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Extracurricular Code

STUDENT EXTRA-CURRICULAR CODE
Grades 6-12

PURPOSE OF THE CODE: To provide DeKalb Middle School students with consistent guidelines set up to govern extra-curricular programs. Extra-curricular participants representing DeKalb Middle School must exemplify high standards of moral integrity, good sportsmanship, and all things conducive to developing strong character both in and out of school. The Extra-Curricular Code is in addition to the Code of Conduct. This code applies during the school year, which begins with the first day of summer vacation and ends with the last day of school.
GROUPS that are to be governed by this behavior code are:
Athletic GroupsNon-Athletic GroupsManagers
AthletesMusic GroupsAcademic Teams
CheerleadersSpeech and Debate TeamsAll other clubs or organizations

ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION: In order to participate in extra-curricular activities at DeKalb Middle School, the prospective student must meet the following requirements:
a.   Must have a physical slip on file in the Athletic Director's office (for athletic participation only). A physical completed after May 1 will be valid for the upcoming year.

Academic
b.   Must be a regularly enrolled student and must have received passing grades in all subjects in the last grading period.
c.   Must comply with appropriate age requirements:
      7th grade- A student who is or shall be fifteen prior to or on the scheduled date of the last contest in a sport should be ineligible for athletic competition in that sport.
      8th- grade A student who is or shall be sixteen prior to or on the scheduled date of the last contest in a sport should be ineligible for athletic competition in that sport.
d.   Any student who is absent from school for any part of the day for reason of illness will not be permitted to practice, perform, or participate in the scheduled event.

Music Groups (Band/Choir)(7th & 8th Grade Only)
a.   Failing grades in Band
1.   End of nine weeks removed from Band and parent notified.
2.   Student placed in elective classes.
3.   Band/Choir student will move to Choir only for the remainder of semester.
b.   Failing grades in Choir
1.   End of nine weeks removed from Choir and parent notified.
2.   May enroll in Choir next year.
3.   Student placed in elective classes.
4.   Band/Choir student will move to Band only for remainder of year.
c.   Failing grades in Required Classes
1.   Band students having more than one failing grade in a nine week period will be placed on probation for the next nine weeks. If a student does not meet the grade requirements they will be removed from full time band for the next nine weeks. Students assigned to a study hall will be able to attend band two days per week if their schedule of classes can be arranged to allow such participation.
2.   Choir students having more than one failing grade during the first nine weeks of the semester class will be placed on probation and must meet grade requirements the nine weeks prior to taking 8th grade choir.
3.   Parent notified.
4.   The following nine weeks a student may petition to return to Band or Band/Choir providing grades are improved.

BEHAVIOR RULES
Participants are expected to abide by all behavior rules year-round.

TOBACCO USE OR POSSESSION OF TOBACCO
Description as stated in Code of Conduct item #13
CORRECTIVE ACTION (Athletic)
  First offense during the season:
      Contest suspension for 20% of total regular season, must practice with organization if applicable, be present with the team at contest.
First offense out of season:
      Contest suspension for 20% of the regular season in which he or she participates. Second offense during that school year: The second violation of any behavior rule involving tobacco use or possession will result in suspension from all extra-curricular organizations for the remainder of that school year.
CORRECTIVE ACTION (Non-athletic)
First offense during that school year:
      Performances, contests or participation within that organization, suspension for three consecutive inter-scholastic performances, contests, or meetings. If applicable, must practice with organization, must be present with group at performances if desired by leader.
Second offense during that school year:
      The second violation of any behavior rule involving tobacco use or possession will result in suspension from all extra-curricular organizations for the remainder of that school year.

POSSESSION/USE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE
(Description as stated in Code of Conduct Items 9)
CORRECTIVE ACTION (ATHLETIC)
First offense during the season:
      Contest suspension for 30% of total regular season, must practice with organization or be present with the team at contest, if applicable.
First offense out of season:
      Contest suspension for 30% of the next regular season of contests in which he or she participates.
Second offense during that school year:
      The second violation of any behavior rule involving alcohol will result in suspension from all extra-curricular organizations for the remainder of that school year.
CORRECTIVE ACTION (NON-ATHLETIC)
First offense during that school year:
      Performance, suspension for four consecutive inter scholastic performances, contests or meetings within that organization; must practice with organization, if applicable, must be present with group at performances if desired by leader.
Second offense during that school year:
      The second violation of any behavior rule involving alcohol will result in suspension from all extra-curricular organizations for the remainder of that school year.

