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Extracurricular And Cocurricular Activities

 

The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) recognizes that extracurricular and cocurricular activities enrich the educational and social development of students and enhance students’ feelings of connectedness with the schools. The San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE) shall encourage and support student participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities without compromising the integrity and purpose of the educational program.

 

Prerequisites for student participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities shall be limited to those that have been demonstrated to be essential to the success of the activity. No extracurricular or cocurricular program or activity shall be provided or conducted separately on the basis of any actual or perceived characteristic listed as a prohibited category of discrimination in state or federal law, nor shall any student’s participation in an extracurricular or cocurricular activity be required or refused on those bases.  (5 CCR 4925)

 

Any complaint alleging unlawful discrimination in the SBCOE’s extracurricular or cocurricular programs or activities shall be filed in accordance with BP/AR 1312.5 – Uniform Complaint Procedures.

 

Unless specifically authorized by law, no student shall be charged a fee for his/her participation in educational activities, including extracurricular and cocurricular activities and materials or equipment related to such activities. (Education Code 49010, 49011)

 

Eligibility Requirements

 

To be eligible to participate in extracurricular and cocurricular activities, students in grades 7-12 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 in all enrolled classes

 

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

 

  1. No more than one F grade

 

The Superintendent or designee may grant ineligible students a probationary period not to exceed 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. (Education Code 35160.5)

 

Any decision regarding the eligibility of a homeless student, foster youth, or child of an active duty military family for extracurricular or cocurricular activities shall be made by the Superintendent or designee in accordance with Education Code 48850 and 49701.

 

The Superintendent or designee may revoke a student’s eligibility for participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities when the student’s poor citizenship is serious enough to warrant loss of this privilege.

 

Student Conduct at Extracurricular/Cocurricular Events

 

When attending or participating in extracurricular and cocurricular activities on or off campus, SBCOE’s Alternative Education students are subject to SBCOE policies and regulations relating to student conduct. Students who violate SBCOE policies and regulations may be subject to discipline including, but not limited to, suspension, expulsion, or denial of participation in extracurricular or cocurricular activities in accordance with County Board policy and administrative regulation. When appropriate, the Superintendent or designee shall notify local law enforcement.

 

Annual Policy Review

 

The County Board shall annually review this policy and implementing regulations. (Education Code 35160.5)

 

 

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

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 homeless students and foster youth in extracurricular activities and interscholastic sports

48930-48938  Student organizations

49010-49013  Student fees

49024  Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate

49700-49704  Education of children of military families

CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION

Article 9, Section 5 Common school system

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

350  Fees not permitted

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

5531  Supervision of extracurricular activities of pupils

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42

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

COURT DECISIONS

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

 

 

Policy Adopted: 10-13-93

Policy Revised: 8-24-95; 10-12-95; 10-12-17