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High School Activity Rules

Definitions
“School Activities” include, but are not limited to, sanctioned and club athletics, band, cheerleading, chorus, school sponsored clubs, dance, DECA, debate, drama, drill team, JROTC, National Honor Society, oral interpretation, orchestra, royalty candidates, student council, theater, visual arts, and any other student school activities.

“School Activity Event” means a public presentation, performance, competition, or trip associated with participation in a school activity.

Activity Rules Discipline Plan
Student participation in school activities is a privilege, not a right. Students who choose to participate in school activities represent their school and community.

These school activity rules will be enforced the entire year, which includes the summer months, regardless of whether or not the student is participating in a school activity at the time. A student who violates this regulation is ineligible to participate according to the school activity rules listed below.

The Sioux Falls School District is willing to assist students who seek help for chemical dependency. Students prior to having an identified violation will not be penalized if they voluntarily enter a treatment program and abstain from further use. If, while in the program, they violate these school activity rules, the student will be penalized the same as any other student.

Rule Application
The following school activity rules apply for all students participating in high school activities whether the offense occurs in a school, on school property, in District vehicles or buses, at District events, or away from District property.

If the violation occurs at school, at a school event, on school property, or while under the supervision of the coach/activity advisor, the District Rules of Student Conduct and Discipline will also be applied. See Policy/Regulation JK/JK-R.

Violation Accumulation/Recovery Opportunity
Violations accumulate for four years in high school (grades 9-12). Middle school students participating in high school activities shall have violations accumulate for the number of years they participate in high school activities. For example, an eighth grade student participating in high school activities shall have violations accumulate for five years.

Students who, after their first violation, have no other school activity rule violations for twelve consecutive months will be given a clean record with no violations counted against them. This opportunity only applies once in a student’s high school career. The opportunity for a clean record does not apply to a suspension for a drug adjudication, conviction, diversion, or suspended sentence, which are governed by South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 13-32-9. See section entitled Consequences for Marijuana and Other Drug Violations Governed by SDCL 13-32-9.

Consequences for Violations Not Governed by SDCL 13-32-9
The consequences listed below are minimums only.
The administrator may enforce a more severe penalty, which may include termination from school activities.

Any behavior resulting in an out-of-school suspension (OSS) not defined or stated in other areas of this document will receive a one event or activity suspension. This will include the Class IV offenses of possession or use of lighters or matches on school grounds. Subsequent violations will also result in a one event or activity suspension.

To count toward the minimum number of school activity events, the student must participate in the entire season for the school activity and may not drop out or quit to avoid suspension. A suspension that is not completed by the student during one school activity season shall carry over to the next school activity season in which the student participates.

First Violation
For all Class IV Offenses, excluding the possession or use of lighters or matches, listed on the District Rules of Student Conduct occurring in a school, on school property, in District vehicles or buses or at District events: The student may not participate in any school activity event in which the student is a participant for fourteen consecutive calendar days or two (2) events whichever is greater, not to exceed 25% of the regularly scheduled events for the school activity.

For crimes against persons or property, or engaging in illegal activities, away from District property: The student may not participate in any school activity event in which the student is a participant for fourteen consecutive calendar days or two (2) events whichever is greater, not to exceed 25% of the regularly scheduled events for the school activity.

For all Class V Offenses and misuse of fire alarms/extinguishers: The student may not participate in any school activity event in which the student is a participant for or fourteen consecutive calendar days or two events whichever is greater, not to exceed 25% of the regularly scheduled events for the school activity. The student must participate in a drug/alcohol evaluation.

For all Class VI and VII Offenses: The student may not participate in any school activity event in which the student is a participant for twenty-eight consecutive calendar days or four (4) events, whichever is greater.

Students who have not satisfied the consequence of a first violation will not be allowed to begin another school activity after the end of the first week of school or after the first two weeks of practice for school activities beginning after the start of the school year.

Second Violation
If a student commits a second violation, the consequence will be that which is listed for the second violation of the most recent offense.

