No student organization shall exist that is not approved by the superintendent, in consultation with the building principal. The building principal shall determine qualifications and regulations for student groups and make recommendations to the superintendent for groups seeking approval. Applications for organizing shall only be relayed to the superintendent through the principal.
Extracurricular activities and student groups shall be related to the curriculum of the secondary schools in the district. These secondary school curriculum-related student organizations may use the district’s facilities for meetings and other purposes before, after, and during the instructional school day.
It will be the responsibility of the principal to determine whether a student group is curriculum-related. One or more of the following questions has to be answered in the affirmative in order for a group to be defined as curriculum-related:
• Is the subject matter of the group actually taught in a regularly offered course?
• Will the subject matter of the group soon be taught in a regularly offered course?
• Does the subject matter of the group concern the body of courses as a whole?
• Is participation in the group required for a particular course?
• Does participation in the group result in academic credit?
Secondary and/or curriculum-related student organizations, upon receiving permission from the principal, may use the district facilities for meetings and other purposes during non-instructional time. Non-instructional time will mean any time before the first period of the day and after the last period of the day in which any student attends class. Meetings will not interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other District operations. It is within the discretion of the principal to determine whether the meetings will interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other District operations. Activities relating to any part of the education program will have priority over the activities of another organization. Employees will be assigned to monitor approved meetings and may interact with curriculum-related organizations.
Secondary and/or student-initiated, non-curriculum-related organizations are provided access to meeting space and District facilities. Only students may attend and participate in meetings of non-curriculum-related groups. Such attendance is strictly voluntary and student-initiated. As a means of determining whether a student's attendance is voluntary, the principal may require parental consent for the student to attend the meetings.
Employees will be assigned to monitor approved meetings. Employees will not participate in the meeting or assist in planning, criticizing or encouraging attendance.
Reviewed: FY 2015-2016, March 14, 2016