Code of Conduct for ExtraCurricular, Performance-Based Activities

(Board Policy 7:240)

Batavia High School encourages all students to take advantage of the school sponsored extra-curricular activities.  Both Batavia High School and the community take great pride in these programs that are designed to enhance the well-balanced educational programs offered.

Rationale: Participating in extracurricular activities and representing Batavia High School is a privilege, not a right.  Students participating in performance-based activities act as representatives of the school district.  Accordingly, they are expected to conform their conduct at all times to the highest standards.  Participants make a commitment to their peers and coaches/sponsors to follow rules and to be able to perform at their best at all times.  One of the primary goals of the extracurricular programs at Batavia High School is to provide students with the lessons and skills necessary for success not only on the athletic field or performance stage, but also in all areas of their lives.  In addition, they have a responsibility to serve as role models for other students in the school, as well as for others in the community.  Participants, whether in or out of uniform, carry with them not only their own reputations, but that of their families, their team/activity, and their school.

Applies to: All students attending Batavia High School that participate in extracurricular, performance-based activities.  These activities are defined by performance participation that occurs outside of school and which no grade is given. Examples include, but are not limited to the following: All Athletic Teams, Orchesis, Jazz Band/Ensemble, Marching Band, Chamber Orchestra, Swingsingers, Trebelaires, Madrigal Singers, Theatre Participants, Mr. B.H.S., Talent Show, Youth and Government, and activities similar to those listed. If students and parents are unsure if a specific activity is covered by this policy, questions should be directed to administration.

Applies When: The first time in an individual’s high school career that a student becomes a member of an extra-curricular, performance-based activity, the Extra-Curricular Code of Conduct becomes active.  The Code of Conduct is in effect twelve months of the year, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, in and out of season, on and off school grounds, until graduation.  Note:  All penalties involving the Code of Conduct are cumulative on a building enrollment basis, and are not transferred from middle school to high school

Self-Reporting Policy (Pro-Kid): A student who voluntarily reports his/her first infraction to a Coach/Sponsor/Director, Athletic Director or School administrator within forty-eight (48) hours of the infraction will be considered a self-reporting student (No provision is made for weekends or holiday periods). If students self-report within the designated timeline and if the infraction occurred at a non-school related event, they may continue to participate in the activity if they do not choose activity suspension as a consequence and comply with the assessment or community service. This provision may be used only once by any participant during his/her high school career on a first offense.

Conditions for Self-Reporting: Self-reporting does not provide immunity from violations committed during a school day or at a school sponsored/affiliated activity (normal school discipline applies and students are not granted the privilege of self-reporting), regardless if the school would have had knowledge of the incident or not.  Specific examples of school related events include but are not limited to the following; overnight trips with school groups/teams, dances at B.H.S., field trips, all Illinois High School Athletic Association sanctioned events, events conducted at other high schools, and any activity in which you represent Batavia High School.  Nor does this policy provide immunity from disciplinary action should a student continue to use or possess controlled substances as provided here.  Students are to self-report offenses when law enforcement is involved with infractions that are related to drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

INFRACTIONS: “USE OR POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.”

Consequences

FIRST OFFENSE: SELF REPORTING

Self-Reported & Non School Related Offense:  (Please see detailed explanation of self-reporting and school related offenses)

  1. Alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment with follow-up education or treatment.  Students may participate in conjunction with assessment and recommended follow-up. OR
  2. Two week suspension from athletic season or activities in which the student participates. The suspension shall apply during the time of competition or extracurricular activity, and shall be administered at the discretion of the athletic director/ building administrator. Suspension may apply season to season and year to year. OR
  3. Fourteen hours of community service to be served at an organization that is approved Batavia High School.  

FIRST OFFENSE: NON-SELF REPORTING

Non-self-reported offense /Found Guilty of violation: (students must comply with both a & b)

  1. Mandated alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment with follow-up education or treatment.  Students may not participate until the assessment has been completed.  Students also must comply with the recommendations made as a result of the assessment. AND
  2. Four week suspension from athletic season or activities in which the student participates.  The suspension shall apply during the time of competition or extracurricular activity, and shall be administered at the discretion of the athletic director/building administrator.  Suspension may apply season to season and year to year.

SECOND OFFENSE:  One (1) full calendar year suspension from all extra-curricular, performance based activities in addition to mandatory assessment with recommended follow-up.

THIRD OFFENSE: Permanent Suspension from all extracurricular, performance based activities.

The consequences that coaches, directors and sponsors have that extend beyond those mentioned in this policy will be enforced. Examples include, but are not limited to: exclusion from try-outs, dismissal from team, game/practice suspension, additional follow-through from family.

Conditions of Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment

If a student chooses or is mandated to have an alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment, he or she is required to follow the recommendations of that evaluation.  Both the assessment and the follow up are at the personal expense of the parent/guardian/student. Students may continue to participate in conjunction with the assessment, education and/or treatment if they self- reported.  Many of the school’s approved programs are affordable and correlate fees with family incomes on a sliding scale. The assessment must be performed by a district-approved, certified drug and alcohol program or counselor.  If families would like to use a program outside of the approved programs, they must obtain permission from our drug prevention coordinator.  Documentation of the assessment and follow-up must be provided to the school’s drug prevention coordinator.  If attendance and completion of program is not fulfilled, the administration reserves the right to permanently suspend the student from all activities for the remainder of their high school career.

Early Intervention Program Description

Drug education is a positive response to help adolescents in the early stages of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.  Using an educational approach focused on early intervention and prevention, adolescents and their families will work with trained professionals to focus on several key areas including: peer pressure, problem solving, consequences of negative behavior, communication skills and substance abuse.  All of the recommended programs consist of an assessment plus two or three, educational group sessions.  At least one parent must attend each session with their student.

Extracurricular Drug and Alcohol Testing Program 

The District maintains an extracurricular drug and alcohol testing program in order to foster the health, safety, and welfare of its students.  Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege and participants need to be exemplars.  The program promotes healthy and drug-free participation.

Each student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) must consent to random drug and alcohol testing in order to participate in any extracurricular activity.  Failure to sign the District’s “Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Consent” form will result in non-participation.

If a test is “positive”, the student will not participate in extracurricular activities until after a “follow-up “test is requested by the Building Principal or designee and the results are reported.  The Building Principal or designee will request a “follow-up” test after such an interval of time that the substance previously found would normally be eliminated from the body.  If this “follow-up” test is negative, the student will be allowed to resume extracurricular activities.  If a positive result is obtained from the “follow-up” test, or any later test, the same previous procedure shall be followed.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures to implement this policy.  No student shall be expelled or suspended from school as a result of any verified positive test conducted under this program other than when independent reasonable suspicion of drug and/or alcohol usage exists.  This program does not affect the District policies, practices, or rights to search or test any student who at the time exhibits cause for reasonable suspicion of drug and/or alcohol use.