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)|
|505.06 Athletic Eligibility as it Pertains to In-District Transfer (Reviewed 3/28/11) (Reviewed 2-13-17)|
|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)|
|505.13 Concussion Management||505.13A|
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
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
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
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.
Cross Reference: Board Policy 504.08 Good Conduct Rule
By action of the Board 11/8/76, 4/11/83; Reviewed 5/13/96; Reviewed 2/14/00; Revised 1/28/08
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.
Legal References: Code of Iowa, Chapters 280.13 – 280.15; Iowa code 281-36.15(280) Eligibility Requirements 36.15(2) Scholarship rules; Iowa Code 279.8 and 279.9
By action of the Board 11/8/76, 4/11/83, Revised 3/11/91, Revised 8/10/92; Revised 2/23/98; Revised 8/23/99; Revised 8/14/00; Revised 4/08/02; Revised 8/14/06; Reviewed 3/28/11; Revised 3/12/12
Edited 8/06, 3/11
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.
Legal Reference: IA Code 281-36.15(280) Transfer Rule
By action of the Board 11/8/76; Revised 4/11/83; Revised 2/7/94; Revised 8/26/96; Revised 8/12/02; Revised 6/25/07; Reviewed 3/28/11
Edited 6/07, 3/11
- Reviewed 2/13/17
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
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.
By action of the Board 7/11/77, 4/11/83; Revised 5/13/96
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.
Cross Reference: Board Policy 504.08 Good Conduct Rule
By action of the Board 11/8/76; Revised 4/11/83; Revised 12/9/96; Revised 8/12/02; Revised 1/28/08
Edited 1/08; Revised 8/26/13
505.10 Deleted 8/26/13
STUDENTSIntermediate School Band Uniforms
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
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
The Davenport Community School District (DCSD) considers concussions and head injuries serious matters, and will follow all laws and regulations regarding the identification and management of such injuries. The DCSD will take required actions regarding the management of concussion experiences for students in athletic activities and contests.
- By action of the board 6-24-19
- Cross Reference: Administrative Regulation 505.13A (See below)
Administrative Regulation 505.13A
The District shall provide annually to each parent or guardian of each student in grades seven through twelve a concussions and brain injury information sheet, as provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. The student and the student’s parent or guardian shall sign the sheet and return it to the District prior to the student’s participation in any extra-curricular interscholastic activity.
If a student’s coach or activity sponsor observes signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury during an extra-curricular interscholastic activity, the student shall be immediately removed from the activity. Extra-curricular interscholastic activity means any dance or cheerleading activity or extracurricular interscholastic activity, contest or practice governed by the Iowa High School Athletic Association or the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union that is a contact or limited contact activity as identified by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The student’s parent or guardian shall be contacted as soon as possible following the injury, and told that the student cannot return to participate in the activity until evaluated by an appropriate health-care professional. The student shall not return to participate in the activity or practice on the same day of a concussion. The student shall not return to participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity, contest or practice until a written clearance to participation signed by the appropriate health care provider is given to the district. The student shall be examined by an appropriate health-care professional the same day the injury occurs. A licensed health care provider means a physician, physician’s assistant, chiropractor, advanced registered nurse practitioner, nurse, physical therapist or licensed athletic trainer. There may be situations when the Iowa High School Athletic Association, Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and/or the District specifically designates individuals to act as the health-care professional during an activity or event. In such situations, the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s, and/or the District’s decision regarding the designation of the health-care professional is final. The written release shall be maintained as part of the student’s cumulative record.
For students who participate in an extracurricular interscholastic activity which is a contest in grades seven through twelve, the District shall adopt a return to play protocol consistent with the Department of Public Health’s rules and a return to learn plan based on guidance developed by the Brain Injury Association of America in cooperation with a student removed from participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity and diagnosed with a concussion or brain injury, the student’s parent or guardian, and the student’s licensed health care provider to accommodate the student as the student returns to the classroom.
- Created June 2019