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Davenport, IA
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Board Policy 505 – Organizations and Activities

Board Policy Administrative Regulation
505.01 Student Organizations (Reviewed 12/12/11)
505.02 Student Organizations (Reviewed 1/28/08) (Revised 8/26/13)
505.03 School Publications (Reviewed 1/28/08) (Reviewed 8/26/13)
505.04 Social Events (Reviewed 1/28/08)
505.05 Athletic Eligibility Requirements (Revised 8/14/06) (Revised 3/12/12)

505.05A

505.06 Athletic Eligibility as it Pertains to In-District Transfer (Reviewed 3/28/11) (Reviewed 2-13-17)

505.06A

505.07 Crowd Control at Athletic Events (Revised 1/28/08)(Reviewed 2/25/13)
505.08 Interscholastic Athletic Eligibility  (Deleted 8/14/06)
505.09 Attendance at Events Outside of School (Revised 1/28/08) (Revised 8-26-13)
505.10 Intermediate School Band Uniforms (Revised 1/28/08) (Deleted 8-26-13)
505.11 Non-School Athletic Participation (Revised 8/9/10)(Reviewed 1/9/17)
505.12 Student Distribution of Non-Curricular Materials (1/28/08)(Revised 9/9/13)

505.12A


 

505.01

STUDENTS

Student Government

A student government in any school may be organized within the framework of guidelines established by the building principal. The Board believes it is proper and appropriate for our schools to have an established student government organized within guidelines established by the building principal and curriculum department with input from the school community.

  • By action of the Board 11/8/76; Revised 4/11/83; Reviewed 5/13/96; Revised 2/14/00; Revised 1/28/08; Revised 12/12/11

  • Edited 1/08, 12/11


 

505.02

STUDENTS

Student Organizations

Student organizations shall supplement and expand the educational program. Each organization must have the approval of the building principal. A faculty member shall serve as advisor to each organization.

Secret societies and fraternities are not allowed in any school as provided by the Code of Iowa.

  • Legal References:  Iowa Code Ch. 287

  • By action of the Board 2/14/77, 4/11/83; Revised 5/13/96; Revised 2/14/00; Revised 1/28/08

  • Edited 1/08; Revised 8/26/13


 

505.03

STUDENTS

School Publications

School publications are vital and necessary tools of education to be utilized in teaching students the purposes and functions of mass media in a democratic society. Students who participate as editors and staff members shall be offered the opportunity to gain educational and realistic experiences in the concepts of the provisions of the First Amendment to the Constitution that asserts the freedoms of the press and speech.

The criteria for the inclusion of a story or any other material in the publication shall be determined by the journalists and the advisors, considering restrictions relating to libel, privacy, contempt, obscenity, and copyright.

Students should be provided with a professionally trained advisor to teach, to advise, and to counsel them in the achievement of an accepted, responsible journalism. They should provide a forum for all diverse opinion, to serve the interests and needs of the reading public, and to provide news and commentary that is accurate, fair, objective, and honest.

  • By action of the Board 11/8/76, 4/11/83; 9/16/96; Revised 11/12/01; Revised 1/28/08

  • Edited 1/08; Reviewed 8/26/13


 

505.04

STUDENTS

Social Events

All school-sponsored social events shall be under the control and supervision of professional school personnel. Approval for an event shall be secured from the principal of the building involved and placed on the school calendar before any public announcement is made. Hours, behavior, and activities related to social events shall be reasonable and proper.


505.05

STUDENTS

Athletic Eligibility Requirements

Any Davenport Community School district student participating in a program sanctioned by the Iowa High School Athletic Association or the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union will need to meet the requirements stipulated in the Iowa Code 281-36.15 under 36.15(2) Scholarship Rules.

The Superintendent has authority to act in behalf of the Board on all matters affecting athletic eligibility of students in those cases to which the Iowa Department of Education regulations require approval of the Board and/or Superintendent.

When a student athlete is in danger of ineligibility, academic interventions will be applied.


 

505.06

STUDENTS

Athletic Eligibility As It Pertains to In-District Transfer

Any student who is granted transfer under the In-District Transfer Guidelines shall be eligible for participation in athletics in accordance with District Administrative Regulations provided the athlete meets all state and local eligibility rules and regulations.

.There will be Administrative Regulations developed that will include an appeal process.


 

505.07

STUDENTS

Crowd Control at Athletic Events

It shall be the responsibility of the administration to establish procedures and guidelines for crowd control at home athletic events. A building administrator or a designated representative shall attend all home events and direct the crowd control.

Law enforcement officers, and school staff may be used to maintain proper control at all events.

It shall be the responsibility of each building principal to file a written report with the Superintendent or superintendent’s designee regarding any severe disciplinary problems as soon as possible after the occurrence.

  • By action of the Board 11/8/76; Revised 4/11/83; Revised 5/13/96; Revised 2/14/00; Revised 1/28/08; Reviewed 2/25/13

  • Edited 1/08


 

505.08

STUDENTS

Interscholastic Athletic Eligibility

The superintendent has authority to act in behalf of the Board on all matters affecting athletic eligibility of students in those cases to which the Iowa Department of Education regulations apply requiring approval of the Board of Directors and/or superintendent.


 

505.09

STUDENTS

Attendance at Events Outside of School

Events in which students participate during school hours or as representatives of the school but at places outside of the school must be sponsored and supervised by professional school personnel. Rules of behavior shall be the same as at any in-school activity or meet.

The Board has no control or responsibility for any student when the child is in the custody and control of his/her parents or other agencies.

Students and teachers participating in unauthorized or unapproved events are not covered by the District’s insurance policies.


 

505.10 Deleted 8/26/13

STUDENTS

 Intermediate School Band Uniforms

505.11

 STUDENTS

Non-School Athletic Participation

A student who is participating in a sport sponsored by the District may participate in that same sport as an individual or as a member of a team in an outside school event, during the same season. The student, coach, parent/guardian will coordinate a plan for dual participation.

Such outside participation shall not conflict with the school sponsored athletic activity.

  • By action of the Board 9/29/97; Revised 11/10/03; Revised 8/9/10
  • Edited 11/03; 8/10
  • Reviewed 1/9/17

505.12

STUDENTS

Student Distribution of Non-Curricular Materials

The Board recognizes that students may wish to distribute within school buildings materials that are unofficial or non-curricular. Non-curricular materials to be distributed must be submitted for approval by the building principal and must meet certain standards prior to their distribution.

Non-curricular materials to be distributed must be submitted for approval by the building principal and must meet the requirements of Administrative Regulation 505.12 prior to their distribution.

  • Cross Reference:  Administrative Regulation 505.12A
  • Legal Reference: U.S. Const. amend. 1; Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988); Bethel School District v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986); New Jersey v. T.L.O., 469 U.S. 325 (1985); Tinker v. Des Moines Ind. Comm. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503 (1969); Bystrom v. Fridley High School, 822 F. 2d 747 (8thCir. 1987); Iowa Code §§279.8; 280.22 (2001).
  • By action of the Board 8/26/02; Revised 1/28/08
  • Edited 1/08; Revised 9/9/13