For all Class IV Offenses, excluding the possession or use of lighters or matches, listed on the District Student Rules of Conduct occurring in a school, on school property, in District vehicles or buses or at District events: The student may not participate in any school activity event in which the student is a participant for four (4) events or twenty-eight consecutive calendar days whichever is greater.

For crimes against persons or property or engaging in illegal activities away from District property: The student may not participate in any school activity event in which the student is a participant for four (4) events or twenty-eight consecutive calendar days whichever is greater.

For all Class V Offenses and misuse of fire alarms/extinguishers: The student may not participate in any school activity event for 60 student attendance days and the student may not participate in a total of six (6) school activity events within or after the 60 days. Those school activities with less than six (6) events within a school term will be addressed on a case by case basis to determine the appropriate number of school activity events for which the student is ineligible to participate.

  • If the second violation is for a drug/alcohol violation, the student and at least one parent/guardian must attend every session of the District Drug Prevention Program before participation in any further school activity events.

For all Class VI and Class VII Offenses: The student is ineligible to participate in any school activity events for the remainder of high school.

Third and Subsequent Violations
If a student commits a third violation, the consequence will be that which is listed for the third violation of the most recent offense. The same rule will apply for any subsequent violations.

After a third or subsequent violations for all Class IV Offenses, excluding the possession or use of lighters or matches, listed on the District Student Rules of Conduct occurring in a school, on school property, in District vehicles or buses or at District events and crimes against persons or property occurring away from District property/events: student may not participate in any school activity for twelve calendar months. The student will not be eligible for school activity awards during the twelve-month period.

For all Class V and Higher Offenses: The student is ineligible to participate in any school activity events for the remainder of high school.

Consequences for Marijuana and Other Drug Violations Governed by SDCL 13-32-9

First Violation
SDCL 13-32-9 states that any person adjudicated, convicted, the subject of an informal adjustment or court-approved diversion program, or the subject of a suspended imposition of sentence or suspended adjudication of delinquency for possession, use, or distribution of controlled drugs or substances or marijuana as defined in SDCL 22-42, or for ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise taking into the body any substances as prohibited by SDCL 22-42-15, is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity at any secondary school accredited by the Department of Education for one calendar year from the date of adjudication, conviction, diversion, or suspended imposition of sentence. The one year suspension may be reduced to thirty calendar days if the person participates in an assessment with a certified or licensed addiction counselor. If the assessment indicates the need for a higher level of care, the student is required to complete the prescribed program before becoming eligible to participate in extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities means any activity sanctioned by the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

If a first violation suspension is reduced, the student is ineligible for a minimum of two (2) South Dakota High School Activities Association sanction events. If two sanctioned events for which the student is ineligible do not take place within the reduced suspension period, the student’s suspension remains in effect until two sanctioned events for which the student is ineligible have taken place.

Second Violation
SDCL 13-32-9 states that upon a second adjudication, conviction, diversion, or suspended imposition of sentence for possession, use, or distribution of controlled drugs or substances or marijuana as defined in SDCL 22-42, or for ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise taking into the body any substances as prohibited by SDCL 22-42-15, that person is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity at any secondary school accredited by the Department of Education one year from the date of adjudication, conviction, diversion or suspended imposition of sentence. The one year suspension may be reduced to sixty calendar days if the person completes an accredited intensive prevention or treatment program. Extracurricular activities means any activity sanctioned by the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

If a second violation suspension is reduced the student is ineligible for a minimum of six (6) South Dakota High School Activities Association sanction events. If six (6) sanctioned events for which the student is ineligible do not take place within the reduced suspension period, the student’s suspension remains in effect until six (6) sanctioned events for which the student is ineligible have taken place.

To count toward the minimum number of events, the student must participate in the entire activity season and may not drop out or quit the activity to avoid suspension and the failure of the student to complete the entire activity season shall result in the student being ineligible for one year from the date of adjudication, conviction, diversion, or suspended imposition of sentence for suspended adjudication of delinquency. A suspension that is not completed by the student during one activity season shall carry over to the next activity season in which the student participates.

