Policy 503:   Student Activities

503.1 Student Government
A student government in any school may be organized within the frame-work of guidelines
adopted by the building principal and faculty representatives.

The function of student government shall be to provide a channel of communication
between students and the professional staff of the building or unit. Regulations and policies shall
always remain the province of the Board and administration.

Date of Adoption: January 23, 1973

Related Administrative Rules and Regulations: Constitutional Government

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; January 14, 2002; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended:

 

503.2 Student Organizations
No student organization shall exist which is not approved by the Board of Directors. The Superintendent shall determine qualifications and regulations for student groups and make recommendations to the Board for groups seeking approval. Applications for organizing shall be relayed to the Superintendent through the building principal.

Failure to comply with regulations shall result in disbanding the organization by action of the Board.

Legal Reference: (Code of Iowa) Chapter 287.1, 287.2

Date of Adoption: January 23, 1973

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; January 14, 2002; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended:
 
 
 
503.3 School Publications
Student publications must be approved by the building principal or a designated staff member before being published and distributed.
 
Date of Adoption: January 23, 1973

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; December 3, 2001; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

 
Amended:
 
 
 
503.4 Social Events
All social events shall be under the control and supervision of professional school personnel. Approval for an event shall be secured from the principal of the building involved before any public announcement is made. Hours, behavior, and activities related to social events shall be reasonable and proper as determined by the administration. Only those students who can be expected to recognize the authority and responsibility of the school personnel shall be permitted to attend social functions.
 
Date of Adoption: January 23, 1973

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; December 3, 2001; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended:
 
 
 
503.5 Interscholastic Competition
Students may participate in interscholastic athletic, music, speech, and other contest or events approved by the administration. Any such event must be directed or guided by professional school personnel.

No student shall participate in an athletic practice or contest without filing a doctor's certificate of good health.

Date of Adoption: January 23, 1973

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; December 3, 2001; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended:

 

503.6 Attendance at Events Outside of School
Events in which students participate during school hours or as representatives of the school but at places outside of the school must be sponsored by professional school personnel. Rules of behavior shall be the same as at any in-school activity or event.

The Board of Directors has no control or responsibility for any school child when the child is in the custody and control of the child's parents or other agencies.

Date of Adoption: January 23, 1973

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; December 3, 2001; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended:
 
 
 
503.7 Honors and Awards
Any regularly enrolled student may be considered for honors or awards awarded by the school. Qualifications for such awards shall be established by professional school personnel who have been delegated the responsibility by the Superintendent of Schools or the building principal.

 

Date of Adoption: January 23, 1973

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; December 3, 2001; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended:

 

503.8 Student Activity Camps
Funding of student extra-curricular activities, such as, football, basketball, and cheerleading camps or other similar activities will be the responsibility of those individuals attending the activity and will not be funded from the general fund or activity fund.
 
Date of Adoption: August 12, 1975

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; December 3, 2001; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended:
 
 
 
503.9 Extra-Curricular Activities Eligibility Rules
 
 

Participation in school activities is a privilege.  School activities provide the benefits of promoting additional interests and abilities in the students during their school years and for a lifetime.  Students who participate in extra-curricular activities serve as ambassadors of the school district throughout the calendar year, whether away from the school or at school.  Students who wish to have the privilege of participating in extra-curricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with board policy and must refrain from activities which are illegal, immoral, unhealthy, or highly inappropriate. 

 

The District recognizes rules and regulations concerning the decorum and conduct of the student body will vary with the times and mores of the community. The family will be the guiding influence and determinant of student behavior. Students who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to disciplinary measures.  The principal or designee shall keep records of violations for the Good Conduct Provision.

 

The following eligibility rules shall be in effect for students who are involved in extra-curricular activities where the student represents the school district outside the classroom in grades 7-12 of the Mount Pleasant Community School District.  Students shall start with a clean slate in terms of previous violations when they are enrolled in the high school or participate on a high school team if prior to attending high school, and if they are violation free for one calendar year from the date of their last offense. The intention of this policy is to explain, in detail, consequences resulting from code violations.  This policy is not meant to be merely punitive, but reflect expectations of the school.

 

 

A.   Good Conduct Provision

   

To retain eligibility for participation in Mt. Pleasant Community High School extra-curricular activities, students must conduct themselves as good citizens, both in and out of school at all times.  Students who represent the school in an activity are expected to serve as good role models to other students and to the members of the community.

 

  

B.   Acceptable Reporters

  

Acceptable reporters of alleged violation(s) will include school administrators, all certified staff members, and law enforcement officials.  Violation reporters are to notify the activities director as soon as possible of violations.  The activities director will notify the appropriate building level administrator so the investigation and hearing can be arranged immediately. The building level administrator is defined as the building level principal or his/her designee whom must be a member of the building level administration. 

