Extracurricular, Co-curricular Activities, and Student Organizations

Extracurricular activities should be scheduled to maximize student access while minimizing conflict with instructional time.

The following rules and procedures shall apply to all student activities and organizations:

  • They must be open to any student who qualifies; members cannot be selected by open or secret ballot (excluding voting for student government officers).  Students shall not be excluded on the basis of race, sex, national origin, disability, gender, or religion.
  • They must have a charter and/or constitution written by students and teacher sponsors and approved by the school administration.
  • They must have a faculty sponsor, appointed by the principal, who will be present at all meetings; meetings will be held on school grounds unless otherwise approved by the school administration.
  • Dues must be reasonable.
  • All monies collected must be handled through an established school account.
  • All initiation ceremonies must be approved by the school administration; those ceremonies will not be injurious or degrading.
  • All meetings and social functions will be approved by the school administration and will be adequately chaperoned.
  • Extracurricular activities shall establish special rules of conduct and consequences that are reasonable and consistent with district policy, approved annually by the principal or designee, written and distributed to prospective member students.
  • These rules shall facilitate membership for the children of active military regardless of application deadlines to the extent that they are otherwise qualified (F.S. 1003.05).

Student Being Arrested and Charged (Involved in Extracurricular Activities)
If a student is found to have been arrested on or off campus and/or charged with a felony or a delinquent act that would be a felony if that student were an adult, even if adjudication is withheld, then the student will be suspended from and deemed ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities. The student shall be suspended/deemed ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including athletics, for no less than ninety (90) school days from the date the school becomes aware of said violation.  After the days of suspension from participation are completed, the principal or designee will review the suspension and make a decision concerning the eligibility of the student to resume participation in extracurricular activities. Results of this decision may not be appealed. The suspension may be lifted should the charges be dropped or a ‘not guilty’ be entered into the court records.
(F.S. 1006.15)

Note: Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked by the principal for violations of the Student Code of Conduct including but not limited to actions that result in in-school-suspension, out-of-school suspension and/or a recommendation for expulsion.  Suspension or dismissal from extracurricular activities may be utilized as a disciplinary consequence in addition to or in lieu of other disciplinary actions.

Note: A student’s grade should not be lowered if they are excluded from extracurricular or co-curricular activities due to disciplinary reasons.

Student Eligibility – Interscholastic Activities

HB 7029 mandates each school district establish and publish eligibility standards for extracurricular activities in its Student Code of Conduct. Per F.S. 1006.195, the following apply to all students participating in an interscholastic program sponsored by the district. The district has established, through its Student Code of Conduct, student eligibility standards and related student disciplinary actions regarding student participation in interscholastic and intrascholastic extracurricular activities.

In compliance with HB 7029, the district has established the following:

  • A student not currently suspended from interscholastic or intrascholastic extracurricular activities, or suspended or expelled from school, pursuant to a district school board’s suspension or expulsion powers provided in law, including 1006.07, 1006.08 and 1006.09 is eligible to participate in interscholastic and intrascholastic extracurricular activities.
  • A student may not participate in a sport if the student participated in that same sport at another school during that school year, unless the student meets the criteria in 1006.15.
  • A student’s eligibility to participate in any interscholastic or intrascholastic extracurricular activity may not be affected by any alleged recruiting violation until the final disposition of the allegation pursuant to 1006.20.

The following includes a list of FHSAA district athletics eligibility criteria, including but not limited to:

  • 2.0 GPA required for academic eligibility. A middle/junior high student must have a 2.0 GPA, or the equivalent of a 2.0 GPA based on a 4.0 scale, at the conclusion of each semester. A high school student must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 unweighted scale, or its equivalent, at the conclusion of each semester to be academically eligible during the next semester (1006.15).
  • Athlete cannot turn nineteen (19) before September 1st of the current year.
  • Four-year eligibility limit.
  • Any other district or FHSAA policy that would remove or prevent a student from participating.

Good Cause Participation

  • A student who transfers schools and wishes to continue participating in the same sport at the new school may seek good cause authorization.
  • The following includes a list of examples, such as, but not limited to, which may be considered for “good cause authority.”
    • Move to a new residence that make it necessary to attend a different school
    • Reassignment by school board or charter school board
    • Transfer of school within the first twenty (20) days (i.e., acceptance into a previously applied for magnet program or career academy)

Student Government

An elected or voluntary student government will be established in all schools.  The purpose of this organization shall be to develop attitudes of and practice in good citizenship, promote harmonious relations throughout the school, improve school morale, provide a forum for student expression, provide orderly direction of school activities, and promote the general welfare of the school.

The student government establishes election procedures and decides upon officers' qualifications in accordance with district and school board policies on non-discrimination.

The student government will work to make improved communications among students, teachers, parents, and the administration. The administration shall use the government to get student opinions on curriculum, procedures, teacher-student relationships, and student conduct.

(F.S. 1001.43, DSBPC 5820)