The Board of Education of Mitchell Public Schools adopts the following student fees policy in accordance with the Public Elementary and Secondary Fee Authorization Act.
The district's general policy is to provide for the free instruction in school in accordance with the Nebraska Constitution. This generally means that the district's policy is to provide free instruction for courses which are required by state law or regulation and to provide the staff, facility, equipment, and materials necessary for such instruction, without charge or fee to the students.
The district does provide activities, programs, and services to children which extend beyond the minimum level of constitutionally required free instruction. Students and their parents have historically contributed to the district's efforts to provide such activities, programs, and services. Such student and parent contributions have included: students coming to school with the basic clothing and personal supplies to be successful in the classroom (clothing, shoes, pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, calculators and the like), students bringing their own or paying the reasonable cost of specialized equipment or supplies for the personal preference or personal retained benefit of students (for example band equipment, locker deposit or rental fees, shop class materials where the student keeps the product, and the college tuition or fees for college credit for advanced placement courses or correspondence courses), students providing their own specialized clothing and equipment to be prepared for the extracurricular activities in which they choose to participate (sporting apparel, including shoes, undergarments, and the like), and assisting with special programs, such as field trips, summer school, school dances and plays. The district's general policy is to continue to encourage and to require, to the extent permitted by law, such student and parent contributions to enhance the educational programs provided by the district.
Under the Public Elementary and Secondary Student Fee Authorization Act, the district is required to set forth in a policy its guidelines or policies for specific categories of student fees. The district does so by setting forth the following guidelines and policies. Parents, guardians, and students are encouraged to contact their building administration or their teachers or activity coaches and sponsors for further specifics.
(1) Guidelines for clothing required for specified courses and activities
Students have the responsibility to furnish and wear non-specialized attire meeting general district grooming and attire guidelines, as well as grooming and attire guidelines established for the building or programs attended by the students or in which the students participate. Students also have the responsibility to furnish and wear non-specialized attire reasonably related to the programs, courses and activities in which the students participate where the required attire is specified in writing by the administrator or teacher responsible for the program, course or activity.
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The district will provide or make available to students such safety equipment and attire as may be required by law, specifically including appropriate industrial quality eye protective devices for courses of instruction in vocational, technical, industrial arts, chemical or chemical-physical classes which involve exposure to hot molten metals or other molten materials, milling, sawing, turning, shaping, cutting, grinding, or stamping of any solid materials, heat treatment, tempering, or kiln-firing of any metal or other materials, gas or electric arc welding or other forms of welding processes, repair or servicing of any vehicle, or caustic or explosive materials, or for laboratory classes involving caustic or explosive materials, hot liquids or solids, injurious radiations, or other similar hazards. Building administrators are directed to assure that such equipment is available in the appropriate classes and areas of the school buildings, teachers are directed to instruct students in the usage of such devices and to assure that students use the devices as required, and students have the responsibility to follow such instructions and use the devices as instructed.
(2) Personal or consumable items
Students have the responsibility to furnish any personal or consumable items for participation in the courses and activities provided by the district. This includes the responsibility to furnish minor personal or consumable items including, but not limited to, pencils, paper, pens, erasers, and notebooks. Equipment or supplies of a specialized nature for certain courses (for example, protractors and math calculators) may be available to students by the district, but students may also be encouraged to purchase their own such equipment or supplies for their own use after school hours or for use during the school day due to the limited number of district items available to the students.
While the district will provide students with the use of facilities, equipment, materials and supplies, including books, the students are responsible for the careful and appropriate use of such property. Students and their parents or guardians will be held responsible for damages to school property caused or aided by the student and will also be held responsible for the reasonable replacement cost of school property which is placed in the care of and lost by the student.
(3) Materials required for course projects
Students have the responsibility to furnish, or to pay the reasonable cost of, any materials required for course projects where, upon completion, the project becomes the property of the student. Such materials are subject to the district's fee waiver policy (see Section 12 of this policy).
Students must furnish musical instruments for participation in optional music courses that are not extracurricular activities. Use of a musical instrument without charge is available under the district's fee waiver policy; however, the district is not required to provide for the use of a particular type of musical instrument for any student.
(4) Extracurricular activities-Specialized equipment or attire
Extracurricular activities means students’ activities or organizations which are supervised or administered by the district, which do not count toward graduation or advancement between grades, and in which participation is not otherwise required by the district.
