See Course Credit on page 22, Grading Guidelines on page 33, Graduation on page 34, and Standardized Testing on page 53.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, AND ORGANIZATIONS
Participation in school-sponsored activities is an excellent way for a student to develop talents, receive individual recognition, and build strong friendships with other students; participation, however, is a privilege, not a right. An annual participation fee is required for students participating in extracurricular activities.
Eligibility for initial and continuing participation in many of these activities is governed by state law and the rules of the University Interscholastic League (UIL)—a statewide association overseeing interdistrict competition. If a student is involved in an academic, athletic, or music activity governed by UIL, the student and parent are expected to know and follow all rules of the UIL organization. [See http://www.uiltexas.org for additional information.]
The following requirements apply to all extracurricular activities:
A student who receives at the end of a grading period a grade below 70 in any academic class—other than an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course; or an honors or dual credit course in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, economics, or language other than English—may not participate in extracurricular activities for at least three school weeks.
A student with disabilities who fails to meet the standards in the individualized education program (IEP) may not participate for at least three school weeks.
An ineligible student may practice or rehearse.
A student is allowed in a school year up to 10 absences not related to post-district competition, a maximum of 5 absences for post-district competition prior to state, and a maximum of 2 absences for state competition. All extracurricular activities and public performances, whether UIL activities or other activities approved by the board, are subject to these restrictions.
An absence for participation in an activity that has not been approved will receive an unexcused absence.
Standards of Behavior
Sponsors of student clubs and performing groups such as the band, choir, and drill and athletic teams may establish standards of behavior—including consequences for misbehavior—that are stricter than those for students in general. If a violation is also a violation of school rules, the consequences specified by the Student Code of Conduct or by local policy will apply in addition to any consequences specified by the organization’s standards of behavior.
[For further information, see Policies FM and FO. For student-organized, student-led groups, see Meetings of Noncurriculum-Related Groups on page 51.]
Offices and Elections
Certain clubs, organizations, and performing groups will hold elections for student officers.
Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided with state and local funds at no charge to a student. A student, however, is expected to provide his or her own pencils, paper, erasers, and notebooks and may be required to pay certain other fees or deposits, including:
Costs for materials for a class project that the student will keep.
Membership dues in voluntary clubs or student organizations and admission fees to extracurricular activities.
Annual participation fee for extracurricular activities.
Personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel.
Voluntarily purchased pictures, publications, class rings, yearbooks, graduation announcements, etc.
Voluntarily purchased student accident insurance.
Musical instrument rental and uniform maintenance, when uniforms are provided by the District.
Personal apparel used in extracurricular activities that becomes the property of the student.
Parking fees and student identification cards.
Fees for lost, damaged, or overdue library books.
Fees for driver training courses, if offered.
Fees for optional courses offered for credit that requires use of facilities not available on District premises.
Summer school for courses that are offered tuition-free during the regular school year.
A reasonable fee for providing transportation to a student who lives within two miles of the school. [See Buses and Other School Vehicles on page 58.]
A fee not to exceed $50 for costs of providing an educational program outside of regular school hours for a student who has lost credit because of absences and whose parent chooses the program in order for the student to meet the 90 percent attendance requirement. The fee will be charged only if the parent or guardian signs a District-provided request form.
In some cases, a fee for a course taken through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN).
Any required fee or deposit may be waived if the student and parent are unable to pay. Application for such a waiver may be made to the principal. [For further information, see Policy FP.]
Student groups or classes and/or parent groups may be permitted to conduct fund-raising drives for approved school purposes. An application for permission must be made to the principal at least 30 days before the event. [For further information, see Policies FJ and GE.]
Certain criminal offenses, including those involving organized criminal activity such as gang-related crimes, will be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if they are committed in a gang-free zone. For purposes of the District, a gang-free zone includes a school bus and a location in, on, or within 1,000 feet of any District-owned or leased property or campus playground.
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation on page 25.]