Third or Subsequent Violation
SDCL 13-29-9 states that upon a third or subsequent adjudication, conviction, diversion, or suspended imposition of sentence for possession, use, or distribution of controlled drugs or substances or marijuana as defined in SDCL 22-42, or for ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise taking into the body any substances as prohibited by SDCL 22-42-15, that person is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity at any secondary school accredited by the Department of Education.

Suspension Period and Student Notification
The suspension period for a first offense of a school activity rules violation (not governed by SDCL 13-32-9) begins on the date of the next school activity event in which the student is involved.

The suspension period for a second offense of all Class IV violations, excluding the possession or use of lighters or matches, (not governed by SDCL 13-32-9) begins on the date of the next school activity event in which the student is involved.

The 60 student attendance day suspension period for a second offense of a Class IV, excluding the possession or use of lighters or matches, and Class V and Higher Offenses (not governed by SDCL 13-32-9), begins on the date of the second offense.

The suspension period for a violation governed by SDCL 13-32-9 begins: (1) on the day following notification to a school administrator by the judicial system that a student has been adjudicated, convicted, the subject of an informal adjustment or court approved diversion program, or the subject of a suspended imposition of sentence or a suspended adjudication of delinquency and the school administrator gives notice to the South Dakota High School Activities Association, or (2) the day following the student’s admission to a school administrator that the student committed an offense enumerated in subdivision (1), which shall be made with the student’s parent or guardian present if the student is an unemancipated minor, and the school administrator gives notice to the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

A suspension that is not completed by the student during one activity season shall carry over to the next activity season in which the student participates. In addition, a suspension that is reduces pursuant to SDCL 13-32-9 is only in effect during the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s activity year, which begins on the first day of its first sanctioned event and concludes on the last day of its last sanctioned event. A reduced suspension that is not completed by the end of one activity year shall carry over to the next activity year.

For students currently involved in student activities, the following steps must be taken prior to suspending a student from a school activity event:

  1. The principal must inform the student of the rule, regulation, or policy that has been allegedly violated.
  2. The student will be given an opportunity to answer the charges and present evidence on his or her behalf.
  3. The principal shall render a decision as soon as possible after reviewing the case.
  4. If possible, the principal will provide oral notice of the suspension to the student’s parents/guardians. The principal will also provide written notice to the parents/guardians.

For students not currently involved in student activities: Parents and students will receive written notice of the violation.

Expenses
Expenses incurred for participation in drug prevention or treatment programs are the responsibility of the student and parent/guardian.

Attendance at Practice Sessions
For a first violation or second violation, students may attend practice sessions provided the student is not suspended from classes or school.

Travel to and/or Dress for School Activity Events
If a student is under penalty and not allowed to participate in a school activity event, that student will not be allowed to travel to, dress for, or be on the sideline or bench with the team for that school activity event.

Graded Activity
If a student is suspended from a school activity event that also is a graded activity to meet a course requirement, the student will have the opportunity to completely make up the grade for that school activity event. The make up work must be arranged with the school activity advisor.

Right to Appeal Consequence/Suspension Not Governed by 13-32-9
In the event the student or parents/guardians believe the student's rights have been violated, they may appeal the principal’s decision within five school days of the written notice by filing a written request for appeal with the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee has five school days to respond to the appeal in writing. The student will remain ineligible during the appeal process.

 

Legal References:

SDCL
13-32-9 to -9.2 Suspension from extracurricular activities for controlled substance violation--Notice to South Dakota High School Activities Association.

Related Policies/Regulations:

JK/JK-R - Student Discipline, Suspension and Expulsion
JII/JII-R - Student Athletics and Activities

 

Regulation   Board Action
New: 03-10-97 28737
Revised: 04-29-97 28769
Revised 09-28-98 29170
Revised: 06-28-99 29372
Revised: 06-26-00 29621
Revised: 07-08-02 33290
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Revised: 04-09-12 36338
Revised: 10-08-12 36474
Revised: 05-27-14 36920
Revised: 09-08-14 36701
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Reviewed: 05-09-16 37465
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