Requirements for Participation in Extracurricular Athletic Activities
A student must have the following fully executed documents on file in the school office before being allowed to participate in any extracurricular athletic activity:
- A current certificate of physical fitness issued by a licensed physician, an advanced practice nurse or physician assistant.
- A permission slip to participate in the specific sport or activity signed by the student's guardian.
- Proof the student is covered by medical insurance.
- A signed agreement by the student not to use any drugs on the IHSA’s most current banned drug classes list and an agreement to take part in random testing for these substances.
Selection of members or participants in extracurricular athletic activities is at the discretion of the designated teachers, sponsors, and coaches. In order to be eligible to participate in extracurricular athletic activities, a student may not be failing any class or receive/accumulate three or more “D’s” in their classes.
Illinois Elementary School Association
Eligibility for most athletics is also governed by the rules of the Illinois Elementary School Association and, if applicable, these rules will apply in addition to this Extracurricular Athletic Code. In the case of a conflict between IESA and this Extracurricular Athletic Code, the most stringent rule will be enforced.
Absence from School on Day of Activity
A student who is absent from school for 50% of the day or more is ineligible for any sport or activity on that day. Exceptions may be made by the designated teacher, sponsor or coach:
- For a pre-arranged medical absence.
- For a death in the student's family. A student who has one or more truancies or who has been suspended from school may be suspended from participation in athletic activities by school officials.
A student who is absent from school on Friday before a Saturday event may be withheld from Saturday sports and activities at the sole discretion of the designated teacher, sponsor or coach.
All students must travel to sporting events and activities and return home from such events with the team on which the student participates by use of school approved means of transportation. A written waiver of this rule may be issued by the teacher, sponsor or coach in charge of the sport or activity upon advance written request of a student's guardian and provided the guardian appears and accepts custody of the student. Oral requests will not be honored and oral permissions are not valid.
Any student found to be in violation of this rule will be subject to discipline in accordance with the Extracurricular Athletic Code of Conduct.
Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct applies to all school-sponsored activities that are neither part of an academic class nor otherwise carry credit or a grade. This Code of Conduct will be enforced 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
This Code does not contain a complete list of inappropriate behaviors for students in extracurricular athletic activities. Violations will be treated cumulatively, with disciplinary penalties increasing with subsequent violations, and a student may be excluded from sports or activities while the school is conducting an investigation regarding that student's conduct.
Students and their guardians are encouraged to seek assistance from the student assistance program regarding alcohol or other drug problems. Family-referrals or self-referrals will be taken into consideration in determining consequences for Code of Conduct violations.
The student shall not:
- Violate the school rules and district policies on student discipline.
- Use a beverage containing alcohol (except for religious purposes).
- Use tobacco in any form (including electronic or e-cigarettes).
- Use, possess, buy, sell, barter, or distribute any illegal substance (including mood-altering and performance enhancing drugs or chemicals) or paraphernalia.
- Use, possess, buy, sell, barter, or distribute any object that is or could be considered a weapon or any item that is a look alike weapon. This prohibition does not prohibit legal use of weapons in cooking and in sports, such as archery, martial arts practice, target shooting, hunting, and skeet.
- Attend a party or other gathering and/or ride in a vehicle where alcoholic beverages and/or controlled substances are being consumed by minors.
- Act in an unsportsmanlike manner.
- Vandalize or steal
- Haze or bully other students.
- Violate the written rules for the activity or sport.
- Behave in a manner that is detrimental to the good of the group or school.
- Be insubordinate or disrespectful toward the activity's sponsors or team's coaching staff.
- Falsify any information contained on any permit or permission form required by the activity or sport.
Hazing is any humiliating or dangerous activity expected of a student to belong to a team or group, regardless of his or her willingness to participate. Bullying is any physical or verbal act or conduct that has or can be reasonably predicted to place a student in reasonable fear of harm; cause a detrimental effect on a student’s physical or mental health; interfere with a student’s academic performance; or interfere with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from school activities.
Due Process Procedures
Students who are accused of violating the Code of Conduct are entitled to the following due process:
- The student should be advised of the disciplinary infraction with which he or she is being charged.
- The student shall be entitled to a hearing before an appropriate administrator.
- The student will be able to respond to any charges leveled against them.
- The student may provide any additional information they wish for the administrator to consider.
- The administrator, with the help of other staff members if needed, may interview material witnesses or others with evidence concerning the case.
- If the administrator finds, after reviewing the evidence, that the violation occurred, he or she will impose sanctions on the student, as follows:
a. Sanctions for violations other than drug and alcohol will be based on the nature of the offense and the number of offenses, and may include suspension from all sports or activities for one of the time periods described as follows:
- A specified period of time or percentage of events, competitions, or practices.
- The remainder of the season or for the next season.
- The remainder of the student’s school career.
b. Sanctions for alcohol and other drug violations will be based on the following:
- Use, possession, buying, selling, bartering, or distributing: A suspension of one third of the total number of performances, activities, or competitions or the remainder of the season, whichever is shorter. This penalty will be reduced if the student successfully completes a school-approved chemical awareness program.
- Attendance at a party or riding in a vehicle where alcoholic beverages and/or controlled substances are being consumed: A suspension of one sixth of the total number of performances, activities or competitions, or the remainder of the season, whichever is shorter.
- The student will be required to practice with the group, regardless of the violation (unless suspended or expelled from school).
- Use, possession, buying, selling, bartering, or distributing: A suspension of 12 weeks or 1 season, including suspension from all performances, activities, or competitions during this period. To participate again in any activities, the student must successfully participate in and complete a school-approved alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and follow all recommendations from that assessment.
- Attendance at a party or riding in a vehicle where alcoholic beverages and/or controlled substances are being consumed: A suspension of one third of the season and all extracurricular group performances, activities, or competitions during this period.
- The student may be required to practice with the group (unless suspended or expelled from school).
- Use, possession, buying, selling, bartering, or distributing: A suspension from extracurricular activities for the remainder of the student’s school career.
- Attendance at a party or riding in a vehicle where alcoholic beverages and/or controlled substances are being consumed: A suspension of one calendar year from the date of the suspension, including all extracurricular activities during this period.
c. The administrator will make a written report of their decision and rationale. The student may appeal the decision to the building principal.
All students remain subject to the district’s student discipline policy and/or the school’s student handbook and the disciplinary measures listed in them.
Modification of Athletic or Team Uniform
Students may modify their athletic or team uniform for the purpose of modesty in clothing or attire that is in accordance with the requirements of the student’s religion or the student’s cultural values or modesty preferences.