503 - Student Activities

 

 

 

503.1 - Student Government

 

 

 

A student council provides for student activities, serves as a training experience for student leaders, promotes the common good, provides students opportunities for feedback in the management of the school, develops high ideals of personal conduct, acts as a clearinghouse for student activities, seeks to interest students in school district affairs, and helps solve problems that may arise. Members of the council are student representatives who have direct access to the administration.

The building principal, in conjunction with the students and licensed employees, will set forth the guidelines for student government participation, operations, and other elements of the government.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 5/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 1/15; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 5/06
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): § 279.8
IASB Reference: 504.1

503.2 - Student Organizations

 

 

 

District or school student-initiated, non-curriculum-related groups and student curriculum-related groups, upon receiving permission from the building principal, may use school facilities for group meetings during non-instructional time.

Non-instructional time will mean any time before the first period of the day and after the last period of the day in which any student attends class. Meetings will not interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other school district operations. It is within the discretion of the building principal to determine whether the meetings will interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other school district operations. Activities relating to and part of the education program will have priority over the activities of another organization.

Curriculum-Related Organizations
It will also be the responsibility of the building principal to determine whether a student group is curriculum-related. One or more of the following questions will be answered affirmatively if the group is curriculum-related:

  • Is the subject matter of the group taught in a regularly offered class?
  • Will the subject matter of the group soon be taught in a regularly offered class?
  • Does the subject matter of the group concern the curriculum content as a whole?
  • Is participation in the group required for a particular class?
  • Does participation in the group result in academic credit?

District or school curriculum-related student organizations may use school district facilities for meetings and other purposes before and after the instructional school day. Employees are assigned to monitor approved meetings and may interact with or sponsor curriculum-related organizations.

Non-Curriculum-Related Organizations
Student-initiated, non-curriculum-related organizations will be provided access to meeting spaces and school district facilities.

Only students may attend and participate in meetings of non-curriculum-related groups. Such attendance is strictly voluntary and student-initiated. As a means of determining whether a student’s attendance is voluntary, the building principal may require parental consent for the student to attend the meetings.

Employees will be assigned to monitor approved meetings. Employees will not participate in the meetings or assist in planning, criticize, or encourage attendance. Only students may be involved in and attend the non-curriculum meetings.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent in conjunction with building principals to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 5/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 1/15; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 5/06
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 287; 297.9; 20 USC §§ 4071-4074
IASB Reference: 504.2 Option I

503.3 - Student Publications

 

 

 

Students may produce official school publications as part of the curriculum under the supervision of a faculty advisor and the building principal. Official school publications include materials produced in journalism or writing classes or for the newspaper, yearbook, or electronic forms of communication including video and web media which are distributed to the student body and publicly available either free or for a fee.

Any expression made by students which may include but is not limited to written materials, art, photos, and graphic images including student expression in official school publications, is not an expression of official school policy. The school district, board, and employees or officials are not liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students, unless the employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student speech or expression. The liability, if any, is only to the extent of the interference or alteration of the speech or expression.

Official school publications are free from prior restraint by employees or officials except as provided by law. A faculty advisor will supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and journalism and to comply with the law including, but not limited to, the restrictions against unlawful speech. The production of official school publications will be guided by the law and by the ethical standards adopted by professional associations or societies of journalism.

Persons, other than students, who believe they have been aggrieved by student expression in a student-produced, official school publications will follow the grievance procedures outlined in board Policy 502.12 Student Complaints and Grievances. Students who believe their freedom of expression in a student-produced, official school publication has been restricted will follow the grievance procedure also outlined in Policy 502.12.

The superintendent in conjunction with building principals will be responsible for developing a student publications code. This code will include, but not be limited to, reasonable rules including time, place, and manner of restrictions. The superintendent [or designee] will also be responsible for distributing this policy and the student publications code to the students and their parents.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 5/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 1/15
Related Policy (Code #): 502.12; 503.3-R
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): § 280.22
IASB Reference: 504.3 Option II

503.3-R - Administrative Regulations Regarding Student Publications

 

 

 

Official School Publications Defined: An “official school publication” is material produced by students in journalism or writing classes or for the newspaper, yearbook, or electronic forms of communication including video and web media which are distributed to students and publicly available either free or for a fee.