The district will generally furnish students with specialized equipment and attire for participation in extracurricular activities. The district is not required to provide for the use of any particular type of equipment or attire. Examples of specialized equipment are: football and wrestling shoes, track spikes, golf clubs, etc. Examples of attire would be cheerleading uniforms and football jerseys. If the school purchases equipment and/or attire for participating students, all purchases are the property of Mitchell Public Schools and may only be used or worn for the particular activity it was purchased for. Mitchell Schools will make all decisions when ordering equipment/attire including; cost, style, color and amount of materials ordered.
Students have the responsibility to furnish personal or consumable equipment or attire for participation in extracurricular activities or for paying a reasonable usage cost for such equipment or attire.
For music courses that are extracurricular activities, students may be required to provide specialized equipment, such as musical instruments, or specialized attire, or for paying a reasonable usage cost for such equipment or attire.
(5) Extracurricular activities-Fees for participation
The district does not generally charge fees for participation in extracurricular activities.
(6) Postsecondary education costs
Students are responsible for postsecondary education costs. The phrase “postsecondary education cost” means tuition and other fees associated with obtaining credit from a postsecondary educational institution. For a course in which students receive both high school and postsecondary education credit or a course being taken as part of an approved accelerated or differentiated curriculum program, the course shall be offered without charge for tuition, transportation, books, or other fees, except tuition and other fees associated with obtaining credits from a postsecondary educational institution.
(7) Transportation costs
Students are responsible for fees established for transportation services provided by the district to the extent permitted by federal and state laws and regulations.
(8) Copies of student files or records
The superintendent or the superintendent's designee shall establish a schedule of fees representing a reasonable cost of reproduction for copies of a student's files or records for the parents or guardians of such student. A parent, guardian or student who requests copies of files or records shall be responsible for the cost of copies reproduced in accordance with such fee schedule. The imposition of a fee shall not be used to prevent parents or students from exercising their right to inspect and review the students’ files or records and no fee shall be charged to search for or retrieve any student's files or records.
The fee schedule shall permit one copy of the requested records be provided for, or on behalf of, the student without charge and shall allow duplicated copies to be provided without charge to the extent required by federal or state laws and regulations.
(9) Participation in before- and after-school or prekindergarten services
Students are responsible for fees required for participation in before- and after-school or prekindergarten services offered by the district, except to the extent such services are required to be provided without cost.
(10) Participation in summer school or night school
Students are responsible for fees required for participation in summer school or night school. Students are also responsible for correspondence courses.
(11) Breakfast and lunch programs
Students shall be responsible for items which students purchase from the district's breakfast and lunch programs. The cost of items to be sold to students shall be consistent with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
Students are also responsible for the cost of food, beverages, and personal or consumable items which the students purchase from the district or at school, whether from a "school store," a vending machine, a booster club or parent group sale, a book order club, or the like.
(12) Waiver Policy
The district's policy is to provide fee waivers in accordance with the Public Elementary and Secondary Student Fee Authorization Act. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches under the United States Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs shall be provided a fee waiver or be provided the necessary materials or equipment without charge for: (1) participation in extracurricular activities, (2) admission fees and transportation charges for student spectators attending extracurricular activities, (3) materials for course projects, and (4) use of a musical instrument in optional music courses that are not extracurricular activities. Participation in a free lunch program or reduced-price lunch program is not required to quality for free or reduced-price lunches for the purposes of this section.
(13) Distribution of policy
The superintendent or the superintendent designee shall publish the district's student fee policy in the Student Handbook or the equivalent (may be made in an addendum or a supplement to the handbook). The Student Handbook or the equivalent shall be provided to the students of the district at no cost.
Legal Reference: Neb. Constitution, Art VII, Sect. 1
Neb. Statute 79-215 (tuition)
79-241 (option student busing)
79-605 (nonresident busing)
79-611 (transportation fees)
79-734 (books, equipment and supplies)
79-2,104 (student files)
79-2,125 to 2,134 (student fees law)
79-1104 (before-and-after-school services)
79-1106 to 1108 (learners with high ability)
Cross Reference: 505.05 Fines for Lost or Damaged Items
506 Student Activities
507.01 Student Records Access
802.05 Free or Reduced Cost Meals Eligibility
1005.01 Public Complaints