It is the policy of the Directors of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington School District, Inc., Mount Anthony Union School District, North Bennington Graded School District, Pownal School District, Shaftsbury School District, and Woodford School District board that a student activity program appropriate to the maturity of students and as varied as staff and facilities permit will be maintained. The program will be designed to offer the greatest number of students worthwhile learning and leisure time interests, wholesome recreational and social activity, and opportunities to develop skills in democratic and cooperative management for these activities.
A. Sponsored Student Clubs & Activities
The appropriate local governing Board will approve new requests for activity sponsorship based on the following considerations.
- The potential of the activity to help participating students meet the goals of the school's curriculum.
- The level of student interest in the activity;
- The fiscal ramifications of sponsorship;
- The availability of qualified personnel to supervise the activity;
- The impact of adding or eliminating the activity on the balance of types of activities available in the total activity program; and
- The recommendation of the Superintendent or his/her designee.
The controlling factor in deciding whether an activity will be sponsored by the school will be whether that activity is directly related to the school's curriculum. No activity which is not directly related to the SVSU curriculum, Framework of Standards, or educational mission of the school will receive sponsorship, regardless of whether it meets the other criteria for sponsorship. Student clubs and activities will be developmentally appropriate for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Activities or clubs which meet at least one of the following criteria will be considered curriculum related.
- The subject matter of the student group or club is taught and will provide academic and social enrichment.
- The subject matter of the group or club is such that it concerns the body of courses as a whole.
- Participation in the group is required for a particular course.
- Participation in the group results in academic credit.
All school sponsored activities will be under the ultimate control of the appropriate local governing School District and will comply with all policies and procedures of the school.
B. Non-Sponsored Student Clubs & Activities
Student groups, clubs or activities not related to the goals of the school's curriculum shall not receive school sponsorship. A fair opportunity will be provided to non-sponsored student groups wishing to conduct meetings on school premises during non-instructional time provided that:
- employees or volunteers of the school must be present at all non-sponsored student activities.
- any such meeting is voluntary and student initiated;
- there is no sponsorship of the meeting by the school, the government, or its agents or employees;
- employees or agents of the school or any governmental entity are present at religious meetings only in non-participatory capacities;
- the meeting does not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the school; and
- non-school persons do not direct, conduct, control or regularly attend activities of student groups.
Non-sponsored student clubs and activities will have the same access as other non-sponsored groups to meeting space and listing in the school newspapers, calendars or bulletin boards. However, listings and notices referring to non-sponsored clubs or activities will include a disclaimer of school sponsorship. Any faculty representatives to non-sponsored religious clubs must restrict their involvement to keeping order in such clubs.
C. Public use other than student clubs and activities
See Policy 1090, Use of School Facilities. The school boards encourage the public use of school facilities.
Legal Reference (s):
20 U.S.C. §§4071 et seq. (Federal Equal Access Act)
Policy 1090 Use of School Facilities
Policy 3105 Residency Requirements for Student Enrollment
Policy 6383 Evaluation of Students Transferring from Non-Public Learning Institutions (No policy exists for Admission of Non-Resident Tuition Students
Policy 6382 Home Study Programs
Policy 4080 Background and Criminal Records Check