POSSESSION/USE OF DRUGS OR DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
(Description as stated in Code of Conduct Items 10 and 11) - (Athletic and/or Non-Athletic)
CORRECTIVE ACTION
First offense during that school year:
Suspension from all extra-curricular organizations for one calendar year from the date of the offense.
OTHER VIOLATIONS including but not limited to: Disrespect or insubordination towards any coach or instructor (hereinafter referred to as Leader), event official, or school administrator, acts of delinquency (including but not limited to theft, vandalism, harassment, or any other conduct that is not in accord with the law), committing a felony or misdemeanor, violations of Student Conduct Code.
CORRECTIVE ACTION (Athletic and/or Non-Athletic)
1.   (Depending on the seriousness of the action and the number of violations): Decision to be made by the Athletic Director and/or Administrator.
2.   Efforts will be made to have input from the coach/sponsor. Coach/Sponsor may institute and enforce rules and corrective actions more stringent than stated herein upon approval of the administration. If the coach/sponsor imposes more stringent rules on his/her organization, those rules should be communicated to the organization members in writing. The coach/sponsor may not introduce or enforce rules or corrective actions less stringent than is provided within this code.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR CODE OF CONDUCT (Athletes, Managers, Cheerleaders)
1.   Eligibility  The Athletic Council reserves the right to review an athlete's academic standing at the mid-term and eligibility for non-cut sports could be reinstated. This provision applies for those students who have no more than one failing grade in the last grading period. Reinstatement will be based on but not limited to the passing of all classes at the mid-term.
2.   Behavior  Participating in athletics is a privilege given a student by the school. The athlete's actions should be above reproach at all times. Any actions deemed improper will result in action taken by the coach, and/or the Athletic Director and/or the Athletic Council with respect to the degree of seriousness of the offense.
3.   Practice  All athletes must attend all practices unless they have a legitimate excuse. Two unexcused absences (as determined by the coach) will result in suspension from the squad for the remainder of the season for the sport in question. Any athlete who is absent from school for any part of the day due to reasons of illness will not be permitted to practice.
4.   ILLNESS  ANY ATHLETE WHO IS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL FOR ANY PART OF THE DAY FOR REASON OF ILLNESS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PRACTICE, PERFORM, OR PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHEDULED EVENT. Students absent from school for five (5) consecutive days because of illness, or who are physically unable to practice for five (5) consecutive days due to illness or injury, must present their coach a statement from a physician licensed to practice medicine that they are again physically fit to participate in interschool athletics.
5.   Physical Education  All athletes, excluding managers, are required to participate in the physical education program as outlined in our regular student program. ANY ATHLETE WHO IS UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN HIS PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS ON THE DAY OF A GAME WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN A GAME.
6.   Physical Fitness  Each student, including cheerleaders, wishing to participate in the athletic program must be examined by a licensed physician to determine that he is physically able to do so. A signed statement must be on file in the Athletic Director's office before a student is permitted to participate. Managers are not required to have a physical.
7.   Parent Permission and Insurance  Parents must sign statements to the effect that their child is participating in athletics with their consent and that they have adequate accident insurance before a student is permitted to participate.
8.   Extracurricular Transfer Policy  Any student who has qualified and participated in an extra-curricular activity at a previous school will have the opportunity to be considered for a DeKalb Middle School extra-curricular position. Coaches and the Assistant Principal will work together to deter mine when a student has satisfactorily met the extra-curricular requirements and is ready for competition. It will be the student's responsibility to notify the Athletic Director of previous extra-curricular participation to determine award status.
9.   In the event that a student is involved in two school activities on the same night, the student may choose the activity in which he wishes to participate. There will be no penalty imposed by the sponsor of the event in which he doesn't participate. However, the student is to notify that sponsor prior to the date of the conflicting events.