The Board of Education considers extracurricular activities to be a valuable part of the program of the school and shall support these activities within the financial means of the District.
Limited Open Forum
The Board of Education maintains a limited open forum where secondary students may meet for voluntary student-initiated activities unrelated directly to the instructional program, regardless of religious, political or philosophical content.
To provide "a fair opportunity" to students who wish to conduct a meeting, the Board of
Education, in accordance with the provisions of the Equal Access Act, shall ensure that:
a) The meeting is voluntary and student-initiated;
b) There is no sponsorship of the meeting by the school, the government, or its agents or employees;
c) Employees or agents of the school or government are present at religious meetings only in a non-participatory capacity;
d) The meeting does not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the school; and
e) Non-school persons may not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend activities of student groups (20 USC Section 4071[c]).
The Board prohibits student organizations whose activities may be unlawful or may cause disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of the educational process.
Administration is responsible for establishing regulations governing the use of school facilities by student organizations.
Eligibility for Attendance
a) Students who are suspended from school on a day of an athletic game or practice session, party, school dance, or other school affair scheduled after regular school hours are not eligible for participation or attendance at such events.
b) In order for students to attend a school-sponsored function, it is necessary that students attend classes for at least one half (1/2) of the school day on the day of the activity, unless otherwise excused by the building administrator. One-half (1/2) of the school day is defined as follows:
from 7:40 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. or from 11:15 a.m. until the end of the school day.
School property shall mean in or within any building, structure, athletic playing field, playground, parking lot or land contained within the real property boundary line of a public elementary or secondary school; or in or on a school bus as defined in Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 142. A school function shall mean a school-sponsored or school-authorized extracurricular event or activity regardless of where such event or activity takes place, including any event or activity that may take place in another state.
The Board of Education recognizes that academic performance is considered the most important aspect of our students' experience. This policy is designed to ensure that all students
SUBJECT: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (CONT’D)
have ample opportunity to achieve academic success while balancing involvement in extracurricular activities.
While this policy establishes minimal acceptable performance levels, parents are encouraged to establish higher levels of achievement for their son or daughter, as they deem appropriate.
This academic eligibility policy applies to all South Seneca Central School District students in grades 9 through 12. It applies to all academic programs offered to South Seneca students including and not limited to all BOCES programs.
The Building Principal shall be the Superintendent's designee and is responsible for developing procedures to administer this policy. The Superintendent remains the final authority involving appeals as a result of the implementation of this policy.
For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:
Extracurricular, Interscholastic and Co-curricular Activities—School-sponsored activities in addition to coursework. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
Athletics All County Music Festivals Student Council
Musicals Intramurals Dances (including the Prom)
Clubs Colour Guard Exceptional Senior Contests
Weight Room Plays Senior Privileges
Field Trips (that are not academic in nature) Swing Choir
Marching Band Homecoming (all week’s activities) Cheerleading
Ten-Week Marking Period—One of the four quarters of the academic year the conclusion of which is marked by a report card detailing the student’s previous ten weeks of academic progress.
After-School Help Sessions—A program of after school instruction developed in collaboration
between the course instructor and the after-school help session instructor. This instruction is
designed to assist the student in achieving a passing grade in the course if the student applies adequate effort.
Academic Warning—A period of probation resulting from a student’s receiving a failing grade and/or incomplete in two or more courses of study at any point during the academic year.
Academic Ineligibility—A student’s status upon demonstrating inadequate participation in the after- School Help sessions, rendering the student ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activities.
Five Week Progress Report- A five-week progress report is sent home to parents/guardians detailing student’s academic progress of the five week period of time between each ten-week (quarter) making period.
SUBJECT: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (CONT’D)
For a student in grades 9-12 to be eligible to participate in these activities, s/he must:
• Be enrolled in a minimum of six units of study, plus Physical Education, for the marking period. The only exception is when students are unable to schedule 6.0 units because of a lack of available courses.
• Demonstrate satisfactory progress in the instructional program as reported at the end of each ten five-week marking period.
• Meet the minimum requirement established in the attendance policy.
• Must be “in good standing” in terms of behavior, as defined by procedures found in the Student Handbook and the Athletic Handbook, both of which must be approved by the Board of Education.
1. Any student who has two or more failing grades and/or Incompletes at any point during the academic school year is placed on the Academic Warning List and is required to attend and successfully complete all prescribed After School Help Sessions.
2. In order for any student to be removed from the Academic Warning List, s/he must receive, on the five-week marking period progress report no more than one failing grade and/or Incomplete. This policy is continuous from the end of one academic year into another. Summer school will count as an After School Help Session for the purposes of potentially removing a student from the Academic Warning List or the Ineligibility List, per the requirements of this policy.
3. A student will be placed on the Academic Ineligibility List from the Warning List as soon as s/he has accumulated two unexcused absences from the After School Help Sessions and/or as soon as the student has been cited twice for not complying with After-School Help Session rules.
4. Any student on the Academic Warning List may participate in extracurricular practices and activities only on the condition that s/he provides proof of attendance and successful completion of daily After School Help Sessions. No student will be excused from an After School Help Session in order to attend a practice. Students who, with the prior consent of the After School Homework Help supervisor, miss an After School Homework Help Session to participate in a contest/activity must make up any time missed in a timely fashion. This permission is discretionary.
5. Any student on the Academic Ineligible List may not participate in any extracurricular activity, including sports and other practices.
6. The five-week marking period progress report is relevant to this policy ONLY in determining whether a student is able to be removed from the Warning List or the Ineligible List or to determine placement on the Warning List if the student has not previously been so identified (See also #1 above.).
Equal Access Act, 20 United States Code (USC) Sections 4071-4074
Education Law Sections 1709 and 1709-a, 2503-a and 2554-a
Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 142
8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Part 172
Revised: May 5, 2010