Expression in an Official School Publication:

  1. No student will express, publish, or distribute in an official school publication material which is:
  • Obscene;
  • Libelous;
  • Slanderous;
  • Encourages Students to
    • Commit Unlawful Acts,
    • Violate school rules,
    • Cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of the school or school activity,
    • Disrupt or interfere with the education program,
    • Interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere, or
    • Infringe on the rights of others.
  1. The official school publication will be produced under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Responsibilities of Students:

  1. Students writing or editing official school publications will assign and edit the news, editorial, and feature contents of the official school publications subject to the limitations of the district’s student publications code and the law;
  2. Students will strive to achieve professional standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity, and thoroughness in each and every aspect of official school publications; and
  3. Students will strive to achieve professional standards of grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling for clarity and accuracy of official school publications.

Responsibilities of Faculty Advisors: Faculty advisors will supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and journalism and to comply with the law including, but not limited to, the restrictions against unlawful speech.

Liability: Student expression in an official school publication will not be deemed to be an expression of the school district. The school district, board, and employees or officials are not liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students unless the employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student expression. The liability, if any, is only to the extent of interference or alteration of the speech or expression.

Appeal Procedure:

  1. Students who believe they have been unreasonably restricted in their exercise of expression in an official school publication will seek review of the decision through the student grievance procedure, under board Policy 502.12 Student Complaints and Grievances.
  2. Persons who believe they have been aggrieved by a student-produced official student publication will also file their complaint through the citizen grievance procedure under Policy 502.12.

Time, Place, and Manner of Restrictions on Official School Publications:

  1. Official student publications may be distributed in a reasonable manner on or off school premises.
  2. Distribution in a reasonable manner will not encourage students to:
  • Commit unlawful acts;
  • Violate school rules;
  • Cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity;
  • Disrupt or interfere with the education program;
  • Interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere; or
  • Infringe on the rights of others.

Adopted: 9/98
Reviewed: 5/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 1/15; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 9/09
Related Policy (Code#): 503.3
IASB Reference: 504.3R1

503.4 - Student Activity Program

 

 

 

Participation in school activities is a privilege. Students may participate in interscholastic athletic activities, music, speech, and other contests or events approved by the administration. Any such event must be directed or guided by licensed school personnel.

Students will have an opportunity to participate in a school activity unless the activity is not offered, or the student cannot participate for disciplinary reasons. If the activity is an intramural or interscholastic athletic activity, students of the opposite sex will have a comparable opportunity for participation. Comparable opportunity does not guarantee boys and girls will be allowed to play on each other's teams when there are athletic activities available that will allow both boys and girls to reap the benefits of school activities.

Student activity events must be approved by the superintendent unless they involve unusual travel and expense, in which case the board will take action. A high school student who participates in school-sponsored activities may participate in a non-school sponsored activity during the same season. Such outside participation will not conflict with the school-sponsored activity.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent in conjunction with building principals to develop administrative regulations for each school activity. These regulations will include but not be limited to when physical examinations will be required, how and when parents will be informed about the risk of the activity, forms and procedures for a waiver of liability from the parent and student in certain activities, and proof of insurance for the student participating in certain activities. Students wanting to participate in school activities must meet the requirements set out by the district for participation in the activity.

Hours, behavior, and activities will be reasonable and proper as determined by the administration. Anyone who does not recognize the authority and responsibility of the school personnel will not be permitted to remain in attendance at school-sponsored activities.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 5/11; 4/12; 10/14; 1/15; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 7/13
Related Policy (Code #): 502.5-R3; 502.6; 503.5; 503.6
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 216.9; 280.13-14; 281 IAC 12.3(6), 12.6, 36.15(7); 20 USC §§ 1681-1683, 1685-1686; 34 CFT Pt 106.41
IASB Reference: 504.6
Mandatory Policy

503.5 - Reserved Time for Non-School-Sponsored Student Activities

 

 

 

In keeping with community culture and family-related opportunities, Sundays and Wednesday evenings will be reserved for non-school-sponsored student activities.

On Wednesdays during the school year, no district-sponsored activity will detain students after 7:00 PM.

Any district activity scheduled on Sundays or after 7:00 PM on Wednesdays during the school year must have advance, written approval from the superintendent [or designee].

Building principals will notify students and parents on an annual basis regarding the provisions of this policy and confirm that students will be excused without penalty.

