Secondary school student‑initiated, noncurriculum‑related groups and student curriculum‑related groups, upon receiving permission from the principal, may use school facilities for group meetings during non‑instructional time.
Non‑instructional time shall mean any time before the first period of the day and after the last period of the day in which any student attends class. Meetings shall not interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other school district operations. It shall be within the discretion of the principal to determine whether the meetings will interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other school district operations. Activities relating to and part of the education program shall have priority over the activities of another organization.
It shall also be the responsibility of the principal to determine whether a student group is curriculum-related. One or more of the following questions will be answered affirmatively if the group is curriculum‑related:
· Is the subject matter of the group actually taught in a regularly offered course?
· Will the subject matter of the group soon be taught in a regularly offered course?
· Does the subject matter of the group concern the body of courses as a whole?
· Is participation in the group required for a particular course?
· Does participation in the group result in academic credit?
Secondary school curriculum‑related student organizations may use the school district facilities for meetings and other purposes before and after the instructional school day. Employees shall be assigned to monitor approved meetings and may interact with curriculum‑related organizations.
Student‑initiated, noncurriculum‑related organizations shall be provided access to meeting space and school district facilities.
Only students may attend and participate in meetings of noncurriculum‑related groups. Such attendance shall be strictly voluntary and student‑initiated. As a means of determining whether a student's attendance is voluntary, the principal may require parental consent for the student to attend the meetings.
Legal Reference: Westside Community Board of Education v Mergens, 496 U.S. 226 (1990).
Neb. Statute 79-297 et seq.
Cross Reference: 504 Student Rights and Responsibilities
506 Student Activities
Policy COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Adopted: 9/11/06 Columbus, Nebraska