Policy 781



    I.       PURPOSE


    The purpose of this policy is to impart to students, employees and the community the school district's policy related to the student activity program.




    School activities provide additional opportunities for students to pursue special interests that contribute to their physical, mental and emotional well-being. They are of secondary importance in relationship to the formal instructional program; however, they complement the instructional program by providing additional opportunities for healthy youth development through programs that encourage participation, healthy life styles and a sense of accomplishment.




    A.     The school board expects all students who participate in school sponsored activities to represent the school and community in a responsible manner. All rules pertaining to student conduct and student discipline extend to school activities.


    B.     It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to disseminate information needed to inform students, parents, staff and the community of the opportunities available within the school activity program and the rules of participation.


    C.     Those students who participate in Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) activities must also abide by the league rules. It shall be the responsibility of those employees who conduct MSHSL activities to familiarize students and parents with all applicable rules, penalties, and opportunities.  Elementary students in grades 1-6 are not eligible for participation in any MSHSL sponsored activity.


    D.     The superintendent shall be responsible for conducting an annual evaluation of school activity programs and presenting the results and any recommendations to the school board.


    E.     Activity fees will be charged for each of the activities as outlined in the attached Administrative Guidelines.


    Legal Reference:    Minn. Stat. 123B.49 (Co-curricular and Extracurricular Activities) and 123B.36 (Authorized Fees)


    Cross Reference:  Board Policy 651 - Mission and Philosophy of the Richfield

                                        Interscholastic and Activity Program.


    ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:       April 19, 1999


    REVIEWED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:     May 2, 2005; May 15, 2006; March 5, 2007, April 6, 2009, May 3, 2010, May 2, 2011, May 21, 2012, May 20, 2013, September 3, 2013, June 17, 2014, June 22, 2015, October 5, 2015


    REVISED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:         June 19, 2000; May 21, 2001, April 15, 2002, April 7, 2008


781.1 Administrative Guidelines









    It is the policy of the State of Minnesota that public school education shall be free and no pupil shall be denied an education.  Minnesota State Statute 123B.36 also recognizes that school boards may establish fees to support certain student activities.  These administrative guidelines delineate school activity fees, pursuant to Board Policy 781.





    A.     Minnesota State High School League Activities


    Participants in Interscholastic athletics and fine arts activities governed by the Minnesota State High School League will be charged a fee.  In addition a late fee of $25 will be assessed for each season as per the registration calendar published by the Athletic Director.


    B.     Other Fees


    1.   A program fee of $35/student shall be charged for participation in the summer school programs by grade level (grades K-10) where funding is not provided by the state.


    2.   Additional fees as listed in the attached schedule.





      A.   Fee Waiver


             The student of a parent / guardian applying and qualifying for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program and providing the verification of income shall be eligible for a reduced fee.


    1.      A student who qualifies for a reduced price lunch will receive a 25% discount.


    2.      A student who qualifies for a free lunch will receive a 50% discount.


    3.      A full waiver may be allowed for students qualifying for the discount noted above at the discretion of the Athletic Director or Activities Coordinator upon consideration of extenuating circumstances.


    The homeless student as defined in Section 103(a) (1) (2) of P.L. 100-77 participating in an activity under this guideline shall have their fee paid by the Parent Teacher Organization (P.T.O.), Title I funds, other donations, or the fee will be waived.


       B.     Third Season Free


    Students participating in all three seasons will pay no fee to participate in the third season. This special rate is exclusive of the established late registration fee.





    Legal References:        Minn. Stat. § 123B.36 (Authorized Fees)

                                              Minn. Stat. § 123B.37 (Prohibited Fees)


    Cross References:       Board Policy 781 (Student Activities)

                Board Policy 651 (Mission and Philosophy of the Richfield Interscholastic Athletic and Activity Program)




    Dated:            April 19, 1999

    Reviewed:     April 6, 2009, May 3, 2010, May 21, 2012, June 17, 2014

    Revised:        June 19, 2000; May 21, 2001; June 19, 2001; April 15, 2002;

    July 21, 2003; April 5, 2004, May 2, 2005, July 11, 2005; May 15, 2006; August 21, 2006; March 5, 2007, April 7, 2008, May 2, 2011, May 20, 2013, September 3, 2013, June 22, 2015, October 5, 2015


Activity Fees & Reduced