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APPLICABILITY

A student enrolled in the School or who participates in an extracurricular activity or a University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition is subject to School policy and UIL rules regarding participation only when the student is under the direct supervision of an employee of the School or at any other time specified by resolution of the Board. Education Board 33.081(b)

SUSPENSION FROM EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

A student shall be suspended from participation in any extracurricular activity sponsored or sanctioned by the School or the UIL after a grade evaluation period in which the student received a grade lower than the equivalent of 70 on a scale of 100 in any academic class other than an identified honors or advanced class.

Length of Suspension

A suspension continues for at least three weeks and is not removed during the school year until the conditions of REINSTATEMENT described below are met.

Grade Evaluation Period

"Grade evaluation period" means :

  1. The six-week grade reporting period; or
  2. The first six weeks of a semester and each grade reporting period thereafter, in the case of a district with a grade reporting period longer than six weeks.

Education Code 33.081(c)

School Week

The School week is defined as beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the first instructional day of the calendar week and ending at the close of instruction on the last instructional day of the calendar week, excluding holidays.

19 TAC 76.1001(b)

Advanced Courses

The following are considered "advanced courses" for the purposes of this policy:

  1. English Language Arts: All College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in the discipline and high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One);
  2. Fine Arts: All College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in the discipline, high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One), Dance IV (not to include drill team activities), Art IV, Music IV, and Theatre IV;
  3. Languages other than English: All College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in the discipline and high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One), and languages other than English courses Levels IV-VII;
  4. Mathematics: All College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in the discipline, high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One), and Precalculus;
  5. Science: All College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in the discipline, and high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One); and
  6. Social Studies: Social Studies Advanced Studies, Economics Advanced Studies, all College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in the discipline and high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One).

The School may identify additional advanced courses, but must do so before the semester in which any exemptions related to extracurricular activities occur.

19 TAC 74.30

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

In the case of a TSBVI student who has a disability that significantly interferes with the student's ability to meet regular academic standards, suspension must be based on the student's failure to meet the requirements of the student's individualized education program (IEP). The determination of whether the disability substantially interferes with the student's ability to meet the requirements of the student's IEP must be made by the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee.

Education Code 33.081(e)

PRACTICE OR REHEARSAL

A student suspended under Education Code 33.081 may practice or rehearse with other students for an extracurricular activity but may not participate in a competition or other public performance.

Education Code 33.081(f)

REINSTATEMENT

Until the suspension is removed or the school year ends, the School shall review the grades of a student at the end of each three-week period following the date on which the suspension began. At the time of a review, the suspension is removed if the student's grade in each class, other than an identified honors or advanced class, is equal to or greater than the equivalent of 70 on a scale of 100. The principal and each of the student's teachers shall make the determination concerning the student's grades.

Education Code 33.081(d)

ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION

The State Board of Education by rule shall limit participation in and practice for extracurricular activities during the school day and the school week.

State Board of Education Rules

The following provisions apply to any UIL activity.

Other organizations requiring student participation that causes a student to miss a class may request sanction from a board. If sanctioned by resolution of a board, student participation in the organization's activities shall be subject to all provisions of statute and to Texas Administration Code Title 19, section 76.1001. If the board does not grant sanction, any absences incurred by a student while participating with that organization's activities shall be subject to the attendance provisions of the Education Code.

19 TAC 76.1001(f) [See FEB]

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

An extracurricular activity is an activity sponsored by the UIL, a board, or an organization sanctioned by board resolution. The activity is not necessarily directly related to instruction of the essential knowledge and skills, but may have an indirect relation to some areas of the curriculum.

Extracurricular activities include public performances (except as described below), contests, demonstrations, displays, and club activities. In addition, an activity is subject to this policy if any one of the following criteria applies:

  1. The activity is competitive;
  2. The activity is held in conjunction with another activity that is considered extracurricular;
  3. The activity is held off-campus, except in a case in which adequate facilities do not exist on campus;
  4. The general public is invited; or
  5. An admission is charged.

Exception - Public Performances

A student ineligible to participate in an extracurricular activity, but who is enrolled in a state-approved course that requires demonstration of the mastery of the essential knowledge and skills in a public performance, may participate in the performance if:

  1. The performance is one to which the general public is invited; and
  2. The requirement for student participation in public is stated in the essential knowledge and skills of the course.

19 TAC 76.1001(a)

Limits on Participation and Practice

During the School Week

Limitations on practice, rehearsal, and student participation during the school week shall be as follows:

  1. For any given extracurricular activity, a student may not participate in more than one activity per school week, excluding holidays, except as provided in item 2, below;
  2. A student may also participate in a tournament or post-district contest, as well as a contest postponed by weather or public disaster that may determine advancement to a post-district level of competition;
  3. For each extracurricular activity, the School must limit students to a maximum of eight hours of practice and rehearsal outside the school day per school week.
  4. The Commissioner recommends to avoid scheduling extracurricular activities or public performances on the day or evening immediately preceding the day on which the statewide student assessment program is scheduled for grades 3-11.

19 TAC 76.1001(d); Education Code 33.081(a)

During the School Day

Limitations on practice and rehearsal during the school day shall be as follows:

  1. The School must limit a student to one period of practice during the regularly scheduled school day for practice of extracurricular activities, such as athletics, drill team, or cheerleading.
  2. The limit in item 1 does not prohibit a student from enrolling in any state-approved class. A student who is enrolled in a state-approved class that includes essential knowledge and skills that relate to the preparation for an extracurricular activity may practice that extracurricular activity for no more than one period during the school day.
  3. A student may not be permitted to miss a scheduled academic class to practice for an unrelated extracurricular activity.
  4. The School must limit extracurricular practice during the school day to ensure that class periods for extracurricular practice do not exceed the time allotted for other class periods.
  5. Regardless of the schedule type in place (traditional or nontraditional), the School may elect to practice extracurricular activities daily, provided the total minutes allowed for the extracurricular practice is not greater than 300 minutes during the school week.

19 TAC 76.1001(e); Education Code 33.081(a)

Record of Absences

The School shall maintain an accurate record of extracurricular absences for each student in the School each school year.

19 TAC 76.1001(c)

PARENTAL NOTICE AND CONSENT

A parent is entitled to full information regarding the school activities of a parent's child except as provided by Education Code 38.004 (regarding child abuse investigations).

Education Code 26.008(a)

A School employee is not required to obtain the consent of a child's parent before the employee may videotape the child or record the child's voice if the videotape or recording is to be used only for a purpose related to a cocurricular or extracurricular activity.

Education Code 26.009(b)(2)

DISCRIMINATORY CLUB

An extracurricular activity sponsored or sanctioned by the School, including an athletic event or an athletic team practice, shall not take place at an athletic club located in the United States that denies any person full and equal enjoyment of equipment or facilities provided by the athletic club because of the person's race, color, religion, creed, national origin, or sex.

"Athletic club" means an entity that provides sports or exercise equipment or facilities to its customers or members or to the guests of its customers or members.

Education Code 33.082

Adopted: 9/21/84

Amended: 7/12/85, 10/25/85, 11/30/90, 9/25/92, 3/22/96, 5/25/05

Reviewed: 11/19/99