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Minimum Standards for Participation in Activities

The purpose of establishing minimum standards for participation in extra-curricular activities is to guarantee that students will have the opportunity to benefit from and enjoy participation in these activities. Establishing these standards and the procedures connected to them is to guarantee that students will be treated fairly and that the rights of everyone who contributes to an activity will be protected.

STANDARDS FOR ACTIVITIES THAT ARE LONG TERM such as Academic Olympics, Mock Trial, SING, Student Alliance and Theatre Productions:
The grounds for barring and/or removing a student from an activity are that the student has established a pattern of cutting, absence and/or fails 50% or more classes.  
All students who wish to participate in an activity must enter into a contract with the advisor for the activity. This contract must include acknowledgment of the minimum standard listed in section 1 as well as the specific standards established by the advisor for that activity.
Approximately 3 weeks into the semester, the Activity Advisor will use cutting information from the Program Office to determine whether the student involved in the activity has established a pattern of cutting and absence which is affecting his/her academic performance. Students whose records place them at risk for removal from the activity will participate in the following procedure:
Student will be spoken to by the advisor and informed of the risk. The advisor will determine from discussion with the student the student's willingness to correct the behavior.
Student will enter into a specific agreement with regard to willingness to reform and as to the specific expectations for improvement. This will be considered a contract not only between the student and the advisor but also between the student and his fellow students involved in the activity.
Student will be considered to be on probation.
During probation the student's behavior and progress will be monitored to determine if the student is acting in good faith. If necessary, mediation will be used to help the student.
Participating in the mediation will be the Activity Advisor, the Coordinator of Student Activities (COSA), the student's Guidance Counselor and the Assistant Principal for Guidance. The goal of this mediation process will be to help the student make a realistic commitment to improving his behavior.
During probation the student may be barred from the activity for a period of one week.
If the student is a member of the Student Alliance Executive Board he will lose his voting rights and executive board privileges and be subject to impeachment proceedings during probation
If, after mediation and probation, the student's behavior does not improve the student will be removed from the activity.
The student may appeal his removal through an appeal process that includes the Activity Advisor, the COSA, his Guidance Counselor, Assistant Principal for Guidance and the Principal.
Minimum Standards for Participation on School Trips and other Self-Contained Activities:
Standards for Participation

Any student who has a pattern of cutting and absence which has a negative effect on school work will be barred from participating in school trips.
Any student who has a disciplinary record in the Deans' office and/or a history of suspension will be barred from participating in school trips.
No students impaired by alcohol and/or another substance will be permitted to board a bus for a school trip.
Students who engage in dangerous and/or illegal behavior on trips or the senior weekend will have their parents notified and will be sent home. The parents will be required to come to school for a conference and the students will be subject to suspension. The students will be barred from the next trip.