The student will be found to have violated the Good Conduct Provision if he/she admits to any such violation, or is referred to a mandatory alcohol/drug education program, or is under the supervision of a Juvenile Court officer, or enters into an “Informal Adjustment Agreement”, or is found guilty by a court of law, of any such violation.  

 Any student is in violation of the Good Conduct Provision if he or she is found to have:

 

 C.   Category I

 

 

Item I. Possess, used (includes having the odor of alcohol on one's breath), purchased alcoholic beverages (including beer and wine), been in a vehicle or in attendance at a function or party where alcohol or other drugs are being consumed illegally by minors (except attendance at wedding receptions, graduation parties, or other similar activities will not be considered a violation unless the student was consuming such proscribed beverages);

  

Item 2.  Possessed, used, or purchased illegal drugs (including steroids), or possessed, used, or purchased prescription drugs without proper authorization;

 

Item 3.  Engaged in any illegal act that would be grounds for arrest, citation, a serious misdemeanor and above, as defined by Iowa Code in the criminal or juvenile court system regardless of whether the student was cited, arrested, convicted or adjudicated for the act(s);

 

Item 4.  Possessed, used, or purchased tobacco products, regardless of the student’s age;

 

 

D.   Category II

 

Item 5.  Displayed inappropriate, unsportsmanlike, or offensive conduct such as fighting, insubordination (talking back to or refusing to cooperate with authorities), hazing or harassment of others;

 

Item 6.  Transferred in from another school or school district and had not completed a period of ineligibility for a violation of a Good Conduct Provision in the previous school or school district and the administration determines that there is knowledge in our school of the fact of the student's violation in the previous school or school district.

 

Item 7.  Violating the provision of Policy 503.9 if he/she has been found to violate the provisions of Policy 502.4.

 

Item 8.  Engaging in activities outside the school community that would be grounds for arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system (excluding simple misdemeanors, i.e. traffic violations not involving alcohol/drugs) regardless of whether the student was cited, arrested, convicted or adjudicated for the act(s).

  

Item 9.  Any student found guilty by school officials of violating School Board Policy 502.1, Student Conduct.

  

 E.  Due Process and Dispositions

  

1. Due Process: The student shall be provided a hearing with the building level administrator and the activities director.  The student will be given an oral or written notice of the hearing.  During the hearing, the student shall be confronted with the allegation, the basis of the allegation, and given an opportunity to present his/her side of the history.  After review of the evidence, the building level administrator shall determine the status of the student.

 

 2.  Dispositions:  The following is a list of dispositions that the building administrator may invoke:

  

a) A student who, in the judgment of the building level administrator, was found not to have violated the Good Conduct Provision, will not be subject to disciplinary action.

  

b) A student who, in the judgment of the building level administrator, has been found to have more likely than not violated the Good Conduct Provision, shall be penalized according to the penalties listed below.

 

c)  Parents, guardians and all activity teachers, coaches, sponsors, and the appropriate administrators will be notified of the disposition within 24 hours or at the earliest possibility if unavailable for communication.

 

F.   Reduction in Penalty Options

 

1. Counseling Agreement:  If a student comes forward to a coach, administrator, or activity sponsor seeking assistance/counsel in dealing with substance abuse prior to the coach, administrator, or sponsor receiving a report of such from an acceptable reporter or any involvement with law enforcement authorities, there will be no determination of violation of the Good Conduct Provision.

  

  2. Admission/Self-Reporting and Behavior Agreement:  If a student comes forward to a coach, administrator, or activity sponsor to self-report (admit) a violation of the good conduct provision within 24 hours (excluding Saturday and Sunday), and opts to enter into and complete a Behavior Agreement, and, if the violation is for Items 1 or 2, they meet substance abuse education/evaluation requirements, the penalty may be reduced.  The Behavior Agreement shall be written and shall include, but not be limited to, an oral apology for the student’s behavior to the affected parties, restitution where appropriate, and a presentation before students in an appropriate activity in the middle school regarding the inappropriateness of the student’s behavior.

  

G.   Penalties

 

 

1. Category I:  Items 1, 2, 3, and 4:  Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, and Serious Misdemeanors

                         (Athletics/Cheerleading/Instrumental and Vocal Music/Pom pons/Speech)

 

First Offense- loss of eligibility for up to 50% of the contest/performance dates scheduled for that activity for the year (and satisfactorily complete a district recognized alcohol/drug education program if the violation is for Items 1 and 2).

