6:190 - Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities

Policy 6:190

Instruction

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities

The Board of Education encourages participation by students and staff in activities that enhance the curriculum and enrich their lives. The activities offered by the District shall be of sufficient variety and number to meet the wide range of interests and needs of students.

Extracurricular or co-curricular activities are voluntary, school-sponsored programs which largely occur outside the instructional day. They do not include field trips, homework, or occasional work required outside the school day for a scheduled class.

Co-curricular activities are purposeful and complement academic programming, occurring beyond the traditional classroom. These activities are led by a state licensed staff member and funded through a shared cost between the District and student activity fees. Co-curricular activities are directly linked to a District curriculum map, and in some cases, may have a dedicated curriculum map specific to the activity. Examples may include science fair, student government, Model United Nations, band, orchestra, and choir.

Extracurricular activities are purposeful and supplement academic programming, occurring beyond the traditional classroom. These activities are led by a school approved sponsor and funded solely through student activity fees. Examples may include competitive interscholastic activities, clubs, Science Olympiad and Inspired Youth Tutoring.

Students shall have equal access to all of the District’s educational programs including co-curricular and extracurricular activities regardless of any protected classifications as identified in Board policy 7:10, Equal Education Opportunities.

The District will schedule all of its extracurricular and co-curricular activities within reasonable and developmentally appropriate timeframes.

The Superintendent must approve an activity in order for it to be considered a District- sponsored extracurricular or co-curricular activity, using the following criteria:

  1. The activity will contribute to the leadership abilities, social well-being, self- realization, good citizenship, or general growth of student-participants.
  2. Fees are reasonable and do not exceed the estimated cost of operation.
  3. The District has sufficient financial resources for the activity.
  4. Requests from students should be thoroughly considered.

Academic Criteria for Participation

For students in kindergarten through 8th grade, selection of members or participants is at the discretion of state licensed staff provided that the selection criteria conform to the District’s policies. Students must satisfy all academic standards and must comply with the activity’s rules and student conduct code.

Adopted: November 10, 1997

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