associated with the school, including cheerleading,
club-sponsored sports activities and sports activities sponsored by school-
Sec. 4071 et seq
Pol. 103, 103.1
The Board shall make school facilities, supplies and equipment available and shall assign staff members for the support of extracurricular activities for students. Such availability and assignment shall be in accordance with the Equal Access Act.
The Board encourages secondary level students to pursue clubs and interests that may not be related directly to any of the curriculum programs offered in the district. In pursuit of such goal and in compliance with law, the Board maintains a limited open forum in which secondary students may meet for voluntary student-initiated activities unrelated directly to the curriculum, regardless of the religious, political, philosophical or other content of the speech related to such activities.
Any extracurricular activity shall be considered under the sponsorship of this Board when it has been approved by the Board upon recommendation of the Superintendent.
The Board shall maintain the program of extracurricular activities at no cost to participating students, except that:
This policy shall also apply to student conduct that occurs off school property and would otherwise violate the Code of Student Conduct if any of the following circumstances exist:
Sec. 5323, 5333
Pol. 123.1, 123.2
Each school year, prior to participation in an athletic activity, every student athlete and his/her parent/guardian shall sign and return the acknowledgement of receipt and review of the following:
The Superintendent or designee shall develop administrative regulations to implement the extracurricular activities program. All student groups shall adhere to Board policy and administrative regulations.
All students participating in extracurricular activities shall comply with the Student Athletic/Extracurricular Code of Responsibility.
Guidelines shall ensure that the program of extracurricular activities:
Sec. 12.1, 12.4
Pol. 229, 618
Organizations raising funds must do so in accordance with District policy. Accounting of funds must conform to appropriate state requirements.
Student Activities After School Hours
Teachers may not permit students to stay after school hours without supervision. The sponsor of the group involved is specifically responsible in this matter.
Rehearsals, when there is school the next day, must be over by 10 p.m. Special permission must be obtained from the building principal to go beyond that time.
The teacher in charge is responsible to see that students are out of the building, have left the premises accompanied by parent/guardian as age appropriate, lights are out, and notify the custodian that the activity is concluded.
Equal Access Act
Sec. 4071 et seq
The District shall provide secondary students the opportunity for noncurriculum related student groups to meet on the school premises during noninstructional time for the purpose of conducting a meeting within the limited open forum on the basis of religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meetings. Such meetings must be voluntary, student-initiated, and not sponsored in any way by the school, its agents or employees. Noninstructional time is the time set aside by the school before actual classroom instruction begins, after actual classroom instruction ends or during the lunch period.
The meetings of student groups cannot materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of the educational activities in the school.
The Superintendent or designee shall establish the length of sessions, number per week, and other limitations deemed reasonably necessary.
The District retains the authority to maintain order and discipline on school premises in order to protect the well-being of students and employees and to ensure that student attendance at such meetings is voluntary.
School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 511
Safety In Youth Sports Act – 24 P.S. Sec. 5321 et seq.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act – 24 P.S. Sec. 5331 et seq.
State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 12.1, 12.4
Equal Access Act – 20 U.S.C. Sec. 4071 et seq.
Board Policy – 000, 103, 103.1, 110, 123.1, 123.2, 218
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