 

 Penalty reduction option (admission / self-reporting and behavior agreement):

 

If a student meets the requirements of this option, the penalty may be reduced to 10 hours of community/school service and up to 25% of the contest/performance dates scheduled for that activity for the year (and satisfactorily complete a district recognized alcohol/drug education program if the violation is for Items 1 and 2). (Fraction of games will be mathematically rounded up)

  

Second offense- loss of eligibility for up to 75% of the contest/performance dates scheduled for that activity for the year.

 

 Penalty reduction option (admission / self-reporting and behavior agreement):

 

If a student meets the requirements of this option, the penalty may be reduced to 20 hours of community/school service as arranged by the activities director and 50% of the contest/performance dates scheduled for that activity for the year.  If the violation is for Items 1 or 2, the student must also elect to seek an evaluation from a recognized substance abuse facility at the student’s or his/her parent/guardian’s expense.  The student must successfully complete the evaluation and agree to waive confidentiality to allow the facility to report back to the superintendent or designee regarding recommendations for treatment or follow-up care.  If treatment is recommended and the student elects to enter into a treatment program at his/her or the parent/guardian’s expense, the hours of treatment may be counted as community/school service hours.

 

Third and subsequent offenses - One calendar year of ineligibility.

 

Penalty reduction option: No reduction in penalty

 

Drama and all other Activities

 

First Offense - if involved in a production at the time of the violation, complete the performance in that production, but will be ineligible for participation in the next production, and must satisfactorily complete a district recognized alcohol/drug education program if the violation is for Items 1 and 2.

Penalty reduction option (admission / self-reporting and behavior agreement)

 

If a student meets the requirements of this option, the penalty may be reduced to 10 hours of community/school service as arranged by the activities director and allowing the student to participate only behind the scenes (not on stage) in the next scheduled performance for that activity.

 

Second Offense - if involved in a production at the time of the violation, complete the performance in that production, but will be ineligible for participation in the next two productions.

 

Penalty reduction option (admission / self-reporting and behavior agreement)

 

If a student meets the requirements of this option, the penalty may be reduced to 20 hours of community/school service as arranged by the activities director and ineligibility for one production.  If the violation is for Items 1 or 2, the student must also elect to seek an evaluation from a recognized substance abuse facility at the student’s or his/her parent/guardian’s expense.  The student must successfully complete the evaluation and agree to waive confidentiality to allow the facility to report back to the superintendent or designee regarding recommendations for treatment or follow-up care.  If treatment is recommended and the student elects to enter into a treatment program at his/her, or the parent/guardian’s expense, the hours of treatment may be counted as community-school service hours.

 

Third Offense - if involved in a production at the time of the violation, complete the performance in that production, but will be ineligible for participation for one calendar year.

 

Penalty reduction option:  No reduction in penalty

 

                                   

2. For Category II: Items 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9: Violation of Student Conduct Policy 502.1, Unsportsmanlike Behavior, Violation of Policy 502.4, Simple Misdemeanors (excluding minor offenses) and Transfers

 

 

It will be the prerogative of the building level administrator to assess contest or performance suspensions based on the breadth, depth, and severity of such acts for violation of Items 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. If the violation resulted in disqualification from a contest assessed by the game officials, the student will be suspended for the next contest date at the same competition level for the first violation; for the next four contest dates at the same competition level for the second violation; and for one calendar year at that same competition level for a third such violation.  The building level administrator may assess further suspensions if deemed necessary based on the severity of the violation.

 

 

H.   Appeals

 

 The student or the parent(s) or the guardian(s) may appeal within five (5) days the determination of the administrator by making a written notice of appeal to the superintendent.  Upon receipt of appeal, the superintendent will set up a hearing with an Activities Council.  Members of the Activities Council shall be the building level principal(s), the associate principal(s), the activities director(s) from the middle and senior high schools, excluding the administrator that made the initial determination, and a high school faculty member designated by the superintendent on the first occasion of appeal within the school year.  The penalty will be in effect pending the decision of the activities council.  The hearing shall be within seven (7) calendar days of the receipt of the notice of appeal.  The Activities Council shall make a written decision within 72 hours of the hearing.

 

 

If the student or parent(s) or the guardian(s) are still dissatisfied, a written appeal may be filed with the board secretary within five days of the determination by the activities council.  The review by the board will be in closed session unless the student’s parents(s) or guardian(s) (or the student if the student is 18 years old) requests an open session.  The grounds for appeal to the school board are limited to the following:  the student did not violate the Good Conduct Provision; the student was given inadequate due process in the investigation and determination; or the penalty is in violation of the Board Policy.  The penalty will remain in effect pending the outcome of the meeting with the board.  The school board shall make a written decision within 72 hours of the session. If the decision of the administrator is reversed at any higher level, the student shall be immediately eligible and shall have any record of the ineligibility period and violation deleted from the student’s record.

