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Extracurricular And Cocurricular Activities   

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As of the 2013-14 school year, students are prohibited from being required to pay a fee for participation in an educational activity offered by a school or district that constitutes an integral fundamental part of elementary and secondary education, including, but not limited to, cocurricular and extracurricular activities. (Education Code 49011 a,b)


Extracurricular activities are those programs that have all of the following characteristics: (Education Code 35160.5)

1. The program is supervised or financed by the school district.

2. Students participating in the program represent the school district.

3. Students exercise some degree of freedom in the selection, planning or control of the program.

4. The program includes both preparation for performance and performance before an audience or spectators.

Extracurricular activities are not part of the regular school curriculum, are not graded, do not offer credit and do not take place during classroom time. (Education Code 35160.5)

Cocurricular activities are programs that may be associated with the curriculum in a regular classroom. (Education Code 35160.5)

An activity is not an extracurricular or cocurricular activity if either of the following conditions applies: (Education Code 35160.5)

1. It is a teacher-graded or required program or activity for a course which satisfies the entrance requirements for admission to the California State University or the University of California.

2. It is a program that has as its primary goal the improvement of academic or educational achievement of students.

High School Student Participation in Non-Athletic Related Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities

An ineligible student below 2.0 will not be allowed to participate in any performance or competition which would remove him/her from class other than the actual instructional period in which the class meets.

An ineligible student will not be allowed to participate in any performance or competition that is not on school grounds and/or is outside of classroom instructional time.

When a class is scheduled to go on a class-related field trip that does not include a student performance or student athletic practice/activity, ineligibility will not be considered. In this instance, all students who will miss another class for the purpose of going on such a field trip will follow the clearance procedure stated below:

1. High school students planning to participate in a class-related field trip activity must obtain signed clearance from each teacher whose class will be missed. Permission may be refused if the student is having academic, attendance, or behavioral problems in the class.

2. High school students who are academically ineligible for participation in extra/cocurricular activities may not participate in extra/cocurricular field trips.

High school students may audition or try out for an activity, even if ineligible. However, they may not perform or compete until eligibility is restored. If the director/coach/advisor is concerned about the ineligibility of the student trying out, he/she has the option of selecting or not selecting the ineligible student.

Ineligible students may practice with the group, but may not perform or compete until their eligibility is restored.

In the event that a student has prepaid for a trip and then becomes ineligible during the period of time in which the trip occurs, the cost of the trip will not be refunded. This applies to students who have received behavioral consequences (such as suspension) as well as students who are academically ineligible. Teachers who sponsor such trips will reinforce this point when students sign up to attend such an activity.

Middle School Student Participation in Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities

Middle school students, grades 6-8, who are not suspended, expelled, or serving detention may participate in extracurricular activities that are not a part of the regular school curriculum, are not graded, do not offer credit, and do not take place during classroom time.

Middle school students must be academically eligible in order to participate in cocurricular activities. Cocurricular activities are those associated with the school curriculum which involve missing instructional time (examples: field trips, competitions, assemblies which pull students from class). Students who demonstrate inappropriate behavior may not participate in cocurricular activities unless approved by the eligibility committee (outlined in the following paragraph).

Academic ineligibility: A student who receives two or more failing grades on a regular grading period's report card will have a site review of his/her eligibility. A site review committee will be composed of the principal or designee, a site counselor or designee, and the faculty chairperson or designee. The review committee will evaluate each student's performance in order to make a determination to (1) declare the student ineligible, (2) place the student on probation allowing the student to participate in the activity until the next five week grading period, or (3) with a finding of special circumstances, allow the student to participate. The committee will also offer strategies to assist each student to succeed including such activities as requiring a student to attend class review before or after school for additional help, and/or requiring the student to make special arrangements to make up any time missed during the regular school day because of participation in the cocurricular activity.

If a student does not meet eligibility requirements at the end of the probation period, the student will be referred to the site review committee for further action or strategies as outlined in the paragraph above. The site review committee shall continue to monitor the student on a case by case basis.

If after a probationary period, the student again earns two failing marks, the student will be declared ineligible and the student will again be referred for site review as outlined above.


approved: January 7, 2014 Burbank, California