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602.70 Student Co-Curricular Activity Program

Participation in District co-curricular activities is considered a privilege. The District provides Board of Education approved co-curricular program offerings. These extracurricular activities are offered during and outside the regular academic school day and year. They are available to all eligible students. The programs are considered partners of academic programs providing the benefits of promoting additional interests and abilities in students.

Students will have an opportunity to participate in any activity unless the student cannot participate for disciplinary reasons or failure to meet scholastic standards. If the activity is an interscholastic athletic activity, students of the opposite sex will have comparable opportunities 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 for both boys and girls. The Administrative Code of Iowa does not allow districts to sponsor, administer, or be represented by elementary age students in interscholastic athletic contests or competitions.

Student activity events must be approved by the Superintendent/designee, unless they involve unusual travel and expense, in which case they require Board approval. The events must not significantly disrupt the educational program or other District operations.

It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent /designee to develop administrative regulations for co-curricular activities. Students wanting to participate in District activities must meet the requirements set by the District prior to participation in an activity.

Activities may be added to the current accepted list of co-curricular offerings by the following process:

  1. A letter of inquiry and interest, including documentation of student interest, must be submitted to the building principal/designee.
  2. The principal/designee will do a feasibility study on the new activity. The feasibility of the activity will be based on costs, facility availability, sponsorship of the activity or supervision needs, competition scheduling possibilities where such is characteristic of the activity, state governing body sanction/sponsorship, recognition of being a worthwhile benefit to participants, availability of activity officials to administer events, and any other information pertinent to the activity.
  3. Upon completion of the feasibility study, a formal recommendation will be made to the Superintendent.
  4. The Superintendent will present this information to the Board with a recommendation.

Legal Reference: 20 U.S.C. §§1681
34 C.F.R. 106.41.
Iowa Code §§280.13-.14
281 Iowa Admin. Code 12.6

Cross Reference: 502 Series: Student Behavior and Discipline
503 Series: Student Activities

Approved: February 5, 1990

Reviewed: May 18, 2009
June 16, 2014
February 17, 2020

Revised: May 18, 2009
June 16, 2014
February 17, 2020