 

 I.   General Notes:

 

 1. The period of ineligibility attaches immediately upon a finding of violation if the student is currently engaged in an extra-curricular activity and, if not, or if not completed during the current activity, is begun or carried over to the time the student seeks to go out for the next activity, performance, or contest.  However, if the period of time between a violation and an activity is twelve (12) calendar months or more, the student shall not serve an ineligibility period for the violation.

 

 2. An ineligible student may attend all practices or rehearsals but may not represent the school in performances, contests, or productions.  An ineligible student must serve the ineligible period during the time he/she is participating in the extra-curricular activity, or in an extra-curricular activity in which he/she has participated and ended the season in good standing during the previous year, and must complete the season or time period in good standing by meeting all activity requirements.

 

 3. Violations of Category I:  Items 1, 2, and 3 are combined in terms of number of offenses (i.e. if a student violates Item I and later violates Item 3, the violation of Item 3 will be considered the second offense for the purposes of penalties). 

 

4. The building level administrator may take into consideration prior violations from either Category I  or  Category II committed by the student when assessing a penalty for additional violations of this policy.   

 

5. If a student is participating in more than one extra-curricular activity at the time of violation he/she will serve the penalty in all activities during this period. 

 

6. Any student declared ineligible under the prior school district's Good Conduct Rule, and then without having completed the full period ineligibility at that school transfers to Mt. Pleasant Community High School, will not be eligible for interscholastic competition at Mt. Pleasant Community High School, until the full period of ineligibility has been completed.  Once that time period of ineligibility has been completed, the student is then immediately eligible for interscholastic competition at Mt. Pleasant Community High School as far as any Good Conduct Rule is concerned.

 

7. First Time Participant

 

The first time a student participates in any extra-curricular activity at any grade level, the Extra-curricular Activities Eligibility Rules, Policy 503.9, will be in effect for that student from that time on.  Violations of the Good Conduct Provisions prior to the student first participating in any extra-curricular activity at any grade level will be ignored.

 

8. Decision Making Guidelines

 

The decision maker(s) will be vested with discretion to impose a lesser sanction or penalty including reduction of the offense level if the decision maker(s) determine mitigating circumstances exist, and the decision maker(s) sets the mitigating circumstances out in writing.  In this context, the decision maker means the building level administrator, the activities council, and the school board.

 

9. Additional Extra-curricular Activities Requirements

 

The teacher, coach or sponsor of that activity may issue additional requirements for each extra-curricular activity.  These rules shall be presented to each student participating in any extra-curricular activity at the beginning of the activity and a copy filed for approval with the activities director and the building principal.

 

10. Notification of the Extra-curricular Activities Eligibility Policy

 

At the beginning of the extra-curricular activity, the teacher, coach or sponsor shall provide each student with a copy of the extra-curricular activities eligibility rules Policy 503.9.  The teacher, coach or sponsor should explain the rules to the student to clarify any possible misunderstanding.  The policy provisions should also be included in the building level student handbook, which is available to all students.  The teacher, coach or sponsor shall also hold a meeting at the beginning of the activity for all parents, guardians, and students for the purpose of explaining the extra-curricular activities eligibility rules (Policy 503.9).

 

 

Date of Adoption:  May 11, 1982

 

Reviewed:  June 10, 1991; March 9, 1992; September 14, 1992; August 9, 1993;December 8, 1997; June 14, 1999; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

 

Amended:  June 9, 1986; October 9, 1989; July 9, 1990; June 10, 1991; September 14, 1992; August 9, 1993; January 12, 1998; July 12, 1999, October 9, 2000,  July 9, 2012; June 10, 2013

 

 

  

 

503.10       Student Fundraising

Students may raise funds for school-sponsored events and programs. Students in grades K-5 shall be prohibited from selling products door-to-door.  All fund raising activities are optional; a student is not required to participate in fund-raising activities.

 

The Board will receive a listing of all standard fund raising activities that will occur during the year.   Additional door-to-door fund-raising activities involving students in grades 6 – 12 must receive Board approval.  All other fund-raising activities must be approved by the principal.

 

 

Legal Reference:    Senior Class of Pekin High School v. Tharp, 154 N.W.2d 874   (Iowa 1967).

                                 Iowa Code § 279.8 (2011).

 

 

Date of Adoption:  November 12, 1974

 

Reviewed:  June 8, 1992; May 16, 1994; Dec. 11, 1995; Feb. 11, 2002; Oct. 8, 2007; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

 

Amended:  June 8, 1992;  June 20, 1994; Jan. 8, 1996; Nov. 12, 2012