Elk Rapids Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

5730 - EQUAL ACCESS FOR NON-DISTRICT SPONSORED, STUDENT CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

The Board of Education shall not permit the use of school facilities by Non-District sponsored, student clubs and activities or District-sponsored, extra-curricular clubs and activities during instructional hours. During non-instructional time, however, no group of students, regardless of the size of the group, shall be denied an opportunity to meet on the basis of the religious, political or philosophical content of the activity.

It is the policy of the Board that student groups be recognized as authorized school organizations only if they are approved by the school administration, sponsored by school-approved personnel, composed of members of the current student body, hold the majority of their meetings at school and have established aims which are educational in nature.

An application for permission for Non-District sponsored clubs and activities to meet on school premises shall be made to the Superintendent, who shall grant such permission provided that he/she determines that:

 A.The activity has been initiated by students;

 B.The purpose of the activity is known;

 C.The activity has a scheduled time, place and duration;

 D.Attendance at the activity is voluntary;

 E.The activity does not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of instructional activities in the school.

A student-initiated group granted permission to meet on school premises shall be provided the same rights and access and shall be subject to the same administrative guidelines that govern the meetings of student organizations sponsored by this Board, except as provided by this policy. Participation in a student-initiated meeting must be available to all students who wish to attend and cannot be denied on the basis of a student's gender, religion, race, color, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, height, weight, marital status, social or economic status, and/or any other legally protected characteristic. In addition, there shall be no discrimination on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at the meeting.

The Board shall not permit the organization of a fraternity, sorority or secret society. A student-initiated meeting may be attended by no more than two (2) outside resource person(s). The Superintendent may exclude nonstudents from directing, controlling or attending any such meetings of students.

A professional staff member may be assigned to attend a student-initiated meeting in a custodial capacity, but shall not participate in the activity. No professional staff member shall be compelled to attend a student-initiated meeting if the content of the speech at the meeting is contrary to his/her beliefs.

The principal shall take such actions as may be necessary to maintain order and discipline on school premises and to protect the safety and well-being of students and staff members.

M.C.L.A. 380.1299
Equal Access Act of 1984, 20 U.S.C. 4071 et seq.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.
Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e

Revised 5/8/00
Revised 1/27/04