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Lakeside Union SD (Lakeside) |  BP  5127  Students

Promotion Ceremonies And Activities   

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The Governing Board believes that appropriate year-end ceremonies for students provide an opportunity to publicly recognize the achievements of the students and their promotion to their next level of education.

1. Fifth-grade students may participate in a school-sponsored activity held at the students' school during the last week of school. The activity shall not require more than three hours of the school day. No student shall be required to pay admission, transportation, or other incidental costs.

2. Eighth-grade promotion and award ceremonies shall be held on the last day of the school year, unless an alternate date has received the approval of the Board. The time shall be approved by the Superintendent. Students eligible for a certificate, in accordance with Board Policy 5123, shall be honored at the ceremony. Students not eligible for a certificate shall participate only as determined by the principal. Any student may be denied participation for disciplinary reasons following a conference with the student and/or the student's parents/guardians, if so requested. Other activities, including dances or meals, shall be held at the students' school.

Generally, the ceremony should not exceed one hour in length. Dress should be modest and appropriate for continued use by students. Administrators are urged to develop appropriate dress standards in consultation with students and parents/guardians. The ceremony should not require extensive rehearsal time and should minimize the time students would be absent from their studies. Representative Board members shall participate in the eighth-grade ceremonies.

An off-campus school day may be scheduled for eligible eighth-grade students during the last two weeks of the school year. Activities are to be held at a site within San Diego County and are to be appropriately supervised. No student shall be required to pay admission, transportation, or other incidental costs.

Promotion ceremonies and certificates shall be limited to fifth grade and eighth-grade students, although nothing in this policy shall preclude the scheduling of an awards assembly or a similar event at any other time during the school year.

The school or district shall not direct invocations, prayers, or benedictions at promotion ceremonies.

(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

Biliteracy Seal Diploma

In order to recognize and encourage linguistic proficiency and cultural literacy, the Superintendent or designee shall identify elementary and middle school students who have

demonstrated proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English, qualifying them for the Lakeside Union School District Biliteracy Seal Diploma. The Superintendent or designee shall approve the recognition based on a review of student qualifications in accordance with district-established criteria.

Disciplinary Considerations

In order to encourage high standards of student conduct and behavior, the principal may deny a student the privilege of participating in graduation ceremonies and/or activities in accordance with school rules. Prior to denial of the privilege, the student, and where practicable his/her parent/guardian, shall be made aware of the grounds for such denial and shall be given an opportunity to respond. If a privilege is to be denied, the student and parent/guardian shall receive written notice of the denied privilege and the means whereby he/she may appeal the decision.

(cf. 5125.2 - Withholding Grades, Diploma or Transcripts)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 6161.2 - Damaged or Lost Instructional Materials)

Legal Reference:


35183.3 Graduation ceremonies; military dress uniforms

38119 Lease of personal property; caps and gowns

48904 Liability of parent or guardian; withholding of grades, diplomas, transcripts

51225.5 Honorary diplomas; foreign exchange students

51410-51412 Diplomas


Cole v. Oroville Union High School District, (2000, 9th Cir.) 228 F.3d 1092

Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, (2000) 530 U.S. 290

Lee v. Weisman, (1992) 505 U.S. 577

Sands v. Morongo Unified School District, (1991) 53 Cal. 3d 863

Lemon v. Kurtzman, (1971) 403 U.S. 602

Management Resources:


California Department of Education, High School:


adopted: September 17, 2012 Lakeside, California

revised: November 8, 2012

revised: December 12, 2013