Avery County Schools Policy Policy Code: 3620


The board recognizes the value of interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities in promoting leadership and team skills, practicing democratic principles, and encouraging the lifelong learning process. Students are encouraged to actively participate in opportunities available at the school, including interscholastic athletics and student organizations. All activities are open to all students attending that school unless a restriction is justified and has been approved by the principal. The principal will ensure that students and parents are notified of the various opportunities for participation in extracurricular activities. The principal will establish any rules necessary for school and student-sponsored activities.

A Extracurricular Activity Requirements

Participation in extracurricular activities, including student organizations and interscholastic athletics, is a privilege, not a right, and may be reserved for students in good academic standing who meet behavior standards established by the board and the school. Participation in extracurricular activities may be restricted if a student (1) is not performing at grade level as provided in board policy 3400, Evaluation of Student Progress; (2) has exceeded the number of absences allowed by board policy 4400, Attendance; (3) has violated the code of student conduct in the board policies found in the 4300 series of policies; or (4) has violated school rules for conduct. In addition, in order to be eligible for interscholastic athletics participation, students must have been in daily attendance 85 percent of the previous semester and must meet all eligibility standards of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and any locally established requirements for interscholastic participation.

School administrators choosing to exercise authority to restrict participation based upon any of the reasons provided in this paragraph will provide this policy and any additional rules developed by the superintendent or the principal to all parents or guardians and students. The grievance procedure, provided in policy 1740/4010 (Student and Parent Grievance Procedure), may be utilized by parents or students who believe a student has been aggrieved by a decision made pursuant to this policy.

Special Circumstances

  1. Extracurricular activities may be used as a component of an at-risk student's intervention plan. The intervention plan may include providing for or restricting the student's participation in extracurricular activities. If the plan restricts the student's participation, the plan must include other intervention strategies designed to improve student performance.
  2. All students with disabilities will be accorded rights as required by federal and state law.

Avery County Schools Policy Code: 3620 Page 1 of 2 3. School administrators shall facilitate the inclusion and participation of transitioning military children in extracurricular activities, to the extent they are otherwise qualified, by: a. providing information about extracurricular activities to transitioning military children; and b. waiving application deadlines.

Legal References: Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12132, 28 C.F.R. pt. 35; Equal Access Act, 20 U.S.C. 4071-4074; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 300; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 705(20), 794, 34 C.F.R. pt. 104; G.S. 115C art. 9, 115C-47(4), -390.2, -407.5; State Board of Education Policy ATHL-001; Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities, State Board of Education Policy EXCP-000; N.C. High School Athletic Association Handbook; Middle/Junior High School Athletic Manual (NCDPI), available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/healthfulliving/athletics/

Cross References: Parental Involvement (policy 1310/4002), Students and Parent Grievance Procedure (policy 1740/4010), Evaluation of Student Progress (policy 3400), Student Promotion and Accountability (policy 3420), School Improvement Plan (policy 3430), Children of Military Families (policy 4050), Student Behavior Policies (4300 series), Attendance (policy 4400), Community Use of Facilities (policy 5030)

Adopted: 10/01/01

Revised: 9/8/08; 7/14/16; 4/28/17

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