Student + Family Handbook

203.0 -- EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

203.1 — Athletic Eligibility

Athletic 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
Students sometimes have the opportunity to participate in curricular and/or extracurricular field trips and travel.

Although the 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 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 trip.
  • 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.
Throughout 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.
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Pupil Support Services
Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director
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Julie Zarling, Administrative Assistant
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Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31109
Fax: 941-927-4052
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Exceptional Student Education
Tammy Cassels, Supervisor
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Miriam Blosser, Administrative Assistant
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Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34226
Fax: 941-927-4014

Student Services
Debra Giacolone, Supervisor
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Sally Dean, Administrative Assistant
sally.dean@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34754
Fax: 941-361-6157 

School Health Services 
Suzanne Dubose, Supervisor
suzanne.dubose@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34765
Fax: 941-927-4108

Florida Department of Health Sarasota County 
Linda Glover, Supervisor
linda.glover@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32101 

Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention
Bethany King, Supervisor
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Patty Woods, Administrative Assistant
patty.woods@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31113 

ESOL and Migrant Education
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor
jamie.rodriguez@sarasotacountyschools.net

State & Federal Projects
Jane Mahler, Supervisor
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Betsy Hooper, Administrative Assistant
betsy.hooper@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34061 

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