Series: Series5000     Sub Series: 5000     Policy Number: 5200
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The Board of Education will assign staff for the formation of student groups for such purposes as building social relationships, developing interests in academic and/or athletic areas, and gaining an understanding of the elements and responsibilities of good citizenship.

Recognizing that student activities are a part of the school program, the Board has established the following criteria, which all student activity programs must meet:

1. student activities must have educational value for students;

2. student activities must be in balance with other curricular offerings in the schools; and

3. student activities must be managed in a professional manner.

The following guidelines will govern student activities programs:

1. student activities are those school activities that are voluntarily engaged in by students, have the approval of the school administration and do not carry credit toward promotion or graduation;

2. each school, under the direction of the Building Principal, will have a well-balanced and effectively administered student activity program designed to stimulate student growth and development by supplementing and enriching the curricular activities;

3. each activity should be designed to contribute directly to the educational, civic, social and/or ethical development of students involved;

4. the student activity program should receive the same attention in terms of philosophy, objectives, social setting, organization and evaluation that is given the regular school curriculum;

5. each school will develop definite written guidelines and procedures regulating the creation, organization, administration and dissolution of student activity programs;

6. the expenses involved in participating in any student activity and in the total program for a school year should be set so that a majority of the students may participate without financial strain;

7. activities must be open to all students, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability or other human differences;

8. activities must not place undue burdens upon students, teachers or schools;

9. activities should be scheduled at a time that does not adversely impact the instructional program; and

10. activities at any level should be unique, not duplications of others already in operation.

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