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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