The Linn-Mar Community School District is not responsible for activities scheduled by organizations outside the district.


Adopted: 1/88
Reviewed: 5/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 1/15; 10/17
Revised: 5/06; 9/20
Related Policy (Code#): 503.4; 503.6; 503.8

503.6 - Attendance at Events Outside of School

 

 

 

Events in which students participate during school hours or as representatives of the school at places outside of the school must be sponsored and supervised by licensed school personnel.

Rules of behavior will be the same as for any in-school activity or event, regardless of location.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 5/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 1/15; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 8/02
Related Policy (Code#): 502.5 thru 502.5-R3; 503.4; 503.5

503.7 - Honors and Awards

 

 

 

The school district will provide a program that establishes honors and awards including but not limited to academic letters, scholarships, and good citizenship awards to recognize meritorious achievement. Students will be made aware of honors and awards and the action necessary on the part of the student to achieve them.

Students who have not attended the school district for their entire education or have not attended an accredited public or private school may not be eligible for honors and awards.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent in conjunction with the building principals to develop the administrative regulations regarding this policy.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 5/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 5/06
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): § 279.8
IASB Reference: 505.3

503.8 - Intramural Activities

 

 

 

Intramural programs may be established in the schools of the Linn-Mar Community School District.

All such activities will be approved by the building principal and will be under the direction of school personnel.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 5/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 1/15; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 7/90
Related Policy (Code#): 502.5 thru 502.5-R3; 503.4; 503.5; 503.6

503.10 - Student Travel

 

 

 

Students in grades 9-12 who are involved in extra-curricular activities or educational groups which require that they attend out-of-town events will be given a per diem amount not to exceed $8.00 per meal or $24.00 a day.  

The activities director [or designee] will set the amount based on what the group can afford to pay.


Adopted: 8/02
Reviewed: 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 1/15; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 5/11
502.1; 502.5 thru 502.5-R3; 503.4; 503.5; 503.6; 503.8; 503.11

503.11 - Public Performances by Students

 

 

 

Students, as part of the education program, may participate in contests or other public and private events approved by the superintendent that will be of benefit to the student and the education program. Performance at such events is a privilege.

Students who perform at such events serve as ambassadors of the school district and must conduct themselves in the same manner as required in the regular school day.  Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be subject to disciplinary measures.

Students will be allowed to perform in these events only with proper permission and supervision and when the events to not disrupt the education program or other school district operations. The events must be approved by the superintendent, unless it involves unusual travel and expense, in which case the board must approve of the performance.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent in conjunction with the building principals to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy. In developing the administrative regulations, these guidelines should be followed:

  • Performances by student groups below the high school level should be allowed on a very limited basis;
  • All groups of students should have an opportunity to participate; and
  • Extensive travel by one group of students should be discouraged.

It is within the discretion of the superintendent to determine whether the event will benefit the education program and the participating students. Contests or other performances by students unapproved by the superintendent are the responsibility of the parent and the student.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 5/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 9/09
Related Policy (Code#): 503.4; 503.5; 503.6; 503.10
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 280.13-14; 281 IAC 12.6
IASB Reference: 504.4

503.12 - Contests and Honor Recognitions for Students

 

 

                                                           

The following policy of the Linn-Mar School Board will govern student participation in local, state/regional, and national/international contests other than events sanctioned by the Iowa High School Association.

Participation: Participation will be limited to those contests, activities, and honor recognitions that are educationally sound, worthy, and timely. The event should be stimulating for the student and school, a desirable activity for both, and should supplement and not interfere with the regular education program. Participation is voluntary. Every effort will be made to include all eligible students in participation.

Notification of Intent to Participate: The school board recognizes that contests, activities, and honor recognitions require that potential participants demonstrate interest in and qualifications for the special events through an application process that may include audition tapes, performance videos, student work, etc. Therefore, the building principal must be consulted prior to submission of application materials to the event for feasibility and compliance with board policy.

Approval: Any participation must be approved in advance as follows:

  1. Local: building principal, 2 weeks
  2. State/Regional: building principal and associate superintendent, 4 weeks
  3. National/International: superintendent and board, 6 weeks

Transportation: Upon approval by the designated administrator or school board, school funds may be used to contribute to the costs of transportation where students represent the school or district in the competition.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 5/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 1/15; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 6/05