203.0 -- EXTRACURRICULAR
203.1 — Athletic Eligibility
participation is a privilege granted to a student by the school district and the state, allowing that student to participate in interscholastic activities.
Participation is not a student’s right by law. Precedent-setting legal cases
have determined that athletic eligibility is a privilege to be granted only if
the student meets all standards adopted by the school and district.
In order for
a student to be eligible to participate in interscholastic extracurricular
activities, he/she must meet all of the requirements established by the Florida
High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) and maintain satisfactory conduct, as
defined by the District Code of Student Conduct.
In all circumstances, a
student is allowed to participate in extracurricular activities only at their
districted school unless assigned to a different school through the district’s
school choice program. Students from charter
schools, special schools and home-schooled students may be eligible to
participate only at their residentially-assigned districted school.
If a student
is arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or felony, he or she will
immediately be suspended from extracurricular activities while the matter is
investigated. In substantiated cases, the student may be suspended from
participating in all extracurricular activities, including practices/meetings,
for an entire school year (from the beginning date of his or her suspension).
If a student is convicted of an on- or off-campus felony or delinquent act, the
student’s participation in interscholastic extracurricular activities will be
suspended for the remainder of the school year. (§1001.41 and §1001.42Fls. Stat.)
203.2 — Field Trips
sometimes have the opportunity to participate in curricular and/or
extracurricular field trips and travel.
school district recognizes the importance of learning opportunities associated
with field trips, the district values student safety above all other considerations.
IMPORTANT: Before a parent/guardian authorizes a student to participate in a
field trip or travel, please consider the following:
the year, there are a number of trips organized by private individuals or
groups. Many of these trips are not sponsored, reviewed or evaluated by the
school district itself. High school senior trips are an example of
independently organized trips. The Sarasota County School District is not
responsible for these trips.
- The current world situation
has placed parents/guardians in a position of increased responsibility. It is important
that parents/guardians analyze each situation before granting permission for a student
- Parents/guardians volunteering
as field trip chaperones (as well as all other volunteers) must be registered
and approved as a school district volunteer at the required level (Level 1 or
Level 2). (See section 102.2 for details).
- For all overnight field trips,
chaperones must be 25 years of age or older. For day trips, elementary
chaperones must be 21 years of age or older and middle and high school
chaperones must be 25 years of age or older.
- The school district cannot
assume financial liability in the event that a trip is cancelled. The student’s
family must assume financial responsibility for any monetary loss and may want
to investigate the feasibility of purchasing cancellation/interruption
insurance to cover advance payments.
- When parents/guardians
consider a student’s participation in a field trip, it is important to review
carefully the parental consent forms, including transportation to and from the specific
field trip destination, s to ensure a clear understanding of the
school district’s role and each family’s responsibility.